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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
The County is located in the southeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Lee, Iowa," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_County,_Iowa."</ref>
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There is no agreement about the derivation of the name "Lee." It has been variously proposed that the county was named for Marsh, Delevan & Lee, of Albany, New York, and the 'New York Land Company', who owned extensive interests in the Half-Breed Tract in the 1830s; Robert E. Lee, who surveyed the Des Moines Rapids; or Albert Lea, who helped explore the interior of Iowa. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Lee, Iowa," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_County,_Iowa."</ref>
  
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===

Revision as of 11:30, 9 July 2021

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

County Facts
County seat: Fort Madison
Organized: December 7, 1836
Parent County(s): Des Moines
Neighboring Counties
Des Moines  • Henry  • Van Buren  • Clark (MO)  • Hancock (IL)  • Henderson (IL)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Iowa, Lee County Courthouse-North.png
Location Map
Iowa Lee Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

There is no agreement about the derivation of the name "Lee." It has been variously proposed that the county was named for Marsh, Delevan & Lee, of Albany, New York, and the 'New York Land Company', who owned extensive interests in the Half-Breed Tract in the 1830s; Robert E. Lee, who surveyed the Des Moines Rapids; or Albert Lea, who helped explore the interior of Iowa. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lee County, Iowa Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
1880 1873 1867 1898 1830 1838 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1911 Courthouse was damaged by fire.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Iowa recorded not only federal, but state censuses for several in-between years as well. For more information, see the very informative Iowa Census article.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 18,861
1860 29,565 56.8%
1870 37,210 25.9%
1880 34,859 −6.3%
1890 37,715 8.2%
1900 39,719 5.3%
1910 36,702 −7.6%
1920 39,676 8.1%
1930 41,268 4.0%
1940 41,074 −0.5%
1950 43,102 4.9%
1960 44,207 2.6%
1970 42,996 −2.7%
1980 43,106 0.3%
1990 38,687 −10.3%
2000 38,052 −1.6%
2010 35,862 −5.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Ambrosia
  • Zarahemla

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. They include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, transactions were usually recorded and housed at the county courthouse.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lee County, which may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Iowa Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

County and state maps, historical and more current, are valuable research tools. For online maps and collections in libraries and societies, see Iowa Maps. Historical maps may be especially useful.

Jefferson CountyHenry CountyDes Moines CountyVan Buren CountyClark CountyHancock CountyHenderson CountyIA LEE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

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

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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.


Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War
Civil War service men in Lee County 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 here:

- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company A
- 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company C
- 2nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company B
- 3rd Regiment, Iowa Cavalry, Company C
- 6th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company H
- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 7th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company E
- 14th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company K
- 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
- 30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company A
- 30th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company I
- 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

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Iowa tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. Iowa's unique Old Age Assistance tax gives names, addresses and birth years. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.

Online Tax Indexes and Records

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded by civil officials on registers, certificates, and other documents. Copies or extracts may be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office. See also Iowa Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Lee County. For state-wide library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Lee County. For state-wide library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

Lee County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 303
Keokuk, Iowa, 52632
E-mail: mystique747@iowatelecom.net
Website Lee County, Iowa Historical Society
318 North 5th Street
PO Box 125
Keokuk, Iowa 52632-5611
E-mail: lcihs@yahoo.com
Website Old Fort Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1
Fort Madison, Iowa 52627
E-mail: mystique747@iowatelecom.net
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Lee County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Iowa Societies.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Lee, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_County,_Iowa."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Lee County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_County,_Iowa, accessed 1 October 2019.
  5. This file was contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by: Mary Marsh April, 17 2002
  6. 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).