Crittenden County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Crittenden County was created 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.

Currently the Crittenden County Seat can be found in Marion and in addition the county government website is www.crittendencountywebsite.com/

Areas next to Crittenden County happen to be 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).

Cities and towns located in Crittenden County consist of West Memphis, Marion, Anthonyville, Clarkedale, Crawfordsville, Earle, Edmondson, Gilmore, Horseshoe Lake, Jennette, Jericho, Sunset, Turr.

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

Crittenden County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Crittenden County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Crittenden 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 Crittenden 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 Crittenden 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 ?, unless otherwise noted. The records of this county are intact except that during the reconstruction period, a few pages of the deed records and of the chancery court records were mutilated, and the taxbooks for the year 1878 are missing. There are deed records much older than the county and the original deed records, A and B, are now hardly legible. Many of these early deeds are in Spanish. The records are in good state of preservation with the exceptions named above.

I highly recommend you contact the clerk's office to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of from time to time changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will assist people in locating the resources, however it's up to the man or women to perform the basic research.
  • 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

Crittenden County Genealogy Links

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

Crittenden Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Crittenden Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Crittenden Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Crittenden Co. AR Census Records

Crittenden Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Crittenden Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Crittenden Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Crittenden Co. AR General and History Websites

Crittenden Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Crittenden Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Crittenden Co. AR Military Records

Crittenden Co. AR Schools & Directories

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