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Cross County, Arkansas Facts

When was Cross County, AR Created?
Cross County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Cross County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Wynne and in addition the county government website is www.crosscountyar.org/ & Cross County Chamber of Commerce

What counties are adjacent to Cross County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Poinsett County (north), Crittenden County (east), St. Francis County (south), Woodruff County (west), Jackson County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Cross County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cherry Valley, Hickory Ridge, Parkin, Twist, Wynne.


Cross County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Cross County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Cross 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 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, AR Census Records

What Cross County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Cross County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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 you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide


Cross County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Cross County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Cross County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Cross 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 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
  • BLM Land Records

Cross County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Cross Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cross Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Cross Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cross Co. AR General and History Websites

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Cross Co. AR Military Records

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