Lee County, Alabama Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Opelika
Organized: December 5, 1866
Parent County(s): Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chambers  • Harris (GA)  • Macon  • Muscogee (GA)  • Russell  • Tallapoosa
See County Maps
Lee County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named is in honor of Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Confederate Army.[2] The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lee County Courthouse
2311 Gateway Dr, Rm 104
Opelika, AL 36801
Phone: 334-737-3526
Fax: 334-737-3520
Lee County Website

Probate Judge has marriage and land records from 1867, military discharge records from 1919 and probate records from 1861[4]

Lee County, Alabama 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 Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1916 1867 1916 1867 1867 1861 1816
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1908. General compliance for births by 1927 and for deaths 1925.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Lee County:[7]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator.

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Beans Mill
  • Brownsville
  • Floyd Mill
  • Meadows Crossroads
  • Pierce Chapel
  • Prince Crossroads
  • Ridge Grove
  • Sears Crossroads
  • Wacoochee
  • Walkers Store

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 21,750
1880 27,262 25.3%
1890 28,694 5.3%
1900 31,826 10.9%
1910 32,867 3.3%
1920 32,821 −0.1%
1930 36,063 9.9%
1940 36,455 1.1%
1950 45,073 23.6%
1960 49,754 10.4%
1970 61,268 23.1%
1980 76,283 24.5%
1990 87,146 14.2%
2000 115,092 32.1%
2010 140,247 21.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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 Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

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. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Alabama Land and Property for additional information about early Alabama land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Mulatipal Wars

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online $.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama.

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]

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 Alabama Archives and Libraries.

Auburn Public Library
749 East Thach Ave.
Auburn, Alabama 36830
Phone: 334-501-3190

Offers family history subscription databases to library patrons

Lewis Cooper, Jr. Memorial Library
200 South 6th Street
Opelika, AL 36801
Phone: 334-705-5380

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Auburn Heritage Association
P. O. Box 2248
Auburn, AL 36831-2248
Email to: pinetucket2@gmail.com

Lee County Historical Society
6500 Stage Road
Loachapoka, AL 36865
(334) 887-3007
Publication: Trails in History

Genealogical Society of East Alabama
PO Box 2892
Opelika, AL 36803-2892
Email to: gsofea@gmail.com

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Lee County, Alabama Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ala/lee/ 6/08/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Lee, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_County,_Alabama 6/08/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alabama.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Lee County, Alabama," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_County,_Alabama, accessed 19 October 2018.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/c/cf/Igialabamals.pdf.