Finding Your Lake County Ancestors
A Compilation from the Lake County Library, Lakeport California
Lake County was formed from Napa and Mendocino Counties on May 20, 1861; earlier records are found in those counties. Mendocino, Napa, Colusa, Yolo and Sonoma Counties adjoin Lake County and may have some records of interest, as well.
Lake County Resources
LAKE COUNTY LIBRARY
The Lake County Library has four locations. The main library in Lakeport and the Redbud branch in Clearlake have the most genealogy information. Each of these libraries has a digital microfilm reader/printer.
- Newspapers: Microfilmed Lake County newspapers, 1860s—current; not all complete.
- Censuses: Microfilm copies of all currently available Federal censuses that cover Lake County.
- The “Mauldin Notes”: 10,000 indexed pages of Lake County historical information. Lakeport and Redbud Libraries have copies.
- Books about Lake County history, some on local families; some cemetery transcriptions. See the library website for the online catalog.
- “The Pomo Bulletin”: The publication of the Lake County Historical Society.
- The library borrows and loans genealogy materials through interlibrary loan.
Lakeport Library | 1425 N. High Street | Lakeport CA 95453 | 707-263-8817
Redbud Library | 14785 Burns Valley Road | Clearlake CA 95422 | 707-994-5115
Web: http://library.co.lake.ca.us | Email: Library@LakeCountyCA.gov
LAKE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
The Lenore Clark Memorial Research Library is located in the Upper Lake Senior Support Center at Mendenhall and First. Volunteers staff the library Thursdays 10 a.m.– 3 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. -2 p.m., and 2nd Saturdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; other days by appointment. Hours are subject to change. Call or email to confirm that the library is open. The LCGS collection houses many records pertinent to Lake County genealogy, including:
- Lake County death information files
- Obituary file
- Cemetery transcriptions
- Lake County family histories
- Lake County phone books 1947-present
- Great Register indexes
- School directories
- Probate records
- Index of births, marriages & deaths in local newspapers ( Lake County Library has newspaper microfilms)
- Some school yearbooks
Lake County Genealogical Society | PO Box 1323 | Lakeport CA 95453 |
707-275-2144 or 707-279-8003 | Web: rootsweb.ancestry.com/~calcgs | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAKE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Historical photographs | “The Pomo Bulletin” includes some family information | assorted history files.
Contact: Lake County Historical Society | PO Box 1011 | Lakeport CA 95453 | Web: lakecountyhistory.org
LAKE COUNTY RECORDER
Vital Records | Land records
Contact: Lake County Recorder | 255 N. Forbes Street | Lakeport CA 95453 | 707-263-2293
Web: co.lake.ca.us/Government/Directory/Assessor-Recorder.htm | Email: Recorder@co.lake.ca.us
The Lake County Genealogical Society has transcribed many cemeteries and keeps the information in its research library in Lucerne. Some of the cemeteries are still in use and have managers who can answer questions. Others are no longer used and all information comes from transcriptions.
- Glenbrook Cemetery, Cobb Valley
- Hartley Cemetery; Lakeport
- Kelseyville Cemetery
- Kelseyville Pioneer Cemetery
- Lower Lake Cemetery
- Lower Lake Herndon-Copsey Cemetery
- Middletown Cemetery
- St. Mary’s [Catholic], Lakeport
- St. Peter’s [Catholic], Kelseyville
- Upper Lake Cemetery
These cemeteries and others in Lake County are on the web at: FindAGrave.com | cagenweb.com/lake/lakcem.htm | accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/california/lake_county.htm.
CLERK OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
Probate records | Court records
Contact: Clerk of the Superior Court | 255 N. Forbes Street | Lakeport CA 95453 | 707-263-2374 | Web: lake.courts.ca.gov
LAKE COUNTY MUSEUMS
Historical photographs | The “Mauldin Notes” | “The Pomo Bulletin” (complete collection) | Historic court records & documents | oral histories | Other files
Lake County Historic Courthouse Museum | 255 N. Main Street | Lakeport CA 95453 | 707-263-4555 | Email: Museum@LakeCountyCA.gov
Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum | 16435 Main Street | Lower Lake CA 95457 | 707-995-3565 | Email: email@example.com | Web: co.lake.ca.us/Government/Directory/Museums/LowerLake.htm
- Chapel of the Lakes | 1625 N. High Street | Lakeport CA 95453 | 707-263-0357
- Jones Mortuary | 115 S. Main Street | Lakeport CA 95453 | 707-263-5389
- Jones & Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel | 16140 Main Street | Lower Lake CA 95457 | 707-994-6417
OTHER USEFUL INTERNET SITES
- Lake County genealogy on CAGenWeb | http://cagenweb.com/lake
- California Death Index 1940-1994 | http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi | familysearch.org
- The CAGenWeb Project | http://cagenweb.com
- California Pioneer Project | http://cagenweb.com/cpl
- Linkpendium Lake County | linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Lake
Tribal genealogy involves more than just standard genealogy records. Local tribes also maintain some genealogical records on their members. Anyone seeking to establish membership is advised to contact the appropriate tribal office for more information.
- Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians big-valley.net/index.htm 707-263-3924
- Elem Indian Colony 707-998-3003
- Habemotelol Band of Pomo Indians upperlakepomo.com 707-275-0737
- Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians 707-987-8288
- Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians robinsonrancheria.org 707-275-052
- Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians 707-263-4220