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Crittenden County, Arkansas (Map It) 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. Crittenden County was named in honor of Robert Crittenden (1797–1834), Governor of the Arkansas Territory. Learn More About State of Arkansas History
Crittenden County is bordered by 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).
Crittenden County Cities and Towns include West Memphis, Marion, Anthonyville, Clarkedale, Crawfordsville, Earle, Edmondson, Gilmore, Horseshoe Lake, Jennette, Jericho, Sunset, Turr.
A Map of Crittenden County, Arkansas contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Crittenden County, Arkansas Courthouse Records
Crittenden County, AR Courthouse
The Crittenden County Courthouse is located in Marion, Arkansas. 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. Learn More About State of Arkansas Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Crittenden county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- Crittenden County Clerk of Circuit Court has Court Records from 1839, Land Records from 1826 and 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. The 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 the 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. They are also the ex-officio county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within the county.
- Crittenden County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1837 and has Probate Records from 1826. The 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.
- Crittenden County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
- Crittenden County Health Department
Crittenden County, Arkansas Census Records
- Learn More: State of Arkansas Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1819-1870
- State Population Schedules: None
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Crittenden County, Arkansas Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Arkansas Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from February 1, 1914 to present.
- Marriage Records: from January 1917 to present.
- Divorce Records: from January 1923 to present. Full certified copy may be obtained from the County Circuit or Chancery Clerk.
- Locations: Arkansas Office of Vital Records, 4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 44, Little Rock, AR 72205; (602) 364-1300, 501-661-2336, 800-637-9314
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
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