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Lawrence County, Illinois
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Lawrence County, Illinois Facts

Lawrence County

When was Lawrence County, IL Created?
Lawrence County was established on January 16, 1821 from Crawford County and Edwards County. This county was named for Capt. James Lawrence (1781-1813), commander of the USS Chesapeake in the War of 1812. Famous for his command "Don't give up the ship!".

What is the County Seat of Lawrence County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Lawrenceville (prior county seats was Home of Toussaint Dubois in 1821) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Lawrence County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Crawford County, Knox County, Indiana, Wabash County, Richland County

What cities and towns are in Lawrence County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Bridgeport, Lawrenceville, St. Francisville, Sumner, Birds, Russellville.

What Townships are in Lawrence County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Lawrence, Bridgeport, Bond, Allison, Christy, Denison, Petty, Lukin, Russell.

Lawrence County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Lawrence County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lawrence County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Lawrence County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Lawrence County, IL Census Records

What Lawrence County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lawrence County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Lawrence Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lawrence Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lawrence Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Lawrence County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Lawrence County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Lawrence County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Lawrence County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Lawrence County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1100 State St., Lawrenceville, IL 62439
  • Lawrence County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: County Clerk 618-943-2346 ; Recorder 618-943-5126
    • Marriage Records: 1821
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1818
  • Lawrence County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Phone: 618-943-2815
    • Probate Records: 1821
    • Court Records: 1820
  • Lawrence County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Lawrence County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Lawrence County, IL?
A list of Lawrence County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Illinois Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Lawrence County, IL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Lawrence County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Lawrence County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

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Lawrence Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Lawrence Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Lawrence Co. IL Military Records

Lawrence Co. IL Schools & Directories

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