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Guide to '''Lee County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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== County Organization  ==
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=== County Organization  ===
  
 
Lee County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Lee County's civil records start the following years:  
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Lee County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
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=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
[[Image:Richard Henry Lee.jpg|thumb|right|180px|Richard Henry Lee.jpg]]  
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[[Image:Richard Henry Lee.jpg|thumb|right|180px|<center>Richard Henry Lee</center>]]  
  
Lee County is named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Henry_Lee Richard Henry Lee] who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  
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Lee County is named for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Henry_Lee Richard Henry Lee] who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
  
 
=== Parent County  ===
 
=== Parent County  ===
  
*'''1839--'''Lee County was created 27 February 1839&nbsp;from [[Ogle County, Illinois|Ogle]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:'''&nbsp;&nbsp;Dixon <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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*'''1839--'''Lee County was created 27 February 1839&nbsp;from [[Ogle County, Illinois Genealogy|Ogle]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:'''&nbsp;&nbsp;Dixon <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed''. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. ({{FHL|1852055|item}} Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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==== Description ====
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The county was named for Lighthorse Harry Lee, officer in the Revolutionary War, or Richard Henry Lee, member of the Continental Congress. The county seat is Dixon and the county was organized on February 27, 1839. The County is located in the North central part of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Lee County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_County,_Illinois 04/17/2017.</ref>
  
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
 
=== Boundary Changes  ===
  
See an interactive map of Lee County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].  
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For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
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=== Record Loss  ===
 
=== Record Loss  ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Neighboring Counties  ===
 
=== Neighboring Counties  ===
  
*[[Bureau County, Illinois|Bureau]]  
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*[[Bureau County, Illinois Genealogy|Bureau]]  
*[[DeKalb County, Illinois|DeKalb]]  
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*[[DeKalb County, Illinois Genealogy|DeKalb]]  
*[[LaSalle County, Illinois|LaSalle]]  
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*[[LaSalle County, Illinois Genealogy|LaSalle]]  
*[[Ogle County, Illinois|Ogle]]  
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*[[Ogle County, Illinois Genealogy|Ogle]]  
*[[Whiteside County, Illinois|Whiteside]]
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*[[Whiteside County, Illinois Genealogy|Whiteside]]
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Lee}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Lee, Illinois''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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Illinois&nbsp;cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
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*[http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=16&GScnty=741&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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*[http://lee.genwebsite.org/ ILGenWeb]
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=741 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Lee County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/lee/leecem.html ILGenWeb Archives]
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/lee.htm Lee Co.&nbsp;IL&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/lee.htm Tombstone Project]
  
*[http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries] by county.
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*[http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=52 Illinois Gravestones]
  
*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|539599|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Lee County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Lee+Illinois&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=741 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Lee&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Lee Graveyards of Illinois]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6342&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=53&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Lee County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6342&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=53&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Lee County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
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'''Additional Resources'''  
 
'''Additional Resources'''  
  
Additional resources for Lee County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|710828|subject_id|disp=FHLC}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
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Additional resources for Lee County land and property may be found in the {{FHL|710828|subject_id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
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=== Maps  ===
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[[Image:Illee.jpg|right|400px|Illee.jpg]]
  
=== Maps ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
[[Image:Illee.jpg|400px|right]]
 
  
 
=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1772 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9048 Illinois Wills and Probate Records 1772-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1819 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
  
 
=== Repositories  ===
 
=== Repositories  ===
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==== Family History Center  ====
 
==== Family History Center  ====
  
[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy.  
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<br> [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (FHCs) are branches of the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy.  
  
