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Guide to '''Craighead County, Arkansas ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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| county = Craighead County
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|organized=  February 19,  1859
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|county seat= Jonesboro
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|parent county= [[Mississippi County, Arkansas Genealogy|Mississippi]], [[Greene County, Arkansas Genealogy|Greene]], and [[Poinsett County, Arkansas Genealogy|Poinsett]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Dunklin County, Missouri Genealogy|Dunklin (MO)]]
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|county2= [[Greene County, Arkansas Genealogy|Greene]]
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|county3= [[Jackson County, Arkansas Genealogy|Jackson]]
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|county4= [[Lawrence County, Arkansas Genealogy|Lawrence]]
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[[Image:Jonesboro collage.png |thumb|right|180px|<center>College of Jonesboro, Craighead County, Arkansas</center>]]<br>
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{AR Courthouse Intro|Craighead}}
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Craighead County Courthouse<br>511 South Main Street<br>Jonesboro, AR 72401<br>Phone: 870.933.4520<br>[http://craigheadcounty.org/ Craighead County Courthouse]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1878 and tax records.<br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records from 1878 and land records from 1900<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== Craighead County, Arkansas ===
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{{AR Records Intro}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records<ref>Alice Eichholz, ''Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. {{WorldCat|55947869|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1185723|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004}}.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Craighead County, Arkansas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Craighead County, Arkansas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Craighead County, Arkansas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Craighead County, Arkansas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Craighead County, Arkansas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Craighead County, Arkansas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Craighead County, Arkansas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1878
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1914*
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1878
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1900
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1878
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| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's</center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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*'''1869''','''1878''' - All records were destroyed by a fire in 1869 and again in 1878.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{AR Boundary Changes Intro|Craighead}}
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*'''1859--'''Craighead County was created 19 February 1859&nbsp;from [[Mississippi County, Arkansas Genealogy|Mississippi]], [[Greene County, Arkansas Genealogy|Greene]], and [[Poinsett County, Arkansas Genealogy|Poinsett]] Counties.
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*'''County seat:''' Jonesboro<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> <br>
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For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps"] (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{AR Populated Places Intro|Craighead}}
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The following are locations in Craighead County, Arkansas:
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{AR Historical Timeline Intro|Craighead}}
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Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Craighead County page on the website, [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/ The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture]. <ref>Nancy Hendricks, ''The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture,'' (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=760&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 12, 2016), “Craighead County.”</ref>
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*1803 (pre) - Some groups of Shawnee, Delaware, and Cherokee moved west of the Mississippi River and through the area.
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*1811-1812 - The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811–1812 kept many potential settlers away from northeast Arkansas and induced the few Native Americans there to move elsewhere.
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*1817 - Immigration to the area began increasing due to allayed fears of earthquakes and the attractiveness of the bounties given to veterans of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
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*1820 - An act of Congress continued the land bounty program.
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*1850 - The Bounty Land Act in 1850 allowed for veterans of the Mexican War (1846–1848) to obtain land warrants.
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*1850 - The U.S. Congress granted the state of Arkansas all swamp and overflow lands, many of which were in the region now included in Craighead County.
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*1859 February 19 - Crighead County was formed.
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*1869-1885 - A high incidence of courthouse fires in Jonesboro destroyed many of the county’s early documents.
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*1906 - Jonesboro’s growth was enhanced with the creation of City Water &amp; Light (CWL) as a municipal utility.
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== Resources ==
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{{AR Resources Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{AR Bible Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{AR Biographies Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{AR Business Records Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Cemeteries  ===
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{{AR Cemeteries Intro| Craighead}}
  
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%; "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Craighead, Arkansas''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[https://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=4&GScnty=108&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=nn Findagrave.com]
  
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*[http://www.gscca.net/cemeteries.htm ARGenWeb]
  
| founded year = 1859
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/craighead/craighead.htm ARGenWeb Archives]
  
| founded date = February 19
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/arkansas/craighead.html Tombstone Project]
  
| seat wl = Jonesboro
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*[http://arkansasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=4  Arkansas Gravestones]
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/ar/craighead.htm Cemetery Records by Interment]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/#/ Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|377953|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=craighead%2C+Arkansas+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=4&CScnty=108 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Arkansas&cemetery_county=craighead&year_range=5&size=15 Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=11455&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=52&stateAbbv=&stateName= Arkansas Cemeteries by epodunk]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/arkansas-cemetery-records.htm Cemetery Records by Accessgenealogy]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"|<center>See '''[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Arkansas_Cemeteries Arkansas Cemeteries]''' for more information</center>
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=== Census Records ===
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{{AR Census Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Church Records ===
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{{AR Church Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{AR Court Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{AR Directories Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{AR Emigration Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{AR Ethnic Groups Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{AR Funeral Homes Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{AR Genealogies Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{AR Guardianship Intro|Craighead}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QZ-766%3A353247301%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1878-1971] Craighead County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}}: ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Administration and guardian bonds 1899-1936; Administration bonds and letters 1878-1923; County Court records 1878-1884; Dockets 1887-1892; Guardian bonds 1878-1938; Letters of administration and guardianship 1884-1903; Probate records 1878-1927; Wills 1886-1930.
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{AR Land Intro|Craighead}}
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{AR Histories Intro|Craighead}}
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{{AR History Intro}}
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*Stuck, Charles Albert. ''The story of Craighead County&nbsp;: a narrative of people and events in northeast Arkansas''. Jonesboro, Arkansas&nbsp;: C.A. Stuck, c1960.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE221430 FamilySearch Catalog] (Free)
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{AR Maps Intro|Craighead}}
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{{AR Neighboring Counties Intro|{{ARCraighead County, Arkansas Clickable Neighbors}}}}
  
