Lake County, Oregon Genealogy

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Guide to Lake County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Lake County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Lake County
Location in the state of Oregon, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Founded October 24, 1874
County Seat Lakeview
Address Lake County Courthouse
513 Center Street
Lakeview, Or 97630
Phone: 541-947-6006
Lake County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the many lakes found within its boundaries. The County is located in the south central area of the state. [1]

Lake County, Oregon Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1875 1903 1874 1870 1882 1845
*Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse
[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has marriage and land records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, probate and court records. [3]

Lake County Government

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Lake County Court House as of July 2009.

Lake County Court is structured differently. Check the County Records Inventory link for addresses for location of records (left column).

  • Record Loss:

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Lake County, Oregon

Named for sizeable number of lakes found within the boundary, including Lake Abert and Goose Lake.

Trivia Tidbits: Little biographic bits associated with the names of non-population localities.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

24 October 1874: Created from Jackson and Wasco Counties. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

17 October 1882: Part taken for Klamath County.

For animated maps illustrating Oregon County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Oregon County Boundary Maps" (1843-1975) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are locations in the county:[5]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Post Offices

  • Adel: Adel is a post office on Deep Creek where it debouches into Warner Valley. C. A. Moore, in a communication in the Oregonian, on Sept. 18, 1926, says the office was named by Bert Sessions, who owned the land where it was first established in 1896. He named it for a former sweetheart. A more intriguing source is suggested by Judge Virgil Langtry of Portland who states that Mrs. Jacob Messner, an early settler in the Warner Valley, had recalled to her grandchildren that the name was a compliment to Leda, a cow of many virtues belonging to a local resident. Since the spelling was reversed, one can only assume the compliment was back-handed. FamilySearch Catalog

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Deschutes | Harney | Klamath | Modoc County, California | Washoe County, Nevada

Trivia Tidbits[edit | edit source]

Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. > Trivia Tidbits

Resources[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
ORGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project FamilySearch Places
OR Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 2,804
1890 2,604 −7.1%
1900 2,847 9.3%
1910 4,658 63.6%
1920 3,991 −14.3%
1930 4,833 21.1%
1940 6,293 30.2%
1950 6,649 5.7%
1960 7,158 7.7%
1970 6,343 −11.4%
1980 7,532 18.7%
1990 7,186 −4.6%
2000 7,422 3.3%
2010 7,895 6.4%
Source: "".

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Deschutes CountyHarney CountyKlamath CountyModoc CountyWashoe CountyOR LAKE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

[Oregon Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Rivers and Waterways[edit | edit source]

Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. >> Rivers and Waterways

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Oregon Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Oregon Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Delayed Birth Certificates

Birth Registers

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Death Records[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Lake County Historical Society
118 South E St
Lakeview, OR 97630

Lake County Library - Main Branch
26 South G St
Lakeview, OR 97630
Facebook Page

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Lake County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Lake, Oregon" in,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lake County, Oregon . Page 572-574 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 563-564.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Klamath County, Oregon page 573, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. WorldCat 50140092; FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Lake County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oregon, accessed 13 October 2018.