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Crawford County, Arkansas
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Crawford County, Arkansas Facts

When was Crawford County, AR Created?
Crawford County was established on October 18,1820 and was formed from Pulaski County. When Crawford County was created, it contained a large part of what is now the State of Oklahoma. The county was named in honor of William H. Crawford (1772–1834), a politician who served as Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of War.

What is the County Seat of Crawford County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Van Buren and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Crawford County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Washington County (north), Madison County (northeast), Franklin County (east), Sebastian County (south), Le Flore County, Oklahoma (southwest), Sequoyah County, Oklahoma (west), Adair County, Oklahoma (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Crawford County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Alma, Cedarville, Chester, Dyer, Kibler, Mountainburg, Mulberry, Rudy, Van Buren.

Crawford County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Crawford County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Crawford 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 Crawford 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 Crawford County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Crawford Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Crawford County, AR Census Records

What Crawford County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Crawford County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Crawford Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Crawford Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Crawford Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Crawford 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

Crawford County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Crawford County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Crawford County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Crawford 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 300 Main Street, Van Buren 72956; 479-474-1511, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Crawford 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 Crawford 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 Crawford County. They are also the ex-officio Crawford county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Crawford county.
    • Phone: (479) 474-1821
    • Court Records: 1877
    • Land Records:1851
    • 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)
  • Crawford 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 Crawford county.
    • Phone: (479) 474-1312
    • Marriage Records:1877 
    • Probate Records:1877
  • Crawford County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (479) 474-1751
  • BLM Land Records

Crawford County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Crawford County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Crawford 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.

Crawford Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Crawford Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Crawford Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Crawford Co. AR General and History Websites

Crawford Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Crawford Co. AR Military Records

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