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Guide to '''Lawrence County, Ohio ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Gallia County, Ohio|Gallia]] and [[Scioto County, Ohio|Sciota]] Counties 21 December 1815.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Gallia County, Ohio Genealogy|Gallia]] and [[Scioto County, Ohio Genealogy|Sciota]] Counties 21 December 1815.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
*'''County Seat: '''Ironton  
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*'''County Seat: '''Ironton
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Lawrence County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref>[[Jackson County, Ohio|Jackson]] (north){{·}}[[Cabell County, West Virginia|Cabell County, West Virginia]] (southeast){{·}}[[Greenup County, Kentucky|Greenup County, Kentucky]] (southwest){{·}}[[Gallia County, Ohio|Gallia]] (northeast){{·}}[[Scioto County, Ohio|Scioto]] (west){{·}}[[Wayne County, West Virginia|Wayne County, West Virginia]] and [[Boyd County, Kentucky|Boyd County, Kentucky]] (south)
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==== Description ====
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The county was named for James Lawrence, naval hero in the War of 1812. It's county seat is Ironton and was founded December 1815.  It is located in the Southcentral area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/lawrence/ accessed 2/22/2017.</ref>
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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[[Scioto County, Ohio Genealogy|Scioto County]] {{}} [[Jackson County, Ohio Genealogy|Jackson County]] {{}} [[Gallia County, Ohio Genealogy|Gallia County]] {{}} [[Wayne County, West Virginia|Wayne County, West Virginia]] {{}} [[Cabell County, West Virginia|Cabell County, West Virginia]] {{}} [[Boyd County, Kentucky Genealogy|Boyd County, Kentucky]] {{•}} [[Greenup County, Kentucky Genealogy|Greenup County, Kentucky]]
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<center>{{OHLake,Ohio Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Lawrence County [http://www.ohio.n2genealogy.com/oh-maps.html boundary changes].  
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For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps"] (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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[[LDS Cemetery Records|LDS Cemetery Records]]<br>Vol. 21 <br>page 10 - Ironton<br>page 37 - Sugar Creek
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
 
==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{Template:OH Church Records Repositories|Lawrence|786906}}
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
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==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
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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".  
 
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".  
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===== Local Histories  =====
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:*Lawrence County Historical Book Committee, ''History of Lawrence County, Ohio,'' (Waynesville, North Carolina: Don Mills, 1990). {{FHL|441622|item|disp=FHL book 977.188 H2h}}
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:*Ohio Genealogical Society, Lawrence County Chapter, ''History of Lawrence County, Ohio,'' (Waynesville, North Carolina: County Heritage, 2004). {{FHL|1202529|item|disp=FHL book 977.188 H2hL v.2}}
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:*''A Story About Lawrence County, Ohio: Historical Background,'' (Huntington, West Virginia: Paul Brown Publishing, 1966). {{FHL|405673|item|disp=FHL book 977.188 H2s}}
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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{{OH Land}} [[Image:Abandoned farm Lawrence County, OH (3).JPG|right|300px|Abandoned farm Lawrence County, OH (3).JPG]]
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:*'''1790-1907''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/lawrence/land-index.html Bureau of Land Management database] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives.
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{{Template:OH Land and Property Other Repositories|Lawrence|494348}}
  
 
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[[Image:Ohlawrence.jpg|400px|Ohlawrence.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ Maps of Ohio (1788-1940)]
  
 
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<br> '''Online Newspapers'''
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:*[http://www.irontontribune.com/ ''The Ironton Tribune'']
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<br> '''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/lawrence/news-index.html community contributed newspaper articles] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives.
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<br> '''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form'''<br>
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1786 - 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8801 Ohio Wills and Probate Records 1786-1998] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1789 - 1996''' {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio Probate Records 1789-1996}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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*'''1790–1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. This collection consists of probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county, with more records being added as they become available. This Collection will include records from 1789 to 1996. Currently, (September 2012) the collection is only searchable by [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ohio_Probate_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Record Description page].
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*'''1847-1941''' - [http://www.lawrencecountyohio.com/wills/index/Willindex.htm Will Index, 1847-1941] Courtesy OhioGenWeb and The Lawrence Register.
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*'''1863-1919''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/lawrence/wills-index.html Will Indexes] Vols. 1-10. Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives.
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*'''various years''' - [http://theusgenweb.org/oh/lawrence/wills.html community contributed wills] Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/lawrence/wills-index.html community contributed wills] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives.
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{{Template:OH Probate Repositories|Lawrence|494364}}
  
