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Lake County, Tennessee Facts

When was Lake County, TN Created?

Lake County was founded on June 24, 1870 from Obion County.

What is the County Seat of Lake County, TN?

The County Seat of government is located in Tiptonville also, the county government website is www.lakecountytn.com/ .

What counties are adjacent to Lake County, TN?

Bordering counties are Fulton County, Kentucky (north), Obion County (east), Dyer County (south), Pemiscot County, MO (west) and New Madrid County, MO (northwest) .

Lake County Courthouse and Government Records

What genealogical records can I find in the Lake County Courthouse?


Lake County Courthouse

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Lake county or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. The staff in Lake County Court House is not adequate to handle personal requests. Mail received by them requesting genealogy information is forwarded to the County Historian

  • Lake County Clerk
    • Address: 116 S Court Street, Tiptonville, TN 38079
    • Phone: 731-253-7582
    • Marriage Records: 1883 
    • Probate Records: 1871
  • Lake County Register of Deeds
    • Address: 229 Church Street Box 5, Tiptonville, TN 38079
    • Phone: (731) 253-7462
    • Land & Deed Records: 1870
  • Lake County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • Address: 229 Church Street, Box 11, Tiptonville, TN 38079
    • Phone: 731-253-7137
    • Chancery Court Minutes: 1896
    • Circuit Court Minutes: 1892
    • County  Court Minutes: 1870

Where can find Lake County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?

Lake County vital records can be found at the Tennessee Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for copies of birth certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Tennessee for current fees and application process.

Marriage license records are available from the county clerk who issued the marriage license. Court divorce orders may be obtained from the clerk of the court that granted the divorce.

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 Tennessee Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificates to mail.

What Lake County, TN census records are available?

Federal Population Schedules for Lake County can be found for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Lake Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Lake Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Lake Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Lake County, TN?

  • Lake County Historical Society, 122 LeDuke Street, Tiptonville, TN 38079
  • County Historian, Abigail Rice Hyde, 303 Lake Street, Ridgely, TN 38080; (901) 264-5841

Lake County Genealogy Resources

Where can I connect with other Lake County, TN Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Lake County, TN?

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Lake County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a payment. This is merely a collection which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to suggest your own most popular Lake County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

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Lake Co. TN Cemeteries & Church Records

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Lake Co. TN General and History Websites

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Lake Co. TN Military Records

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