 
You may search your address for a center near you on the [https://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] site. The following center serves Lee County:  
 
You may search your address for a center near you on the [https://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] site. The following center serves Lee County:  
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==== Research Center  ====
 
==== Research Center  ====
  
[http://www.leecountyhistory.com/index.html Lee County Historical Society's] Research Center holdings include burial records for all cemeteries in Lee County, census records, microfilm of the ''Dixon Telegraph'' from 1851 to the present, land records, local histories, church records, and more.Their hours are limited so call ahead for availability.<br>  
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[http://leecountyhgs.org/ Lee County Historical Society's] Research Center holdings include burial records for all cemeteries in Lee County, census records, microfilm of the ''Dixon Telegraph'' from 1851 to the present, land records, local histories, church records, and more.Their hours are limited so call ahead for availability.<br>  
  
 
:Lee County Historical Society<br>[http://www.leecountyhistory.com/research_center.htm '''Stella Grobe Research Center''']<br>113 Madison Avenue<br>PO Box 58<br>Dixon, Illinois<br>Telephone: (815) 284-1134
 
:Lee County Historical Society<br>[http://www.leecountyhistory.com/research_center.htm '''Stella Grobe Research Center''']<br>113 Madison Avenue<br>PO Box 58<br>Dixon, Illinois<br>Telephone: (815) 284-1134
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.  
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-vital-records/ How to order Illinois Vital Records] or [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online].  
  
Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Lee County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health] with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  
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<br> Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Lee County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health] with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  
  
 
==== Birth Records  ====
 
==== Birth Records  ====
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/marriagesrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
 
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*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index] found at Ancestry.com ($)
*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)  
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*'''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1810–1934''' {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1839-1858''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/lee/leemarriage.html Lee County, Illinois Marriages] Courtesy [http://genealogytrails.com/ Genealogytrails.com]  
 
*'''1839-1858''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/lee/leemarriage.html Lee County, Illinois Marriages] Courtesy [http://genealogytrails.com/ Genealogytrails.com]  
 
*'''1839-1865''' [http://www.idreamof.com/marriage/il/lee.html Lee County, Illinois Marriages] Courtesy [http://www.idreamof.com/ I Dream of Genealogy]
 
*'''1839-1865''' [http://www.idreamof.com/marriage/il/lee.html Lee County, Illinois Marriages] Courtesy [http://www.idreamof.com/ I Dream of Genealogy]
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'''Online Resources'''  
 
'''Online Resources'''  
  
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
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*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/deathsrch.jsp Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
:*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
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*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/isavital/idphdeathsrch.jsp Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
  
 
*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com ($)
 
*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com ($)
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'''Copies of original Death Records'''  
 
'''Copies of original Death Records'''  
  
:*'''1840–1939''' Coroners records {{FHL|1212226|item|disp=FHL film 2381542 (first of 8 films)}}
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*'''1840–1939''' Coroners records {{FHL|1212226|item|disp=FHL film 2381542 (first of 8 films)}}
  
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
 
==== Additional Resources  ====
  
Additional resources for Lee County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|493804|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Ogle – Vital Records}}, topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].  
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Additional resources for Lee County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the {{FHL|493804|subject_id|disp=Illinois, Ogle – Vital Records}}, topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the [[Introduction to the FamilySearch Catalog|FamilySearch Catalog]] and the [[Worldcat Online Catalog]].
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/lee-county/ Lee County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Lee-County.htm Lee County IL Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104195621376697101310 Illinois Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/196017143782491/ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Lee|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Illinois%2C+Lee|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Lee/ Lee County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IL/Lee/ Lee County, Illinois Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Latest revision as of 17:40, 17 April 2017

United States
Illinois
Lee County

Guide to Lee County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Lee County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Lee County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: February 27, 1839
County Seat Dixon
Courthouse
Lee County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Lee County Courthouse
P.O. Box 329
Dixon, IL 61021
815-288-3309
Lee County Website


County Organization

Lee County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Lee County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877
1839
1877
1840
1838
1839

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Lee County are kept, see the Lee County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

Richard Henry Lee

Lee County is named for Richard Henry Lee who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Parent County

  • 1839--Lee County was created 27 February 1839 from Ogle County.  County seat:  Dixon [1]

Description

The county was named for Lighthorse Harry Lee, officer in the Revolutionary War, or Richard Henry Lee, member of the Continental Congress. The county seat is Dixon and the county was organized on February 27, 1839. The County is located in the North central part of the state.[2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

  • The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Lee County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Lee County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Lee, Illinois online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Illinois Cemeteries for more information

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190029,894
191027,750−7.2%
192028,0040.9%
193032,32915.4%
194034,6047.0%
195036,4515.3%
196038,7496.3%
197037,947−2.1%
198036,328−4.3%
199034,392−5.3%
200036,0624.9%
201036,031−0.1%
IL Counties 1900-1990

Church History and Records

Church records may give birth, death and marriage information. It is usually best to locate church records with a search at a local level such as the city, town, or village.

