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|Lawrence County, Ohio|
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
|Address|| Lawrence County Courthouse|
1 Veterans Square
Ironton, Ohio 45638
Lawrence County Website
|Beginning dates for major county records|
| *For earlier dates, try... Church |
See an interactive map of Lawrence County boundary changes.
Business Records and Commerce
LDS Cemetery Records
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.
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 Ohio denominations, view the Ohio Church Records wiki page.
Finding More Church Records
Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
Local histories are available for Lawrence County, Ohio 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 Ohio Local Histories.
This county was named for Captain James Lawrence, commander of the frigate Chesapeake during the War of 1812 who said "Do not give up the ship".
Land and Property
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 Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.
Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:
Naturalization and Citizenship
Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.
To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Historical Society. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.
For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers.
Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:
See the wiki page Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.
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.
Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only).
Finding More Probate Records
Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:
Lawrence County Health Department
2120 South 8th Street
Give staff the name of the person and the year of death/birth. You do not have to know the month and day.
Lawrence County Courthouse
Family History Centers
The main FamilySearch Center for Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy is the
For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory. Put your town name in the top search box.
Briggs Lawrence County Public Library- Hamner Room
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am – 8:30pm; Fri-Sat 9am – 5:30pm
Summer Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am – 8:30pm; Fri 9am – 5:30pm Saturday 10am-3pm
Area Records on Microfilm
Briggs Lawrence County Public Library does not perform genealogical research, which is requested by phone, letter or e-mail. We will return all such requests to the sender, and will respond with a list of the names of local researchers obtained from the Lawrence County Genealogical Society, who can perform those services.
The staff at Briggs Lawrence County Public Library will continue to assist all persons who visit the Phyllis Hamner Local History and Genealogy Room located at the Main Library in Ironton, Ohio.
The Lawrence County Museum has certification by the Ohio Association of Historical Societies Museums. It is operated by the Lawrence County Historical Society, a corporation since 1925. The building in which the Museum is housed is referred to, in the Registry of Historical Homes of the Rankin District, as the Colonel George N. Gray House. In 1988, the Lawrence County Historical Society acquired the property, using funds raised through contributions of community-minded individuals, members, and businesses.
Lawrence County Genealogical Society
The following organizations are under the umbrella of the Ohio Genealogical Society:
Application forms for these organizations are at the following URL: http://www.lawrencecountyohio.com/gensoc/gensoc.htm
Lawrence County Historical Society
Finding More Tax Records
Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:
Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Ohio enacted a statute in 1856 -1857 requiring registration of births, deaths and marriages, many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1867 but, again, was not always followed. By 1908, the law was more clearly defined and kept. Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954 while the Ohio Historical Society houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.
View birth, marriage, and death indexes and more online at The Lawrence Register.
Online Birth Indexes and Records
Online Marriage Indexes and Records
Original Marriage Records on Microfilm
Online Death Indexes and Records
Finding More Vital Records
Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:
Original Death Records on Microfilm