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Johnston County, North Carolina History

When was Johnston County, NC Created?
Johnston County was created on June 28, 1746 from Craven County. This county was named for Gabriel Johnston (1699–1752), a governor of colonial North Carolina.

What is the County Seat of Johnston County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Smithfield also, the county government website is www.johnstonnc.com.

What counties are adjacent to Johnston County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Nash County (northeast), Wilson County (northeast), Wayne County (southeast), Sampson County (south), Harnett County (southwest), Wake County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Johnston County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Benson, Clayton, FourOaks, Kenly, Micro, PineLevel, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield, WestSmithfield, Wilson%27sMills, Zebulon.


Johnston County, NC Vital Records

Where can find Johnston County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Johnston County vital records can be found at the North Carolina Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in North Carolina for current fees and application process.

Birth, death and marriage certificates also may be obtained at the Johnston County Register of Deeds (ROD) office. Divorce certificates may be obtained from the  Johnston County clerk of court.

You can search online for Johnston County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for North Carolina Birth Certificate, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate Application to mail.

The North Carolina State Archives has the following vital records: Death Certificates, 1913-1975 (Statewide Index: 1913-1979); microfilmed Indexes to Births and Deaths (except Wake, Durham); Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 (not required by law); Cohabitation Records, 1866-1867; microfilmed Marriage Registers and Indexes; microfilmed Marriage Licenses for many of the counties


Johnston County, NC Census Records

What Johnston County, NC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules which can guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790 (incomplete), 1800 (incomplete), 1810 (incomplete), 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Johnston Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Johnston Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Johnston Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.


Johnston County, NC Courthouse and Government Records


Johnston County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Johnston County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Johnston County. The years pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some early records are missing, Records Fragmented.


Old Johnston County Courthouse

Johnston County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Johnston County, NC?
A list of Johnston County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Where can I connect with other Johnston County, NC Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Johnston County, NC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Johnston County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is merely a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Johnston Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Johnston Co. NC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Johnston Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Johnston Co. NC General and History Websites

Johnston Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Johnston Co. NC Military Records

Johnston Co. NC Schools & Directories

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