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Lake County, Tennessee

Lake County, Tennessee Facts

When was Lake County, TN Created?

Lake County was founded on June 24, 1870 from Obion County. This county was named for Reelfoot Lake.

What is the County Seat of Lake County, TN?

The County Seat of government is located in Tiptonville also, the county government website is .

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) .

What cities and towns are in Lake County, TN?

Cities and towns located in the county include Ridgely, Tiptonville .

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

Please get in touch with the clerk's office to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of workers will guide individuals in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the individual to complete the basic research.
  • Lake County Clerk maintains Marriage & Divorce records. It also has jurisdiction over probate cases. Wills, administrations, and all other records pertaining to probate are recorded in the respective county clerk's office. If the will or administration was contested, the records of these actions may be filed in the circuit court or chancery court.
    • Address: 116 S Court Street, Tiptonville, TN 38079
    • Phone: 731-253-7582
    • Marriage Records: 1883 
    • Probate Records: 1871
  • Lake County Register of Deeds has land records beginning with county organization, land records are available from the register of deeds at the Sevier county courthouse. Land and property records include transfer of real estate or personal property, mortgages, leases, surveys, and entries.
    • Address: 229 Church Street Box 5, Tiptonville, TN 38079
    • Phone: (731) 253-7462
    • Land & Deed Records: 1870
  • Lake County Clerk of Circuit Court has jurisdiction over property disputes, and circuit courts oversee criminal cases, divorces, and adoptions. Early courts included courts of common pleas and quarter sessions.
    • 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
  • Lake County Property Assessor is responsible for the evaluation of all real property, the cadastral mapping of the county, valuation of all business personal property and maintaining ownership records. The property assessor prepares the tax rolls for the trustee and all the municipalities. Tax lists can be used to locate families, document historic properties and study community history. Early tax lists generally include all white males over 21 and indicate whether they owned land or slaves.
    • Address: 229 Church St., Tiptonville, TN 38079
    • Phone: (731) 253-7382
    • Tax Records: 1878, 1879 (located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives)
    • Lake County Health Department, 400 Highway 78 South, Tiptonville, TN 38079; (731) 253-9954 , issues birth certificates and death certificates (deaths which occurred in that county within the past three years, and a few county health departments keep death records for longer periods of time).

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.

Lake Co. TN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lake Co. TN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lake Co. TN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lake Co. TN Census Records

Lake Co. TN Cemeteries & Church Records

Lake Co. TN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lake Co. TN General and History Websites

Lake Co. TN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lake Co. TN Military Records

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