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|Lee County, Iowa|
Location in the state of Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
|Founded||December 7, 1836|
|County Seat||Fort Madison|
1836--Lee County was created 7 December 1836 from Des Moines County. County records for the northern portion of the county are housed in Fort Madison, southern records are housed in Keokuk. County seat: Fort Madison 
For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps" (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
1911 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For a list of record loss in Iowa Counties see: Iowa Counties with Burned Courthouses
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
- Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki
- Michael John Neill, Burned Counties in Family History Circle
Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog
- Denmark Township
- Des Moines Township
- Fort Madison
- Ft. Madison
- The county poor farm was north of Keokuk. An old map showed a cemetery at this site. The cemetery was abandoned at sometime, and lost to the elements. An 1880 Census Jackson Township, has been transcribedfor the Lee County Poor Farm
Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.
See Iowa Land and Property for additional information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.
Local histories are available for Lee County, Iowa. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Iowa Local Histories.
Early migration routes to and from Lee County, Iowa for European settlers included:
Regiments. Service men in Lee County, Iowa served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Lee County, Iowa:
- - 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Companies B and C
- - 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- - 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies D and E
- - 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- - 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E and I
- - 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- - 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies B, C, D, I and K
- - 19th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies A and E
- - 30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies A and I
- - 45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Companies C and E
- - 48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D
- - 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
:- 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
:- 15th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
:- 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
:- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B
:- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company C
:- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
:- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
:- 17th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
:- 19th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
:- 19th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
:- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company A
:- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company C
:- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
:- 30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
:- 30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
:- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company B
:- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company C
:- 45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company C
:- 45th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company E
:- 48th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company D
:- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
:- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
:- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lee County, Iowa newspapers in online catalogs like:
- FamilySearch. Do a Lee County, Iowa Place-name search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see, FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search). *NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including Burlington newspapers dating back to the mid 1800's that may have included Lee County residents. This database is free at some libraries.
In most counties in Iowa, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.
The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Iowa - Lee - Probate records.
Iowa tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.
Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also How to order Iowa Vital Records or order electronically online..
Societies and Libraries
See also a List of Iowa Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies
Family History Centers
|Centers provide: • Personal one-on-one assistance • Access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program • Free how-to classes (varies by location). See Family History Centers for more information.|
| Check back often with these websites. Internet offerings are growing at record rates.
Local societies and libraries may know of other websites.
|State Historical Society of Iowa||Free||list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "lee county" placed in search box|
|The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection||Free||digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "lee county" in the search box|
|State Library of Iowa||Free||electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "lee county" in the search box|
|IAGenWeb||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions|
|USGenWeb Archives||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions|
|genealogytrails.com||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions|
|  FamilySearch||Free||Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes|
|RootsWeb Resources||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions|
|Linkpendium||Free||Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)|
|CyndisList||Free||Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)|
|Iowa-genealogy.com||Free||Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)|
|StateofUS.com||Free||family history resources and government records|
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
|FamilySearch Catalog||Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.|
|WorldCat||To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.|
|Allen County Public Library||located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.|
|GeneaBloggers||enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs|
|Google+||list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search|
|list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search|
|genealogy.com||Lee County, IA Genealogy Forum|
|ancestry.com||Lee County Message Board|
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- ↑ This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by: Mary Marsh April, 17 2002
- ↑ National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
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