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Lawrence County, Arkansas

Lawrence County was created on January 15, 1815 and was formed from Arkansas County and New Madrid County, Missouri .Parts of Lawrence County was used to form the following counties: Greene 1833, Independence 1820, Randolph 1835, Sharp 1868. Other county boundry changes occured when E boundary defined 30 October 1823, line with Independence changed 26 December 1840, part annexed to Fulton 18 January 1855, part to Randolph 18 January 1861, part annexed from Sharp 21 March 1917 and part annexed to Sharp 24 March 1917. The county was named in honor of James Lawrence (1781–1813), an American naval officer during the War of 1812.

Currently the Lawrence County Seat can be found in Walnut Ridge (previous county seats was Davidsonville [originally named Lawrence] from 1816 to 1829, Jackson from 1829-1837, Smithville from 1837-1868, Clover Bend, Powhatan 1869-1887.) and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Lawrence County happen to be Randolph County (north), Greene County (east), Craighead County (southeast), Jackson County (south), Independence County (southwest), Sharp County (west).

Cities and towns located in Lawrence County consist of Alicia, Black Rock, College City, Hoxie, Imboden, Lynn, Minturn, Portia, Powhatan, Ravenden, Sedgwick, Smithville, Strawberry, Walnut Ridge.

Lawrence County vital records can be obtained from the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Lawrence County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Lawrence County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Lawrence Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Lawrence County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Lawrence Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Lawrence Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lawrence Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lawrence Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Lawrence County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Lawrence County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Arkansas Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Lawrence County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Lawrence County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Arkansas men and women. The possibilities are very good that your particular ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Lawrence County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into account all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The following details shows exactly what death, marriage, birth,, property, probate, and court records will be in Lawrence County. The years pointed out below tend to be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 315 West Main, Walnut Ridge 72476; 870-886-1110, unless otherwise noted. Records are mostly extant from county formation.

I highly recommend you contact the clerk's office to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of from time to time changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will assist people in locating the resources, however it's up to the man or women to perform the basic research.
  • Lawrence County Clerk of Circuit Court is the clerk of the circuit, chancery court, and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of Lawrence county. The duties of the clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the circuit, chancery and juvenile courts and to prepare the dockets for courts in Lawrence County. They are also the ex-officio Lawrence county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Lawrence county.
    • Phone: (870) 886-1112
    • Court Records: 1816
    • Land Records:1815
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Arkansas Department of Public Health)
  • Lawrence County Clerk , as clerk to the probate court, the clerk files all instruments making them a matter of record in descendent estate cases, and swears in all witnesses in contested estates. The clerk, also in this capacity, maintains all records relative to adoptions and guardianship cases within Lawrence county.
    • Phone: (870) 886-1111
    • Marriage Records:1821 
    • Probate Records:1817
  • Lawrence County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 886-1135

Lawrence County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Lawrence County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Lawrence County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Lawrence Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lawrence Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lawrence Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lawrence Co. AR Census Records

Lawrence Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lawrence Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Lawrence Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lawrence Co. AR General and History Websites

Lawrence Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Lawrence Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lawrence Co. AR Military Records

Lawrence Co. AR Schools & Directories

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