Lake County, Colorado
Genealogy, History & Facts
Lake County, Colorado Facts
When was Lake County, CO Created?
Lake County was established on November 1, 1861 as one of the 17 original counties of the Territory of Colorado. The county was named for the Twin Lakes in the county..
What is the County Seat of Lake County, CO?
The County Seat is located in Leadville and the county government website is http://www.lakecountyco.com/
What counties are adjacent to Lake County, CO?
Bordering Counties are Eagle County (north), Summit County (northeast), Park County (east), Chaffee County (south), Pitkin County (west).
What cities and towns are in Lake County, CO?
Cities and towns located in the County include Climax, Leadville, Leadville North, Oro City, Twin Lakes
Lake County, CO Vital Records
Where can find Lake County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lake County vital records can be found at the Colorado Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Colorado for current fees and application process.
You can search online for Lake County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Colorado Birth Certificate, Marriage Verification, Divorce Verification, Death Certificate Applications to mail.
Lake County, CO Census Records
What Lake County, CO census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lake County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Lake Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Lake Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules is available for 1870 and 1880. Lake Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There are free online and printable census forms to aid with your research.
Lake County, CO Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Lake County, CO?
A list of Lake County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Colorado Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
Lake County, CO Courthouse and Government Records
Lake County Courthouse
What genealogical records can I find in the Lake County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Lake County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Colorado Corthouse Records Research Guide.
PLEASE READ FIRST!!! Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will guide individuals in locating the materials, however it's up to the person to carry out the research.
- Lake County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 112 W 5th St, Leadville, CO 80461
- Phone: (719) 486-1410
- Lake County Clerk & Recorder is responsible for recording deeds, marriage licenses, issuing passports, titling and registering automobiles, issuing driver's licenses, registering voters, administering elections and maintaining records for the Board of County Commissioners.
- Marriage Records: 1869
- Land Records: 1861?
- Lake County Clerk of Courts
- Probate Records: 1861?
- Court Records: 1861?
- Lake County Public Health Agency
- Birth / Death Records: 1891–1906 / 1881–1903; at City clerk, Leadville.
Where can I connect with other Lake County, CO Researchers through message boards and forums?
What other genealogical resources are available in Lake County, CO?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Lake County.
Lake Co. CO Books, Newspapers & Publications
Lake Co. CO Birth, Marriage & Death Records
- Colorado Divorce Records, Various Sources 1851 - 2004 (archives.com) Various Public Records Sources
- Colorado Marriage Records 1975 - 2004 (archives.com) Colorado State Public Record Offices
- Colorado, Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939 (familysearch.org) Colorado Department of Health card index of divorces in Colorado from 1900-1939. The index is arranged in alphabetical order.
- Colorado, Statewide Marriage Index, 1900-1939 (familysearch.org) Card index created by the Division of Vital Statistics, Department of Health in Colorado. The index is arranged alphabetically by groom's name providing county, names of husband and wife, age, race, date and place of marriage, certificate number.
Lake Co. CO Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
Lake Co. CO Census Records
Lake Co. CO Cemeteries & Church Records
Lake Co. CO Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Lake Co. CO General and History Websites
Lake Co. CO Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Lake Co. CO Military Records
Lake Co. CO Schools & Directories
- Colorado City Directories (search.ancestry.com) This database is a collection of city directories for various years and cities in Colorado. Generally a city directory will contain an alphabetical list of its citizens, listing the names of the heads of households, their addresses, and occupational information. Sometimes the wife's name will be listed in parentheses or italics following the husband's. Often, dates of deaths of individuals listed in the previous year's directory are listed as well as the names of partners of firms, and when possible, the forwarding addresses or post offices of people who moved to another town. In addition to the alphabetical portion, a city directory may also contain a business directory, street directory, governmental directory, and listings of town officers, schools, societies, churches, post offices, and other miscellaneous matters of general and local interest.
- Leadville, Colorado City Directories, 1882-90 (search.ancestry.com)
- Ballenger & Richards twenty-fifth annual Leadville city directory for 1906 (search.ancestry.com)
- Ballenger & Richards thirty-second annual Leadville city directory for 1913 (search.ancestry.com)
- The Colorado state business directory: 1876, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, 1885, 1887-8, 1889, 1890, 1894, 1896, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903, 1906, 1909, 1910, 1920, 1921, 1923 (search.ancestry.com)