Lee County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Guide to Lee County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Lee County, Kentucky
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Founded January 29, 1870
County Seat Beattyville
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Lee County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1870 1870 1870 1860 1870 1873
*Many years between 1870 and 1911 are missing
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Lee County Courthouse
Main St Room 11; PO Box 551
Beattyville, KY 41311
Phone: 606.464.4115[1]


Parent County

1870--Lee County was created 29 January 1870 from Owsley, Estill, Wolfe and Breathitt Counties.
County seat: Beattyville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Airedale Delvinta Lower Buffalo Saint Helens
Arvel Enoch Maloney Tallega
Athol Fillmore Monica Vada
Beattyville Fixer Mount Olive White Ash
Bell Point Greeley Old Landing Williba
Canyon Falls Heidelberg Pinnacle Willow
Congleton Ida May Primrose Yellow Rock
Cressmont Lone Proctor Zoe

Neighboring Counties



African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:



Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 20087,414−6.3%

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


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 date. For general information about Kentucky denominations, view the Kentucky Church Records wiki page.



Local Histories

Local histories are available for Lee County, Kentucky 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 Kentucky Local Histories.





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



Probate records are held by the Lee County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Lee County, Kentucky Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977. See the wiki page Kentucky Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

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 place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.


Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more background information and state-wide resources see the wiki page Kentucky Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Kentucky enacted a statute in 1852-1862 requiring registration of births and deaths,many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1874-1879, and 1892-1910 but, again, was not always followed. By 1911, the law was more clearly defined and kept by 1920. Any existing births 1852-1960 and death records 1852-1953 can be accessed online. See How to Find Kentucky Birth Records and How to Find Kentucky Death Records for links to indexes and images.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Lee County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Lee County, Kentucky Genealogy Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.

  • 1874 - Lee County Birth Index 1874. Batch C518121 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Lee County Birth Index 1875. Batch C518122 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Lee County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M518123 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1876-1878 - Lee County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M518124 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lee County, Kentucky page 272, 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0b/Igikentuckygl.pdf.