Welcome to Craighead County


Craighead County is named in honor of Senator Thomas B. Craighead.
It is located in northeast Arkansas and was created Feb 19, 1859.
The county seat is Jonesboro.

New County Coordinator W. and D. Dunavin-Dunn
This page was last updated: August 21, 2013

Additions to Web Site




Archives, Courthouse, Libraries,
Genealogical Societies & Museums


Goodspeed's Biographical & Historical Memoirs of NE AR/Craighead County
Carolina Cotton

Carolina Cotton was a western swing singer and yodeler. She was in B Western films, including some with Gene Autry. She was born 3 miles south of Cash, Arkansas & is related to the Dodson, Boyd and Matthews families from Cash. Some of the older generations in Cash remember her for singing the song that she wrote "Three Miles South of Cash".


AR Vital Records - Birth, Death, Marriage Records


Craighead County Cemeteries (Bill Couch Web Page)
Craighead County Cemeteries (GSCCA)
Mt Sinai Orthodox Cemetery
Temple Israel Cemetery

Arkansas Gravestones.org (Photos & Info)

Find-A-Grave (Photos & Info)


1850 Powell Township Census
1860 Census
1870 Census (GSCCA)
1880 Census (GSCCA)
1900 Census
1910 Census

1920 Census

1930 Census
Famous People in the Census
1840 Census of Pensioners - Military

Churches of Craighead County

Church Addresses - A-L
Church Addresses - M-Z
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church - 1904 Membership

City Directories

Jonesboro City Directory - 1906 (GSCCA)

Crime & Executions

Craighead County Executions
Ft Smith AR Executions, 1873-1896


1970-1979 Craighead Co Deaths
Jonesboro Sun Deaths & Obits Index
Burial Records of Monette, Arkansas
AR Vital Records - Death, Birth, Marriage

Divorces :

Eastern District

Lake City Chancery Books 1-3, 1884-1915
Lake City Chancery Books 4-6, 1915-1932
Lake City Chancery Books 7-9, 1932-1950

Western District

Jonesboro Chancery Books 1-2, 1878-1897

For details/contacts

Gen Society of Craighead County

Genetic Genealogy

Family Tree DNA Projects
National Geographic - Genographic Study

Government Reports & Craighead County Residents

House of Representatives Reports
Senate Reports


1872 Southern Claims Commission Disallowed Claims Index - NARA (States AL-NC)

Land Patents

Bureau of Land Management Patent Search

Letters From the Past

Letters from Aubrey HANSON to his mother, Julia Francis Hendrix HANSON

Look Ups

Resources & LookUp Volunteers

Mailing Lists - Craighead County

Mailing Lists


Arkansas Map - Present Day
1819 Arkansas Map

1895 Map of Craighead County

Marriage Records

Marriages Compiled by GSCCA
Curtis-Gill Marriage

AR Vital Records - Marriage, Birth, Death Records


Arkansas State School for the Blind - 1930 Census
Arkansas State Lunatic Asylum - 1900 Census

Old Time Disease Terminology

Message Boards for Craighead County

GenForum - Surname Message Board
GenForum - County Message Board

Ancestry.com Message Boards

Military - Craighead County

Robert E. Lee Amnesty Oath
Minor Mead Revolutionary War Record

Alexander Meek Revolutionary War Record
Korean War Casualties List

Vietnam War Casualities List
World WarI Draft Registration Cards

World WarII Draft Registration Cards

Index to WWII Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Index to WWII Navy, Marine Corps & Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945
World WarII Casualties(Army/Air Force) List

Index to WWII & Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
World WarII Casualties(Navy, Marines, Coast Guard) List
Index to WWII Dead, 1939-1945
World WarII Wounded In Action List
World War II Prisoners of War-Released List

Newspapers Online

Jonesboro Sun
Paragould Daily Press

The Town Crier - Northeast AR
Petit Jean Country Headlight - Conway & Perry Counties


Obituaries, transcribed
1900-1909, 1911 Craighead County Sun Obituaries
1885-2008 Jonesboro Sun Deaths & Obituaries Index (GSCCA)
Monette Weekly Sun 1962-1968 Obits (GSCCA)


Index to AR Orphanage Census


Residents of Craighead County
Places & Items in Craighead County
Arkansas Gravestones.org
Life in Craighead County

Post Cards

Postcards of Craighead County

Prison/Jail Records

1880 Arkansas State Penitentiary Census
1910 Craighead County Jail Census
1918-1920 Penitentiary Records/Craighead County
1902-1921 Federal Penitentiary Inmate Case Files
1920 Craighead County Jail Census
1920 Arkansas State Penitentiary Census
1920 AR Reform School & Farm Census
1930 Arkansas State Penitentiary Census
1930 Arkansas State Farm for Women Census
1930 Mississippi County AR, County Jail Census
Arkansas Dept of Correction


Rootsweb - Craighead County Queries
Ancestry.com Message Boards

GenForum - Craighead County Message Board
GenForum - Surname Message Boards
1996-1997 Archived Queries

1997-1998 Archived Queries
2001-2002 Archived Queries

State Officials of Arkansas

State Governors
Territorial Governors
Senators, 2
Senators, 3

Surnames & Researchers - Craighead County

Surnames A - D
Surnames E - L

Surnames M - R

Surnames S - Z

Towns of Craighead County

Towns Index (Includes Population, Occupations & Histories)

Townships of Craighead County

Index to Townships


Edward Gerdes Arkansas Civil War page
Revolutionary War Chronology 1754-1783
Chronology of the American Civil War

SCV Camp 1655 in Jonesboro

Weather & Natural Disasters

Tornadoes in Craighead County Tornado Project Online
1859 Solar Super Storm
National Hurricane Center

Earthquakes - USGS
Volcanoes - USGS

Web Pages of Craighead County Families

Family Connections


Luther LUNSFORD Will, 1923

Helpful Links

LDS Family Search
Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library-Genealogy section

National Archives
Original Craighead County Page-Bill Couch

National Register of Historical Places - Craighead County
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

DAR Library Online Catalog

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