Cr[http://craigheadcounty.org/ aighead County Courthouse]<br>511 South Main Street<br>Jonesboro, AR 72401<br>Phone: 870.933.4520 <br><br>County Clerk&nbsp; has marriage and probate records from 1878<br>and tax records; Clerk Circuit Court and divorce records<br>from 1878 and land records from 1900<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.</ref>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/arkansas/ Maps of Arkansas (1813-1925)]
  
== History  ==
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=== Migration ===
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{{AR Migration Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{AR Military Intro|Craighead}}
  
*'''1859--'''Craighead County was created 19 February 1859&nbsp;from [[Mississippi County, Arkansas|Mississippi]], [[Greene County, Arkansas|Greene]], and [[Poinsett County, Arkansas|Poinsett]] Counties.
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==== Civil War ====
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{{AR Civil War Intro|Craighead}}
  
'''County seat:''' Jonesboro <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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{{AR Civil War Regiments|Craighead}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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:- [[8th Battalion, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)|8th Battalion, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)]], Company E
  
See an interactive map of Craighead County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes] at N2Genealogy.
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'''Online Records
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932392|Arkansas Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1891-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1921864|Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1901-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1837922|Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{AR Naturalization Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{AR Newspapers Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{{AR Newspapers|Craighead}}
  
*[[Dunklin County, Missouri|Dunklin County, Missouri]]
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*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/ar Arkansas Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites. Includes newspapers for Craighead County.
*[[Greene County, Arkansas|Greene]]
 
*[[Jackson County, Arkansas|Jackson]]
 
*[[Lawrence County, Arkansas|Lawrence]]
 
*[[Mississippi County, Arkansas|Mississippi]]
 
*[[Poinsett County, Arkansas|Poinsett]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{AR Obituaries Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{AR Other Records Intro|Craighead}}
  
*Craighead County Cemeteries - [http://www.gscca.net/cemeteries.htm www.gscca.net/cemeteries.htm]
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{AR Periodicals Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{AR Probate Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Court ====
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'''Online Probate Records
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*'''1783 – 1998''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8638 Arkansas Wills and Probate Records 1783-1998] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1817 – 1979''' {{RecordSearch|2061549|Arkansas Probate Records 1817-1979}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecapi%2Fsord%2Fwaypoint%2FM7QZ-766%3A353247301%3Fcc%3D2061549 Probate Records 1878-1971] Craighead County portion of the collection: {{RecordSearch|2061549|''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979''|access=browse}}: ''Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979'' FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
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**Includes Administration and guardian bonds 1899-1936; Administration bonds and letters 1878-1923; County Court records 1878-1884; Dockets 1887-1892; Guardian bonds 1878-1938; Letters of administration and guardianship 1884-1903; Probate records 1878-1927; Wills 1886-1930.
  
==== Land  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{AR Schools Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{AR Tax Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{AR Vital Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Military  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Birth Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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*'''1947 - 1965''' - Craighead County Birth Index 1947-1965. Batch {{IGI|C735504}} at FamilySearch - free.
  
*[https://sites.google.com/site/onlinenewspapersite/Home/usa/ar Arkansas Online Historical Newspapers] - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites. Includes newspapers for Craighead County.<br>
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==== Marriage ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Craighead}}
  
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*'''1860 - 1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2546158|Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1878 - 1934''' - Craighead County Marriage Books A-Z, 1-17, A1-A20 Index 1878-1934 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki.''</ref>
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*'''1878 - 1923''' - Craighead County Marriage Books A-S, 1-7 Index 1878-1923 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igiarkansasad.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf]].</ref>
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Death ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Death Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Divorce ====
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{{AR Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{AR Research Facilities Intro|Craighead}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Archives ===
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{{AR Archives Intro|Craighead}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Introduction to Family History Centers]]  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
*[[Jonesboro Arkansas Family History Center|Jonesboro Arkansas Family History Center]]  
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*[[Jonesboro Arkansas Family History Center]] 301 E Highland at 1-B Jonesboro AR 72401-6008 United States
**Jonesboro, Arkansas
 
