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    Montgomery County is Arkansas's 45th county, formed on December 9, 1842, and named after Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general. The earliest surviving records of Montgomery County are dated July 1845. From 1842 to 1850, Montgomery remained the county seat, but the town’s name changed to Salem in July 1850, and finally to Mount Ida, after Whittington's local post office, in October 1850. Mount Ida incorporated in 1854.
    The first recorded white settlers arrived in 1812. Kentuckians Martin and Mary Belle Collier settled near present-day Caddo Gap. Granville Whittington arrived in 1835, chopping out a road along the ridges from Hot Springs (Garland County) to his farm home across the south fork of the Ouachita River about a mile north of the community of Montgomery. In 1837, he opened a general store that drew customers from the surrounding wilderness. In June 1842, he opened the Mount Ida post office from his home, named after a mountain in his native Boston, Massachusetts.


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Arkansas Dept of Health
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 661-2174
Fax: (501) 663-2832
  • Vital Records is responsible for the collection and issuance of birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce coupons.
  • Birth and death certificates serve two purposes. They are the definitive legal documents of identity and they collect important medical information about the two most important events – birth and death.
  • Marriage and divorce coupons are so called because they are removed from the bottom of marriage and divorce certificates, the original of which is retained in the offices of the county clerk of courts; these coupons contain limited information.

Arkansas State Archives

Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
The History Commission, the official state archives, is a facility in which those interested in Arkansas history may engage in research. The staff does not undertake research requests from the public. The Research Room is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on state holidays. If you are traveling long distances, please call to confirm hours/days of operation at 501.682.6900.

Arkansas Genealogical Society

  • The purpose of the society is to promote family history research, to educate persons in genealogical research methods and the use of historical records, to publish articles pertaining to Arkansas ancestors, and to preserve and make accessible historical, genealogical, and biographical sources pertaining to Arkansas.
  • AGS has contributed to the genealogical collection of books and other materials at the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and at other libraries and archives with genealogical collections. Books sent to AGS to be reviewed in The Arkansas Family Historian are always donated to a library that does not possess a copy. AGS sometimes purchases and donates special resources, such as the films of the Draper Manuscripts at the Arkansas History Commission.
Circuit and County Clerk
105 Highway 270 East
Mount Ida, AR 71957
Phone (870)867-3521
Fax (870)867-2177
Montgomery County Historical Society
P.O. Box 578
Mount Ida, AR 71957

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