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Guide to Lee County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Lee County, Texas
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Founded April 14, 1874
County Seat Giddings
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County Information

County Courthouse

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Lee County Courthouse
PO Box 419
Giddings, TX 78942
Phone: 409.542.3684

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903
marriage, probate, court and land records from 1874;
District Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 419
Giddings 78942
Phone: 979-542-3684
Fax: 979-542-2623

District Clerk

P.O. Box 176
Giddings 78942
Phone: 979-542-2947
Fax: 979-542-2444

Lee County has had two courthouses.  The first one, a two-story courthouse completed in 1878, burned in 1897.  The second and current courthouse, a Romanesque Revival structure, designed by famed San Antonio courthouse architect James Riely Gordon, was built in 1899.  The courthouse is still in use today.

Lee County Government Website

Inventory of county records, Lee County Courthouse, Giddings, Texas, 1975 by Charles R. Schultz and Mary Pearson.  Describes the records of the County Clerk, County Attorney, District Clerk, Justice of the Peace, Tax Assessor-Collector, Sheriff, Treasurer, County Surveyor, and School Superintendent.  Read the book on line from the Portal to Texas History.

Lee County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1873 1874 1880 1835 1874


Parent County

1874--Lee County was created 14 April 1874 from Bastrop, Burleson, Fayette, and Washington Counties.

  • County seat: Giddings [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1897 -- The Lee County Courthouse, built in 1878, burned in 1897.[3]

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Beaukiss | Dime Box | Giddings | Hills | Lexington | Lincoln | Old Dime Box | Serbin

Neighboring Counties

Bastrop  • Burleson  • Fayette  • Milam  • Washington  • Williamson

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African American


Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories


Family History Library




Names in Stone


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas

Names in Stone

See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources


Historical populations
Census Pop.


Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.



After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Lee County, Texas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.

  • Lee County: Historical and Descriptive, 1945 by Julia Jones.
  • A History of Lee County, 1974, by Lee County Historical Survey Committee.
  • History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties, 1893. Digital book online from the Portal to Texas History.
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors




Mexican-American War
Civil War


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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).



Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records


Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.


Online Birth Indexes and Records


Online Marriage Indexes and Records


Online Death Indexes and Records


Societies and Libraries

Giddings Public Library
276 N Orange St
Giddings, TX 78942
Telephone Number: 979-542-2716

Black Bridge Library
1079 Sf Austin Blvd
Dime Box, TX 77853
Telephone Number: 979-884-0124

  • Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

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 Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lee County, Texas. Page 668 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Lee County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcl06