Records Preservation

Society members participate in many projects to preserve local historical and genealogical documents. 
 
Books and Periodicals
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 on our website in the Public Downloads area by clicking here.
 
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 but is available to view by visiting our Public Downloads area.
 
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.
 
In 2011, six members of our Society extracted Voter Registration Lists from microfilm of The Fort Myers News-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.
 
This book can be viewed on our website in the Public Downloads area by clicking here.
 
Obituary Indexing and Digitization
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.  This index was published on our website in June of 2010 as a fully searchable database.  You can view this database at Lee County Deaths.
 
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.
 
Local Funeral Home Records Indexed and Digitized
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.
 
In the fall of 2014, 40-plus members began a preservatoin project of digitizing 30 years of funeral home records for the Anderson-Patterson Funeral Home. These digitized records allow ease of access for the funeral home when called upon to provide family researchers with death and burial information on their ancestor.
 
In January of 2019, members have begun to digitize and index the funeral home records for the Harvey Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services.