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Johnson County, Kentucky
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Johnson County, Kentucky Facts

When was Johnson County, KY Created?
Johnson County was created on February 24, 1843 from Floyd County, Morgan County and Lawrence County. Currently the county was named in honor of Richard Mentor Johnson, Vice President of the United States (1837–1841) .

What is the County Seat of Johnson County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Paintsville additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Johnson County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Lawrence County (north), Martin County (east), Floyd County (south), Magoffin County (southwest), Morgan County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Johnson County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Boonscamp, Collista, Denver, East Point, Flat Gap, Hager Hill, Leander, Meally, Oil Springs, Paintsville, Riceville, Staffordsville, Stambaugh, Swamp Branch, Thealka, Tutor Key, Van Lear, West Van Lear, Whitehouse, Williamsport, Wittensville .

Johnson County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Johnson County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Johnson County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky 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 you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives contains birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which introduced records laws before 1911. The Archives also offers birth and death records before to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records for the entire state.

Johnson County, KY Census Records

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

Johnson Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Johnson Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Johnson Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Johnson Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide

Johnson County, KY 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 Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Johnson County Clerk has three main responsibilities. One is the recording of Land records (the most common documents recorded are deeds, mortgage releases, entries, warrants, surveys, mortgages, assignments, and indexes), Probate records (may include such documents as wills, estates, letters of administration, administrators, executors, probate journals, probate packets, inventories, settlements, sales, accounts, guardianship, orphans, insolvent estates, bastardy, apprentices, insanity and adoptions) and Marriage Liscenses
    • Address: 230 Court St., Ste 124, Paintsville, KY, 41240
    • Phone: (606) 789-2559
    • Marriage Records: 1843 
    • Land Records: 1843
    • Probate Records: 1843
  • Johnson County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Johnson County Judicial Center, 908 Third St., Suite 109, Paintsville, KY 41240
    • Phone: (606) 297-9567
    • Court Records: 1843
  • Johnson County Tax Information and Contacts. Some early tax schedules list watercourse, value and acreage of real estate, men over age twenty-one, young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, slaves, and horses.
  •  Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989
  • Johnson County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Johnson County USGenWeb Archives Project

Johnson County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Johnson Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Johnson Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Johnson Co. KY General and History Websites

Johnson Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Johnson Co. KY Military Records

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