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{{Indiana-stub}}''[[United States|United States ]] > [[Indiana|Indiana]] > Lawrence County''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Indiana|Indiana]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Lawrence County''' <br>
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Lawrence County Indiana genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== History  ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County | county = Lawrence County | county_map = | state = Indiana | state_map = Indiana.png | latd = | longd = | founded year = 1818 | founded date = March 1 | seat = Bedford | building image = | building address = [http://indianacourthouses.com/pages/47.htm Lawrence County Courthouse]<br>Bedford, IN 47421<br>Phone: 812.275.7543<br> [http://www.Lawrencecounty.us/ '''Lawrence County Website'''] | adoption_sign = Adoption Indiana Genealogical Society}}
  
Lawrence County, Indiana was formed from Orange County on 1 Mar 1818 as the result of a legislative act of 7 Jan 1818. The county was named after James Lawrence. He is best remembered as having been responsible for his words "Don't give up the ship" during the War of 1812.
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
The original county seat of Lawrence County was Palestine, located on the White River. The county seat was moved and renamed Bedford as the result of an 1825 legislative act.  
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The territory that eventually became Lawrence County, Indiana was once a part of Washington County and later of Orange County. Lawrence County was formed from Orange County on 1 Mar 1818 as the result of a legislative act of 7 Jan 1818.  
  
==== Parent County  ====
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The county was named after James Lawrence. He is best remembered as having been responsible for his words "Don't give up the ship" during the War of 1812.
  
'''1818--'''Lawrence County was created 7 January 1818&nbsp;from [[Orange County, Indiana|Orange ]]County.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat: '''Bedford <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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The original county seat of Lawrence County was Palestine, located on the White River. Lawrence County's first circuit court was held 4 Jun 1818 in the home of James Gregory at Leatherwood, east of the present-day location of Bedford.  
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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The first courthouse was built in the spring of 1818 at Palestine. A new courthouse was constructed in Palestine in 1822.
  
==== Record Loss ====
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The county seat was moved and renamed Bedford as the result of an 1825 legislative act. A temporary log courthouse was erected in Bedford in early 1825. The first court term in Bedford opened 6 Feb 1826. A new courthouse was completed in May of 1834. An 1869 move for a new courthouse resulted in construction of a new building in 1872.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places ====
 
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==== Townships ====
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Lawrence County currently consists of nine townships:  
 
Lawrence County currently consists of nine townships:  
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*Spice Valley
 
*Spice Valley
  
Another township, Flinn Township, has been incorporated into Guthrie, Pleasant Run, and Shawswick Townships.
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Another township, Flinn Township, has been incorporated into Guthrie, Pleasant Run, and Shawswick Townships.  
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
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The following incorporated towns are located in Lawrence County:  
 
The following incorporated towns are located in Lawrence County:  
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*Mitchell: [http://www.mitchell-in.gov/ official site] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell,_Indiana Wikipedia]  
 
*Mitchell: [http://www.mitchell-in.gov/ official site] |&nbsp;[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell,_Indiana Wikipedia]  
 
*Oolitic (Indian Creek and Shawswick Twps.): [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oolitic,_Indiana Wikipedia]
 
*Oolitic (Indian Creek and Shawswick Twps.): [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oolitic,_Indiana Wikipedia]
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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'''1818--'''Lawrence County was organized 1 Mar 1818 as the result of a legislative act of 7 January 1818. The county was formed from [[Orange County, Indiana|Orange ]]County.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Greene County, Indiana|Greene]]  
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*[[Greene County, Indiana|Greene]]&nbsp;(northwest)
*[[Jackson County, Indiana|Jackson]]  
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*[[Jackson County, Indiana|Jackson]]&nbsp;(east)
*[[Martin County, Indiana|Martin]]  
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*[[Martin County, Indiana|Martin]]&nbsp;(west)
*[[Monroe County, Indiana|Monroe]]  
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*[[Monroe County, Indiana|Monroe]]&nbsp;(north)
*[[Orange County, Indiana|Orange]]  
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*[[Orange County, Indiana|Orange]]&nbsp;(south)
*[[Washington County, Indiana|Washington]]
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*[[Washington County, Indiana|Washington]]&nbsp;(southeast)
  
== Resources ==
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==== Record Loss ====
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Resources ===
  
