Lake County, Ohio Genealogy

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Revision as of 22:44, 30 April 2013

Guide to Lake County Ohio genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Coordinates: 41.82°0′N 81.24°0′W / 41.82°N 81.24°W / 41.82; -81.24

Lake County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Lake County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
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Address Lake County Courthouse
47 N. Park Place
Painesville, Ohio 44077
Lake County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Cuyahoga and Geauga Counties 20 March 1840.[1]
  • County Seat: Painesville
  • Neighboring Counties: Lake County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in [2]Geauga (south) · Ashtabula (east) · Cuyahoga (southwest)

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Lake County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Painesville Twp. records to after 1900 due to flood


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Bible Records


Lake County OHGenWeb at

See History Hall . . . at

Business Records and Commerce


Lake County Cemeteries and Index of names.

Individual cemeteries:

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Family History Library


Names in Stone


Lake Co. Gen. Society

Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Church Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Kirtland
Finding More Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lake County, Ohio Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Naturalization Records - An Alphabetical Abstract of the naturalization petitions from Lake County Probate Court (1860-1906) and Lake County Common Pleas Court (1906-1975). This includes Declarations of Intention and petitions that failed for a variety of reasons. Naturalizations between 1840 and 1860 were done in a variety of courts, which will be abstracted later.

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Land and Property



  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from Lake County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Lake County.
- 1st Regiment, Ohio Light Artillery, Battery C
- 105th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies D and K


Lake County, Ohio Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Historical Society. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers.


Index 1822-current available at  >Genealogy > Obit Index


Probate Records 

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Probate records 1840-1902 browseable on FamilySearch, not complete

Public Records



Lake County Courthouse
47 North Park Place
Painesville, OH 44077-3414
Phone: 440.350.2657 

Clerk Court has court records from 1840

25 North Park Place

Painesville, OH 44077

Probate Judge has marriage and probate records

25 North Park Place, rear

Painesville, OH 44077

County Recorder has land records[1]

105 Main Street

Painesville, OH 44077

Family History Centers

Morley Library--Best collection of local genealogical materials.


Lake County History Center


Lake County Genealogical Society This site contains links to their projects, which have a lot of information in them. Lake County Cemetery Inscriptions to 2003, Naturalization Index 1860-1975, Biographies, Index to LakeLines, Memorials and Activities. 


Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lake County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records


Births1867-1908 now searchable on FamilySearch

Alphabetical transcription at GenWeb 


Marriages - Lake County Probate Marriage Records Index 1840-1915

Marriages 1840-1952 now searchable at FamilySearch


Death records 1867-1908 transcriptoin at GenWeb

Death records 1867-1908 now searchable on FamilySearch

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, widowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.

Web Sites


Populated Places


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Lake County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).