Cascade County, Montana Genealogy

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Guide to Cascade County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Great Falls
Organized: September 12, 1887
Parent County(s): Chouteau, Meagher, and Lewis and Clark [1]
Neighboring Counties
Chouteau  • Judith Basin  • Lewis and Clark  • Meagher  • Teton
See County Maps
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Cascade County.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Cascade County's is located in the west central area of the state. The county was named for the falls on the Missouri River.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cascade County Courthouse
425 2nd Ave N
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: 406–454–6800
Cascade County Website

Cascade County, Montana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1897* 1888* 1897* 1887 1897 1887 1860
*State birth and death records began in 1907.
Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.[4]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Some small towns have vanished. Montana is a newer State so land offices have a record of the populated or once populated towns. Many people homesteaded farms and did not live in towns records. Homestead records are part of the BLM or Bureau of Land Management and may not listed by county but by plot numbers. The County courthouse land records have several types of records, one type is plot.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Cascade County. To find more resources, go to the Montana Bible Records page.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • 1917-1919 The Honor Roll, Cascade, Montana, 1917-1918-1919. 1919. Great Falls, MT: War Book Publishing Co. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Cascade County, Montana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Montana Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 8,755
1900 25,777 194.4%
1910 28,833 11.9%
1920 38,836 34.7%
1930 41,146 5.9%
1940 41,199 0.1%
1950 53,027 28.7%
1960 73,418 38.5%
1970 81,804 11.4%
1980 80,696 −1.4%
1990 77,691 −3.7%
2000 80,357 3.4%
2010 81,327 1.2%
Source: "".

Before Montana was a state in 1889, the western portion of Montana was included in the 1860 Washington Territory and the eastern was in the unorganized parts of 1860 Nebraska Territory. The 1870 and 1880 Federal Censuses included Montana Territory. No state censuses have been taken.[7] See links listed below.

Territory and State Censuses[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of Montana starting in 1890, although no records survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal Census indexes, see Montana Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Montana denominations, view the Montana Church Records wiki page.

Online Church Records
Lutheran Church

Presbyterian Church

List of Churches and Church Parishes

County Records[edit | edit source]

1880-2009 Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009 at FamilySearch - How to Use this Collection; index and images.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Montana Land and Property for additional information about early Montana land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Cascade County, Montana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Montana Local Histories.

On September 12, 1887, "An Act Creating Cascade County, its Boundaries, provisions for its organization and the officers to fill the various positions until the first election," was passed by the Territorial Legislative Assembly. Cascade County had been formed from parts of Meagher, Choteau and Lewis and Clarke* Counties. Great Falls was designated as the County Seat until otherwise determined by law.

Many communities have published histories of the area. Example: Great Falls Memories, A Photo album - 1884 to 1939. A compilation of photo histories of the city, transportation, people, commerce, industry, education, community, disasters, recreation and celebrations, business profiles. This a typical type of project that cities and communities undertake to commemorate the subject.

Most Cascade County local histories have been indexed by the Great Falls Genealogy Society and are available to the the public on their web site: Great Falls Genealogical Society

  • Mountains and Meadows: A Pioneer History of Cascade, Chestnut Valley, Hardy, St. Peter's Mission and Castner Falls 1805 to 1925. c190-?. By Mrs. Clarence J Conrad Rowe. Great Falls, Montana : Blue Print & Letter Co. At various libraries(WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

These collections are unique to Montana. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Montana Military Records.
Civil War

World War I

World War I

World War II

For further information see Montana Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Please see the Montana Naturalization and Citizenship page for state-wide information.

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Naturalization records are located at the History Museum. The complete index to the records is located at the Great Falls Genealogy Society Library.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see Montana Newspapers.

Montana Newspapers Online

Montana Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

See also United States Obituaries for more about finding United States obituaries.

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Records

Public Records

County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1917.
Clerk of the Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.[8]

Cascade County Courthouse is located at 425 Second Ave North, old stone structure. The Clerk and Recorder office is located on the main floor in the east end of building. Local US Census film readers are available. The deeds and land records office is also on the main floor.

Pension Records

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Montana, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, inventories, claim registers, inheritance records, probate packets, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Montana, Cascade - Probate records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Montana tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most birth and death original records can be purchased from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. For information about marriages, divorces, and requirements for obtaining any vital records, see the CDC Where to Write website.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Voting Records[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Cascade County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Montana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Cascade County. For state-wide library facilities, see Montana Archives and Libraries.

Great Falls Genealogy Society Library
301 2nd Avenue North, 3rd Floor
Great Falls, MT 59401

Great Falls Public Library
301 2nd Ave North
Great Falls, MT 59401

Museums[edit | edit source]

Cascade County Historical Society Museum and Archive
422 2nd St. S
Great Falls, MT 59405

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Cascade County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Montana Societies.

Cascade County Historical Society and Museum
422 2nd St. S
Great Falls, MT 59405

Great Falls Genealogical Society
301 2nd Avenue North, 3rd Floor
Great Falls, MT 59401

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Cascade County at Cyndi's List — a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Cascade County at Genealogy Trails — volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Cascade County at Montana USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Cascade County at Montana USGenWeb Archives - free online data for genealogical research
  • Cascade County, Montana at Linkpendium - genealogy and family history
  • Cascade County, Montana Genealogy at - collection of links by state, county, city, and record type
  • FamilySearch Catalog The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection. Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2.,_Montana accessed 11/15/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cascade County, Montana. Page 415 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 106.
  4. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 439.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Cascade County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Montana, accessed 5 December 2016.
  7. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 409. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.