  
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=== Libraries ===
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{{AR Libraries Intro|Craighead}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Museums ===
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{{AR Museums Intro|Craighead}}
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== Societies ==
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{{AR Societies Intro|Craighead}}
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*[http://www.gscca.net/ Genealogy Society Of Craighead County] 315 W Oak, Ave, Jonesboro, AR 72401 870.935.5133
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.<br>
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== Websites ==
*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Craighead|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{AR Websites Intro|Craighead}}
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Craighead/ Craighead County, Arkansas Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=eksel7bab&et=1104702634241&s=32403&e=001dWch9sVKrVdw5oetdVAbLQJoQPzFRgttmMchpGPRBi2i2USaJJ3NnF4FTr7KXF7kumQcVCS5bJPI3zSZVHANROYxga-w1P9OaEzGfqZleIasDc87qh-Lc3UMRGzxtugi Genealogy Society of Craighead County, Arkansas]
 
  
== References  ==
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* [http://www.argenweb.net/craighead// ARGenWeb]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ar/craighead/craighead.htm USGenWeb Archives]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AR/Craighead/ RootsWeb]. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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* [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AR/Craighead/ Linkpendium]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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* [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ar/counties/craighead/ CyndisList]. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|194506|Arkansas|Craighead}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  
<references />
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== Research Guides ==
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{{AR Research Guides Intro|Craighead}}
  
{{Arkansas|Arkansas}} {{Arkansas-stub}}
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== References ==
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[[Category:Craighead_County,_Arkansas]]
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[[Category:Arkansas Counties]] [[Category:Craighead_County,_Arkansas]]

Latest revision as of 21:23, 14 December 2017

United States
Arkansas
Craighead County
 

Guide to Craighead County, Arkansas ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Jonesboro
Organized: February 19, 1859
Parent County(s): Mississippi, Greene, and Poinsett[1]
Neighboring Counties
Dunklin (MO)  • Greene  • Jackson  • Lawrence  • Mississippi  • Poinsett
See County Maps
Courthouse
ArkansasCraigheadWesternDistrictCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Ar-craighead.png
Adoption
College of Jonesboro, Craighead County, Arkansas

County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Craighead County Courthouse
511 South Main Street
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Phone: 870.933.4520
Craighead County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1878 and tax records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records from 1878 and land records from 1900[2]

Craighead County, Arkansas

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914* 1878 1914* 1878 1900 1878
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Record Loss

  • 1869,1878 - All records were destroyed by a fire in 1869 and again in 1878.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Craighead County, Arkansas:

History Timeline

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were taken from the Craighead County page on the website, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. [5]

  • 1803 (pre) - Some groups of Shawnee, Delaware, and Cherokee moved west of the Mississippi River and through the area.
  • 1811-1812 - The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811–1812 kept many potential settlers away from northeast Arkansas and induced the few Native Americans there to move elsewhere.
  • 1817 - Immigration to the area began increasing due to allayed fears of earthquakes and the attractiveness of the bounties given to veterans of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
  • 1820 - An act of Congress continued the land bounty program.
  • 1850 - The Bounty Land Act in 1850 allowed for veterans of the Mexican War (1846–1848) to obtain land warrants.
  • 1850 - The U.S. Congress granted the state of Arkansas all swamp and overflow lands, many of which were in the region now included in Craighead County.
  • 1859 February 19 - Crighead County was formed.
  • 1869-1885 - A high incidence of courthouse fires in Jonesboro destroyed many of the county’s early documents.
  • 1906 - Jonesboro’s growth was enhanced with the creation of City Water & Light (CWL) as a municipal utility.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Craighead, Arkansas online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Arkansas Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1878-1971 Craighead County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian bonds 1899-1936; Administration bonds and letters 1878-1923; County Court records 1878-1884; Dockets 1887-1892; Guardian bonds 1878-1938; Letters of administration and guardianship 1884-1903; Probate records 1878-1927; Wills 1886-1930.

Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

  • Stuck, Charles Albert. The story of Craighead County : a narrative of people and events in northeast Arkansas. Jonesboro, Arkansas : C.A. Stuck, c1960.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Men in Craighead County served in various regiments and companies. Those listed below were specifically formed in this county:

- 8th Battalion, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company E

Online Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Craighead County, Arkansas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


  • Arkansas Online Historical Newspapers - identifies historical archived and digitized newspapers available online on both free and pay-to-access websites. Includes newspapers for Craighead County.

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records

Birth

  • 1947 - 1965 - Craighead County Birth Index 1947-1965. Batch C735504 at FamilySearch - free.

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Websites

  • ARGenWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • RootsWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Linkpendium. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Nancy Hendricks, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, (http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=760&type=Category&item=Counties&parent=Counties%2c+Cities%2c+and+Towns&grandparent=+%3a+accessed+January+6%2c+2016)%2c : accessed January 12, 2016), “Craighead County.”
  6. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.