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Lawrence County, Kentucky Facts

When was Lawrence County, KY Created?
Lawrence County was created on December 14, 1821 from Floyd County and Greenup County. Currently the county was named in honor of James Lawrence (1781–1813), naval commander during the War of 1812.

What is the County Seat of Lawrence County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Louisa additionally, the county government website is www.lawrencecounty.ky.gov

What counties are adjacent to Lawrence County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Carter County (northwest), Boyd County (north), Wayne County, West Virginia (east), Martin County (southeast), Johnson County (south), Morgan County (southwest), Elliott County (west).

What cities and towns are in Lawrence County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Blaine, Louisa.


Lawrence County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Lawrence County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lawrence County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky 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 you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives contains birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which introduced records laws before 1911. The Archives also offers birth and death records before to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records for the entire state.


Lawrence County, KY Census Records

What Lawrence County, KY 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. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Lawrence Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lawrence Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lawrence Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide


Lawrence County, KY 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 Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Lawrence County Clerk has three main responsibilities. One is the recording of Land records (the most common documents recorded are deeds, mortgage releases, entries, warrants, surveys, mortgages, assignments, and indexes), Probate records (may include such documents as wills, estates, letters of administration, administrators, executors, probate journals, probate packets, inventories, settlements, sales, accounts, guardianship, orphans, insolvent estates, bastardy, apprentices, insanity and adoptions) and Marriage Liscenses
    • Address: 122 South Main Cross Street., Louisa, KY, 41230
    • Phone: (606) 638-4108
    • Marriage Records: 1822
    • Land Records: 1822
    • Probate Records: 1821
  • Lawrence County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Lawrence County Courthouse Annex, 122 Main Cross St., P.O. Box 847, Louisa, KY 41230-0847
    • Phone: (606) 638-4215
    • Court Records: 1822
  • Lawrence County Tax Information and Contacts. Some early tax schedules list watercourse, value and acreage of real estate, men over age twenty-one, young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, slaves, and horses.
  • Lawrence County Elected Officials (ky.gov)
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Lawrence County USGenWeb Archives Project

Lawrence County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Lawrence Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lawrence Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Lawrence Co. KY General and History Websites

Lawrence Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lawrence Co. KY Military Records

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