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Lake County, Colorado

Lake County

Lake County was founded 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..

The Lake County Seat is situated in Leadville and the county government website is

Places adjoining Lake County happen to be Eagle County (north), Summit County (northeast), Park County (east), Chaffee County (south), Pitkin County (west).

Cities and towns to be found in Lake County include Climax, Leadville, Leadville North, Oro City, Twin Lakes

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 includes Federal Census Schedules to guide in exploring your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are present 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 Society and Family History Resources

A list of Lake County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Lake County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Lake County court, probate, and land documents as a source of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Colorado courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the dreams and worries of many Colorado citizens. The chances are great that your potential ancestors and forefathers have left a detailed record of at least several aspects of their lives in the Lake County court records. Even if your forebears is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

Please make sure to contact the clerk's dept to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other facts before visiting or seeking information because of from time to time changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of employees will guide men and women in obtaining the materials, but it's up to the man or women to undertake the researching.

The below facts denotes what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and courtroom records are located in Lake County. The years suggested below tend to be the first widely known records for this particular county.

  • 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.

Lake County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Lake County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to submit your own favorite Lake County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Lake Co. CO Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lake Co. CO Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lake Co. CO Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lake Co. CO Census Records

Lake Co. CO Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lake Co. CO Church & Bible 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

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