Lake County Oregon Genealogy

Lake County Oregon
Cemeteries, Genealogy, Family History

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Lake County Oregon

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Host: Dan

Lake County was created from the southern part of Wasco and the eastern part of Jackson Counties and was established on October 24, 1874. Lake County is in south central Oregon and was named because of the many large lakes that are mainly within its borders. The county seat was at Linkville until the voters selected a permanent site at Lakeview, which overlooks Goose Lake. A fire swept through Lakeview in 1890 which destroyed about 75 businesses; in 1901 the town was rebuilt. The land for the first courthouse was donated by M. W. Bullard and was completed in 1904. In 1954 a new courthouse was built on the site of the former courthouse. Lakeview is known as "The Tallest Town in Oregon" because of its elevation. The county's main industries include agriculture, livestock, wood products, mining and recreation. Lake County is famous for both its hang gliding and Oregon's only geyser, Old Perpetual. Other towns in Lake County include Adel, Alkali Lake, Christmas Valley, Fort Rock, New Pine Creek, Paisley, Plush, Silver Lake, Summer Lake, and Valley Falls.

Lake County Resources

Lake Co. Chamber of Commerce

Oregon Resources

Oregon Donation Land Claims

Oregon Census Records Information - Oregon State Archives

Oregon Genealogical and Historical Societies

Oregon History - Applegate Trail

Oregon History and Genealogy Resources Page

State of Oregon Page

Southern Oregon Historical Society

U.S. Resources



The USGenWeb Free Archives

The OrGenWeb/USGenWeb Project

In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.

At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. Now the same thing is in the works for many states in the nation.

I'm Dan, the County Coordinator for Lake County
If you have information about the county you'd like to share with others, please contact me.
If you would like to help with another county in Oregon, please contact Jan Bony, the Oregon State Coordinator.

Thanks for stopping by!

Last updated Sept 27 2015