Lawrence County, Ohio History and Genealogy

Welcome to the NEW and IMPROVED Lawrence Register Site!

Thank You for choosing as your genealogy and historical resource. 

The Lawrence Register consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide genealogical research for Lawrence County Ohio. We are committed to provide free access and accurate information.

No membership or registration required. We will NEVER ask for your personal information.

Lawrence County, Ohio borders the Ohio River at the Southernmost part of the state. Six architecturally interesting bridges span the Ohio River, connecting Lawrence County with various locations in both Kentucky and West Virginia. Because of these bridges, metropolitan Ashland, KY and Huntington, WV are just minutes away from virtually anywhere in the county.

Our major highways are US Route 52, State Route 7, 243, 775, & 93. The Interstate 64 connection is located in Burlington, just off the 17th Street Bridge. This exit is close proximity to Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Bob Evans, Lowe’s,  and the Comfort Suites in Burlington, Ohio.    

Lawrence County Ohio was organized December 20, 1816, the first Court of Common Pleas was organized March 4, 1817. 

The first election was held April 7, 1817, with Joseph Davidson, Joel Bowen, and David Spurlock elected county commissioners. Their first meeting was held Monday afternoon, April 21, 1817, at the home of Joseph Davidson in Burlington. Lawrence County, Ohio was named after Capt. James Lawrence, a native of Burlington, NJ and a gallant naval officer of the War of 1812.

The county seat is Ironton, where you will find our government offices, restaurants, museum, library, splash park, civic organizations,  Holiday Inn and Suites, and is home of the famous Ironton – Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade. 

Blast Furnaces of Lawrence County, Ohio
Blast Furnaces of Lawrence County, Ohio

Lawrence County was home to 23 blast furnaces and was once the world leader in pig iron production. 

Visit our sister site, Lawrence County Furnaces to see more information on this fascinating part of our history!

And don’t forget to check out Sharon Kouns’ site HERE

This is a new section of the Lawrence Register, as part of our effort to teach children about our local history.  justforkids