===== '''''General''''' =====
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==== Bible Records ====
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/journal.htm Alphabetical List of Cemeteries]&nbsp;(IN GenWeb)
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==== Biographies  ====
*[http://www.interment.net/us/in/lawrence.htm Lawrence County Cemetery Records] (Interment.net)
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===== '''''Specific Cemeteries''''' =====
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*[http://www.usgenealogyexpress.com/~in/lawrence/lawrenceco_biosindx.htm History of Lawrence County, Indiana Biographical Index] (Lawrence County, Indiana History &amp; Genealogy)
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*[http://www.angelfire.com/in4/orchidhill/lawrence.html Indiana Biographies - Lawrence County] (may open popups)
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*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/photos.htm Lawrence County Biographies] (IN GenWeb)
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/bios.html Lawrence County Biographies] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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==== Business Records  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/journal.htm Alphabetical List of Cemeteries]&nbsp;(IN GenWeb)
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/in/lawrence.htm Lawrence County Cemetery Records] (Interment.net)
  
 
*Guthrie Creek Cemetery: Jarvis, Carolyn, et al. ''Guthrie Creek Cemetery, Pleasant Run Township, Lawrence County, Indiana''. Bedford, IN: Lawrence Historical &amp; Genealogical Society, 2007. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/guthrie-creek-gememtery-pleasant-run-township-lawrence-county-indiana/oclc/248612756&referer=brief_results WorldCat]  
 
*Guthrie Creek Cemetery: Jarvis, Carolyn, et al. ''Guthrie Creek Cemetery, Pleasant Run Township, Lawrence County, Indiana''. Bedford, IN: Lawrence Historical &amp; Genealogical Society, 2007. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/guthrie-creek-gememtery-pleasant-run-township-lawrence-county-indiana/oclc/248612756&referer=brief_results WorldCat]  
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/scripts/data/database.cgi?file=Data&report=SingleArticle&ArticleID=0028830 Mitchell City Cemetery] (Access Genealogy)
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/scripts/data/database.cgi?file=Data&report=SingleArticle&ArticleID=0028830 Mitchell City Cemetery] (Access Genealogy)  
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/scripts/data/database.cgi?file=Data&report=SingleArticle&ArticleID=0028833 Sheeks Cemetery, North of Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana] (Access Genealogy)
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==== Census Records  ====
  
==== Census ====
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{{Census|Indiana}}
  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/census.html Census Records, Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/census.html Census Records, Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/census.html Lawrence County Census] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/census.html Lawrence County Census] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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*Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census for Lawrence County, Indiana (1880) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Church Records ====
  
 
*Lawless, Elaine J. ''God's Peculiar People: Women's Voices &amp; Folk Tradition in a Pentecostal Church''. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1988, 2005. (Discusses "Oneness" Pentecostals of Lawrence and Monroe Cos., IN.)&nbsp;[http://books.google.com/books?id=60oHksliJYEC&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22God's+Peculiar+People%22&hl=en&ei=1mdQTsvUE-fd0QHmp_n2Bg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books] (limited preview)
 
*Lawless, Elaine J. ''God's Peculiar People: Women's Voices &amp; Folk Tradition in a Pentecostal Church''. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1988, 2005. (Discusses "Oneness" Pentecostals of Lawrence and Monroe Cos., IN.)&nbsp;[http://books.google.com/books?id=60oHksliJYEC&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22God's+Peculiar+People%22&hl=en&ei=1mdQTsvUE-fd0QHmp_n2Bg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books] (limited preview)
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Court Records ====
  
 
==== Directories  ====
 
==== Directories  ====
  
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*Directory of Businesses in Lawrence County, Indiana (1868) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/1890.html 1890 City Directory] (for several Lawrence Co. towns) (Genealogy Trails)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/1890.html 1890 City Directory] (for several Lawrence Co. towns) (Genealogy Trails)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/dir.html Lawrence County Directories] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/dir.html Lawrence County Directories] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
  
==== Genealogies, Biographies, Letters, and Journals ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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==== Genealogies ====
  
*[http://www.usgenealogyexpress.com/~in/lawrence/lawrenceco_biosindx.htm History of Lawrence County, Indiana Biographical Index] (Lawrence County, Indiana History &amp; Genealogy)
 
