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Johnson County, Arkansas Facts

When was Johnson County, AR Created?
Johnson County was established 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 .

What is the County Seat of Johnson County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Clarksville and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

What counties are adjacent to Johnson County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Newton County (north), Pope County (east), Logan County (south), Franklin County (west), Madison County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Johnson County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Clarksville, Coal Hill, Hartman, Knoxville, Lamar.


Johnson County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Johnson County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Johnson County vital records can be found at 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, AR Census Records

What Johnson County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Johnson County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide


Johnson County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Johnson County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Johnson County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Johnson County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Arkansas Corthouse Records Research Guide

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

  • 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
  • BLM Land Records

Johnson County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Johnson County, AR?
A list of Johnson County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Arkansas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Johnson County, AR Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Johnson County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

Johnson Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Johnson Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Johnson Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Johnson Co. AR Military Records

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