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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Indiana|Indiana]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Lawrence County''' <br>
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County 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>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
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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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.  
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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.
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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.
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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.  
  
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 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.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''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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'''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.&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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==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss ====
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==== Record Loss ====
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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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.  
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
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==== 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  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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===== '''''General'''''  =====
 
===== '''''General'''''  =====
  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/journal.htm Alphabetical List of Cemeteries] (IN GenWeb)''
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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)
  
 
===== '''''Specific Cemeteries'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Specific Cemeteries'''''  =====
  
 
*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)
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/census.html Census Records, Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)
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{{Census|Indiana}}
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/census.html Lawrence County Census] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/census.html Census Records, Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)  
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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])
  
 
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==== Directories  ====
 
==== Directories  ====
  
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/1890.html 1890 City Directory] (for several Lawrence Co. towns) (Genealogy Trails)
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*Directory of Businesses in Lawrence County, Indiana (1868) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*[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)
  
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*''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)  
 
*''History of Washington County Indiana: A Re-Production of the Original "History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties" 1884''. Salem, IN: Washington County Historical Society, 1999. FHL 977.226 H2Lc &nbsp;{{FHL|477890|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp;| [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-washington-county-indiana-a-re-production-of-the-original-history-of-lawrence-orange-and-washington-counties-1884/oclc/436936422&referer=brief_results WorldCat]&nbsp;| [http://books.google.com/books?id=1BeAOwAACAAJ&dq=History+of+Washington+County+Indiana&hl=en&ei=y2ZQTsWpOMTq0gGn6_CMBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAA Google Books] (no preview) |&nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/details/historyoflawrenc00chic Internet Archive]&nbsp;(digital copy)  
 
*''History of Washington County Indiana: A Re-Production of the Original "History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties" 1884''. Salem, IN: Washington County Historical Society, 1999. FHL 977.226 H2Lc &nbsp;{{FHL|477890|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp;| [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-washington-county-indiana-a-re-production-of-the-original-history-of-lawrence-orange-and-washington-counties-1884/oclc/436936422&referer=brief_results WorldCat]&nbsp;| [http://books.google.com/books?id=1BeAOwAACAAJ&dq=History+of+Washington+County+Indiana&hl=en&ei=y2ZQTsWpOMTq0gGn6_CMBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCoQ6AEwAA Google Books] (no preview) |&nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/details/historyoflawrenc00chic Internet Archive]&nbsp;(digital copy)  
*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)
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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)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/history.html History of Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)
  
 
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Resources:  
 
Resources:  
  
*[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.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=49537&GRid=24067481& Col. Doil R. Bowden] (Find A Grave)  
 
*"Military History," Chapter 7 in ''History of Washington County Indiana: A Re-Production of the Original "History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties," 1884'', reprint edition, Salem, IN: Washington County Historical Society, 1999, pp. 175-200. FHL 977.226 H2Lc &nbsp;{{FHL|477890|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp;|&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-washington-county-indiana-a-re-production-of-the-original-history-of-lawrence-orange-and-washington-counties-1884/oclc/436936422&referer=brief_results WorldCat]&nbsp;|&nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/details/historyoflawrenc00chic Internet Archive]&nbsp;(digital text)  
 
*"Military History," Chapter 7 in ''History of Washington County Indiana: A Re-Production of the Original "History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties," 1884'', reprint edition, Salem, IN: Washington County Historical Society, 1999, pp. 175-200. FHL 977.226 H2Lc &nbsp;{{FHL|477890|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp;|&nbsp;[http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-washington-county-indiana-a-re-production-of-the-original-history-of-lawrence-orange-and-washington-counties-1884/oclc/436936422&referer=brief_results WorldCat]&nbsp;|&nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/details/historyoflawrenc00chic Internet Archive]&nbsp;(digital text)  
 
*[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]
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==== Miscellaneous  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/first_jail_in_lawrence_county.html Lawrence County, Indiana Miscellaneous Information] (Genealogy Trails)
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/news.html Lawrence County, Indiana News] (newspaper extracts) (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/obits.html Lawrence County, Indiana Obits] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/news.html Lawrence County Newspapers] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/news.html Lawrence County Newspapers] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/obits.html Lawrence County Obituaries] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/obits.html Lawrence County Obituaries] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/obit.html Lawrence County Obituary Database Surname Index] (IN GenWeb)
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*[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)
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==== Occupations  ====
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*Roster of Civilian Conservation Corps, Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana (1938) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
 
