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Craighead County, Arkansas

Craighead County was created 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 .

Currently the Craighead County Seat can be found in Jonesboro and Lake City and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Craighead County happen to be Greene County (north), Dunklin County, Missouri (northeast), Mississippi County (east), Poinsett County (south), Jackson County (west), Lawrence County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Craighead County consist of Bay, Black Oak, Bono, Bowman, Brookland, Caraway, Cash, Childress, Egypt, Herman, Jonesboro, Lake City, Lester, Lunsford, Monette, Otwell.

Craighead County vital records can be obtained from 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 with your research.

Craighead County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Craighead County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Arkansas Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Craighead County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Craighead County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Arkansas men and women. The possibilities are very good that your particular ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Craighead County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into account all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The following details shows exactly what death, marriage, birth,, property, probate, and court records will be in Craighead County. The years pointed out below tend to be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

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. All records were destroyed by a fire in 1869 and again in 1878. The records are therefore incomplete. Since 1886, the records have been kept in a fire-proof vault and no records have been injured or lost since March 28, 1878.

  • 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

Craighead County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Craighead County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Craighead Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Craighead Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Craighead Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Craighead Co. AR Census Records

Craighead Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Craighead Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Craighead Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Craighead Co. AR General and History Websites

Craighead Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Craighead Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Craighead Co. AR Military Records

Craighead Co. AR Schools & Directories

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