Briggs Lawrence County Public Library's genealogy/local history collection (Hamner Room) concentrates on the Lawrence County, Ohio area. It was named after Phyllis Hamner, one of Lawrence County, Ohio's most beloved and dedicated genealogist. When visiting the Hamner Room please be aware of the following policy's and procedures.

  • The Probate Court Office located at the Courthouse in Ironton Ohio, has microfilmed all births (1868-1938), deaths (1868-1938), marriages (1817-2000) and wills (1848-2000). These documents are available at Briggs Library's Local History and Genealogy Department. If you are planning to do research at the courthouse, please check at Briggs Library's Local History and Genealogy Department first.
  • Copies are 10 cents for copy machine and 25 cents for microfilm machines. The machines are not coin operated. You do not have to have correct change, but please bring small currency.
  • We do not allow children under 12.
  • No food or Drinks.
  • No Solicitation.
  • Briggs Library is also a Family History Center. This allows you to order microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT, but the film MUST stay at Briggs Library. Call or email us for further details.
  • Our room is located on the 2nd Floor at the Main Library, and all material must be used in the library.