==== Photos  ====
 
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*[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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==== 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])
  
 
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===== '''''Births'''''  =====
 
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/birth.html Lawrence County Births] (U.S. GenWeb Archives)  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/birth.html Lawrence County Births] (U.S. GenWeb Archives) <br>
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*[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)
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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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*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>
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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]
  
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/marriages.html Lawrence County Marriages]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/in/lawrence/marriages.html Lawrence County Marriages]&nbsp;(U.S. GenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/marriages.html Marriages of Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)
  
 
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*[[Bedford Indiana Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Bedford Indiana Family History Center]]  
 
*[http://www.bedlib.org/ Bedford Public Library], 1323 K St., Bedford, IN 47421  
 
*[http://www.bedlib.org/ Bedford Public Library], 1323 K St., Bedford, IN 47421  
*Daniel Guthrie Chapter, Indiana Sons of the American Revolution
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*Daniel Guthrie Chapter, Indiana Sons of the American Revolution  
*Jim Guthrie Chapter, Lawrence County Historical Society, 1617 M St., Befford, IN 47421
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*Jim Guthrie Chapter, Lawrence County Historical Society, 1617 M St., Befford, IN 47421  
 
*[http://www.lawrencecountyhistory.org/jm/ Lawrence County Museum of History &amp; Edward L. Hutton Research Library], 929 15th St., Befford, IN 47421  
 
*[http://www.lawrencecountyhistory.org/jm/ Lawrence County Museum of History &amp; Edward L. Hutton Research Library], 929 15th St., Befford, IN 47421  
 
*Mitchell Community Public LIbrary, 804 Main St., Mitchell, IN 47446
 
*Mitchell Community Public LIbrary, 804 Main St., Mitchell, IN 47446
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites<br>  ==
 
== Web Sites<br>  ==
  
 
*{{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)  
*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/usa/IN/Lawrence/ Lawrence County, IN] (RootsWeb)
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*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/usa/IN/Lawrence/ Lawrence County, IN] (RootsWeb)  
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/ Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ind/lawrence/ Lawrence County, Indiana] (Genealogy Trails)  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/ Lawrence County, Indiana] (IN GenWeb)  
 
*[http://www.ingenweb.org/inlawrence/ Lawrence County, Indiana] (IN GenWeb)  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_County,_Indiana Lawrence County, Indiana] (Wikipedia)  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_County,_Indiana Lawrence County, Indiana] (Wikipedia)  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lawrence-County-Indiana-Genealogy/387091015358 Lawrence County, Indiana Genealogy] (Facebook)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Lawrence/ Lawrence County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Lawrence/ Lawrence County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
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*[http://genforum.genealogy.com/in/lawrence/ Lawrence County, Indiana Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)
 
*[http://www.usgenealogyexpress.com/~in/lawrence/ Lawrence County, Indiana History &amp; Genealogy] (Indiana Genealogy Express)  
 
*[http://www.usgenealogyexpress.com/~in/lawrence/ Lawrence County, Indiana History &amp; Genealogy] (Indiana Genealogy Express)  
*[http://www.countyhistory.com/lawrence/start.html Lawrence County, Indiana History and Pioneer Genealogy] (Indiana County History Preservation Society)
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*[http://www.countyhistory.com/lawrence/start.html Lawrence County, Indiana History and Pioneer Genealogy] (Indiana County History Preservation Society)
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*[http://www.indiana.n2genealogy.com/in-county-lawrence.html Lawrence County, Indiana History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (n2genealogy)
  
 
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County 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.[1]

History

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.

Parent County

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.  County seat: Bedford [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Townships

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.

Populated Places

The following incorporated towns are located in Lawrence County:

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

General
Specific Cemeteries

Census

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

Church

  • 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

Directories

Genealogies, Biographies, Letters, and Journals

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

General
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:

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Occupations

Photos

Probate

School Records

Taxation

  • Lee, Barbara. 1907 Lawrence County, Indiana Poll Tax Rolls. Bedford, IN: Lawrence County Historical & Genealogical Society, (2007?). WorldCat

Vital Records

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

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).