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Montgomery County, Arkansas, Loose Probate Records, 1842-1930
By Marion Stark Craig, Edited by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-098-7, 70 pages, $15.00
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In 1990, as a volunteer at the Arkansas History Commission, Dr. Marion Stark Craig abstracted the loose packets of probate papers for Montgomery County, covering the time period 1842-1930. This volume contains an edited, typeset, and indexed version of Dr. Craig's manuscript. Probate court has jurisdiction over the handling of wills, grants of letters of administration, and supervision of the management and settlement of estates of deceased people and some other folks who were unable to care for their own affairs. Summaries of the probate court's decisions are kept in minutes books, large volumes in which clerks noted matters brought before the court. The meat of the material, however, was filed in packets of loose papers. These have been microfilmed for Montgomery County and this volume describes how to get copies of these case file packets.
Montgomery County, Arkansas, Marriage Records, 1845-1880
By Capitola Glazner and Bobbie Jones McLane, ISBN 978-0-929604-91-6, 102 pages, $15.00
Bobbie and "Capsie" transcribed these records from the original books in the Montgomery County Courthouse at Mt. Ida. They listed the brides' and grooms' names, ages, residences (if they weren't local), citations, dates, and officiants' names and titles. They're arranged in alpha order by groom with a full-name bride index.

Arkansas Land Patents: Montgomery County
ISBN 1-56546-038-3, 71 pages, $14.00

What are land patents? All of what is now Arkansas was once owned by the federal government--it is a public domain land state. People who purchased land from the federal government received documents called land patents. Land was obtained through purchase, military warrants, homesteads, scrip acts and other laws that allowed the land to be transferred out of federal hands. The paperwork generated in those sales can be very helpful to genealogists. Copies of the land patents make interesting additions to published family histories but the land entry case files are most apt to have helpful details about families or clues that help piece together information from other sources.

What information is included? The county volumes of land patents list patentee's name, volume and page of the patent book, land office, document and miscellaneous document numbers, type of transaction, precise legal description, and number of acres. Introductory information describes in great detail how to get copies of the patents and land entry case files, how to use other land record sources, how to integrate the information with other sources, what is found in a typical homestead case file, where and when the Arkansas land offices operated, and a selected bibliography. County maps are also included. The time period covered by this information is earliest settlement through 30 June 1908. Information from 156,784 patent documents is included. These county volumes are based on current-day county boundaries.

Arkansas Confederate Pension Applications from Clark, Garland, Hot Spring, Montgomery, and Pike Counties
ISBN 0-941765-69-5, 44 pp, 1,846 veterans, $10.00

This book is an index to Confederate veterans who applied for pensions from the State of Arkansas. Information includes: veteran's name, widow or mother's name, company, unit, year(s) of enrollment, county from which applied and death dates of the veteran and his widow. Also included is a list of pensioners granted awards through legislative acts and a list of residents of the Confederate Home. Pensioners in this book are cross-referenced to the 1911 Arkansas Confederate Veteran census. A detailed summary of pension legislation and suggestions for further research are included. Pensions were based on the state of residence at the time of eligibility.

Arkansas State Donation and Swamp Lands: Hempstead, Howard, Montgomery, Nevada, Pike, Polk, and Sevier Counties
Compiled by Desmond Walls Allen, ISBN 1-56546-277-7, 138 pages, $23.00
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Or buy this book in .pdf with electronic delivery (no shipping), ISBN 978-1-56546-542-8, $8.95

Index to Arkansas' World War I Soldiers from Howard, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, and Sevier Counties
ISBN 1-56546-247-5, 72 pages, $15.00

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FREE Montgomery County Death Record Indexes

The following links lead you to death record indexes for specified time periods. The information in these indexes is taken straight from Arkansas Health Department records. Click here to visit the Health Department's website for more information about ordering a death certificate. We've been selling this information in book form for some time, but have decided to make it available free to all our cousins researching our Arkansas ancestors. Click here to see details about the books.

Remember, just like in horseshoes and nuclear war, "close" counts when it comes to spelling.

Montgomery County Death Record Index 1914-1923

Montgomery County Death Record Index 1924-1933

Montgomery County Death Record Index 1934-1940

Montgomery County Death Record Index 1941-1948

Montgomery County was created: 9 December 1842.
Parent County: Hot Spring.
Progeny County: Garland 1873.
County Boundary Changes: 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 21 February 1915.
County Records: In 1906, Gibson Witt 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. 

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