*[http://www.angelfire.com/in4/orchidhill/lawrence.html Indiana Biographies - Lawrence County] (may open popups)
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/photos.htm Lawrence County Biographies] (IN GenWeb)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/bios.html Lawrence County Biographies] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
 
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/diaries.html Lawrence County Diaries, Letters, and Journals] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/diaries.html Lawrence County Diaries, Letters, and Journals] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/bio_index.html Lawrence County: The People] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/bio_index.html Lawrence County: The People] (Genealogy Trails)
  
==== Land ====
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==== Histories ====
 
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/deeds.html Lawrence County Deeds and Land Records] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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==== Local Histories  ====
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===== Local Histories  =====
  
 
*''History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana: Their People, Industries and Institutions''. Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen &amp; Co., 1914. [http://books.google.com/books?id=cxwVAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Lawrence+County,+Indiana&hl=en&ei=cGVQTon6NOXn0QHbsZmVBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CFYQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=Lawrence%20County%2C%20Indiana&f=false Google Books] (complete digital copy) |&nbsp;[http://www.usgenealogyexpress.com/~in/lawrence/lawrenceco_hist.htm Lawrence County History &amp; Genealogy]&nbsp;(partial transcription)  
 
*''History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana: Their People, Industries and Institutions''. Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen &amp; Co., 1914. [http://books.google.com/books?id=cxwVAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Lawrence+County,+Indiana&hl=en&ei=cGVQTon6NOXn0QHbsZmVBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CFYQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=Lawrence%20County%2C%20Indiana&f=false Google Books] (complete digital copy) |&nbsp;[http://www.usgenealogyexpress.com/~in/lawrence/lawrenceco_hist.htm Lawrence County History &amp; Genealogy]&nbsp;(partial transcription)  
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*Kruse, Maxine. ''Lawrence County Indiana'' (Images of America series). Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2001. [http://books.google.com/books?id=wCwMRnGUiq4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Lawrence+County,+Indiana&hl=en&ei=AmdQTpGYNYns0gH0582YBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books] (limited preview)  
 
*Kruse, Maxine. ''Lawrence County Indiana'' (Images of America series). Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2001. [http://books.google.com/books?id=wCwMRnGUiq4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=Lawrence+County,+Indiana&hl=en&ei=AmdQTpGYNYns0gH0582YBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books] (limited preview)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/history.html History of Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/history.html History of Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Land and Property  ====
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/deeds.html Lawrence County Deeds and Land Records] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/about.htm Lawrence County Maps] (IN GenWeb)
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/about.htm Lawrence County Maps] (IN GenWeb)
  
==== Military  ====
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==== Military Records ====
 
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===== '''''General'''''  =====
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/military.html Lawrence County Military] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/military.html Lawrence County Military] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
  
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'''Civil War'''  
  
Civil War service men from&nbsp;Lawrence 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&nbsp;Lawrence County:<br>  
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Civil War service men from Lawrence 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&nbsp;Lawrence County:<br>  
  
 
*[[4th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|4th Regiment]], Indiana Cavalry, Company G  
 
*[[4th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|4th Regiment]], Indiana Cavalry, Company G  
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*[[145th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|145th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies B, C, and G
 
*[[145th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|145th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies B, C, and G
  
Resources:
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'''Resources'''
  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=49537&GRid=24067481& Col. Doil R. Bowden] (Find A Grave)  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=49537&GRid=24067481& Col. Doil R. Bowden] (Find A Grave)  
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*[http://www.starbacks.ca/~jdanielson/civ-war3.htm Sowder Civil War Records for Lawrence County, Indiana]
 
*[http://www.starbacks.ca/~jdanielson/civ-war3.htm Sowder Civil War Records for Lawrence County, Indiana]
  
==== Miscellaneous ====
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
 
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/first_jail_in_lawrence_county.html Lawrence County, Indiana Miscellaneous Information] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
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*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/obit.html Lawrence County Obituary Database Surname Index] (IN GenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/obit.html Lawrence County Obituary Database Surname Index] (IN GenWeb)  
 
*Mitchell Tribune (current newspaper, Mitchell)  
 
*Mitchell Tribune (current newspaper, Mitchell)  
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*[http://www.ibccn.org/tpl/genealogy/genindexes.htm Lebanon Reporter newspaper index], 1985-2005 (Thorntown Public Library)
 
