Montana, Rosebud County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Rosebud, Montana, United States
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Location of Rosebud County, Montana
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1878-2011
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What is in This Collection?

This collection contains the following various records from the Rosebud County courthouse, located in Forsyth, Montana:

  • Vital records (births, marriages, and deaths) 1882 to 1930
  • Deeds 1878 to 1945
  • Mining claims 1919 to 1940
  • Wills 1887 to 1971
  • Probate records 1901 to 1941 (book #2 is missing)
  • Voter registers for various years

To Browse This Collection:

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, Rosebud County Records, 1878-2011.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

County records

  • Name of the primary individual
  • Age
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Parents' names including mother's maiden name
  • Parents' age, birth place and residence
  • Occupations
  • Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
  • Description and value of personal property or land owned by the deceased
  • Address or residence

Collection Content

Sample Images

Coverage Table

Record Type Record Start End
Land Deed index - Grantee 1883 1952
Land Deed index - Grantor 1883 1953
Land Deeds 1878 1945
Land Mining claims 1919 1943
Land Mining claims index 1919 1954
Land Warranty deed 1913 1916
Land Wills 1887 1972
Probate Final settlement of estate 1901 1911
Probate Judge docket probate index
Probate Order and decree 1931 1945
Probate Probate case files 1898 1940
Probate Probate guardianship proceedings 1883 1950
Probate Probate journal 1901 1902
Probate Probate orders 1910 1942
Probate Probate petition 1901 1941
Probate Probate Register 1901 1916
Vital Birth 1908 1930
Vital Birth index 1882 1908
Vital Death index 1882 2011
Vital Marriage index 1917 1960
Vital Marriage record 1957 1960
Voting Official register of electors 1930 1949

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date the event occurred

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page':

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death
  • Look for the family in census records
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records
  • Search for church, land, and probate records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Montana.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Montana, Rosebud County Records, 1878-2011." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 16 October 2018. Rosebud County Offices, Forsyth.
Image Citation:
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