Lake County, Tennessee Genealogy Guide2016-05-27T11:28:22+00:00

Lake County, Tennessee Genealogy Guide

Lake County, Tennessee (Map It) was created on June 24, 1870 from Obion County. This Lake County was named for Reelfoot Lake.Learn More About State of Tennessee History

Lake County is bordered by Fulton County, Kentucky (north), Obion County (east), Dyer County (south), Pemiscot County, MO (west) and New Madrid County, MO (northwest) .

Lake County Cities and Towns include Ridgely, Tiptonville . A Map of Lake County, Tennessee contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Lake County, Tennessee Courthouse Records

Lake County, Tennessee Courthouse
Lake County, TN Courthouse

The Lake County Courthouse is located in Tiptonville, Tennessee. Learn More About State of Tennessee Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Lake county or in the Tennessee State Library & Archives. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Lake County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1883 and Probate Records from 1871. The 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.
  • Lake County Register of Deeds has Land & Deed Records from 1870 . The 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.
  • Lake County Clerk of Circuit Court has Chancery Court Minutes from 1896, Circuit Court Minutes from 1892 and County  Court Minutes 1870. The 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.
  • Lake County Property Assessor has Tax Records from 1878, 1879 and are located at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The 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.
  • Lake County Health Department 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).

Lake County, Tennessee Census Records

Lake County, Tennessee Vital Records

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