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Origins and History


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"LEES. In the Highlands this name derives from M'lttiosa (Mac GiWlosa), 'son of the gillie of Jesus,' corrupted to A/VVLio.v and Llos, whence Lees. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Birth, Death and Marriage Records for the Lees Genealogy

Birth, Death and Marriage records are often the best method of making the links to the Lees Genealogy that will form part of your family tree. Although records vary from country to country, they are normally the most formal record of a person's relations. From the sources listed below it will be possible to locate a birth record and, from that record, a birth certificate may be obtainable which is likely to list the names of the parents, therefore taking you back another generation. A marriage certificate may also list the names of the respective fathers of the bride and groom which may then help you to find them earlier in life on a census record enabling you to fill out more detail in the Lees family tree.

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Some Famous People with the surname of Lees

Wikipedia Robert Lees (July 10, 1912 ? June 13, 2004) was an American television and film screenwriter.
Wikipedia James Travers Lees QPM (1919 ? 2004), better known as Jim Lees, was the Commissioner of the New South Wales Police from 1979 to 1981.
Wikipedia Walter Scott Lees (December 25, 1875, Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire ? September 10, 1924, West Hartlepool, County Durham) was a Surrey and English cricketer who played in 5 Tests against South Africa in 1906.
Wikipedia Brian Patrick Lees (born July 25, 1953 in Amesbury, Massachusetts) is a Massachusetts politician, currently serving as the Clerk of Courts for Hampden County.
Wikipedia Harrington Clare Lees (17 March 1870 ? 10 January 1929) was the Anglican archbishop of Melbourne from 1921 until his death.
Wikipedia John Lees (ca 1740 ? March 4 1807) was a businessman, judge and political figure in Lower Canada.
Wikipedia Walter Edwin Lees (July 16, 1887 ? May 16, 1957) was an early American aviator who set a flight endurance record in 1931.
Wikipedia John Lees (born 13 January 1947, Oldham, Lancashire) is an English musician who founded the rock band, Barclay James Harvest.
Wikipedia John Lees of Turf Lane, Royton was an inventor who made a substantial improvement to machinery for carding cotton.
Wikipedia Francis Pearson Lees (5 April 1931 - 18 March 1999), known as Frank Lees, was a chemical engineer and a Professor at Loughborough University who is noted for his contribution to the field of industrial safety.
Wikipedia Sylvester Lees (1813-1865) was born 1813 in Oldham, Lancashire and died March 22 1865, presumably in Bury, Lancashire.
Wikipedia Terence "Terry" Lees (born 30 June 1952) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Stoke City, Crewe Alexandra, Port Vale, Birmingham City, Newport County and Scunthorpe United, in the North American Soccer League for San Jose Earthquakes, and in the Eredivisie for Sparta Rotterdam, Roda JC and DS'79.
Wikipedia Alex Lees (July 11, 1911 ? April 22, 2009) was a British World War II veteran, who, as a POW, took part in planning the Great Escape.
Wikipedia Frederick Eugene John "Gene" Lees, (born February 8, 1928) is a Canadian music critic, biographer, lyricist, and former journalist.
Wikipedia Dame Sarah Lees, DBE (1842-1935) was a British politician and civic activist.
Wikipedia Rick Lees (born Richard Lees on 21 December 1985 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England) is a English musician, best known as the bass guitarist of English indie rock band Twisted Wheel.

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