Johnson County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Johnson County, Kentucky
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Founded February 24, 1843
County Seat Paintsville
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Quick Dates

Johnson County's civil records start the following years:

Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1852

 *Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

County Courthouse

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

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate and land records from 1843.
Clerk Circuit Court has court records. [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.


Parent County

1843--Johnson County was created 24 February 1842 from Floyd, Lawrence and Morgan Counties.
County seat: Paintsville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


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


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


cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Local volunteers through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness may take photographs of headstones found in county cemeteries.

  • Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Search can be searched by name, place and/or date.  This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky. 
  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Kentucky Cemeteries lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of
  • Johnson Co. KY USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. 


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200923,827[3]1.6%
U.S. Census Bureau[4]

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

Johnson County Kentucky Census Records


Church Records Johnson County Area Churches

Land Records

Johnson County Land Grants
Johnson County Kentucky Land and Tax Records

Local Histories

Johnson county, Kentucky at Wikipedia


Johnson County Kentucky Maps
Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer


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


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



Johnson County Kentucky Wills


Johnson County 1925 Tax List

Vital Records

Johnson County, Kentucky Births 1911-1920
Johnson County, Kentucky Births 1921-1930
Johnson County, Kentucky Marriage Records
Marriage Liscense of Johnson County, Kentucky From 1843-1859
Search results for Johnson County on Kentucky Death Records at Rootsweb

Societies and Libraries

Johnson County Historical & Genealogical Society
444 Main Street
PO Box 788
Paintsville, KY 41240
(606) 789-4355

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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Kentucky County Population Estimates Retrieved on 2010-11-2
  4. U.S. Census Bureau Retrieved on 2010-2-27