Resources for Research

Not everything is online….here are some other ways to find what you need:


            Local History and Genealogy Department

                        321 South Fourth Street

                        Ironton, OH  45638

                        PHONE: 740.532.1124

                        FAX: 740.532.4948


Hours vary….better call and check with Marta first!


Area Records on Microfilm

Federal Census 1820-1880 (surrounding counties)     Wills 1847 – present

1890 Special Census (surrounding counties)               Births & Deaths 1868 – 1938

Federal Census 1900-1930 (surrounding counties)     Marriages 1817 – 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

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. But they’re busy folks and can’t always help with mailed/phoned in research requests. Might want to save the big stuff for a Paid Researcher.


1 Veteran Square

Ironton, OH  45638

Auditor’s Office

PHONE: 740-533-4343                                             HOURS: M-F 8:00-4:00

The Auditor serves as the county’s chief disbursing officer and prepares the county’s property tax lists annually.

  • Land and personal tax records from formation of county to present date.
  • *Tax Records from 1818 & 1821 are microfilmed and available at Briggs Lawrence County Public Library’s Hamner Room.
  • A lot of records were destroyed by fire; tax duplicate records were prepared to replace them.
  • Tax Duplicate Records doesn’t show any transfer information, and have little genealogical value.
  • Records 1865-1881 are off site from the courthouse.  In order to see those records, an appointment must be made in advance.
  • Lawrence County Auditor’s Industrial Appraisals contain information on Industrial plants in the county.  These appraisals (1942-1974) are house at the Alden Library, Department of Archives and Special Collections in Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Board of Education

PHONE: 740.532.4223                                              HOURS: M-F 8:00 – 4:00

  • They have school records from 1920’s- present. Must have written permission from the person you are requesting information about.

Board of Elections

PHONE: 740.532.0444                                              HOURS: M-F 8:30 – 4:00

  • If resident is a registered voter, they will give you name, address, birthday, birthplace, and party, everything listed on the card, except SS#.
  •  Can phone in request, copies are free unless excessive amount, then 25¢ each.

County Commissioners

PHONE: 740-533-4300                                             HOURS: M-F 8:00 – 4:00

  • Commissioners have charge of all county property, construction of roads, changes in boundaries, issuance of bonds and supervision of other county officers.
  • County Commissioner’s Journals are from formation to county to present.
  • *Journals 1817-1904 are on microfilm at Briggs Library.

Clerk of Court of Common Pleas

PHONE: 740-533-4357                                                         HOURS: M-F 8:00 – 4:00

The Office of the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas is responsible for all records of the Common Pleas Courts, Court of Appeals, Grand Jury, Auto Titles, Bonds, Notaries, Jurors, and Divorces.

  • *Journals and *Complete Records contain many records including criminal cases, license and permits. You will find licenses for Minister, Ferry’s, Liquor, Taverns, etc.  Early Naturalizations are in some Journals.
  • Older, brittle court records are no longer copied from the original books, because of their frail condition. A typed copy will be mailed to you, as soon as possible.  To obtain a copy, give staff the name, book number and page number, along with your mailing address. When requesting copies, please enclose $10.00 per request, along with a large SASE.
  • No phone calls or email requests will be accepted.
  • They do not do genealogical research.
  • Digital cameras are allowed.
  • Divorces are from 1817-present. After 1988 the index is on their website
  • Indexes for Divorces (before 1988 are located in the Appearance Dockets, which gives you the Journal and page numbers.
  • Their web site is great for more current cases.

County Engineer

PHONE: 740-533-4317                                                          HOURS: M-F 8:00 – 4:00

  • First called the County Surveyor, they were responsible for surveying lands which were sold for taxes. They have early Tax Maps for the early years of *1872, 1917, 1926, and 1930.  The entire county is not included in these maps.
  • *Current county maps are available at their office for $1.00 each. These maps have locations of cemeteries.

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.
  • *Indexes are at Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, Hamner Room.
  • 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.


Law Library

PHONE: 740-533-4317                                                         HOURS: M-F 8:00 – 4:00

  • Not open to general public but sometimes they’ll escort you

Probate Court

PHONE: 740-533-4343                                             HOURS: M-F 8:00-4:00

Births, Deaths, Marriages, Adoptions, and Wills.

*PLEASE NOTE: Most records from Probate Court have been microfilmed and sent to Briggs Lawrence County Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy Department.

Early Probate Court Journals, Marriages, Will Books, etc. are housed at Athens OU Alden Library in Athens, Ohio.

(Check with the Library first before going to the Probate.

A lot of the records in Athens were microfilmed and sent to Briggs Library.)

·        *Births 1868-1938

·        *Deaths 1868-1938

·        *Marriages before 1966, they cannot copy from the original book.

·        *Marriages after 1966, they can copy from the original book.

·        *Births and deaths on microfilm, available at:

o       *Briggs Library

o       Ohio Historical Society

o       Family History Centers.

·        *Wills 1843- present are on microfilm at Briggs Library.

·        *Delayed Birth Records from Oct 1945-1965 are on microfilm at Briggs Library.

·        After 1965, Delayed Birth Records are at Probate Court.

Recorders Office

PHONE: 740-533-4314                                             HOURS: M-F 8:00-4:00

  • *Land records from formation of county to date.
  • *Briggs Library has deed index books from 1817-1897 and microfilmed deeds from 1817-1867. These microfilms are also available at all Family History Centers, and Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Veteran’s Burial records: 1775-present
  • *Military Discharge Records from Civil War to present
  • *Cemetery Plat Books
  • Land Plat books from 1851-present, shows subdivisions

Lawrence County School Superintendent’s Office

PHONE: 740-533-4223                                             HOURS: M-F 8:00-4:00

  • School records are available after 1930 only. Other school records are located in Athens OU Alden Library.

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office

PHONE: 740-532-3106                                             HOURS: M-F 8:00-4:00

  • *Sheriff’s Jail Register is available on microfilm 1867-1923.

  • OK, this one IS online…and you must register (but it’s FREE!)… they are continuously scanning and uploading new documents…
  • Here’s what collections they have for Lawrence County, Ohio:
    • United States, Ohio, Lawrence, Ironton – Centennial celebrations, etc.
    • United States, Ohio, Lawrence, Ironton – Directories
    • United States, Ohio, Lawrence, Ironton – History
    • United States, Ohio, Lawrence, Ironton – School yearbooks

Ohio GenWeb Project

  • OHGenWeb is an association of dedicated volunteers whose goal is to provide online genealogical information at no cost to the visitor.