This office records land documents, records and issues certified copies of birth, marriage, and death records, and issues marriage licenses.

  Lee County, Iowa - Recorder

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The Office of the County Recorder was created by the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. The basic duty of the county Recorder then and now is to maintain official records of documents affecting title to real estate in order to preserve property rights in real estate transactions.  Every real estate transaction that takes place in the county starts in the Recorder’s office.

The County Recorder is responsible for land and records management, maintaining and recording a wide variety of official documents affecting real estate and numerous other valuable miscellaneous documents. The office collects real estate transfer tax for the Iowa Department of Revenue and collects and reports the County Auditor's fee on transfer of property.

The Recorder’s office serves as licensing agent for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for registering and titling boats, snow mobiles and ATVs. They no longer issue hunting and fishing permits.

As of July, 1997 the Recorder's office is the County Registrar of Vital Records and has the responsibility of issuing Marriage Licenses, registering Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates and issuing certified copies of Vital Records.

The Recorder's duties are defined by state statutes and established by state agencies through administrative actions. The County Recorder works with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Revenue, and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Detailed reports are filed monthly and annually to the county and to the state agencies.

Click on the links below for more specific information about the Recorders services.

Recorders Home Page

Genealogy Information

Military Service Records Information

Real Estate Information
» Land Records and Iowa Land Record Website
» Recording Information and Fees
» Document Formatting Standards
» Iowa Real Estate Transfer Tax Calculator

License Registration Information
» Boat
» ATV, ORV and Snowmobiles

Vital Records Information
» Birth, Death and Marriage
» Marriage Application Information
Main Office:
933 Avenue H
P.O. Box 190
Fort Madison, IA 52627
 Phone: 319-376-1070
 Fax #: 319-372-7033
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

South Lee historical land record books may be viewed in Keokuk on:
Tuesday and Thursday
8:30 am - 12:30 pm and
1:30 - 4:30 pm
25 North 7th Street
Keokuk, IA 52632
Phone: 319-524-1126

County Recorder:
Nancy Booten

Employees in Recorder's Office:
Jean Dobson, Deputy
Dena Hodges
Debbie Courtney
Tracey Davis
Peggy Ross

Recorder Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Recorder's office

Recorder Links:
Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC)

Iowa Land Records

Other Related Links:
Iowa DNR

Iowa Secretary of State

State of Iowa Government

Iowa Legislature
General Assembly

Iowa Department of
Public Health

Genealogy Websites:
Iowa GenWeb

Roots Web

US GenWeb

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