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


Johnson County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded December 31, 1822
County Seat Franklin
Address Johnson County Courthouse
1st Floor;
Franklin, IN 46131
Phone: 317-736-3708
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1830 1882 1830 1825 1830 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Delaware New Purchase in 1823[2]
  • County Seat: Franklin [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for John Johnson, a judge of the Indiana Supreme Court. The County Seat is Franklin and was founded 1823.[4] It is located in the Central area of the state.[5]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Marion  • Shelby  • Bartholomew  • Brown  • Morgan

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

May 1849 and December 1874 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. Records that survived include marriages from 1830, “complete” court records from 1823, recorder’s entry book from 1822, and deeds and deed indexes from 1824.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
INGenWeb Archives
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository.

For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.

Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Johnson County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]
  • History of Johnson County - Linkpendium
  • Johnson County, Indiana Biographical Sketches- USGenWeb

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the courthouse, where records are currently housed.

See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

Finding More Land Records[edit source]

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Johnson County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Maps[edit | edit source]

Marion CountyShelby CountyBartholomew CountyBrown CountyMorgan CountyIN JOHNSON.PNG
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for more resources

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War, 1775-1783[edit | edit source]
Mexican American War, 1846-1848[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Johnson County 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.

Civil War Books

  • "Johnson County And Civil War" Chapter 14 in Branigin, Elba L. 1913. History of Johnson County, (Indiana. Indianapolis, In: B.F. Bowen & Co.), ( page 420-485; diaries and letter written from the front)  other libraries  INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • "Military History" Chapter 9 in Banta, D. D. 1970. History of Johnson County Indiana: from the earliest time to the present with biographical sketches, notes, etc. together with a short history of the Northwest, the Indiana territory and the state of Indiana. (Evansville, In: Unigraphic.), (page 726-837; Regiment, Companies; "Roll Of Honor," page 739-743), 977.2 H2hj FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection   other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE   Google books
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918[edit | edit source]
World War II, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]
  • Johnson County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps NARA

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

Online Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Johnson County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]
Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Johnson County Courthouse
1st Floor
Franklin, IN 46131
Phone: 317-736-3708

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records 1882.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1830.
County Recorder has land records. [6]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
  • Johnson County Museum of History - Genealogy Library
    135 N. Main Street
    Franklin, IN 46131
    Phone: 317-346-4500
Museums[edit | edit source]
  • Johnson County Museum of History
    135 N. Main Street
    Franklin, IN 46131
    Phone: 317-346-4500
Societies[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Indiana 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.

Tax Books and/or Delinquent List 1843 through 1889 are housed at the Johnson County Museum of History in their Genealogy Library.

For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Johnson County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Johnson County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Places  [edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Johnson County, Indiana. Page 211-218 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 208-211.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Johnson County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Johnson County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, 3/29/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Johnson County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/29/2017.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Johnson County, Indiana 214 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.