What we do ...
Lee County Genealogical Society is dedicated to collecting,
preserving and perpetuating the genealogical and historical records
of our ancestors; and to encouraging and aiding individuals in their family search.
Society members also participate in many projects to preserve local historical documents.
1. Lee County, Florida Marriages 1887-1924, was first published by the Lee County Genealogical Society in 1992. Members volunteered their time and energy to abstract records found in the Lee County Courthouse. This book is currently out of print but available to view by clicking here.
2. In 1997, the Society published a cookbook, Family Traditions: Recipes and Memories, compiled from favorites submitted by members and their families and friends.
This book is currently out of print.
3. In 1998, LCGS started the Obituary Indexing Project, abstracting Lee County deaths published in the News-Press between 1930 and 1997. The project has involved over 70 dedicated volunteer members who have read microfilm, made photocopies, abstracted data to index cards, done proofreading, and entered the obituaries into a computer database. Five volumes have been published in printed form and are available for patrons' use at the Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First Street, Fort Myers. Click here to search the database.
4. A second Obituary Project that LCGS members have worked on is a collection of obituaries clipped from the News-Press from 1990 through April 2006. Index cards containing the actual obituary are alphabetically arranged in a file cabinet at the Fort Myers Regional Library. Researchers wishing to locate an obituary from this time period should contact the Genealogy Librarian at the Fort Myers Regional Library.
5. The Genealogical Records Preservation Project Committee has abstracted selected death records of the Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home in Fort Myers. The abstraction begins with 1919 and ends with 1929. The index includes:
- the decedent’s name
- date and place of birth
- date of death and age
- parents’ names and birthplaces
Printed copies of the index are located at the Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Boulevard and at the Fort Myers Regional Library.
6. This group has also extracted records and articles of interest from the older periodicals being removed from the Fort Myers Regional Library's Genealogy Collection. The group is reorganizing the records and articles so that upon return to the library shelves, the materials will be more user-friendly to researchers. You will be able to find these articles in our searchable Genealogy Shelf List.
7. In 2011, six members of our Society extracted voter registration lists from microfilm of The Fort Myers Press found at the Fort Myers Regional Library and compiled a book titled "Voter Registration Records, Town of Fort Myers and Lee County, Florida 1885-1909". A limited printing was done with copies being donated to the Fort Myers Regional Library, the Southwest Florida Museum of History, the Southwest Florida Historical Society, the State Library of Florida, and the Lee County Genealogical Society.