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    Crawford County was formed on October 18, 1820, and named for William H. Crawford who was United States Secretary of War in 1815. When originally created Crawford County encompassed a large part of Indian Territory and all or part of five present-day counties—Scott, Sebastian, Franklin, Washington, and Pope.
    Two politically aggressive businessmen, John Drennen and David Thompson, seeing opportunities in the territory of Arkansas, settled in Crawford County in 1834. They purchased Phillips Landing, the post office, and surrounding lands in 1836. Drennen represented Crawford County in 1835 in the drafting of the first constitution of the state of Arkansas. In 1837, reassured by Arkansas statehood, Drennen and Thompson donated land to establish the county seat in Van Buren. At the death of Thompson in 1839, Drennen became the wealthiest and most prominent member of the community.
    A business partner with Sam Houston, Drennen also chartered the Chihuahua Trading Company. He conducted the allotment of the Cherokee immigrants of 1839 and, as superintendent of the Western Territory (1849), he represented the governmental affairs with the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, Creek, Osage, Caddo, and Quapaw.


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Arkansas Dept of Health

Arkansas Dept of Health
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 661-2174
Fax: (501) 663-2832
  • Vital Records is responsible for the collection and issuance of birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce coupons.
  • Birth and death certificates serve two purposes. They are the definitive legal documents of identity and they collect important medical information about the two most important events – birth and death.
  • Marriage and divorce coupons are so called because they are removed from the bottom of marriage and divorce certificates, the original of which is retained in the offices of the county clerk of courts; these coupons contain limited information.

Arkansas State Archives

Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
The History Commission, the official state archives, is a facility in which those interested in Arkansas history may engage in research. The staff does not undertake research requests from the public. The Research Room is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on state holidays. If you are traveling long distances, please call to confirm hours/days of operation at 501.682.6900.

Arkansas Genealogical Society

  • The purpose of the society is to promote family history research, to educate persons in genealogical research methods and the use of historical records, to publish articles pertaining to Arkansas ancestors, and to preserve and make accessible historical, genealogical, and biographical sources pertaining to Arkansas.
  • AGS has contributed to the genealogical collection of books and other materials at the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and at other libraries and archives with genealogical collections. Books sent to AGS to be reviewed in The Arkansas Family Historian are always donated to a library that does not possess a copy. AGS sometimes purchases and donates special resources, such as the films of the Draper Manuscripts at the Arkansas History Commission.
Court Clerk
300 Main St., Room 22
Van Buren, AR 72956
Phone (501)474-1821
Fax (501)471-0622
County Clerk
300 Main St.
Van Buren, AR 72956-5765
Phone (479) 474-1511
Crawford County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 276
614 Fayetteville Avenue
Alma, AR 72921

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