Lawrence County Vital Records

Birth Records

Certificates for births or deaths can be obtained from the Local Health Department in the county where the event occurred or by mail or fax from the Indiana State Department of Health. The Indiana State Department of Health can provide a copy of a birth certificate for births in the State of Indiana EXCEPT for births that occurred before October 1907. If birth occurred before this date, contact the health officer in the county where the birth occurred.

Vital Records Department
Indiana State Department of Health

2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-2700

Directory of County Health Departments

Lawrence County Department of Health
Dunn Plaza, 2419 Mitchell Road
Bedford IN 47421-4731
Phone (812) 275-3234
Fax (812) 275-1094
Hours 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Indiana Vital Records Information

Marriage Records

MARRIAGE RECORDS for Lawrence County are filed in the Lawrence County Clerk's Office, Court House, Bedford, IN 47421. They begin with the year 1818 but show no parents of applicants until 1887. MALE applicant's name and approximate date of marriage are needed to locate a record of marriage.

Indiana State Library Genealogy Division:
Database of Indiana Marriages Through 1850
Database of Indiana Marriages 1993-2002

Transcriptions of data from Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959, available from, are now being added to our Lawrence county INGENWEB site:

Book N (1909-1913) – work in progress

Death Records

See links above for Indiana State and Lawrence County health departments.

Lawrence County obituary archives, 1997 to present
Index to all Lawrence County obituaries
Lawrence County Obituary Database

Funeral Homes:

Day & Carter Mortuary, Inc.
1133 Lincoln Avenue
Bedford, IN 47421
(812) 275-3389

Chastain Funeral Home
705 W. Warren Street
Mitchell, IN 47446
(812) 849-2600

Ferguson Lee Funeral Home
818 18th Street
Bedford, IN 47421
(812) 275-4433
Ferguson Lee, Inc.
Haverly Chapel
1016 West Main Street
Mitchell, IN 47446
(812) 849-4242

Cresthaven Funeral Home & Memory Gardens
3522 Dixie Hwy
Bedford, IN 47421
(812) 275-6886

Jones Funeral Home
25 Jefferson Street
Heltonville, IN 47436-8789
(812) 834-5058

The Newspapers in Monroe County carry a lot of obituaries for Lawrence County citizens and family. Obituaries from the Bloomington Herald-Times and the Herald-Telephone are indexed for the years 1918 to the current month. This is a good resource to check:

Monroe County Public Library Obituary Index

Social Security Death Index
Search engine for U. S. Government death information since about 1962

Obituary Central
Obituary archive and obituary search engine directory

Obituary Links Page
State-by-state directory of obituary resources and archives
Surname research tool; searchable library of data files