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Craighead County, Arkansas Facts

When was Craighead County, AR Created?
Craighead County was established on February 19,1859 and was formed from Mississippi County, Greene County and Poinsett County. The county was named in honor of Thomas Craighead (1798–1862), a State Senator who ironically opposed the creation of the county .

What is the County Seat of Craighead County, AR?
The County has dual county seats with courthouses in Jonesboro and Lake City and in addition the county government website is www.craigheadcounty.org/

What counties are adjacent to Craighead County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Greene County (north), Dunklin County, Missouri (northeast), Mississippi County (east), Poinsett County (south), Jackson County (west), Lawrence County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Craighead County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bay, Black Oak, Bono, Bowman, Brookland, Caraway, Cash, Childress, Egypt, Herman, Jonesboro, Lake City, Lester, Lunsford, Monette, Otwell.


Craighead County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Craighead County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Craighead County vital records can be found at the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Craighead County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Craighead County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Craighead Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.


Craighead County, AR Census Records

What Craighead County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Craighead County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Craighead Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1860. Craighead Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Craighead Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Craighead Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide


Craighead County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Craighead County Courthouse in Jonesboro

What genealogical records can I find in the Craighead County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Craighead County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Arkansas Corthouse Records Research Guide

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 511 S. Main Street, Jonesboro 72401 or 107 Cobean Blvd., Lake City 72437; 870-933-4500, unless otherwise noted. 


Craighead County Courthouse in Lake City
  • Craighead County Clerk of Circuit Court is the clerk of the circuit, chancery court, and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of Craighead county. The duties of the clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the circuit, chancery and juvenile courts and to prepare the dockets for courts in Craighead County. They are also the ex-officio Craighead county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Craighead county.
    • Phone: (870) 933-4530
    • Court Records: 1878
    • Land Records:1878
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Arkansas Department of Public Health)
  • Craighead County Clerk, as clerk to the probate court, the clerk files all instruments making them a matter of record in descendent estate cases, and swears in all witnesses in contested estates. The clerk, also in this capacity, maintains all records relative to adoptions and guardianship cases within Craighead county.
    • Phone: (870) 933-4520
    • Marriage Records:1878 
    • Probate Records:1878
  • Craighead County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 933-4570
  • BLM Land Records

Craighead County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Craighead County, AR?
A list of Craighead County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Arkansas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Craighead County, AR Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Craighead County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Craighead County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

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