Johnson County Public Library is located at:
Taylor Circle, Clarksville, AR 72830
NOTE: The Johnson County Courthouse
does not process genealogy requests. You may contact the Johnson
County Public Library for a reference or try one of the Research Volunteers
listed on this web site.
This library has a nice genealogical and local history
collection that is growing all the time. Patron donations have added some
excellent areas of interest that you wouldn't expect in a small county
libarary in Arkansas, such as over 25 volumes of United Kingdom sources,
Another source that is unique is the Vertical Files. Articles
of genealogical and historical insterest have been clipped from many of
the oldest extant county newspapers and laminated. Information available
nowhere else can be found inthe obits, marriage, birth and reunion announcements
as well as community happenings of this colletion.
Of course, the collection holds most, if not all, printed
sources pertaining to Johnson County. histories, probate abstracts, tax
lists, census indexes, burial records, marriage records indexes are included.
Also, many school annuals have been donated.
All federal census microfilm for the county as well as
most for the surrounding counties is available for viewing. Other microfilm
available includes newspapers (1912-1980's) and church records.
Among other reference materials available:
The library staff cannot do extensive research; however,
they will answer some straightforward questions that can be looked up easily.
Otherwise, they will refer your query to a local researcher.
Approximately 100 family histories
General reference, both US and foreign
Many Arkansas counties are included
Most, if not all, books published about Arkansas as well
as books by Arkansas authors
About 30 states are represented; largest sections are on
Tennessee, Georgia,Missouri, South and North Carolina, Virginia and Texas.
Military: Unit histories, rosters, pension indexes, etc.
for all US wars especially Revolutionary and Civil; DAR patriot indexes,
etc. for all US wars
Acts of Arkansas from 1891-1969
Periodicals - the library is repository for the Johnson County
Historical Society's exchange program in addition to several journal subscriptions
and patron donations.
Ethnic research: Native American (about 15 printed volumes,
and 20 rolls of microfilm), Quaker, Jewish, Slave,Maps and atlasas covering
US and the world; Civil War battle maps
Regional and ethnic encyclopedias and histories
The development of the library's collection depends heavily
on patron donations. Please keep them in mind when weeding your personal
collection of reference materials. Also, help other researchers by adding
a copy of your family history to the library's collection.
Information provided by: P.Rowbotham
to Johnson County