Lake County, Oregon Genealogy

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Lake County

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
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


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

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1875 1880 1870 1875

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, probate and court records. [2]

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

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

24 October 1874: Created from Jackson and Wasco Counties. [3]

Boundary Changes

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

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[4]

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

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties

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

Trivia Tidbits

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


Archives and Libraries


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


  • 1875 State Original
  • 1880
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930

Church History and Records

Court Records



Land and Property


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Military History and Records

Civil War

World War I


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

Probate Records

Online Records

Rivers and Waterways

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


Vital Records

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

Delayed Birth Certificates

Birth Registers

Marriage Records

  1. 1826-1975 - Oregon, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
  2. Extractions of early marriages are listed on the Western States Marriage Index
  3. Marriage Index 1885-1896 Actually is a book of affiants reporting the marriages. Historical Records Collection

Death Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Lake County Historical Society
118 South E St
Lakeview 97630-1721
Telephone: 541-947-2220

Lake County Historical Society
35 S. "G" St.
PO Box 48
Lakeview, OR 97630-1721

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Lake County Oregon Genealogy References

  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), Klamath County, Oregon page 573, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. WorldCat 50140092; FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Lake County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oregon, accessed 13 October 2018.