Welcome to the Lee Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Lee surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Lee ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Lee Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Lee family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Lee brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Lee Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Lee records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Lee research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Lee
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Lee records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Lee family history resource today.
Origins of the Lee Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Lee ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Lee is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Lee DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Lee relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Lee research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Lee Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Lee ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Lee family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Lee Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Lee queries.
You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Lee ancestors.
Lee Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Lee was the 24th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Lee Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Lee, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."
To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Recently Discovered LEE Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Lee Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Lee family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Lee reunion.