 
==== Public Records  ====
 
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==== Repositories  ====
 
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'''Lawrence County Health Department'''  
 
'''Lawrence County Health Department'''  
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===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
[http://www.lawrencecountyohio.org/ Lawrence County Courthouse]<br> 111 North 4th Street<br> Ironton, OH 45638<br>Phone: 740.533.4300&nbsp;<br><br>Probate Court&nbsp;has birth records 1864-1908, marriage records<br> from 1900, death records1868-1933 and probate records from 1817; <br>County&nbsp;Health Department has birth and death records from 1908; <br>Clerk Court has court records from 1817 and divorce records from 1819; <br>County Recorder has land records from 1817<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lawrence County, Ohio. Page 543 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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[http://www.lawrencecountyohio.org/ Lawrence County Courthouse]<br> 111 North 4th Street<br> Ironton, OH 45638<br>Phone: 740.533.4300&nbsp;<br><br>Probate Court&nbsp;has birth records 1864-1908, marriage records<br> from 1900, death records1868-1933 and probate records from 1817; <br>County&nbsp;Health Department has birth and death records from 1908; <br>Clerk Court has court records from 1817 and divorce records from 1819; <br>County Recorder has land records from 1817<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lawrence County, Ohio. Page 543 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
  
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*[[Ashland Kentucky Family History Center]]
  
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For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory]. Put your town name in the top search box.
  
 
===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
  
'''Briggs Lawrence County Public Library- Hamner Room'''<br>Local History and Genealogy Department<br>321 South Fourth Street<br>Ironton, OH 45638<br>PHONE: 740.532.1124 <br>FAX: 740.532.4948 <br>[mailto:genealogy@briggslibrary.org genealogy@briggslibrary.org] <br>[http://www.briggslibrary.com/hamner/aboutus.htm www.briggslibrary.com/hamner/aboutus.htm] &nbsp;
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'''Briggs Lawrence County Public Library- Hamner Room'''<br>Local History and Genealogy Department<br>321 South Fourth Street<br>Ironton, OH 45638<br>Telephone: 740.532.1124 <br>FAX: 740.532.4948 <br>Email:[mailto:genealogy@briggslibrary.org genealogy@briggslibrary.org] <br>[http://www.briggslibrary.com/hamner/aboutus.htm Website]<br><br>
  
<u>Hours</u>: Mon-Thurs 9am – 8:30pm; Fri &amp; Sat 9am – 5:30pm  
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<u>Hours</u>: Mon-Thurs 9am – 8:30pm; Fri-Sat 9am – 5:30pm  
  
 
<u>Summer Hours</u>'':'' Mon-Thurs 9am – 8:30pm; Fri 9am – 5:30pm Saturday 10am-3pm  
 
<u>Summer Hours</u>'':'' Mon-Thurs 9am – 8:30pm; Fri 9am – 5:30pm Saturday 10am-3pm  
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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 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.  
  
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===== Museums  =====
 
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'''Lawrence County Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 1035<br>Proctorville, Ohio 45669-1035<br>Contact person:  
 
'''Lawrence County Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 1035<br>Proctorville, Ohio 45669-1035<br>Contact person:  
 
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<br>Email:[mailto:Lawcoloreman@aol.com Lawcoloreman@aol.com]<br> [http://www.lawrencegenealogy.org/ Website]<br><br> 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Donald R.Clark<br>740-886-7230&nbsp;&nbsp; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.<br>[mailto:Lawcoloreman@aol.com Lawcoloreman@aol.com]  
 
  
 
The following organizations are under the umbrella of the Ohio Genealogical Society:  
 
The following organizations are under the umbrella of the Ohio Genealogical Society:  
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*Lineage Society
 
*Lineage Society
  
Application forms for these organizations are at the following URL:&nbsp;[http://www.lawrencecountyohio.com/gensoc/gensoc.htm http://www.lawrencecountyohio.com/gensoc/gensoc.htm]
 
  
'''Lawrence County Historical Society'''<br>506 South 6th St<br>Ironton, Ohio 45638<br>740-532-1222  
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'''Lawrence County Historical Society'''<br>506 South 6th St<br>Ironton, Ohio 45638<br>Telephone:740-532-1222<br>[http://lawrencecountyohio.com/ Website]<br><br>
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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:*'''1818 and 1821''' - [http://www.lawrencecountyohio.com/Taxlist/index/index.htm Lawrence County Tax Lists] Courtesy OhioGenWeb and The Lawrence Register.
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{{Template:OH Tax Records Repositories|Lawrence|954057}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
View birth, marriage, and death indexes and more&amp;nbsp;online at [http://www.lawrencecountyohio.com/marriages/index/index.htm The Lawrence Register].  
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View birth, marriage, and death indexes and more online at [http://lawrencecountyohio.com/vital-records/births/ The Lawrence Register].  
  
