Benefits of Membership

Membership is open to individuals at all levels of genealogical experience. Meeting with others who share an interest in genealogy is fun as well as informative.
Annual Membership Dues are:
     * Individual = $25.00 per year.
     * Family = $25.00 for first member plus $10.00 for each additional designated family member at the
        same address per year.
     * Sponsor = $25.00 per year.
..Any organization interested in furthering the interests of genealogy in Lee County may become a
..That organization shall receive a copy of the Scribe but shall not have a voice on the Board of
   Directors or have the right to vote.
PLEASE NOTE:    A $3.00 charge is added to the initial enrollment year for each new membership.
Our membership year runs from January through December.
New members joining after October 1st of the current year will receive the balance of the year free with paid membership through the following year.
Payment options include Cash at meetings, personal checks made payable to LCGS and PayPal.
If this is the first time you are using PayPal to pay your membership dues, 
click on the BuyNow icon below.
Next, you will be asked to sign in to your PayPal account.
Click on the Send icon and enter into the box.
This will bring you to the Lee County Genealogical Society PayPal page.
Once you have paid using PayPal the first time, Lee County Genealogical Society
will be added to your list of Accounts you use with PayPal.
If you have any questions or issues using the link please contact 
Treasurer Martha Hika at
LCGS Mailng Address changed effective 28 January 2021. Send all correspondence to:
Lee County Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 60732
Fort Myers, Florida  33906
Questions? Please contact the Membership Committee Chair by clicking HERE.
Monthly Membership meetings are held on the third Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.   
     UPDATE: as of November 2021, our monthly Membership meetings have become hybrid meetings. Yu may attend in-person, or continue to attend virtually. Links to each month's meeting can be found on our Events Calendar and our Home page. You MUST PRE-REGISTER to attend our Virtual Membership Meetings.
News and Announcements begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by our program. At each meeting, a presentation on various topics of genealogical interest or historical information to supplement members’ research is given. 
Meetings are free and open to the public. Members and guests are encouraged to arrive when doors open at 9:30 a.m. to:
     * network with meeting attendees,
     * visit the Library Table, and
     * visit Rea's Information Table for help with a look-up.
Members also have opportunities for networking by attending any or all of the Special Interest Groups held in the Small Group Meeting Room at the Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. These informal discussion groups are a forum for LCGS members to share research, ask questions and participate in problem-solving. Enjoy the friendship and fellowship of people who share your concerns, needs, and interests, and who will delight in your research progress.
     UPDATEas of March 2020, a few of our monthly Special Interest Group meetings have been virtual meetings. Please check the Events Calendar to see which groups are meeting virtually.
Our newsletter The Scribe is published in February, April, June, August, October, and December. It contains articles of interest to researchers on a variety of current topics, announces future programs, and provides helpful hints on computer research. Our newsletter is sent to members via email as well as posted in our "Members Only" section. 
The Lee County Genealogical Society Website provides members and guests with current information.
Secure Members Only Area
  • Members will have access by using their user name and private password.
  • Find real-time member contact information available.
  • Member Secure Download Area where members can retrieve LCGS Bylaws, Standing Rules, Handbook documents, and more.
  • Starting with our March 2010 newsletter, members with email will receive theirs by email. Copies will also be available in the Members Download Area.
  • Members will be able to stay in touch with Society business by reading the minutes of our monthly Membership meetings online as well as our Financial Reports.
Special Interest Groups
These small, informal groups of our members, have a forum for discussing their brick-walls, advise of research breakthroughs, and share with other members their successes and failures. 
The groups include location-specific groups: Canadian Roots, English Roots, Irish Roots, German Roots, New York/New England Roots, and our newest group on Scandinavian Roots. Genealogy Software users for Family Tree Maker. Family history groups include our: Beginners Group and, our Writers Group.
For more information on each specific group and access to their webpages click here.
Calendar of Events
We keep you advised of:
  • Society-sponsored events, i.e. Membership meetings, Special Interest Group Meetings that include dates and locations.
  • Workshops, seminars, and meetings of other societies and genealogy-related organizations in Southwest Florida and nationwide.
Surname List
  • Our searchable surname list with the option of private email contact with LCGS researcher. 
  • All current members of the Lee County Genealogical Society are invited to submit a listing of surnames they are researching for display in our Surname List on our website.
  • Surnames and places are spelled exactly as each member requests, which may lead to multiple entries if the surname or location is spelled in various ways. No first names are included but many times alternative spellings are connected with the entry.
  • LCGS members have the responsibility to reply directly to the email requestor who requested ancestor information.
Fort Myers Regional Library Genealogy Shelf List
The Genealogy Department Shelf List for the Fort Myers Regional Library, located at 2450 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida, is presented as a service to library patrons and distant researchers.
  • Now search over 11,500 individual genealogy-related reference items in the Genealogy Collection by Call Number, Title, and Author. Materials include reference books and periodical articles.
  • Don't forget to check the library's Electronic Resources available for use at the downtown library location.
  • This shelf list is for personal use only. The reproduction of this list for commercial use is strictly prohibited. 
Speaker's Notes
Presentation handouts can be easily downloaded, printed, and added to your genealogy reference library.
LCGS Partnerships
LCGS has developed partnerships with many Internet genealogy websites that offer assistance in genealogical research through the purchase of books, magazines, and subscription services. 
We hope when you are joining or renewing services from our partners, you will remember to access them through our website. 
See our LCGS MarketPlace for more details.
Lee County, Florida Marriages 1887-1924
Published by the Lee County Genealogical Society in 1992, this book abstracts marriage records found in the Lee County Courthouse. Included are the names of the bride and groom, their residences, marriage date, witnesses, the presiding official, and the book and page number of the original record. 
This book is currently out of print, but you can find this book digitized in the Public Download Area.
The book is for personal use only. The reproduction of this book for commercial use is strictly prohibited.
Periodically, organized field trips to libraries or genealogical seminars in other cities are offered.

Assistance from your genealogical society is as near as your telephone or computer.  Members are knowledgeable about local and online resources or can direct you to someone who has the expertise you need.
Updated: November 2021.