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The Whitehouse barn near Oden. Brushy Rd, Oden (back view)1997.

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Montgomery County is located in western central Arkansas with Mount Ida being the county seat.  The county, 804 sq. miles, (515,210 acres) was formed from Hot Spring County 9  December, 1842 and named in honor of General Richard Montgomery of the Revolutionary War.  Montgomery County records in the courthouse are intact from July 1845. The population was 9,245 in 2000. Sixty-three percent of the county is Ouachita national forest land.  Poultry, swine and beef cattle along with forestry are important industries inMontgomery County, Arkansas highlighted. the area.  In the past, cotton was an important cash crop. Average rainfall 46 inches, average snowfall 4 inches. Average temperature 68F.  Prevailing winds south southwest. 

The Ouachita River flows through the northern section of the county passing the nearby communities of Pine Ridge, Oden, Pencil Bluff, Sims and emptying into Lake Ouachita at the community of Washita.  Lake Ouachita, the largest lake in Arkansas, was formed in 1956 with a surface area of approx. 40,000 acres extending thirty miles up the valley.  Graves were relocated before the lake was filled.

The annual Quartz, Quiltz & Craftz Festival draws many visitors to Mt Ida, the 'Quartz Crystal Capital of the World'.  Other attractions include canoeing on the Ouachita and Caddo rivers, boating on Lake Ouachita, hiking and mountain bike riding on national forest trails, fishing and hunting for deer, turkey and small game and nature. This region was once the hunting grounds for the Caddo Indians before they migrated to Texas.  The Caddo River starts in the southwestern part of the county and flows near the communities of Black Springs, Norman, Caddo Gap before crossing into Pike County.

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The 1940 census for Montgomery County

The 1870 Census transcription and images and 1930 Census images and index for Montgomery County, AR are online compiled by the mailing list volunteers.  Rooters researching this county will find the indexes invaluable and a time saving finding aid. Thank you to all who volunteered. Way to go!

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Death records index. Montgomery County Death Records Index 1914-1923     1924-1933     1934-1940    1941-1948 map 

Mailing List owner = Kathleen Burnett.  Mailing address for postings is armontgo@rootsweb.com The list will be slow but has some long-time subscribers who are willing and able to answer your queries or to direct you to someone who can.  New members might like to include a brief outline of families they are researching in their first message (i.e. In subject line write Roll Call: then SURNAMES followed by message in body of note)  Do not send attachments, virus warnings, off topic subjects, etc. 

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  • Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
    Arkansas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
    Arkansas, Draft Registration Cards, compiled 1948-1959

    Arkansas Statewide County Marriages 1837-1957 the page is very slow to load. 
    Arkansas, Marriage Index, 1933-1939
    Arkansas, Divorce Index, 1923-1939
    Arkansas Death Index 1814 -1950

    Arkansas, Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963

  • ARGenWeb Project Montgomery Co. Archives 

  • The Montgomery County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 578, Mount Ida, AR 71957
    Volume One Montgomery County Our Heritage reprinted summer 2003. Add $5 for shipping and handling on each book.  museum store
    The Heritage House Museum is taking submissions of family history, copies of photos of family, etc.  Every community and settlement, every family will have something of interest to put into the history of the county.  

  • Give a little back: I would like to add items of interest to you, my viewers.  To do this I need your feedback, as to what would be the most useful items to work on.  I may not be able to meet these needs, but I can keep them in mind for future projects.  Most of us need your help to be able to continue to bring you new data as small as a newspaper clipping or large as the census records. If you have anything you can contribute to these pages, contact me, . Site updated: 21 October 2017 

  • Maps

  • Keyword Robert Seay to read farm related stores e.g. fence posts, pea sheller, epsom salts, blue paint, ...

  • 2007 Rural Profile of Arkansas

  • Montgomery County Profile - 2006

             Comments, reunion announcements, suggestions, additions, notification of errors are welcome! I am passionate about regionalism, and am sure locals and visitors will find this collection of web pages relevant to Montgomery County, Arkansas.

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