Montana Counties records vary widely from county to county in both quality as well as quantity. Some have been carefully maintained and some have been much neglected and neglected. A certain amount of Montana records have purely vanished.
For genealogists doing research in Montana there is no effective replace for an on-site search of county courthouse records. For Definitions of all court terms see the Genealogy Encyclopedia.
Montana Counties – Montana is divided into 56 counties. Montana State Government is located in Helena.
County seats in Montana are the location of the county clerk and recorder (vital records and deeds) and the clerk of the district court (probate and court records). The latter includes civil and criminal files and naturalization’s.
See also a list of links to county and county seat government run websites.
List of Montana Extinct Counties
Montana has counties that no longer are in existence. They were organized by the state, provincial, or territorial government. A lot of these counties were established and disbanded within the 19th century; county boundaries have modified very little since Nineteen hundred in the vast most of states. These counties need to be checked out when you are performing genealogy research. Pay attention where the courthouse records went to if the county was abolished or combined with some other county.
- Big Horn County, Montana: created by the Territorial Legislature in 1865, renamed Custer in 1877
- Edgerton County, Montana: created by the Territorial Legislature in 1865, renamed Lewis and Clark County in 1867
List of Montana Counties with Burned Courthouses
List of Montana Counties
List of Montana Counties
|County||Date Formed||Parent County||County Seat|
|Beaverhead||1865||Montana Territory as a Original County||Dillon|
|Big Horn||1913||Rosebud and Yellowstone Counties||Hardin|
|Broadwater||1897||Jefferson and Meagher Counties||Townsend|
|Carbon||1895||Park and Yellowstone Counties||Red Lodge|
|Cascade||1887||Chouteau and Meagher Counties||Great Falls|
|Chouteau||1865||Montana Territory as a Original County||Fort Benton|
|Custer||1865||Montana Territory as a Original County called Big Horn County, name changed in 1877||Miles City|
|Daniels||1920||Sheridan and Valley Counties||Scobey|
|Deer Lodge||1865||Original County||Anaconda|
|Glacier||1919||Teton County||Cut Bank|
|Golden Valley||1920||Musselshell and Sweet Grass Counties||Ryegate|
|Granite||1893||Deer Lodge and Missoula Counties||Philipsburg|
|Judith Basin||1920||Cascade and Fergus Counties||Stanford|
|Lake||1923||Flathead and Missoula Counties||Polson|
|Lewis And Clark||1865||Montana Territory as a Original County called Edgerton County, name changed December 20, 1867||Helena|
|Liberty||1920||Chouteau and Hill Counties||Chester|
|Madison||1865||Original County||Virginia City|
|McCone||1919||Dawson and Richland Counties||Circle|
|Meagher||1867||Chouteau and Gallatin Counties||White Sulphur Springs|
|Musselshell||1911||Fergus, Meagher and Yellowstone Counties||Roundup|
|Phillips||1915||Blaine and Valley Counties||Malta|
|Pondera||1919||Chouteau and Teton Counties||Conrad|
|Powder River||1919||Custer County||Broadus|
|Powell||1901||Deer Lodge County||Deer Lodge|
|Prairie||1915||Dawson and Fallon Counties||Terry|
|Roosevelt||1919||Sheridan County||Wolf Point|
|Sanders||1905||Missoula County||Thompson Falls|
|Silver Bow||1881||Deer Lodge County||Butte|
|Stillwater||1913||Carbon, Sweet Grass and Yellowstone Counties||Columbus|
|Sweet Grass||1895||Meagher, Park and Yellowstone Counties||Big Timber|
|Toole||1914||Hill and Teton Counties||Shelby|
|Wheatland||1917||Meagher and Sweet Grass Counties||Harlowton|
|Wibaux||1914||Dawson, Fallon and Richland Counties||Wibaux|