Suggestions for Genealogy Research Visit
 to Montgomery Co. Arkansas

Cemeteries should be transcribed in rows as this helps to work out family relationships and makes it easier to find a particular headstone.  Not alphabetically.

Plan ahead!

Forest Service Road, Montgomery Co.

Hickory Nut Mountain Lookout Rd, Montgomery Co. AR. June 2000.
Usually you can view Lake Ouachita from the vista area during the daytime and the stars at night.

A good place to start a research visit is at the library, in the Community Center, Mt Ida within walking distance from the courthouse. Closed Tuesday's and weekends. Mt Ida is the county seat and the courthouse, built in 1923, welcomes visitors researching their family history. Records are intact since 1842 when the county was created.  The Montgomery County Heritage House Museum is open and are slowly building exhibits.  

"It is not just about presentation but about preservation."

Mt Ida Chamber Commerce have maps and genealogy books available. Located near the True Value store in Mt Ida west side of town.  Onward to Pencil Bluff and turn west on Highway 88 and lookout the three old wells between Pencil Bluff and Oden. One is at White Town. Keep an eye open for barns. Visit the Jot 'em Down Store at Pine Ridge. In Mena, an old log cabin is the center of Janssen Park. A monument dedicated to the Lum 'n' Abner characters is there. Mena's visitors information center at the old Railway Depot has another Lum 'n' Abner collection and a collection of paintings.

View the Ouachita National Forest and river. On the way back to Hot Springs take a side trip to Hickory Nut Mtn vista, where a view of Lake Ouachita and surrounding area came be obtained. 2.5 miles up Forest Service Road 50.U.S. off Hwy 270, 22 miles west of Hot Springs. Picnicking.  Beautiful Charlton Recreational Area with outstanding work of the CCC workers is a good spot to swim and hike and bike. The land was purchased by the Government in 1935 from the Moore family. The bathhouse notice board at Charlton has photographs of the homestead, family and a write up on the Moore family.

East of Crystal Springs a gravel road on the left (heading east toward Hot Springs) (there are two gravel roads here take the second if heading east), Owl Creek Rd, leads off at a 45 degree angle to Blakely Mtn Dam and the Spillway. Near Mountain Pine. 

Mount Ida Public Library

Montgomery County Courthouse

Around Town

Photo duplication 

Hot Springs 

Garland County Public Library
1427 Malvern Ave. [also Hwy. 270 East], Hot Springs, AR 71901
Phone # 501-623-4161. 
Has every copy of  "The Record" that has been published. The annual publication has been in existence since the 1960. The Melting Pot has most issues, if not all.  

The Garland County Historical Society 
Garland County Historical Society, 222 McMahan Drive, Hot Springs, AR 71913  
Their yearly publication for Garland County that is called "The Record".  
From on of their brochures, the  membership dues are $15.  T
here is a  mailing fee of $3 if THE RECORD has to be mailed.
The Central AR Library System, Main Library Branch at 700 Louisiana, in Little Rock do get a copy of THE RECORD each year

The Melting Pot was organized in 1976. Over 1000 hardback volumes & over 700 soft back volumes are in their reference library.  They have state historical journals & genealogical periodicals.  Yearly membership dues are $20 & besides the privilege of being able to check out material for a two week period, included is a yearly periodical published by the MP & free queries & look ups for members.  The annual published by the MP once a year is mailed out to other genealogical societies that they are doing exchanges with & all paid members. They do have Montgomery Co. material.  Address: 649-B Ouachita Ave., AR 71902-0936  or P.O. Box  936.   ph: # 501-624-0229.  Hours are  Monday & Fridays from 10 to 2;  the 2nd  and 4th Saturday of each month 10 to 2.   

Little Rock

Arkansas History Commission and State Archives
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201  
  Holdings include: Census records, county records, church records, cemetery records, newspaper files, etc. 
Arkansas County School Census Records are now available at the AR History Commission and State Archives. There records are filed with the County Records on microfilm: Montgomery County: 1928 - 1978 Rolls 45 - 74

AGS maintains a list of persons who do research for a fee and will furnish a copy upon receipt of a request along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  A registration for AGS members who wish to be included on the researchers' list is included from time to time in the AR Family Historian [another publication that has been around since the '60s]. 
AGS issues "Certificates of Arkansas Ancestry" recognizing descendants of AR residents who were in AR before 31 December 1900.  The three certificate categories are Territorial, Antebellum, and Nineteenth Century.  For an application booklet send a SASE with postage to cover 2 ounces to:
Arkansas Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 17653
Little Rock, AR 72212

When to visit: 

Family Reunions



Visiting Cemeteries The four "c" requisites when searching for backwoods cemeteries are: companion, cell phone, common sense and exercise caution. 

Transcribing Cemeteries


"The move was the best thing in the world. We sorted out all the things tucked away in corners which had been forgotten about."

Brick Wall Breaks

Montgomery Co. ArkansasGenWeb Project

Family history is more than genealogy, who beget who. It is an expedition through dates and events of your families history and the stories of ordinary people who lived together through extraordinary times. Together, family tree by family tree, family historians are rewriting history. The first step in any search is to interview the living - before you go grave stomping. When you're searching for people, you look for flesh and blood. Talk to your great aunts and uncles. Ask comprehensive questions and write down all.  Educated guess work can point you in the right direction. The pieces fall together providing a picture of the past.