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Death Records

Who Can Request a Death Record?

Death records are not public records and are only available to those who have a personal or property interest with the decedent. If you are not a relative of the deceased person, you must provide proof of your relationship to the deceased.

If you are requesting a death certificate as the duly authorized agent or legal representative, you must submit a written document naming you as one of the following:

  • A licensed attorney acting on behalf of a decedent or his/her estate;
  • An agent authorized by power of attorney;
  • A court-appointed personal representative, executor/administrator, or
  • An agent with expressed, notarized authorization.

If you are requesting a death certificate as someone claiming a legal, personal, or property interest, you must submit a written document demonstrating that you have a personal or property interest at stake, such as a will naming you, a letter on a firm’s letterhead, or a file-stamped copy of a complaint at law.

Exceptions to these restrictions apply to those interested in Genealogical Research.

Types of Death Records

Acceptable for official purposes, i.e., Social Security, pension, insurance, property transactions, etc.
  • Certified Record
    $14 for first certified copy
      $8 for each additional copy
  • Non-certified Record
    Used in researching family history and is available only if the record is at least 20 years old.
      $4 for each non-certified record marked “For Genealogical Purposes Only”
  • No Record Found Certification
    If the record is not found to be on file within our office, a Certificate of No Record Found is available for purchase.
      $1.50 for certification

Ways to Order

  • Walk-in same-day service
    • Certified or non-certified record
    • Downtown Waukegan (Map to our office)
    • No appointment needed
    • Valid identification is required (acceptable ID is listed on form)
    • Processing time is normally less than 30 minutes
    • Payment by cash, check, money order, or credit / debit card
      (Additional service fees apply to credit / debit card payments)
    • For faster service, complete the online Death Certificate Request Form (fillable PDF), then print and sign it.
  • By mail with check or money order payment
    Record is requested and mailed to customer through the U.S. Postal Service’s first-class mail
    • Certified or non-certified record
    • Two business day processing, once request is received by our office
    • Record can be sent to a street address or P.O. box
    • Items needed:
      1. Completed Death Certificate Request Form (fillable PDF), printed, and signed
      2. Photocopy of valid identification (acceptable ID is listed on form)
      3. Check or money order payable to the Lake County Clerk
      4. Self-addressed envelope with sufficient first-class U.S. postage stamp affixed
    • Mail all items to:
      Lake County Clerk
      Vital Records Department
      18 N. County Street, Room 101
      Waukegan, IL 60085
  • Online with credit card payment
    VitalChek Network, Inc. is an independent company and our selected partner providing vital record ordering services when payment is made by credit card, expedited delivery is required, or order is placed by fax or email. Additional service fees will be applied.

  • By fax or email for certified or non-certified records
    For instructions on how to place an order by fax or email, please call the Clerk’s Vital Record Department at 847-377-2411. Orders will be processed through VitalChek, and all applicable service fees will be applied.


Due to the cost and the inability to re-purpose the state-mandated security paper used to issue vital records, once an order for certificate copies is processed, our office cannot offer any refunds.

Lake County, CA Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce Records

Lake County vital recordsVital records for Lake County, California, can be obtained through the office of the county clerk. Eligible applicants can request certified copies of birth, death and marriage records by phone or fax or in person, by filling in and submitting the appropriate forms, available online or in person at the clerk's office. Records dating prior to 1916 may be searched by the public during regular business hours. The county clerk has also partnered with the Lake County Genealogical Society to preserve and maintain records dating back to 1839, including the restoration and reproduction of fragile or deteriorating documents.

Lake County Recorder Office - Birth, Death, Marriage & Divorce Records

Lake County
255 N Forbes, Rm 223
Lakeport, CA 95453
Hours of Operation: 8AM-5PM PST
Phone: 707-263-2293
Fax: 707-263-3703
Real Estate: 707-263-2293
Assessor: 707-263-2302
Treasurer: 707-263-2236
Elections: 707-263-2372
Vital Records: 707-263-2293
Recording Officer: County Recorder
Records Online: Real Estate, Grantor/Grantee, Deed, Lien, Mortgage
Assessor Fax: 707-263-3703
Assessor Website

Lake County Marriage & Divorce Records

Lake County Birth & Death Records

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Lake County Death Records Search (California)

Perform a free Lake County, CA public death records search, including death certificates, death indexes, deceased records, death registers & registries, obituaries, and death notices.

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Lake County Assessor and Recorder Website Lake County Assessor and Recorder home page, including hours, phone number, and address.

Lake County Genealogy Records Lake County genealogy information including birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, deed records, and Board of Supervisors meetings.

Lake County Recorder Website Lake County Recorder general information page, including responsibilities, fees and document formatting requirements.

Find Lake County Death Records

Lake County Death Records are documents relating to an individual's death in Lake County, California. These can include Lake County death certificates, local and California State death registries, and the National Death Index. Death Records are kept by Vital Records Offices or Lake County Clerk's Offices, which may be run by the state or at the local level.

Learn about Death Records, including:
  • How to search online for Death Records
  • Where to get certified death certificates in Lake County, CA
  • How to get copies of Death Records
  • What information is part of the death index
  • What genealogists use Lake County vital records for

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Lake County, California Genealogy

Guide to Lake County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

California Online Genealogy Records

County Information[edit | edit source]

Lake County, California Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
1867 1867 1967 1867 1867 1867 1850
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1905. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death and land records from 1867,
mining and miscellaneous records; Clerk Superior Court has divorce,
probate and court records [2]

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

20 May 1861: Lake County was created from Napa County.  County seat: Lakeport [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named from Clear Lake, the dominant geographic feature in the county and the largest natural lake wholly within California. The County Seat is Lakeport and was founded May 20, 1861. It is located in the northwest area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

"Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1867 Courthouse burned down and all earlier records were destroyed.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following web site may have additional information on Lake County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 2,969
1880 6,596 122.2%
1890 7,101 7.7%
1900 6,017 −15.3%
1910 5,526 −8.2%
1920 5,402 −2.2%
1930 7,166 32.7%
1940 8,069 12.6%
1950 11,481 42.3%
1960 13,786 20.1%
1970 19,548 41.8%
1980 36,366 86.0%
1990 50,631 39.2%
2000 58,309 15.2%
2010 64,665 10.9%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Lake County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about California denominations, view the California Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Crime and Criminals[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Germans[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lake County, California Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section California Local Histories.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See California Land and Property for additional information about early California land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Maps[edit | edit source]


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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lake County, California Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The county clerk is usually the custodian of probate records. The records include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

You can obtain copies of the original probate records (such as wills and estate files) by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Lake - Probate records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Societies[edit | edit source]

Lake County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1323
Lakeport 95453

Lake County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1011
Lakeport 95453

Taxation[edit | edit source]

California tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page California Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records. The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lake County, California. Page 84-88 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 81-83.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lake County, California. Page 85 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. ↑Wikipedia contributors, "Lake County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_California 5/03/2017.
  5. ↑Wikipedia contributors, "Lake County, California," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_California, accessed 15 September 2019.

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