Lutheran

  • Saylor, E. C., et al. Church Records Greenville, Friedens, Wellersburg, Miscellaneous Years, Somerset, Pennsylvania. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957. Microfilm of a transcript in a day book of a variety of Lutheran records, including some localities in Will County, Illinois. FHL film 22058
  • Wagner, Carl Louis. Records Kept by Carl Louis Wagner, Lutheran Minister, 1920-1965. Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978. Contains baptisms, confirmations, funerals and weddings in several locations, including Dixon and Amboy in Lee County. FHL film 1036647 Item 1

Methodist

Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

  • 1840-1940 Circuit Court Case Files IRAD-NIU; search for Lee County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)
  • 1840-1934 Index to Circuit Court Case Files (Common Law) IRAD-NIU; search for Lee County Records. (Learn more about IRAD.)

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at Northern Illinois University - search for Lee County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD - Northern Illinois University NIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

  • 1800s-Present - Use the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Patent Index to obtain original federal land transfer records including homestead, military warrants, and cash entry patents. These records help a research establish location and lead to National Archives' records which may include genealogical information. Earlier land transfer records are housed at the National Archives.
  • Illinois Public Land Purchase Records This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)

Copies of Original Records

  • 1856-1881 Chattel Mortgage Record IRAD-NIU

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Lee County land and property may be found in the FamilySearch Catalog. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Lee County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Lee County.

- 7th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company C (Also known as Morgan's Escort, Palmer's Escort, Smith's Escort).
- 10th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 13th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and C.
- 34th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C and D.
- 89th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 140th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company E.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

Repositories

County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Lee County are kept, see the Lee County Courthouse page.

Family History Center

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.


Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy.

You may search your address for a center near you on the FamilySearch site. The following center serves Lee County:

Sterling Illinois Family History Center
2709 N 16th Avenue
Sterling, Illinois 61081
Telephone: (815) 625-1229

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD), managed by the Illinois State Archives, houses the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois.

The Northern Illinois University (IRAD-NIU) holds the records for Lee County. Learn more about finding and using their records.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository
c/o Regional History Center
Founders Memorial Library, Room 400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Telephone: (815) 753-1807

Public Libraries

Dixon Public Library
221 S. Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021
Telephone: (815) 284-7261
Winifred Knox Memorial Library
112 South Elm St.
Franklin Grove, IL 61031
Telephone: (815) 456-2823
Mills and Petrie Memorial Library and Gymnasium
704 North First Street
Ashton, IL 61006
Telephone: (815) 453-2213
Pankhurst Memorial Library
3 South Jefferson Avenue
Amboy, IL 61310
Telephone: (815) 857-3925
Paw Paw Public Library District
362 Chicago Road
P.O. Box 60
Paw Paw, IL 61353
Telephone: (815) 627-9396

Research Center

Lee County Historical Society's Research Center holdings include burial records for all cemeteries in Lee County, census records, microfilm of the Dixon Telegraph from 1851 to the present, land records, local histories, church records, and more.Their hours are limited so call ahead for availability.

Lee County Historical Society
Stella Grobe Research Center
113 Madison Avenue
PO Box 58
Dixon, Illinois
Telephone: (815) 284-1134

Taxation

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.


Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Lee County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

Birth Records

Marriage Records

Online Resources

Death Records

Online Resources

Copies of original Death Records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Lee County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Ogle – Vital Records, topic page of the FamilySearch Catalog . Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FamilySearch Catalog may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the FamilySearch Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), 195. (FHL Collection Ref Book 973 D27e 2002). WorldCat entry.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Lee County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_County,_Illinois 04/17/2017.