 
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:*'''1867-1868''' - [http://www.lawrencecountyohio.com/births/index/index.htm births from Probate records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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:*'''1867-1938''' - [http://theusgenweb.org/oh/lawrence/research.html Selected early birth records by surname] taken from the Probate records. Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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:*'''1850-1900''' - http://lawrencecountyohio.com/vital-records/births/ Birth Announcements] index of birth announcements taken from Ohio newspapers. Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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:*'''1909-1950''' - [http://lawrencecountyohio.com/vital-records/births/index-of-births-1909-1950/ Index of Births] from the city Health Department, Ironton, Ohio. Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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:*'''Jan-Jul 1927''' - [http://lawrencecountyohio.com/vital-records/births/ Births from the ''Ironton Tribune'']&nbsp;Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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:*'''various years''' - [http://theusgenweb.org/oh/lawrence/births_deaths-db.html visitor submitted birth information] Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/lawrence/vitals-index.html community contributed birth records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives.
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:*'''1789-2013''' - {{RecordSearch|1614804|Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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:*'''1800-1958''' - {{RecordSearch|1681001|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] — free; Index.
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:*'''1800-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|2367319|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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:*'''1817-1860''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/lawrence/vitals-index.html Lawrence County Marriage Books] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives.
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:*'''1824-1878''' - [http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bowers/marrr.htm Abstracted marriage records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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:*'''various years''' - [http://theusgenweb.org/oh/lawrence/marriages.html community contributed marriage records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
'''[[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953]]''' Free name indexes and images at [[Ohio Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch]]. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
  
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:*'''1840-2001''' - {{RecordSearch|2128172|Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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:*'''1867-1870''' - [http://www.lawrencecountyohio.com/deaths/OHS/1867_1870.htm Lawrence County deaths from Probate] Courtesy OhioGenWeb and Lawrence Register.
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:*'''1867-1938''' - [http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~bowers/death.htm Lawrence County Death Records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb
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:*'''1908-1953''' - [[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953]] Free name indexes and images at [[Ohio Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch]]. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.
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:*'''1909-1945''' - [http://www.lawrencecountyohio.com/deaths/Health_dept/index/index.htm Death Index from the city Health Department, Ironton, Ohio] Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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:*'''1915-1917''' - [http://www.lawrencecountyohio.com/deaths/index/index.htmOhio Historical Society Deaths for Lawrence County, Ohio] Courtesy OhioGenWeb and The Lawrence Register.
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:*'''various years''' - [http://theusgenweb.org/oh/lawrence/research.html Selected early death records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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:*'''various years''' - [http://theusgenweb.org/oh/lawrence/births_deaths-db.html visitor contributed death records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/lawrence/vitals-index.html community contributed death records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb.
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''Original Death Records on Microfilm''
  
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*[http://theusgenweb.org/oh/lawrence/ The Lawrence County OH GenWeb Project], a member of [[OHGenWeb|The OHGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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=== Websites  ===
  
*{{FHL|Ohio%2C+Lawrence|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog.}}
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/lawrence-county/ Lawrence County, OH History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/OH/Lawrence-County.htm Lawrence County OH Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102354897055084945585 Ohio Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/219410844759934/ Ohio Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://theusgenweb.org/oh/lawrence/ The Lawrence County OH GenWeb Project], a member of [[OHGenWeb|The OHGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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*{{FHL|Ohio%2C+Lawrence|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog.}}
  
 
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Latest revision as of 20:37, 23 August 2017

United States
Ohio
Lawrence County

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


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Lawrence County, Ohio
Map
Boundary map of Lawrence County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
Lawrence County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Lawrence County Courthouse
1 Veterans Square
Ironton, Ohio 45638
Lawrence County Website


Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1864
1817
1867
1818
1846
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Gallia and Sciota Counties 21 December 1815.[1]
  • County Seat: Ironton

Description

The county was named for James Lawrence, naval hero in the War of 1812. It's county seat is Ironton and was founded December 1815. It is located in the Southcentral area of the state.[2]

Neighboring Counties

Scioto County  • Jackson County  • Gallia County  • Wayne County, West Virginia  • Cabell County, West Virginia  • Boyd County, Kentucky  • Greenup County, Kentucky

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Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps" (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGW Tombstones

Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Ohio Gravestones

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Census

Church Records

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:

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

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".

