Johnson County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Guide to Johnson County, Kentucky ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Johnson County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded February 24, 1843
County Seat Paintsville
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Johnson County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Johnson County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1843 1852 1850 1843 1844
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Johnson County Courthouse
Court Street
Paintsville, KY 41240
Phone: 606.789.2550[1]

Johnson County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG

Kentucky Court of Justice, Johnson County has contact information for the Circuit Court Clerk.
Kentucky: State Board of Elections has contact information on all Kentucky County Court Clerks. Scroll down the page to find desired county or use the index at top of page.

Johnson County Kentucky History

Parent County

1843--Johnson County was created 24 February 1842 from Floyd, Lawrence and Morgan Counties.
County seat: Paintsville [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Kentucky county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps" (1776-1939) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Johnson County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Asa Flat Gap Nippa Thealka
Barnetts Creek Fuget Offutt Thelma
Chandlerville Hagerhill Oil Springs Tutor Key
Chestnut Hargis Paintsville Van Lear
Collista Keaton Redbush Volga
Dawkins Kerz Riceville West Van Lear
Denver Leander Sip Whitehouse
Dobson Manila Sitka Williamsport
East Point Meally Staffordsville Winifred
Elna Nero Swamp Branch Wittensville

Neighboring Counties

Johnson County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African American

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:

Biographies, Family Histories, Gedcom Files, Genealogies etc.

Our Family Trees From Johnson County and Beyond
Kentucky Biographies, Johnson County, Kentucky


Cemeteries of Johnson, Kentucky online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Kentucky Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites have additional information on Johnson county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200923,827[4]1.6%
U.S. Census Bureau[5]

For tips on accessing Johnson County, Kentucky Genealogy census records online, see: Kentucky Census.

Johnson County Kentucky Census Records


Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Kentucky denominations, view the Kentucky Church Records wiki page.

Church Records Johnson County Area Churches

Land Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kentucky Land and Property for additional information about early Kentucky land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Johnson County Land Grants
Johnson County Kentucky Land and Tax Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Johnson County, Kentucky Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Kentucky Local Histories.

Johnson county, Kentucky at Wikipedia



Johnson County Kentucky Military Information
Johnson County War Memorials
Kentucky in the Revolutionary War. (includes list of soldiers from Johnson County, Kentucky)
Korean War Vets of Johnson county
List of Pensioners, Kentucky Johnson
Records of World War I Veterans
Vietnam War Casualties at Johnson county Genealogy Trails
World War II Johnson Co. Memorial

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Johnson County, Kentucky Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Johnson County, Kentucky Genealogy:

- 22nd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Enrolled Militia)(Union), Companies E, H, I, and K.
- 22nd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies H and I.


The Big Sandy News online
The Big Sandy News has bureaus in two area counties
Lawrence County
P.O. Box 766
Louisa, KY 41230
(606) 638-4581
FAX (606) 638-9949

Johnson County
338 Second Street
(606) 788-9962
FAX (606) 788-9952

The Paintsville Herald
P. O. Box 1547
978 Broadway Plaza
Paintsville, KY 41240
Direct: (606) 789-5315
Toll Free: 1-888-788-5315
Fax: (606) 789-9717

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Johnson County, Kentucky Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



Online Probate Records

Johnson County Kentucky Wills


Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more background information and state-wide resources see the wiki page Kentucky Taxation.

Johnson County 1925 Tax List

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Kentucky enacted a statute in 1852-1862 requiring registration of births and deaths,many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1874-1879, and 1892-1910 but, again, was not always followed. By 1911, the law was more clearly defined and kept by 1920. Any existing births 1852-1960 and death records 1852-1953 can be accessed online. See How to Find Kentucky Birth Records and How to Find Kentucky Death Records for links to indexes and images.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Johnson County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Johnson County, Kentucky Genealogy Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.. See also How to order Kentucky Vital Records


Johnson County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Johnson County Historical Genealogical Society
444 Main Street
PO Box 788
Paintsville, KY 41240
Telephone: 606-789-4355

Van Lear Historical Society, Inc.
The Coal Miners' Museum
PO Box 369
Van Lear, KY 41265
Telephone / FAX: 606-789-8540

Johnson County Public Library
444 Main Street
Paintsville, KY 41240
(606) 789-4355

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Johnson County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Johnson County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Johnson County, Kentucky page 271, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Kentucky County Population Estimates Retrieved on 2010-11-2
  5. U.S. Census Bureau Retrieved on 2010-2-27
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at