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Lee County, Iowa
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Location in the state of Iowa
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Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 7, 1836
County Seat Fort Madison
Courthouse

Contents

County Courthouse

History

Parent County

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 [1]

Boundary Changes

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.


Record Loss

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:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Des Moines • Henry • Van Buren • Clark County, Missouri • Hancock County, Illinois • Henderson County, Illinois

Lee CountyVan Buren CountyJefferson CountyHenry CountyLouisa CountyDes Moines CountyDavis CountyWapello CountyKeokuk CountyWashington CountyHancock CountyHenderson CountyMercer CountyWarren CountyMcDonough CountySchuyler CountyAdams CountyClark CountyScotland CountyLewis CountyKnox CountyIALee.JPG

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

  • 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 transcribed[2]for the Lee County Poor Farm

Church

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

  • Ambrosia
  • Zarahemla

Court

Land

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 

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.

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Lee County, Iowa for European settlers included:

Military

Civil War

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

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lee County, Iowa newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate

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.

Taxation

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

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

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by: Mary Marsh April, 17 2002
  3. 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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