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County Resources, Crittenden County

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Arkansas Land Patents: Eastern Arkansas Counties (Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, and St. Francis Counties)
ISBN 1-56546-002-2, 232 pages, $24.00

What are land patents? All of what is now Arkansas was once owned by the federal government--it is a public domain land state. People who purchased land from the federal government received documents called land patents. Land was obtained through purchase, military warrants, homesteads, scrip acts and other laws that allowed the land to be transferred out of federal hands. The paperwork generated in those sales can be very helpful to genealogists. Copies of the land patents make interesting additions to published family histories but the land entry case files are most apt to have helpful details about families or clues that help piece together information from other sources.

What information is included? The county volumes of land patents list patentee's name, volume and page of the patent book, land office, document and miscellaneous document numbers, type of transaction, precise legal description, and number of acres. Introductory information describes in great detail how to get copies of the patents and land entry case files, how to use other land record sources, how to integrate the information with other sources, what is found in a typical homestead case file, where and when the Arkansas land offices operated, and a selected bibliography. County maps are also included. The time period covered by this information is earliest settlement through 30 June 1908. Information from 156,784 patent documents is included. These county volumes are based on current-day county boundaries.

Arkansas Confederate Pension Applications from Eastern Arkansas (Arkansas, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Greene, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett and St. Francis Counties)
ISBN 0-941765-57-1, 50 pp, 1,917 veterans, $10.00

This book is an index to Confederate veterans who applied for pensions from the State of Arkansas. Information includes: veteran's name, widow or mother's name, company, unit, year(s) of enrollment, county from which applied and death dates of the veteran and his widow. Also included is a list of pensioners granted awards through legislative acts and a list of residents of the Confederate Home. Pensioners in this book are cross-referenced to the 1911 Arkansas Confederate Veteran census. A detailed summary of pension legislation and suggestions for further research are included. Pensions were based on the state of residence at the time of eligibility.

Arkansas State Donation and Swamp Lands: Crittenden, Cross, and St. Francis Counties
Compiled by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-272-6, 132 pages, $23.00
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See our detailed explanation about donation and swamp lands under our "Land Records" category. (Then click your "back" browser button to return to this page.)

Or buy this book in .pdf with electronic delivery (no shipping), ISBN 978-1-56546-537-4, $8.95

Index to Arkansas' World War I Soldiers from Crittenden, Cross, and St. Francis Counties
ISBN 1-56546-240-8, 82 pages, $15.00

Click here to view a list of Crittenden County World War I Soldiers

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FREE Crittenden County Death Record Indexes

The following links lead you to death record indexes for specified time periods. The information in these indexes is taken straight from Arkansas Health Department records. Click here to visit the Health Department's website for more information about ordering a death certificate. We've been selling this information in book form for some time, but have decided to make it available free to all our cousins researching our Arkansas ancestors. Click here to see details about the books.

Remember, just like in horseshoes and nuclear war, "close" counts when it comes to spelling.

Crittenden County Death Record Index 1914-1923

Crittenden County Death Record Index 1924-1933

Crittenden County Death Record Index 1934-1940 [Original file not extant; only paper books are available for this period.]

Crittenden County Death Record Index 1941-1948

Crittenden County was created: 22 October 1825.
Parent County: Phillips.
Progeny Counties: Cross 1862, Lee 1873, Mississippi 1833.
County Boundary Changes: St. Francis River declared boundary with St. Francis 3 November 1831, part annexed to Mississippi 18 January 1861.
County Records: In 1906, Frank Smith reported, "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. The records have been kept in an old brick building, standing apart from the courthouse, but there is now being constructed a modern fire-proof vault for them."

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