Welcome to the Home Page of the
Lawrence County Archives


                                                                                     2588 Highway 43 S
                                                                                     Leoma, TN 38468

           Phone: 931-852-4091
Email: lawrencecountyarchives@gmail.com
                                           Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
                                                                                                   Archivist Ashley Armstrong                  
  The archives is closed on all Holidays.
Other days closed will be posted here in advance.







  On this website, you will find information about the Lawrence County Archives, links to various records at the archives, and links to other websites with historical or genealogical records. I retired as director/archivist of the archives at the end of 2018, but I  have retained this page, and when I have time, I upload additional information or links. I manage both this page and the Lawrence County Genealogical Society's website which you will find a link to close to the bottom of this page. Ashley, the new archivist, has nothing to do with the webpage and cannot answer your questions concerning anything it contains. If you wish to contact Ashley about an appointment to visit the archives, to ask for assistance in research, or request copies, please use the email and phone number above. If you have a question about this web page or about the Lawrence County Genealogical Society, please email me, Kathy Niedergeses, and I will try my best to assist you. I am also the Lawrence County Historian and can assist you in some cases, especially any historical questions about Lawrence County, if Ashley is unable to do so.

The Lawrence County Archives has reopened to the public for onsite researchers and to purchase copies BY APPOINTMENT ONLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Due to the size of our research area, only 1 patron or small group of patrons traveling together will be scheduled at a time. To schedule your visit, please contact the Archives at 931-852-4091 or
lawrencecountyarchives@gmail.com. Please wear your own mask and bring your own note-taking materials, if possible. Thank you, Ashley

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There are still 9 copies of The Lawrence County, Tennessee Pictorial History Book - Bicentennial Edition if you wish to purchase a copy. The book is filled with approximately 1,200 mostly old pictures of the county throughout the past 200 years. For more details, click on the link for the book in the General Information and Research Helps section below. Once these books are gone, there will be no more printed.

There are several broken links on this web page, mostly due to a change in the web page url, especially anything dealing with the State of Tennessee. I will find the new links and fix them as soon as time allows.

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   The Lawrence County Archives was formed in 1988 under the supervision of the Lawrence County Public Records Commission. At that time, the records were transferred from the basement of the courthouse to the basement of the post office. In February of 2005, the archives moved to the a temporary location in the east room of the library. In the fall of 2008, the archives moved to their current location in the former First Farmer's & Merchant's building in Leoma, TN. This is to be our permanent home. I hope everyone will continue to use the archives facility for research since even more records are now available.

    In the beginning, the archives main purpose was to sort, clean, index, and prepare the hundred or so large boxes of old loose original records. The original loose records were the first document in any land transaction, court case, will, etc. This collection of records contains wills; deeds; land grants; land entries; land surveys; estate settlements; administrator and executor bonds and settlements; guardian bonds and settlements; court petitions for County, Chancery and Circuit Courts; road petitions; marriages; divorces; tax and voting lists; Rebel claims against the United States; and much more. These loose records contain the actual signatures of your ancestor provided they could write their name.

    Our county was formed in 1817, with court proceedings and land transactions starting in 1818 when the official government began. The county has a treasure trove of valuable information on our ancestors and Lawrence County, since we are fortunate that our courthouse has never burned. It was ransacked some during the Civil War, so a few records are missing. The records we have processed for researchers to use cover the time period 1818-1909. As time permits, the time span will continue further into the 1900s. The records processed so far are also available on microfilm. Microfilm of the record books from 1818-1997 for some offices, and through the 1960s in others is also available.

    Since the archives inception, we have amassed a vast amount of other sources for researchers to use. Some of these are census 1820-1930 (microfilm and book form, except 1930 is only microfilm and head of house hold index); cemetery records; over 2,000 family file folders; some birth and death records; newspapers 1846-1986 (many issues missing in the 1800s); county, community, church and other histories; Civil War information; Lawrence County Historical Society bulletins for 1953-1996; Lawrence County Genealogical Society Journals 1997-present; early plat maps and other maps; records on Lewis, Wayne, Giles, Maury, Cocke, Perry, and Greene and other counties in Tennessee; on Lauderdale, Limestone, St. Clair Counties in Alabama; a large collection of books containing marriages, wills, deeds, etc. for Virginia;  plus much more.