*[http://www.monroe.lib.in.us/cgi-bin/obitsearch/ Monroe County Public Library Obituary Index Search] (includes many Lawrence County obituaries)  
 
*[http://www.monroe.lib.in.us/cgi-bin/obitsearch/ Monroe County Public Library Obituary Index Search] (includes many Lawrence County obituaries)  
 
*[http://www.tmnews.com/ Times-Mail] (current newspaper, Bedford)
 
*[http://www.tmnews.com/ Times-Mail] (current newspaper, Bedford)
  
==== Photos ====
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==== Obituaries ====
  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/photos.html Lawrence County Photographs] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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==== Periodicals  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/wills.html Lawrence County Wills] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/wills.html Lawrence County Wills] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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==== Public Records  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/first_jail_in_lawrence_county.html Lawrence County, Indiana Miscellaneous Information] (Genealogy Trails)
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*Roster of Civilian Conservation Corps, Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana (1938) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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==== Repositories  ====
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===== Courthouse  =====
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[http://indianacourthouses.com/pages/47.htm Lawrence County Courthouse]<br>Bedford, IN 47421<br>Phone: 812.275.7543&nbsp;<br><br>County&nbsp;Clerk has marriage, probate, divorce and court records from 1818.<br>County Health Department has birth and death records.<br>County Recorder has land records from 1818 and military records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lawrence County, Indiana 214 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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===== Archives  =====
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===== Libraries  =====
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*[http://www.bedlib.org/ Bedford Public Library], 1323 K St., Bedford, IN 47421
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*Mitchell Community Public LIbrary, 804 Main St., Mitchell, IN 47446
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===== Museums  =====
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*[http://www.lawrencecountyhistory.org/jm/ Lawrence County Museum of History &amp; Edward L. Hutton Research Library], 929 15th St., Befford, IN 47421
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===== Societies  =====
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*Daniel Guthrie Chapter, Indiana Sons of the American Revolution
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*Jim Guthrie Chapter, Lawrence County Historical Society, 1617 M St., Befford, IN 47421
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Bedford Indiana Family History Center]]
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==== School Records  ====
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*Seniors of Bedford High School (1933) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Teachers of Bedford High School (1933) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Directory of Teachers for Lawrence County (1936) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
*Lee, Barbara. ''1907 Lawrence County, Indiana Poll Tax Rolls''. Bedford, IN: Lawrence County Historical &amp; Genealogical Society, (2007?). [http://www.worldcat.org/title/1907-lawrence-county-indiana-poll-tax-rolls/oclc/144617684&referer=brief_results WorldCat]
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*Lee, Barbara. ''1907 Lawrence County, Indiana Poll Tax Rolls''. Bedford, IN: Lawrence County Historical &amp; Genealogical Society, (2007?). [http://www.worldcat.org/title/1907-lawrence-county-indiana-poll-tax-rolls/oclc/144617684&referer=brief_results WorldCat]  
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*A list of Lawrence County Poll Tax Payers for 1822 is available on the internet at this [http://archive.org/stream/lawrencecountyin00fort/lawrencecountyin00fort_djvu.txt link].
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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*[http://tinyurl.com/3n3qgms Indiana State Digital Achives ]for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011) <br>
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===== Birth Records =====
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/birth.html Lawrence County Births] (U.S. GenWeb Archives) <br>
  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/birth.html Lawrence County Births] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
 
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/births.html Lawrence County, Indiana Birth Records of University Graduates] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/births.html Lawrence County, Indiana Birth Records of University Graduates] (Genealogy Trails)
  
===== '''''Marriages''''' =====
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===== Marriage Records =====
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*Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892 - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7852&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry.con ]$ <br>
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*Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992&nbsp; -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674830 FamilySearch] <br>
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*Indiana Marriage, 1811-1959&nbsp; -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410397 FamilySearch] <br>
  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/marriages.html Lawrence County Marriages]&nbsp;(U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/marriages.html Lawrence County Marriages]&nbsp;(U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/marriages.html Marriages of Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/marriages.html Marriages of Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)
  
===== '''''Deaths''''' =====
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===== Death Records =====
  
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*Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920 -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1947977 FamilySearch]
 
*[http://www.daycarter.com/obits/ Day &amp; Carter Mortuary Online Obituaries]  
 
