Montgomery County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Montgomery County was created 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.

Currently the Montgomery County Seat can be found 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 www.arcounties.org/

Areas next to Montgomery County happen to be Yell County (north), Garland County (east), Hot Spring County (southeast), Clark County (southeast), Pike County (south), Polk County (west), Scott County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Montgomery County consist of Black Springs, Mount Ida, Norman, Oden.

Montgomery County vital records can be obtained from 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 with your research.

Montgomery County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Montgomery County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Arkansas Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Montgomery County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Montgomery County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Arkansas men and women. The possibilities are very good that your particular ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Montgomery County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into account all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The following details shows exactly what death, marriage, birth,, property, probate, and court records will be in Montgomery County. The years pointed out below tend to be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 105 Highway 270 East, Mount Ida 71957; 870-867-3114, unless otherwise noted. It was reported the county court records complete from July 1845; "tax books for 1845 consist of 10 sheets of fooscap paper sewn together"; the records are complete from county organization to the present.

I highly recommend you contact the clerk's office to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of from time to time changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will assist people in locating the resources, however it's up to the man or women to perform the basic research.
  • 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

Montgomery County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Montgomery County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Montgomery Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Montgomery Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Montgomery Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Montgomery Co. AR Census Records

Montgomery Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Montgomery Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Montgomery Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Montgomery Co. AR General and History Websites

Montgomery Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Montgomery Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Montgomery Co. AR Military Records

Montgomery Co. AR Schools & Directories

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