    The archive's staff also offers a service that most people find very valuable for a very modest fee. If you are unable to travel to the archives to do your own research, I will perform the research for you for $5 an hour plus copy and postage fees. (See research policy link below.) So many people take advantage of this service that I stay weeks behind in actually finishing the research. So browse around the archives site and let me know if I can assist you in anyway.

General Information & Research Helps

Archives 2019 Closing Dates Off-Site Research Policy Family File Folders Books for Sale
Archives Holdings
 1820's -1990's
Book Inventory for On-Site Use List of Books on Virginia Counties at the Archives Surnames of
Researchers on the
Reunions Post Queries View Queries Book Reviews
Lawrence County
Public Records Commission
Rules for On-Site Researchers Microfilm Available at Law. Co. Archives Directions to Law. 
Co. Archives
Lodging and Food Lookup Volunteers Lawrence County Government Departments  Lawrence County, Tennessee Pictorial
History Book - Bicentennial Edition
History of Lawrence Co.
Starting in 1818
Goodspeed's History of Lawrence County Goodspeed's Biographies Lawrence County Historian

Lawrence County Census Records, Tax Lists & Land Grants

1818 Voters List 1820 Census 1830 Census Heads of Household 1840 Census
under construction
1850 Census Index  1826 Tax List 1842 Delinquent Tax List 1868 Tax List
On-Line Census Finder Land Terminology Land Grants
under construction
Poll Tax Definition

Migration Patterns In Lawrence County, Tennessee

German Catholic Migration 1870-1910

Migration mid-1880's
under construction

Alabama Migration 1908-1920  under construction


Military Records and Sources

Lawrence County Veterans
All Wars
Rev. War Soldiers in Lawrence Co., TN Lawrence Countians on
1835 Pension Rolls for TN
Mexican War Links  
Mexican War Discharges
for Lawrence Co. Men
Tennessee Sons of Confederate Veterans United Daughters of the Confederacy
Main Headquarters
United Daughters of the Confederacy
Giles Co., TN
Tennessee United Daughters of the Confederacy Home Page Buffalo River Chapter of the DAR
Lawrenceburg, TN
TN Civil War 
Veterans Questionnaires
1890 Lawrence Co.  Veterans Census  1890 Dickson Co.
Veterans Census
1890 Hardin Co.
 Veterans Census
1890 Hickman Co.
Veterans Census
  1890 Wayne Co.
Veterans Census
1890 Lewis Co.
Veterans Census
1890 Maury Co. 
Veterans Census
  Journal of the Congress of the
Confederate States of America, 1861-1865
Tennessee Confederate Soldier's Home Applications and Ledgers Known Union Civil War Soldiers
 Buried in Lawrence Co., TN
Known Confederate Soldiers Buried
 in Lawrence Co., TN
under construction
Confederate Records on TNGenWeb Lawrence Co. Home Guard
of Minute Men
June 1861 - December 1861 coming soon
Burial Records of Federal Soldiers
by W.R. Cornelius and Company
National Park Service
Civil War
Soldiers and Sailors System
Tennessee Civil War
Cemeteries on TNGenWeb
Civil War Virtual Cemeteries on TNGenWeb Union Records on TNGenWeb
TN Civil War 
Veterans Questionnaires
Lawrence County, TN
Spanish American Soldiers
Spanish American Veterans
Buried in Tennessee
Spanish American War
Rosters & Muster Rolls
Tennessee Soldiers in the Spanish American War at TN State Library & Archives     World War I Records

Births, Deaths, Doctors, Marriages, Wills and Adoptions

Lawrence County Births 1818-1882
(contains all info in original
book of births and deaths)
Lawrence County Births 1908-1912
(contains all info in original
book of births and deaths)
Lawrence County Birth Records 1920s-1930s
Births taken from the
diaries of Blanch Olive
Births & Other Info From
Dr. W. F. Kellogg's Journal
Births Taken From The Ledger of Dr. Hugh A. Campbell 1891-1932
coming soon
Births Abstracted From Explosive License Applications in 1940s Deaths Taken from Chancery &
County Court Petitions
Lawrence County Deaths 1881-1882
(contains all info in original
book of births and deaths)
Lawrence County Deaths 1908-1912
(contains all information in original
book of births and deaths)
Lawrence County Death Records 1920s-1930s
1908-1912 Death Records Index for State of TN at TN State Library & Archives
1914-1933 Death Records Index for State of TN at TN State Library & Archives Obituaries From Lawrence County Newspapers Deaths Taken From the
Diaries of Blanche Olive
TN Vital Records Office
Deaths Taken From A. A. Patterson Casket Records Past Doctors of
Lawrence County, Tennessee
Marriages taken from the diaries of Blanch Olive Marriages 1818-1838
Adoption Rules &
How to Obtain Access
Wills 1829-1847     

