Johnson County Public Library is located at:
Taylor Circle, Clarksville, AR 72830
479-754-3135
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, especially Ireland.

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:
  1. Approximately 100 family histories
  2. Genealogy how-to-books
  3. General reference, both US and foreign
  4. Many Arkansas counties are included
  5. Most, if not all, books published about Arkansas as well as books by Arkansas authors
  6. About 30 states are represented; largest sections are on Tennessee, Georgia,Missouri, South and North Carolina, Virginia and Texas.
  7. Military: Unit histories, rosters, pension indexes, etc. for all US wars especially Revolutionary and Civil; DAR patriot indexes, etc. for all US wars
  8. Acts of Arkansas from 1891-1969
  9. Periodicals - the library is repository for the Johnson County Historical Society's exchange program in addition to several journal subscriptions and patron donations.
  10. 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
  11. Regional and ethnic encyclopedias and histories
  12. Biographies
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.

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

 
 
 
 

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