Cross County, Arkansas

Cross County was created on November 15, 1862 and was formed from St. Francis County, Poinsett County and Crittenden County.. The county was named in honor of David C. Cross, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War (the first elected Colonel of the Fifth (ARK) Infantry Regiment (C.S.A.) and local politician.

Currently the Cross County Seat can be found in Wynne and in addition the county government website is www.crosscountyar.org/ & Cross County Chamber of Commerce

Areas next to Cross County happen to be Poinsett County (north), Crittenden County (east), St. Francis County (south), Woodruff County (west), Jackson County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Cross County consist of Cherry Valley, Hickory Ridge, Parkin, Twist, Wynne.

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

Cross County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Cross Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Cross Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Cross Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Cross County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Cross County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Cross 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 Cross 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 Cross 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 705 East Union Street, Wynne 72396; 870-238-5750, unless otherwise noted.

  • Cross 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 Cross 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 Cross County. They are also the ex-officio Cross county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Cross county.
    • Phone: (870) 238-5720
    • Court Records: 1863
    • Land Records: 1865
    • 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)
  • Cross 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 Cross county.
    • Phone: (870) 238-5735
    • Marriage Records: 1863 
    • Probate Records: 1865
  • Cross County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870)238-5715

Cross County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Cross 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 Cross County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Cross Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cross Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Cross Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Cross Co. AR Census Records

Cross Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Cross Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Cross Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cross Co. AR General and History Websites

Cross Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Cross Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cross Co. AR Military Records

Cross Co. AR Schools & Directories

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