Churches In Lawrence County, Tennessee

Old Bethel Church


Cemeteries In Lawrence County, Tennessee

Cemetery Names and Locations

Surnames Index to
Cemetery Books

Allen Cemetery

Baker Cemetery
Belew Family Cemetery Belew Cemetery (Old) Bethel Cemetery (Old) Blair Cemetery
Blair Cemetery
With Pictures
Brace (Baldwin) Cemetery City Cemetery (Old) County Farm Cemetery
Emerson Cemetery Ethridge Cemetery (Old) Fairview Congregational Church Cemetery Flippo Cemetery
Gibbins and Griffin Cemeteries Hughes Cemetery  Holy Faith Catholic Cemetery
John Lay Cemetery A-K
John Lay Cemetery L-Z
Laurel Hill Cemetery
With Pictures
McLean Cemetery #1 McLean Cemetery #2 Mt. Ararat Cemetery
Neal Cemetery
With Pictures
Nelson Cemetery Norwegian (Zion) Cemetery Owl Hollow Cemetery
 Paine Cemetery Pennington Cemetery Pleasant Garden Cemetery Powers Cemetery
Second Creek Cemetery Sexton Cemetery Shiloh/LaFan Cemetery  Shiloh/LaFan Cemetery
With Pictures
Simms Ridge Cemetery Smith Cemetery #1 Smith Cemetery #1
With Pictures
Smith Cemetery #2
Smith Cemetery #3 Smith Cemetery #4 Sowell Cemetery  Tripp Cemetery
Wade Cemetery
With Pictures
Wayland Springs Cemetery
With Pictures
West Point Cemetery
With Pictures
Cemetery Decoration Days in Law. Co.
Pictures of Lawrence County, Tennessee Cemeteries Find A Grave for all
States and Countries
Find A Grave For Lawrence County, TN Cemetery Records Online at Interment.net
Some Cemeteries in Wayne, Lewis, Lawrence, Hardin Co. Green Cemetery
with Pictures
Cedar Hill Cemetery  

Bible Records

Alexander Family Bible Alley Family Bible Ashmore Family Bible

Beeler Family Bible

Bell Family Bible Benson Family Bible  

Black Family Bible

Buchanan Family Bible

Campbell Family Bible


Chaffin Family Bible


Gresham Family Bible

Griffin Family Bible

Hartsfield Family Bible


McAlister Family Bible


West Family Bible

William Family Bible

Yokley Family Bible

Deaths & Other Info Taken from Lawrence County Poor Farm Records

Lawrence County Poor Farm




Fires, Flood, Tornadoes & Other Disasters

Fires in Lawrence County
1860s - early 1900s

Floods in Lawrence County

Tornadoes & Windstorms




African-American Research

1850 Slave Census for Lawrence Co.

1860 Slave Census for Lawrence Co.

1870 People of Color Census

1880 People of Color Census

African-American Free Men

African-American Bondage

Emancipated Slaves

With The Colored
Articles from Local Newspapers

Marriages 1924-1929

African-American Deaths

Colored Confederate Pension Applications at TSLA

African-American Gateway
Genealogy Center

School Histories






Other Documents of Interest

George Henry Nixon Manuscripts 1831-1908

Index to Inmates
of the Tennessee State Penitentiary 1851-1870

Index to Inmates
of the Tennessee State Penitentiary 1831-1850

Tennessee Legislative Petitions 1799-1829

Ansearchin' News

Old Letters From Early Tennessee Settlers

Marcella Falls Woolen Mill History

Lawrenceburg Businesses in 1846

Free Pages - Links to Many Surname Web Pages


Links to Other Sites of Interest

Lawrence County Genealogical Society Lawrence County
Historical Society
Lawrence Co., TNGenWeb Wayne County, TN
Lewis County, TN Giles County, TNGenWeb  USGenWeb TNGenWeb
Lauderdale Co., AL Maury County, TN   Limestone Co., AL
  National Archives (NARA) TN State Library & Archives Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society
Century Farms In All Tennessee Counties Century Farm In
Lawrence County, Tennessee
Directory of Counties in TN that have Existing Archives MTSU Center for
Historic Preservation

Last Updated October 26, 2020 by Kathy Niedergeses