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Lee County, North Carolina
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Founded March 6, 1907
County Seat Sanford
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County Courthouse

Lee County Courthouse
1400 S Horner Blvd
Sanford, NC 27330

Mailing Address:
PO Box 4209
Sanford, NC 27331
Tel: (919) 718-6300

Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 2040
Sanford, NC 27331
Phone: 919-718-4585 x1
Fax: 919-718-4586

Clerk Superior Court
P.O. Box 4209
Sanford, NC 27331
Phone: (919) 718-6300


Parent County

1907--Lee County was created 6 March 1907 from Moore and Chatham Counties.
County seat: Sanford [1]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating North Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation North Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1664-1965) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in North Carolina counties see: North Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





For tips on accessing Lee County, North Carolina Genealogy census records online, see: North Carolina Census.

Church Records

  • Buffalo, Sanford, N.C. Founded 1797.[2]


The Clerk of Superior Court is elected for four years and must be a resident of the county in which he or she is elected. Unlike clerks of court in other states, the Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina has numerous judicial functions.

As judge of probate, the Clerk has exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary. The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.

Lee County Clerk of Court
Address: 1408 S. Horner Blvd. Sanford, NC 27330- Ph. (918) 774-4821
Records available: Wills and Estates, Court Records


Lee County Register Of Deeds
Lee County Courthouse
1408 S. Horner Blvd
P.O. Box 2040
Sanford, NC 27330
Tel: (919)718-4585

Has land records starting from 1908

Deed Records available for online research

Local Histories



Civil War



Online Probate Records

There are Probate records available through theLee County Clerk of the Superior Court which includes wills, estate records and all transactions in reference to settlement of estates.


Vital Records

Lee County Register Of Deeds
Lee County Courthouse
1408 S. Horner Blvd
P.O. Box 2040
Sanford, NC 27330
8:00am - 5:00pm Mon - Fri

Records available: Birth, delayed Birth, Death, Marriage, Deeds, Military Discharges

Copies of transcribed Vital Records can be found at the following websites:


Societies and Libraries

Lee County Gen. & Historical Society
P.O. Box 3216
Sanford 27331-3216

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center] for more information. Search the [https://familysearch.org/ask/help#localResource online FHC director for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. "Buffalo Church," North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, http://www.ncmarkers.com, accessed 22 October 2012.
  3. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/91/Iginorthcarolinag.pdf.


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