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Johnson County, Illinois
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Johnson County, Illinois Facts

Johnson County

When was Johnson County, IL Created?
Johnson County was established on September 14, 1812 from Randolph County. This county was named for Richard Mentor Johnson (abt. 1780-1850), ninth Vice President of the United States and United States Senator form Kentucky.

What is the County Seat of Johnson County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Vienna (prior county seats was Home of John Bradshaw from 1813–1814, Elvira from 1814–1818) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Johnson County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Williamson County (north), Saline County (northeast), Pope County (east), Massac County (southeast), Pulaski County (southwest), Union County (west)

What cities and towns are in Johnson County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Belknap, Buncombe, Cypress, Goreville, New Burnside, Simpson, Vienna

What Townships and Precincts are in Johnson County, IL?
Townships located in the County include  Belknap, Bloomfield, Burnside, Cache, Elvira, Goreville No. 1, Goreville No. 2, Grantsburg No. 1, Grantsburg No. 2, Lake No. 1, Lake No. 2, Ozark, Simpson, Tunnel Hill, Vienna No. 1, Vienna No. 2, Vienna No. 3.

Johnson County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Johnson County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Johnson County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Johnson County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Johnson County, IL Census Records

What Johnson County, IL 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 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Johnson Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Johnson Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Johnson Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Johnson County, IL 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 Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Johnson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 117 North 5th St, Vienna, IL 62995
  • Johnson County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: 618-658-3611
    • Marriage Records: 1835
    • Birth & Death Records: 1878
    • Land Records: 1809
  • Johnson County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Phone: 618-658-4751
    • Probate Records: 1821
    • Court Records: 1812
  • Johnson County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Johnson County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Johnson County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Johnson County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Johnson Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

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Johnson Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Johnson Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Johnson Co. IL General and History Websites

Johnson Co. IL Military Records

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