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Crittenden County, Arkansas Facts

When was Crittenden County, AR Created?
Crittenden County was established on October 22, 1825 and was formed from Phillips County. Parts of Crittenden County was used to form the following counties: Cross 1862, Lee 1873, Mississippi 1833. Other county boundry changes occured when St. Francis River declared boundary with St. Francis 3 November 1831, part annexed to Mississippi 18 January 1861. . The county was named in honor of Robert Crittenden (1797–1834), Governor of the Arkansas Territory.

What is the County Seat of Crittenden County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Marion and in addition the county government website is www.crittendencountywebsite.com/

What counties are adjacent to Crittenden County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Mississippi County (northeast), Tipton County, Tennessee (east), Shelby County, Tennessee (east), DeSoto County, Mississippi (southeast), Tunica County, Mississippi (south), Lee County (southwest), St. Francis County & Cross County (west), Poinsett County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Crittenden County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include West Memphis, Marion, Anthonyville, Clarkedale, Crawfordsville, Earle, Edmondson, Gilmore, Horseshoe Lake, Jennette, Jericho, Sunset, Turr.


Crittenden County, AR Vital Records

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


Crittenden County, AR Census Records

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

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


Crittenden County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Crittenden County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Crittenden County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Crittenden 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 ?, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Crittenden 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 Crittenden 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 Crittenden County. They are also the ex-officio Crittenden county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Crittenden county.
    • Phone: (870) 739-3248
    • Court Records: 1839
    • Land Records: 1826
    • 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)
  • Crittenden 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 Crittenden county.
    • Phone: (870) 739-4434
    • Marriage Records: 1837 
    • Probate Records: 1826
  • Crittenden County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 739-3606
  • BLM Land Records

Crittenden County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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