Johnson County, Illinois Facts
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Johnson County Facts
- Government Website: www.johnsoncountyil.com
- Created Date / Origin: September 14, 1812 from Randolph County
- County Seat: Vienna (prior county seats was Home of John Bradshaw from 1813–1814, Elvira from 1814–1818)
- Named After: Richard Mentor Johnson (abt. 1780-1850), ninth Vice President of the United States and United States Senator form Kentucky
- Bordering Counties: Williamson County (north), Saline County (northeast), Pope County (east), Massac County (southeast), Pulaski County (southwest), Union County (west)
- Cities, Towns & Villages: Belknap, Buncombe, Cypress, Goreville, New Burnside, Simpson, Vienna
- Precincts: Belknap, Bloomfield, Burnside, Cache, Elvira, Goreville No. 1, Goreville No. 2, Grantsburg No. 1, Grantsburg No. 2, Lake No. 1, Lake No. 2, Ozark, Simpson, Tunnel Hill, Vienna No. 1, Vienna No. 2, Vienna No. 3
Johnson County Genealogical & Historical Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Johnson County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Illinois State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Johnson County Genealogical & Historical Society, PO Box 1207 - Vienna, IL 62995
- Southern Illinois University (SIU), Illinois Regional Archives Depository, c/o Special Collections, Morris Library – 6632, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL 62901-6632; 618-453-3040
- Johnson County, Illinois Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Johnson County
- Johnson County, Illinois Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Johnson County
- USGenWeb Archives for Johnson County
Johnson County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Johnson County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and worries of the many Illinois people.
The chances are very good that your forefathers have left a detailed record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Johnson County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.
Remember to contact the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will help people in finding the materials, but it's up to the person to perform the researching.
The below information and facts denotes whatever death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records will be in Johnson County. The dates stated listed below tend to be the first noted documents for this particular county.
- Johnson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 117 North 5th St, Vienna, IL 62995
- Johnson County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
- Phone: 618-658-3611
- Marriage Records: 1835
- Birth & Death Records: 1878
- Land Records: 1809
- Johnson County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
- Phone: 618-658-4751
- Probate Records: 1821
- Court Records: 1812
- Johnson County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
- Illinois Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from January 1, 1916 and Marriage & Divorces since January 1 1962. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.
Johnson County Links
The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Johnson County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to provide your own preferred Johnson County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.
Johnson Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Johnson Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications
Johnson Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records
Johnson Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
Johnson Co. IL Census Records
Johnson Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards
Johnson Co. IL Church & Bible Records
Johnson Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Johnson Co. IL General and History Websites
Johnson Co. IL Military Records
- Illinois Military Records (fold3.com) gives easy access to military records, stories, photos, and personal documents belonging to the Illinois both males and females that served. Suitable for Johnson County genealogists, researchers, historians plus much more.