*[http://www.daycarter.com/obits/ Day &amp; Carter Mortuary Online Obituaries]  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/deaths.html Deaths, Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/deaths.html Deaths, Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;<br> ==
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*[[Bedford Indiana Family History Center]]
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*[http://www.bedlib.org/ Bedford Public Library], 1323 K St., Bedford, IN 47421
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*Daniel Guthrie Chapter, Indiana Sons of the American Revolution
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*Jim Guthrie Chapter, Lawrence County Historical Society, 1617 M St., Befford, IN 47421
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*[http://www.lawrencecountyhistory.org/jm/ Lawrence County Museum of History &amp; Edward L. Hutton Research Library], 929 15th St., Befford, IN 47421
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*Mitchell Community Public LIbrary, 804 Main St., Mitchell, IN 47446
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== Web Sites<br> ==
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/photos.html Lawrence County Photographs] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
 
*{{FHL|Indiana%2C+Lawrence|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Indiana%2C+Lawrence|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://indgen.blogspot.com/ Jackson/Lawrence County, Indiana] Genealogy (blog)
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*[http://www.in.gov/library/3060.htm Lawrence County] (Indiana State Library, Genealogy Division)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/lawrence.html Lawrence County] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/lawrence.html Lawrence County] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
 
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Guide to Lawrence County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Founded March 1, 1818
County Seat Bedford
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Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: 812.275.7543
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Contents

Historical Facts

The territory that eventually became Lawrence County, Indiana was once a part of Washington County and later of Orange County. Lawrence County was formed from Orange County on 1 Mar 1818 as the result of a legislative act of 7 Jan 1818.

The county was named after James Lawrence. He is best remembered as having been responsible for his words "Don't give up the ship" during the War of 1812.

The original county seat of Lawrence County was Palestine, located on the White River. Lawrence County's first circuit court was held 4 Jun 1818 in the home of James Gregory at Leatherwood, east of the present-day location of Bedford.

The first courthouse was built in the spring of 1818 at Palestine. A new courthouse was constructed in Palestine in 1822.

The county seat was moved and renamed Bedford as the result of an 1825 legislative act. A temporary log courthouse was erected in Bedford in early 1825. The first court term in Bedford opened 6 Feb 1826. A new courthouse was completed in May of 1834. An 1869 move for a new courthouse resulted in construction of a new building in 1872.

Populated Places

Lawrence County currently consists of nine townships:

  • Bono
  • Guthrie
  • Indian Creek
  • Marion 
  • Marshall
  • Perry
  • Pleasant Run
  • Shawswick
  • Spice Valley

Another township, Flinn Township, has been incorporated into Guthrie, Pleasant Run, and Shawswick Townships.

The following incorporated towns are located in Lawrence County:

Boundary Changes

1818--Lawrence County was organized 1 Mar 1818 as the result of a legislative act of 7 January 1818. The county was formed from Orange County.[1]

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business Records

Cemeteries

Census Records

For tips on accessing Lawrence County, Indiana census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Church Records

  • Lawless, Elaine J. God's Peculiar People: Women's Voices & Folk Tradition in a Pentecostal Church. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 1988, 2005. (Discusses "Oneness" Pentecostals of Lawrence and Monroe Cos., IN.) Google Books (limited preview)

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

Histories

Local Histories

Land and Property

Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Lawrence 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 Lawrence County:

Resources

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Lawrence County Courthouse
Bedford, IN 47421
Phone: 812.275.7543 

County Clerk has marriage, probate, divorce and court records from 1818.
County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Recorder has land records from 1818 and military records.[2]

Archives
Libraries
  • Bedford Public Library, 1323 K St., Bedford, IN 47421
  • Mitchell Community Public LIbrary, 804 Main St., Mitchell, IN 47446
Museums
Societies
  • Daniel Guthrie Chapter, Indiana Sons of the American Revolution
  • Jim Guthrie Chapter, Lawrence County Historical Society, 1617 M St., Befford, IN 47421
Family History Centers

School Records

Taxation

  • Lee, Barbara. 1907 Lawrence County, Indiana Poll Tax Rolls. Bedford, IN: Lawrence County Historical & Genealogical Society, (2007?). WorldCat
  • A list of Lawrence County Poll Tax Payers for 1822 is available on the internet at this link.

Vital Records

  • Indiana State Digital Achives for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)
Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records





References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lawrence County, Indiana 214 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.