Crawford County, Arkansas Genealogy

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Crawford County, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Crawford County
Location in the state of Arkansas
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Founded October 18, 1820
County Seat Van Buren

County Courthouse


Parent County

1820--Crawford County was created 18 October 1820 from Pulaski County.  County seat: Van Buren [1]

 It was named in honor of William H. Crawford, President Monroe's Secretary of the Treasury.

Boundary Changes

Parts of the county were taken for various new counties:

  • Washington 27 October 1828
  • Pope 2 November 1829
  • Scott 5 November 1833
  • Franklin 19 December 1837
  • Sebastian 5 January 1851
  • in 1828, part of the Osage and Cherokee Territory was added to the county.

See an interactive map of Crawford County boundary changes at N2Genealogy.

Record Loss

On March 23, 1877, the courthouse was destroyed by fire and all records were destroyed except those of the treasurer and a few deeds and mortgages. Since that date however the records are complete and are kept in fire-proof vaults.


Populated Places

Alma | Cedarville | Chester | Dyer | Kibler | Mountainburg
Mulberry | Natural Dam | Rudy | Uniontown | Van Buren

Neighboring Counties



Crawford County Cemetery Index  -  Crawford County ARGenWeb

Tombstone Transcription Project  -   USGenWeb Project

Alexander Cemetry, Alma City Cemetery, Bidville Cemetery, Bolton Cemetery, Bryant Cemetery, Dugan Cemetery, Dyer Cemetery,Fairview Cemetery, Gregory Cemetery, Hall Cemetery, Hillcrest Cemetery, Liberty Hill Cemetry, Love Cemetery, Morrison Cemetery, Rudy, New Cemetery, Newberry Chapel Cemetery, Peters Cemetery, Sarah Grove, Steward Cemetery


Crawford County Church Index - Crawford County ARGenWeb


Wills and Probate Index  -  Crawford County ARGenWeb


Local Histories

Biography Index  -  Crawford County ARGenWeb

Disaster/Epidemic Index  -  Crawford County ARGenWeb

Family Group Sheets Index  -  Crawford County ARGenWeb

Crawford County Family Website Index  -  Crawford County ARGenWeb


Crawford County Map Index   -  Crawford Coiunty ARGenWeb


Revolutionary War
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Arkansas, Crawford County on page 191.]
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Arkansas section begins on page 439.]
Civil War
  • United States Colored Troops of Crawford County, Arkansas this site gives history and information on burial and a Headstone Project.
  • Men from Crawford County served in the 1st Regiment Arkansas Infantry (Union) *                  *Arkansas. Adjutant General's Office.Report of the Adjutant General of Arkansas, for the period of the late rebellion, and to November 1, 1866,Bethesda, Maryland : University Publications of America, c1990 .
  • Newspapers

Submitted Crawford County Obituaries  -  USGenWeb Archives Project

Newspaper Article Index  -  Crawford County ARGenWeb



Tax Lists  -  Crawford County ARGenWeb

Vital Records

1830 Census  -  USGenWeb Archives

US Federal Census Records - Crawford County ARGenWeb

Slave Schedules  -  Crawford County ARGenWeb

Pension Rolls  -  Crawford County ARGenWeb

Tax Lists  -  Crawford County ARGenWeb

Societies and Libraries

Crawford County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 276
Alma, AR 72921
Open on Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Crawford County Historical Society
929 East Main Street
Van Buren, AR 72956-4317

Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 796
Rogers, AR 72757-0796
Serving the Arkansas Counties of Benton, Carroll, Madison and Washington

Phone:: (501) 273-3890

Arkansas Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 17653
Little Rock, AR 72222

Arkansas Historical Association
416 Old Main, University of Arkansas
History Department - Ozark Hall 12
Fayetteville, AR 72701

 (479) 575-5884
(479) 575-2775

Arkansas History Commission

One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Trash or Treasure? Phone:
 (501) 682-6900
(501) 682-6916

Arkansas Historical Society
422 South Sixth Street
Van Buren, AR 72956

Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis,
President, Little Rock Chapter
P.O. Box 4294
Little Rock, Arkansas 72214

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).