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Welcome to Johnston County

Johnston County was formed from Craven in 1746 and named for Gabriel Johnston who was the royal governor of North Carolina from 1734-1752. It was later used to form parts of Dobbs, Orange, Wake and Wilson counties. With a total area of 796 square miles and an estimated population of 163,428 in 2008, Johnston County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States.

Although it's value to surrounding counties is clear, Johnston County genealogy has also been a necessary resource for many southern descendents who are searching for their forefathers, many of which settled briefly in Johnston County before continuing their journeys to other Southern states.

Towns: Archer Lodge, Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield (county seat) and Wilson's Mills

Townships: Banner, Bentonville, Beulah, Boon Hill, Clayton, Cleveland, Elevation, Ingrams, Meadow, Micro, O'Neals, Pine Level, Pleasant Grove, Selma, Smithfield, Wilders and Wilson's Mills

Unincorporated Communities: Cleveland, Emit, Flowers, Hocutt's Crossroads, Jordan, McGee's Crossroads, Peacock's Crossroads, Powhatan and Stancil's Chapel

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Thousands of cemetery photos and resource links added. Nickname search feature.

Through the support of volunteers, our cemetery project now includes 6836 photos from 276 cemeteries. In the process, we've identified about 20 "new" cemeteries to go along with the 1100+ cemeteries that were already in our database. Much of this work is due to the hundreds of hours that Connie Adams and Ross Sippel have spent taking photos and collecting data. Our thanks to both of them for their tremendous support.

Besides working on our cemetery project, we've also added links to offsite resources. A total of 227 new resources have been identified and posted to Deaths & Obituaries, Education, Maps, Military, and Articles & Publications. Many of these resources are from the inclusion of Johnston County high school yearbooks and North Carolina college yearbooks on

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View More News:
  • Hundreds of records added to the various sections of the website, along with major cemetery section enhancements.
  • Indexes for Johnston County Wills, Civil War Soldiers and Civil War Sailors have been added with updates to the "Name Index".
  • The "Name Index" is ready! Search census & cemetery records with just one click.
  • Latitudes & Longitudes mapped for JC Cemeteries
  • New links to Wills & Estates, Military, Immigration and other genealogy resources.

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County Coordinator
Michael W. Kay
County Volunteers
Ross Sippel
Connie Ellen Adams
Passed away on 15 July 2015

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Site last updated on November 7, 2015