Research

Our research library is open from 11 am to 4 pm Tuesday, Thursday & Saturdays.

The library is located in the Medure Building of the Joseph A. Clavelli History Center (see map below). Our helpful and friendly staff will gladly assist you in your research.

Features

  • Lawrence County Will Books
  • Immigration Records
  • Cemetary Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Military Records
  • Deeds
  • County History
  • Maps of the County from 1885-1931
  • City Directories
  • Yearbooks from local schools
  • Reference Works

Also assorted materials on the following topics

  • Cascade Park
  • Shenango China
  • Ira D. Sankey
  • James Reeb
  • The Kurtz Family
  • The Greer Family
  • Labor Unions
  • and much more…

Here’s An Example of Our Research

Many people bring items to the Historical Society in hopes of having them identified and dated. While we are not always successful, we were able to help identify this object.

photo of masonic badgeAugust 15, 2014: A member of the Tri-County Metal Detector Club found this belt buckle in a field in Union Township. Fellow “detectors” believed it to be related to a fire department because of the Maltese cross. However, after a few hours of research we were able to inform them that the artifact relates to the Lawrence Commandery, No. 62 of the Knights Templar – a philanthropic Masonic group limited to Freemasons who profess a belief in the Christian religion.

Based upon old photographs, it is estimated that this style of buckle was in use as early as the 1880′s. Commandery No. 62 was operating in the County as early as 1883 and is still active today.

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