Johnson County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Johnson County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Johnson County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Founded February 13, 1854
County Seat Cleburne
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County Information

County Courthouse

Johnson County Courthouse
PO Box 662
Cleburne, TX 76031
Phone: 817.556.6311

County Clerk has marriage, land and probate records from 1854,
birth and deat records from 1903; District Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 1056
Cleburne 76033
Phone: 817-556-6315
Fax: 817-556-6326

District Clerk

P.O. Box 495
Cleburne 76033
Phone: 817-556-6836

Johnson County Courthouse was constructed in 1913 by the architects Lang and Witchell.  It is constructed with brick and concrete.  The courthouse is located on the square in Cleburne, Texas

Johnson County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1860 1854 1860 1854 1854


Parent County

1854--Johnson County was created 13 February 1854 from McLennan, Hill, Ellis, and Navarro Counties.

  • County seat: Cleburne [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Cities & Towns: Alvarado | Cross Timbers | Bono | Venus | Lillian |Brair Oaks |  |  Cleburne | Cross Timbers | Godley | Grandview | Joshua | Keene | Rio Vista     Burleson  Cleburne

Neighboring Counties

Bosque  • Dallas  • Ellis  • Hill  • Hood  • Parker  • Somervell  • Tarrant

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African American


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources


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/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Historical populations
Census Pop.



After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Johnson County, Texas 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 Texas Local Histories.

  • A memorial and biographical history of Johnson and Hill counties, Texas : containing the early history of this important section of the great state of Texas together with glimpses of its future prospects...  Digitized book online at  Volume 1
  • Johnson County Bios and History  ~  TXGenWeb
  • Johnson County Landmarks  ~  TXGenWeb
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors




Mexican-American War
Civil War
World War I


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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).



Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records


Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.


Online Birth Indexes and Records


Online Marriage Indexes and Records


Online Death Indexes and Records


Societies and Libraries

Johnson County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1256
Cleburne, TX 76033-1256
will do simple lookups in publications and microfilm.
Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope along with the request.

The Mansfield (Tx) Historical Society
101 East Broad St
Mansfield, TX 76063
Telephone Number: 817-473-4250
Hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 11AM to 4PM
Mrs. Fran Nafong is available on Thurs.

Johnson County Genealogical Society
PO Box 10246
Cleburne 76033

Burleson Public Library
248 Sw Johnson Ave
Burleson, TX 76028
Telephone Number: 817-295-6131

Cleburne Public Library
302 W Henderson St
Cleburne, TX 76033
Telephone Number: 817-645-0934

Alvarado Public Library
210 N Baugh St
Alvarado, TX 76009
Telephone Number: 817-783-7323

Joe A Hall High School And Community Library
12 Bulldog Dr
Venus, TX 76084
Telephone Number: 972-366-8353

Joshua School & Public Library
907 S Broadway St
Joshua, TX 76058
Telephone Number: 817-202-2547

Grandview Public Library
112 S 3rd St
Grandview, TX 76050
Telephone Number: 817-866-3965

  • Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History Center

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.

303 S Nolan River Road Cleburne TX 76031

817 645-0566

Hours Tuesday and Thursday 9am-12pm, Wednesday 6pm-9pm



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Johnson County, Texas. Page 667 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).