Lawrence County (Tennessee) Genealogical Society

The Lawrence County Genealogical Society (LCGS) is a legally chartered not-for-profit organization, functioning under the laws of the State of Tennessee. Established in 1997, the society is "dedicated to the research, collection and preservation of genealogical and family history information pertaining to families who have lived in and/or continue to live in the Lawrence County area."
The Society’s primary goals are:

* To make available such genealogical and family history information as may be accumulated, both at the local libraries, the county archives, and through a regularly published journal,

* To foster local and regional interest and support for the collection and preservation of family, local and regional histories.

* To support original research and scholarly publication of relevant research works.

* To provide a clearinghouse for researchers from other geographical locations to access and to submit family and historical information of interest to LCGS members and supporters.

* Research services are available through the Lawrence County Archives at (615) 852-4091 or via email We will forward most requests mailed to LCGS to them. In a few months, a few society members will volunteer to do research and I will post a message when we are ready.

Publication Policies

* Neither the Lawrence County Genealogical Society, its board of directors, nor its designated agents accept responsibility for accuracy of material submitted to Lawrence County Heritage for publication.

* The LCGS requests the submission of original documents (diaries, letters, obituaries, photographs, etc.) for publication in the Lawrence County Heritage. The society prefers you submit a typed version to the archives, or that such documents be copied using a professional quality photocopy process that preserves the original detail of the document. They can be submitted by email in MSWord or Rich Text Format, but please do not submit them as a PDF. For photographs, we prefer they be scanned at 600 dpi and emailed to the society a jpg or jpeg files at, or you can submit a photograph of the original photographs. Copies printed from a computer are permissible provided the final product is high quality.

* The Society invites publishable articles based on original research. If the submitted work has been previously published, please indicate in full the title of the work, date published, the publisher’s name and address, along with any written permissions that are legally required by prevailing copyright laws.

* All works cited, referenced, or quoted must be credited in an appropriate footnote, endnote or bibliography. The LCGS is committed to an anti-plagiarism policy and may elect to refuse publication of any work not properly documented. Articles lacking adequate documentation may be returned to the author with a request for documentation. Personal interviews, family tales, letters, diaries, and all other forms of communication are considered reliable sources; they should simply be noted as such. Our staff will be glad to work with you, by mail or e-mail, to put together the needed documentation.

* We invite you to submit articles and pictures for the journal by emailing them to the editor of this journal at <> or send by regular mail. The preferred format is MSWord, but Rich Text Format is also acceptable. Please do not submit in PDF format. Pictures should be jpg or jpeg format scanned at 600 dpi. If submitting the article and picture by mail, if possible, please submit on a CD along with the typed or handwritten (not cursive) material to the address on the inside back cover.

* The Lawrence County Heritage will publish queries and comments in each issue. Queries up to 100 words in length are free to subscribing members. The cost of publishing all other queries is $2.00 for each 100 word query. We request that all respondents to queries submit copies of replies to the society for inclusion in our family files.

* We will review all original published works or republication of previous works submitted to the Society. Reviews will be published in the Lawrence County Heritage “Book Nook” on a first come, first served basis, and the submitted work will be housed in the Lawrence County Archives or the Lawrence County Public Library, as appropriate.

* The Lawrence County Heritage is no longer accepting commercial advertisements for publication.  The Board of Directors was afraid there would be more and more advertisements which would take away from the intent of your journal. Appropriate announcements for historical or genealogical meetings, genealogical fairs, family reunions and such will continue to be announced in your journal. Instead of advertising your book, etc., you many donate a copy to the Lawrence County Archives and the review (see review policy above) can serve as your advertisement.  Author's name and purchase information will be included with the review, if you request this. 

Last Updated August 18, 2019  by Kathy Niedergeses

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