Lake County, Ohio Genealogy

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County Courthouse


Parent County

1840--Lake County was created 6 March 1840 from Geauga and Cuyahoga Counties.
County seat: Painesville [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Lake County Cemeteries and Index of names.


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Kirtland


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.


Local Histories



  • 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




Vital Records

Marriages - Lake County Probate Marriage Records Index 1840-1915

Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch – Pilot. 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.

Societies and Libraries

Morley Library--Best collection of local genealogical materials.

Lake County Genealogical Society This site contains links to their projects, which have a lot of information in them.

Kirtland Ohio Family History Center
8751 Kirtland Road Route 306 (1 mi. south of I-90, red brick church in the valley)
Kirtland, Ohio 44094
Phone: 216-256-8808
Hours open: Wednesday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).