Johnston County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Johnston County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Johnston County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oklahoma
Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded July 16, 1907
County Seat Tishomingo
Address Johnston County Courthouse
403 W. Main, room 201
Tishomingo, Oklahoma 73460
Phone: 580.371-3184

Johnston County, Oklahoma genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


County Information

Johnston County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1907 1907 1907 1907

County Courthouse

Johnston County Courthouse
403 W Main
Tishomingo, OK 73460
Phone: 580.371-3184

Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records;
County Clerk has land and military records[1]


Parent County

1907--Johnston County was created 16 July 1907 from Chickasaw Lands.
County seat: Tishomingo [2]


Johnston County was formed in 1907. Tishomingo is the county seat. [3]

Boundary Changes

Johnston County History Book Committee and John. D. Montgomery. History of Johnston County, Oklahoma. Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media, 1988 FHL Book 976.668 H2jo

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [4]

  • Tishomingo (county seat)
  • Bromide
  • Mannsville
  • Milburn
  • Mill Creek
  • Ravia
  • Wapanucka
Unincorporated communities
  • Bromide Junction
  • Coleman
  • Connerville
  • Earl
  • Emet
  • Fillmore
  • Folsom
  • Nida
  • Pontotoc
  • Reagan
  • Russett
  • Troy

Neighboring Counties


American Indians


Land and Property


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
OKGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Oklahoma Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 16,734
1920 20,125 20.3%
1930 13,082 −35.0%
1940 15,960 22.0%
1950 10,608 −33.5%
1960 8,517 −19.7%
1970 7,870 −7.6%
1980 10,356 31.6%
1990 10,032 −3.1%
2000 10,513 4.8%
2010 10,957 4.2%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Johnston County, Oklahoma Genealogy census records online, see: Oklahoma Census.

State Census Records
Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Oklahoma starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Oklahoma Census.


Church records 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 Oklahoma denominations, view the Oklahoma Church Records Wiki page.



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

Online Land Records

For more information see Oklahoma Land and Property

Local Histories

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




Revolutionary War
Civil War


Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

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

  • ($) has historical newspapers online including Ada newspapers that may have included Johnston County residents. This database is sometimes free at libraries.


Online Records

School Records


Oklahoma tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records


Online Birth Records Indexes and Images


Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images


Online Death Records Indexes and Images


Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

Johnston County Historical Society
413 W Main St
Tishomingo, Ok 73460
Telephone: 580-371-0254

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.


  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Johnston County, Oklahoma. Page 559 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).
  3.,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Johnston County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 6 August 2016.