Local Histories
  • Lawrence County Historical Book Committee, History of Lawrence County, Ohio, (Waynesville, North Carolina: Don Mills, 1990). FHL book 977.188 H2h
  • Ohio Genealogical Society, Lawrence County Chapter, History of Lawrence County, Ohio, (Waynesville, North Carolina: County Heritage, 2004). FHL book 977.188 H2hL v.2
  • A Story About Lawrence County, Ohio: Historical Background, (Huntington, West Virginia: Paul Brown Publishing, 1966). FHL book 977.188 H2s

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.
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Finding More Land Records

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:


Maps

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Military

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 had many men from Lawrence County.
- 4th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Companies G and I
- George's Independent Company, Ohio Cavalry


Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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.


Online Newspapers


Online Newspaper Abstracts


Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

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).


Online Probate Records

Finding More Probate Records

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Public Records

Repositories

Lawrence County Health Department

2120 South 8th Street
Ironton, OH 45638
PHONE: 740-532-2172
HOURS: M-F 8:00 – 4:00

  •  The Health Department has county births and deaths certificates from 1909-present. The indexes are at Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, Hamner Room.
  •  You must obtain copies of certificates at the Health Dept.
  • Copies are $18.00

Give staff the name of the person and the year of death/birth. You do not have to know the month and day.

Courthouse

Lawrence County Courthouse
111 North 4th Street
Ironton, OH 45638
Phone: 740.533.4300 

Probate Court has birth records 1864-1908, marriage records
from 1900, death records1868-1933 and probate records from 1817;
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1908;
Clerk Court has court records from 1817 and divorce records from 1819;
County Recorder has land records from 1817[4]

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory. Put your town name in the top search box.

Libraries

Briggs Lawrence County Public Library- Hamner Room
Local History and Genealogy Department
321 South Fourth Street
Ironton, OH 45638
Telephone: 740.532.1124
FAX: 740.532.4948
Email:genealogy@briggslibrary.org
Website

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

Closed Sundays


Area Records on Microfilm

  • Federal Census 1820-1880 (surrounding counties)
  • Wills 1847 – present
  • 1890 Special Census (surrounding counties)
  • Births & Deaths1868 – 1938
  • Federal Census 1900-1930 (surrounding counties)
  • Marriages1817 – present
  • Early Court Records (Incomplete)
  • Newspapers 1850 – present
  • Sanborn Insurance Maps
  • Some Early Furnace Records
  • Some Early Court Records
  • Tax Duplicate Records 1817 & 1822
  • Death Indexes from Ohio Department of Health 1908-1944, excluding 1933-1937

Special Collections

  • First Families of Lawrence County
  • Woodland Cemetery Records
  • Tombstone readings from area cemeteries
  • Family History Center
  • Some early Church Records
  • Vertical Files of area History
  • Ironton City Directories (Incomplete)
  • Yearbooks (incomplete)
  • Birth Indexes 1909-present
  • Death Indexes 1909-present

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.


Museums

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.


The Museum features several permanent exhibits, while some areas have exhibits that change four or five times a year. Annual events are:


Ice Cream Social                       First Sunday of July
Apple Butter Day                       First Saturday of October
Christmas Exhibit Opens            First Sunday of December


A very special event in Ironton is the Museum's Candlelight Church Walk on the first Saturday evening of December.
Victorian Teas are being added to the schedule.

Societies

Lawrence County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1035
Proctorville, Ohio 45669-1035
Contact person:
Email:Lawcoloreman@aol.com
Website

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The following organizations are under the umbrella of the Ohio Genealogical Society:

  • First Families of Lawrence County
  • Civil War Veterans of Lawrence County
  • Settlers and Builders of Lawrence County
  • Lineage Society


Lawrence County Historical Society
506 South 6th St
Ironton, Ohio 45638
Telephone:740-532-1222
Website

Taxation

Finding More Tax Records

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Vital Records

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.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

See also How to order Ohio Vital Records or order vital records electronically online.

View birth, marriage, and death indexes and more online at The Lawrence Register.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records


Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

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

Divorce

Websites

Places

Populated Places

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Lawrence County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/lawrence/ accessed 2/22/2017.
  3. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lawrence County, Ohio. Page 543 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.