Lee County, Florida Genealogy Guide

Lee County, Florida (Map It) was created on May 13, 1887 from Monroe County. Lee County was named for Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War. Learn More About State of Florida History

Lee County is bordered by Charlotte County (north), Glades County (northeast), Collier County (southeast), Hendry County (east).

Lee County Cities and Towns include Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel.

A Map of Lee County, Florida contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Lee Co. Historical Events:

  • This county was visited and mapped by early Spanish explorers.
  • During the Seminole War several forts were built, including Fort Harvey, later rebuilt as Fort Myers.
  • The city of the same name which grew on this site was the winter home of the late Thomas A. Edison.

Lee County, Florida Courthouse Records

Lee County, Florida Courthouse
Lee County, FL Courthouse

Old Lee County, Florida Courthouse
Old Lee County Courthouse

The Lee County Courthouse is located in Fort Myers, Florida. Learn More About State of Florida Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Lee county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Lee County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 188?, Land Records from ?, Probate Records from ? and Court Records from ?. The County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk is custodian of all records of all predecessor courts, whether justice of the peace, city, county, probate, civil, or criminal.
  • Lee County Tax Collector collects all real estate taxes including postponed and delinquent, all county revenues in addition to the research and issue tax deed applications. Our department is the holder of tax records and assessed values.
  • Lee County Health Department has copies of Birth & Death certificates. Also has computer access from 1917 to present for birth records for the entire state as well as births that occurred in this county.

Lee County, Florida Census Records

Lee County, Florida Vital Records

Lee County, Florida Resources

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