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Lee County Alabama History and Profile:

Lee County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. It is named in honor of Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Confederate Army. As of 2007 the population was 130,516. It is part of the Columbus, Georgia-Auburn, Alabama Metropolitan Area. The county seat is Opelika, and the largest city is Auburn. There are a total of seven incorporated cities and towns in Lee County, four of which lie entirely within the county.

Lee County was established by act of the Alabama state legislature on December 5, 1866, out of parts of Macon, Tallapoosa, Chambers, and Russell Counties. In an election to determine the county seat, Opelika was chosen over Auburn and Salem.

In 1923, the town of Phenix City, located in the southeastern corner of Lee County, merged with the town of Girard, located in the northeastern corner of Russell County. To prevent the new town of Phenix City from straddling the Lee-Russell line, Lee County ceded to Russell County the 10 square miles (26 km²) in the southeastern corner surrounding Phenix City in exchange for 20 square miles (52 km²) in the northwest corner of Russell County surrounding the unincorporated community of Marvyn. This new territory is what forms the southern “panhandle” of Lee County.

Lee County is home to Chewacla State Park, the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, and the Grand National Golf course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of Lee County, Alabama:

* Auburn
* Loachapoka
* Notasulga (part of Notasulga is in Macon County)
* Opelika
* Phenix City (part of Phenix City is in Russell County)
* Smiths Station
* Waverly (part of Waverly is in Chambers County)

Unincorporated Communities

* Beauregard
* Beulah
* Gold Hill
* Marvyn
* Roxana
* Salem

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Lee County Government

Lee County Government – Official Site

Auburn Public Library
749 E. Thach Ave.
Auburn, AL 36830

Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library
200 South 6th Street
Opelika, AL 36801

Lee County Historic Places

Auburn Players Theater
Auburn University Historic District
Robert Wilton Burton House
Cullars Rotation
Dr. J.W. Darden House
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
Geneva Street Historic District
Jenkins Farmhouse
Lee County Courthouse
Loachapoka Historic District
Lowther House Complex
Dr. Andrew D. McLain Office and Drug Store
Noble Hall
Northside Historic District
Old Main and Church Street Historic District
Old President’s Mansion
Old Rotation
Railroad Avenue Historic District
Scott-Yarbrough House
Spring Villa
Summers Plantation
Sunny Slope
U.S. Post Office
U.S. Post Office
Franklin Yarbrough, Jr. Store

Lee County Genealogy Resources

Lee County Alabama USGenWeb Project Site

Lee County, Alabama USGenWeb archives

Lee County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

The Genealogical Society of East Alabama, Inc.
P.O. Box 2892
Opelika, AL 36803

Vital Records

If you are outside the state of Alabama and are looking to request copies of vital records you must contact the statewide office of vital records:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418
Fax: (334) 262-9563

You can also call (334) 206-5418

There were no birth certificates prior to 1908, some counties may have recorded births in a ledger howeer. One way to search this centrally is by contacting:

Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4363

Birth and Death Records have been recorded in Alabama since 1908, Marriage Records since August 1936 and Divorces since 1950.

Census

Tax Records

Cemeteries

USGS listing of Cemeteries in Lee County

Lee County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this seems a slightly different listing.)

Query Forums

Genealogy Forums can be a great way to find other people that are researching the same ancestors as you are. Even if they may be not be researching the same direct line but related lines you may find information that is useful in your own research. Make sure to verify any other research that you add to your own research and try to document it well. If asking questions in genealogy forums it is good to provide as much information as possible and in the subject of the posting try to give name and a date or range of dates to help make your query more likely to be found. Posts with titles like “looking for family” or “help!” are too generic and something along the lines of “John Smith b. abt 1828 md. Hannah Jones” would be more helpful to get your post read by those that are interested in the John Smith/Hannah Jones family.

Lee County, AL at
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News Related to Lee County, AL

“Lee County” al – Google News

Lee County area residential sales in August improve 25% from prior year; YTD … – AL.com (blog)

Lee County area residential sales in August improve 25% from prior year; YTD
AL.com (blog)
Historical Sales.jpg View full sizeLee County residential sales rise 25% in August from last year. Housing Inventory has been reduced by 41% from its August 2010 peak. Infograph courtesy of ACRE. All rights reserved.Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE).

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Lee County judge postpones Rep. Barry Moore’s perjury trial to week of Oct. 27 – AL.com

Lee County judge postpones Rep. Barry Moore's perjury trial to week of Oct. 27
AL.com
Moore, a Republican from Enterprise, is accused of lying to a grand jury investigating possible corruption in the Alabama State House. Moore has pleaded not guilty. Moore's lawyers, who include former Attorney General Bill Baxley, asked for the delay …
Trial delayed for Rep. Barry MooreDothan Eagle
Perjury trial for Ala. lawmaker set for OctoberChron.com

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Lee County girl recovering after snake bite – WTVM

Lee County girl recovering after snake bite
WTVM
LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -. A Lee County family is counting their blessings after their little girl was bitten by a rattlesnake in their yard on Sunday. She had to be air-lifted to the children's hospital in Birmingham for treatment. She is expected to




Lee County area residential sales in July improve 8% from prior year – AL.com (blog)

Lee County area residential sales in July improve 8% from prior year
AL.com (blog)
Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) By Alabama … Supply: The Lee County housing inventory in July was 835 units, a decrease of 11.7 percent from July 2013 and 43.3 percent from the month of July inventory peak in 2010 (1,472 units). July inventory




Noise ordinance proposed for Lee County – WSFA

Noise ordinance proposed for Lee County
WSFA
The county commission is leaving that question up to Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones and his deputies to decide. "This is obviously a circumstance that allows on the judgement of an individual, in this case a deputy sheriff with the sheriff's office to




Jury selection for Desmonte Leonard capital murder trial starts Monday – Opelika Auburn News

Jury selection for Desmonte Leonard capital murder trial starts Monday
Opelika Auburn News
Desmonte Leonard speaks with his lawyer Jeffery Duffey during his status conference Friday, July 11, 2014, at the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala. Leonard has been charged with Capital Murder after a shooting in June of 2012 that killed three …
Defense seeks mental testimony in Auburn shootingMontgomery Advertiser
Jury Selection Begins in Auburn Triple SlayingWKRG-TV
Jury selection begins in Desmonte Leonard trialWTVM
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