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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 185,660 in 2015, 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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More than 10,000 cemetery photographs now online at!

We hit a milestone this month on our cemetery project which now boasts more than 10,000 photos in 368 cemeteries. Also, a total of 21 "rediscovered" cemeteries were added to our database in 2015 which brings our total cemetery count to 1138. Of course, we couldn't have done this without the assistance of county volunteers including Ross Sippel and more recently, Gerry Morgan.

On a sad note, another of our volunteers, Connie Ellen Adams, passed away on July 15, 2015. She was one of the early supporters of this website and provided information for 143 cemeteries in our database including GPS locations and photographs. She will be missed but we hope that her contribution will help others in their genealogical search for information.

As if we weren't busy enough, we also added links to 410 resources in... Read More


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