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 P. O. Box 1, Fort Madison, Iowa  52627
 

Lee County Vital Records

There are many requests for early Vital Records. Many researchers are hoping to find the name of the parents from this data. I hope this information will help you understand what is available for Lee County.

Prior to 1880 it was not mandatory that vital records of Births or Deaths be recorded. When the public was asked to report these happenings, after 1880, not everyone complied.   Therefore, records that you are searching between 1880-1921 are not always complete, and the event you are searching for, may not have been documented.  The earlier the year, the less chance that event was recorded.  

There are no Birth or Death Records before 1880 in Lee Co.

Mandatory registration was enacted by the Iowa Legislature in 1921.

There are two court houses in the county, North and South.

There are many requests for early Vital Records. Many researchers are hoping to find the name of the parents from this data. I hope this information will help you understand what is available for Lee County.

Prior to 1880 it was not mandatory that vital records of Births or Deaths be recorded. When the public was asked to report these happenings, after 1880, not everyone complied.   Therefore, records that you are searching between 1880-1921 are not always complete, and the event you are searching for, may not have been documented.  The earlier the year, the less chance that event was recorded.   There are no Birth or Death Records before 1880 in Lee Co.

Mandatory registration was enacted by the Iowa Legislature in 1921.

There are two court houses in the county, North and South.  I will try to designate which court house the information came from.
 

These are Court House Records that have been transcribed by different groups and are available outside of the Court House.

These records are in the possession of the Lee Co. libraries mentioned on the main page, by Look-Up Volunteers and some private individuals.

Births   1880-1889

Book A & B

Births Index   1880-1889

Births   1889-1896

Parents were not listed on Deaths until
after 1904

Deaths  1880-1897

Deaths  1897-1907

Deaths
July 1, 1906 - June 30, 1907

Morality Schedules
1860-1870-1880
[space] Parents are listed in just a few years of the Marriage Books

First 200 Lee Co. Marriages are on this site  1837-1841

Marriages
1838-1851
1851-1865
1866-1868
1869-1875
1875-1883
1881-1890
1890-1897
1901-1903
1903-1906
1919-1921

Probates
Index to Wills

South Lee Probates
Appx. 1850-1950
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