Lake County, Colorado Genealogy

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Colorado
Lake County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Leadville
Organized: November 1, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chaffee  • Eagle  • Park  • Pitkin  • Summit
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Twin Lakes in the area. The County has Leadville as its seat and the County was created November 1, 1861. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Lake County Courthouse
505 Harrison Ave
Leadville, CO 80461-0917
Phone. 719.486.1410
Lake County website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1869, land records from 1861 and some burial records 1885-1903
Clerk District Court has divorce, probate and court records[3]
Early birth records are kept by the City Clerk in Leadville.[4]

Lake County, Colorado Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1891 1869 1881 1861 1861 1861 1860


Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1861--Lake County was created 1 November 1861 as an original county.
  • 1879--When it was divided in 1879, the part which is Lake County today was known as Carbonate County for a brief period. Name changed to Lake 10 Feb 1879.
  • Chaffee County was known as Lake County during this same time period before its name became Chaffee also on 10 Feb 1879.


Populated Places

The following are locations in Lake County, Colorado:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Lake County, Colorado online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Colorado Cemeteries for more information

Lake County’s Public Library’s website has links to records of Lake County’s cemeteries. Interments in the “Old” Leadville Cemetery began in 1877. The Evergreen Cemetery opened up in November of 1879; some graves were moved from the “Old” Leadville Cemetery to the new Evergreen Cemetery. A Catholic cemetery, St. Joseph’s, opened in the mid 1800s. Some graves were moved from the Catholic section of the Evergreen Cemetery to St. Joseph’s. 1877-1879 Old Leadville Cemetery Records:
Original Leadville Cemetery- (alphabetical order by last name)
Evergreen (Leadville, Colorado) Cemetery Records:
1879-1981 Evergreen Cemetery (A-G) (alphabetical by last name)
1879-1981 Evergreen Cemetery (H-O)
1879-1981 Evergreen Cemetery (P-Z)
Evergreen Cemetery Walking Tour
Who’s Where in Leadville’s Evergreen Cemetery (abbreviations, sample page, key map and 13 sectional maps)

St. Joseph’s Records:
1888-1981 Catholic Cemeteries (alphabetical order by last name following the page of Catholic cemetery list.)
Who’s Where in Leadville’s Catholic Cemeteries (contains abbreviations, sample page, key maps, maps of St. Joseph’s, Holy Cross, Granite, and Twin Lakes Cemeteries)

Census Records

In 1860, present-day Colorado was enumerated in the Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Utah Territories. Colorado Territory was created in 1861 and was enumerated as such in the 1870 Census. A state census was taken in 1885 for Colorado.[8] See links listed below.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 522
1880 23,569 4415.1%
1890 14,603 −38.0%
1900 18,054 23.6%
1910 10,600 −41.3%
1920 6,630 −37.5%
1930 4,899 −26.1%
1940 6,833 39.5%
1950 8,600 25.9%
1960 7,101 −17.4%
1970 8,318 17.1%
1980 7,491 −9.9%
1990 6,007 −19.8%
2000 7,102 18.2%
2010 7,310 2.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State and Territory Census Records

Federal Census Records

The 1880 Census was the first Federal Census for Colorado after it became a state in 1876.[9] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Colorado Census.

  • 1860-1940 Colorado Census Records from 1860 to 1940 at FamilySearch.org — index/images

Church Records

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Colorado denominations, view the Colorado Church Records wiki page.

Online Church Records
Presbyterian Church

Court Records

Numerous records are available at Colorado Archives. To use this link scroll down the page to where it asks for Record Type. Click there and scroll down the list to the records you want and select. The next field asks for county. Select the county you want and then click on Search. You can narrow the search by adding the additional information it asks for.

Directories

Online Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Colorado Land and Property for additional information about early Colorado land grants.

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where current records are also housed.


Online Land Records

For more information see Colorado Land and Property

Local Histories

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to Colorado. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Colorado Military Records.

All Veterans

Civil War

Spanish-American War (1898)

World War I

Vietnam War

For further information see Colorado Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Records

Newspapers

For more information, see Colorado Newspapers.

Colorado Newspapers Online

Colorado Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records have been kept by the county courts. Colorado probate records include bonds, affidavits, letters, claims, appraisals, fee accounts, minutes, judgments, dockets, calendars, case files, and wills. The Family History Library does not have copies of probate records from Colorado.

You may obtain copies of documents from the clerk's office in the county courthouse.


Online Records

School Records

1880-1903 Colorado State Archives has put an index to the School Census for District No. 6 for the years 1880-1903 on-line.

Tax Records

Colorado tax records complement land records and can be used as supplements to censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records. To find tax records in the FamilySearch Catalog, do a Place Search for the county.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Vital Records Section Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Colorado.

Birth

Birth records may become public records when 100 years have elapsed after the date of birth. EXCEPTION: The birth record of any individual who is known to be currently alive will remain confidential even if they are 100 years of age or greater. [10]

Marriage

Online Records

Death

Death records may become public records when 75 years have elapsed after the date of death. [10]

Divorce

Online Records

Research Facilities

Archives

The Colorado State Archives has the following records available for Lake County, Colorado Genealogy in this online database Archives Search. For a full list of online holdings, click here.
(Statewide)
1880-1939 Divorce Index
1883-1900 Mine Accidents, Non - fatal
1897-1920 Horseshoers
1936-1942 Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollments
1966-1968 Vietnam Deaths

1880-1903 Lake County School District #6
1883-1884 Lake County Justice of the Peace Cases
1883-1910 Leadville School Census
1893-1900 Lake County School District #12
1909 Lake County Births to 1909
1952-1958 Lake County School District #15

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Lake County Public Library
1115 Harrison Ave
Leadville, CO 80461
Telehone: 719-486-0569
Website

Museums

Leadville Heritage Museum Association
102 E 9th St
PO Box 962
Leadville, Colorado 80461
Telephone: 719-486-1878
Website

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Lake, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_County,_Colorado 6/29/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lake County, Colorado. Page 99 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Red Book, American State, County, and Town Sources. Edited by Alice Eichholz. (Ancestry, Provo; 3d ed, 2004.) Colorado article by Birdie Monk Holzclaw and Marsha Hoffman Rising. page 93.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lake County, Colorado. Page 99 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), 93.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Lake County, Colorado," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_County,_Colorado, accessed 28 May 2017.
  8. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 51-54; Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 86. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.
  9. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 54.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Letter from Colorado State Registrar, Dated September 1, 2011. Policy Number 2011- 08. http://www.colorado.gov