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Crawford County, Arkansas

Crawford County was created 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.

Currently the Crawford County Seat can be found in Van Buren and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Crawford County happen to be 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).

Cities and towns located in Crawford County consist of Alma, Cedarville, Chester, Dyer, Kibler, Mountainburg, Mulberry, Rudy, Van Buren.

Crawford 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 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 with your research.

Crawford County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Crawford County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Crawford 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 Crawford 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 Crawford 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 300 Main Street, Van Buren 72956; 479-474-1511, unless otherwise noted. The records from 1818 to 1820 are on file at Little Rock. On March 23, 1877, the courthouse was destroyed by fire and all records were destroyed except those of the treasurer and a few deeds and mortgages. Since that date, however, the records are complete and are kept in fire-proof vaults.

  • 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

Crawford County Genealogy Links

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

Crawford Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Crawford Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Crawford Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Crawford Co. AR Census Records

Crawford Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Crawford Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Crawford Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Crawford Co. AR General and History Websites

Crawford Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Crawford Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Crawford Co. AR Military Records

Crawford Co. AR Schools & Directories

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