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Montgomery County, Arkansas
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Montgomery County, Arkansas Facts

When was Montgomery County, AR Created?
Montgomery County was established on December 9, 1842 and was formed from Hot Spring County. Parts of Montgomery County was used to form the following counties: Garland 1873. Other county boundry changes occured when Lines following counties defined - Yell 2 January 1845, Perry 23 December 1846 and 21 December 1848, Hot Spring 27 December 1848, Polk 7 February 1859, Clark 24 April 1873, Pike 16 December 1874, Garland 23 February 1917, Scott County 21 February 1915. The county was named in honor of Richard Montgomery (1738–1775), an American general during the Revolutionary War.

What is the County Seat of Montgomery County, AR?
The County Seat is located in Mount Ida (first county seat was in a community called Montgomery, moved to Salem in 1850, that same year, it moved to Mount Ida) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Montgomery County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Yell County (north), Garland County (east), Hot Spring County (southeast), Clark County (southeast), Pike County (south), Polk County (west), Scott County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Montgomery County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Black Springs, Mount Ida, Norman, Oden.

Montgomery County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Montgomery County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Montgomery County vital records can be found at the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Montgomery County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Montgomery County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Montgomery Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Montgomery County, AR Census Records

What Montgomery County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Montgomery County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Montgomery Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Montgomery Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Montgomery Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Montgomery Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Montgomery County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Montgomery County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Montgomery County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Montgomery County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Arkansas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 105 Highway 270 East, Mount Ida 71957; 870-867-3114, unless otherwise noted. 

  • Montgomery County Clerk of Circuit Court is the clerk of the circuit, chancery court, and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of Montgomery county. The duties of the clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the circuit, chancery and juvenile courts and to prepare the dockets for courts in Montgomery County. They are also the ex-officio Montgomery county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Montgomery county.
    • Phone: (870) 867-3521
    • Court Records: 1845
    • Land Records: 1845
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Arkansas Department of Public Health)
  • Montgomery County Clerk , as clerk to the probate court, the clerk files all instruments making them a matter of record in descendent estate cases, and swears in all witnesses in contested estates. The clerk, also in this capacity, maintains all records relative to adoptions and guardianship cases within Montgomery county.
    • Phone: (870) 867-3521
    • Marriage Records: 1845 
    • Probate Records: 1845
  • Montgomery County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 867-3271
  • BLM Land Records

Montgomery County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Montgomery County, AR?
A list of Montgomery County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Arkansas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Montgomery County, AR Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Montgomery County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Montgomery County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

Montgomery Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Montgomery Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Montgomery Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Montgomery Co. AR General and History Websites

Montgomery Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Montgomery Co. AR Military Records

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