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Spotlight: Genealogy Society of Craighead County, Arkansas

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Visitor Services Representative

Craighead County, located in northeastern Arkansas, has two county seats: Jonesboro and Lake City. The Genealogy Society of Craighead County has made a number of resources available on its website. Click on the County Records link on the banner at the top of the page to access these resources.


Newspaper Obituary Indexes


Monette Weekly Sun: This database covers the period from 1962 through October 31, 1968, when it ceased publication. The information provided includes the full name of the deceased, the date of the newspaper, page number and column number. In some cases additional information is provided, such as residence of the deceased, cause of death in unusual circumstances (murder/suicide), notation of a photograph, and probate.


The Jonesboro Sun: This alphabetical database indexes death notices found in Jonesboro newspapers between 1885 and 2010. There is a separate index for obituaries published in 2011. There is an explanation of how the index is organized and a list of newspaper title and column abbreviations. You should read this prior to using the index. In addition to death notices and obituaries, the index also includes the names of individuals who were described as critically ill or not expected to live. If known, the name of the cemetery in which the deceased was buried is included.


Vital Records


Divorces: These indexes are organized by district. The Lake City Courthouse is in the Eastern District. There are three databases that index the Lake City Chancery Books for the period from 1884 to 1950. There is a single database for the Jonesboro Courthouse, in the Western District. It covers the period from 1878 through 1897. Data fields include plaintiff, defendant, date of the divorce, book and page number.


Marriage Records Index: The marriage records indexes are also organized by district. The grooms and brides indexes for the Eastern District cover the period from 1883 through 1954. Data fields include groom’s name and age, bride’s name and age, date of marriage, book number and page number. The grooms and brides indexes for the Western District cover the period from 1878 through 2003. Data fields in the database include groom’s name, bride’s name, year, book and page number.



The cemeteries page contains separate alphabetical databases for more than eighty Craighead County cemeteries. Tombstone information has been transcribed and cemetery location information has been provided, at times including maps. The format for the data varies from cemetery to cemetery.


Additional Resources


Among the other resources available are:


a transcription of a portion of the 1906 Jonesboro business directory on the website


transcriptions for the 1860, 1870, and 1880 U.S. Censuses for Craighead County


a map of county townships


a PDF file containing history of the county written as part of a 1917 project by the women’s clubs of Arkansas to prepare a history for each county in the state


Many of the website’s resources can be searched from a keyword search box on the lower part of the homepage. You can use this Search Engine to search all pages created and maintained by the Genealogy Society, The Jonesboro Sun including obituary index and the Craighead County marriage index.

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