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Guide to Montgomery County, Arkansas ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Montgomery County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Montgomery County
Location in the state of Arkansas
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Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 9, 1842
County Seat Mount Ida
Courthouse
Address Montgomery County Courthouse
1 George Street
Mount Ida, AR 71957
Phone: 870.887.3521

Contents

County Courthouse

Montgomery County Courthouse
1 George Street
Mount Ida, AR 71957
Phone: 870.887.3521

County Clerk has marriage, probate, land and court records from 1845; County Agent has burial records.[1]

Beginning years for Montgomery County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1845 1914* 1845 1845 1845
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

Government and Related Websites

County Government and other Local Websites
County-clerk.net (unofficial site) Clerks have jurisdiction over birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, land use, land rights, real estate, and other court records. Site provides links to unofficial websites with online records
PublicRecords.com (unofficial site) Provides links to County officials and public records

History

Parent County

  • 1842--Montgomery County was created 9 December 1842 from Hot Spring County. County seat: Mount Ida [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Variant Spellings

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Arkansas counties see: Arkansas Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Clark  • Garland  • Hot Spring  • Howard  • Pike  • Polk  • Scott  • Yell •

Montgomery CountyPerry CountyYell CountyGarland CountyScott CountySebastian CountyLogan CountyPolk CountySevier CountyClark CountyPike CountyHoward CountyHot Spring CountyDallas CountyConway CountyPope CountySaline CountyFranklin CountyPulaski CountyHempstead CountyNevada CountyARMontgomery.JPG


Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Online Montgomery County, Arkansas cemeteries
from state and national resources
Search for names of people
in Montgomery County
Get a list of cemeteries
(then click to names of people)
Find printed records
(Often more complete)
  • Find A Grave Click "Refine Last Search" on the left, enter a name, click "Search"
  • Billion Graves Enter a name and click "Search" (Statewide. Can search by county, but many with no results.)
  • Find A Grave Click Search for a Cemetery on the right, click All Countries - click United States, click State, click County and search.
  • [1] Select a county, then "Cemeteries." Some overlap with USGenWeb.

More cemetery lists

Census

Church Records

Court

Genealogy

Guardianship

  • Probate Records 1845-1954 Montgomery County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Guardian bonds 1858-1909; Letters of administration 1859-1912; Probate records 1845-1903; Wills 1863-1954.

Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

See also Towns and Townships to find records listed at the town level in the FamilySearch Catalog.

History Timeline

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Arkansas County - The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture [2]

  • The Caddo Indians lived in the area that would become Montgomery County 100s of years before the white man appeared on the scene.
  • 1803 - Montgomery County was included in land claimed by Spain and then France before becoming American property as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1812 - Kentuckians Martin and Mary Belle Collier were the first recorded white settlers.
  • 1842 December 9 - Montgomery County was organized out of Hot Spring County.
  • 1905 - With the Missouri Pacific Railroad’s arrival, Caddo Gap and Black Springs thrived.
  • 1937 - Mauldin was dismantled and carried off by rail. The lumber company, picking up its tracks as it left, had depleted the virgin timber; this, together with the Depression, had a devastating economic impact on the county.
  • 1910-2010 - Montgomery County population hit its high mark in 1910 (12,400) its low in 1960 (5,400) and now (2010) stands at 9,487.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Montgomery County, Arkansas Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Montgomery County, Arkansas Genealogy:


- 4th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate)
- 33rd Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company I

Naturalization

Newspapers

Finding More Arkansas Newspapers Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montgomery County, Arkansas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Occupations

Probate Records

  • Probate Records 1845-1954 Montgomery County portion of the collection: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Guardian bonds 1858-1909; Letters of administration 1859-1912; Probate records 1845-1903; Wills 1863-1954.

Taxation

Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records 
Birth
Marriage


Death
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Montgomery County, Arkansas Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. For towns, click here.
WorldCat Click an item for libraries near you. For more information, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library Located in Indiana, they are heavily involved in digitizing much of their collection.
Arkansas History Commission Select the county Arkansas state agency involved in organizing, digitizing, and maintaining the records of state and local history.
Local libraries and Arkansas Archives and Libraries may suggest other catalogs

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
ARGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
RootsWeb resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Montgomery County, Arkansas Genealogy
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS Free family history resources and government records


Social networking sites pertaining to Montgomery County, Arkansas Genealogy
genealogy.com Montgomery County, AR Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Montgomery County Message Board

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 69.
  2. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.
  5. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.

 

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