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Johnson County, Arkansas

Johnson County was created on November 16, 1833and was formed from Pope County. Parts of Johnson County was used to form the following counties: Logan County 1871. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Franklin defined 14 December 1833, S boundary defined 2 November 1835, E boundary defined 5 October 1836. Line with Pope County defined 19 February 1859, 25 March 1871, 16 March 1875, and 9 March 1877. The county was named in honor of Benjamin Johnson (1784–1849), the first judge of the federal district court for Arkansas .

Currently the Johnson County Seat can be found in Clarksville and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Johnson County happen to be Newton County (north), Pope County (east), Logan County (south), Franklin County (west), Madison County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Johnson County consist of Clarksville, Coal Hill, Hartman, Knoxville, Lamar.

Johnson County vital records can be obtained from the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Johnson County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Johnson County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Johnson Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Johnson County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Johnson Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Johnson Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Johnson Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Johnson Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Johnson County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Johnson County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Arkansas Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Johnson County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Johnson County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Arkansas men and women. The possibilities are very good that your particular ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Johnson County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into account all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The following details shows exactly what death, marriage, birth,, property, probate, and court records will be in Johnson County. The years pointed out below tend to be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 215 West Main Street, Clarksville 72830; 479-754-2175, unless otherwise noted. Records extant from 1838 and in good condition.

I highly recommend you contact the clerk's office to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of from time to time changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will assist people in locating the resources, however it's up to the man or women to perform the basic research.
  • Johnson County Clerk of Circuit Court is the clerk of the circuit, chancery court, and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of Johnson county. The duties of the clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the circuit, chancery and juvenile courts and to prepare the dockets for courts in Johnson County. They are also the ex-officio Johnson county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Johnson county.
    • Phone: (479) 754-2977
    • Court Records: 1841
    • Land Records: 1836
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Arkansas Department of Public Health)
  • Johnson County Clerk , as clerk to the probate court, the clerk files all instruments making them a matter of record in descendent estate cases, and swears in all witnesses in contested estates. The clerk, also in this capacity, maintains all records relative to adoptions and guardianship cases within Johnson county.
    • Phone: (479) 754-3967
    • Marriage Records: 1855 
    • Probate Records: 1844
  • Johnson County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (479) 754-3863/8839

Johnson County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Johnson County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Johnson County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Johnson Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Johnson Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Johnson Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Johnson Co. AR Census Records

Johnson Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Johnson Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Johnson Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Johnson Co. AR General and History Websites

Johnson Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Johnson Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Johnson Co. AR Military Records

Johnson Co. AR Schools & Directories

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