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Romebeauty (7K)Thank You for choosing www.lawrencecountyohio.com as your genealogy resource.The Lawrence Register consist 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.

Please don't forget to visit our sister-site, which is maintained by Sharon M. Kouns.

The Lawrence Register is maintained and paid for entirely by Martha J. Martin (Kounse). In 1997 Martha (The Lawrence Register) went into partnership with Sharon M. Kouns.  Sharon is one of my dearest friends, who has helped me type stories, code pages, do research, then was generous enough to share many of her creative gifts, which helped make The Lawrence Register to what it is today. Thank you, Sharon!

Martha J. Martin is the former Martha J. Kounse and was past V-President of Lawrence County Genealogical Society and newsletter editor for KYOWVA Genealogy Society in Cabell Co., WV. I was also the Manager of the Hamner Room, Genealogy Dept. for Briggs Library in Ironton, Ohio for a number of years. I have authored several genealogy books, and am currently living in WV and retired from the library.

Sharon M. Kouns was a former Real Estate Broker and owned Kouns Key Realty in Ironton, Ohio before moving to Ky. She also was past President of Lawrence County Genealogical Society and Lawrence County Historical Society. She also authored many genealogy books, and is currently living in Kentucky.


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.

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. It was named after Capt. James Lawrence, a native of Burlington, NJ and a gallant naval officer of the War of 1812.

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, Country Hearth Inn South Point and the brand new Comfort Suites in Burlington, Ohio.



The 'Lawrence Register' is a personal site, not a big corporation, just a couple ladies who love Lawrence County, Ohio's history and enjoy helping people. But running a web site this size is very expensive, and we need your donations to help defray costs. Just email us for additional information, any amount is greatly appreciated and will ensure this site will remain free of charge.

This website is not affiliated with Briggs Library, Lawrence Co. Genealogy Society, or the Lawrence County Historical Society, although we work closely with them.