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*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Chouteau County, Montana|Chouteau]] | [[Flathead County, Montana|Flathead]] | [[Glacier County, Montana|Glacier]] | [[Liberty County, Montana|Liberty]] | [[Teton County, Montana|Teton]] | [[Toole County, Montana|Toole]]
 
*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Chouteau County, Montana|Chouteau]] | [[Flathead County, Montana|Flathead]] | [[Glacier County, Montana|Glacier]] | [[Liberty County, Montana|Liberty]] | [[Teton County, Montana|Teton]] | [[Toole County, Montana|Toole]]
  
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[[MEMO  To: Missionaries and Staff Who Use Special Collections From: CindyLee Banks Date: 11 July 2013 Subject: Privileges for Special Collections  Checking in All persons who use Special Collections should stop at the desk as they enter to be properly identified and checked in. The policy for checking people into Special Collections is found in Register 10. Removing Films from Special Collections • No one can remove films from Special Collections unless this memo indicates they can. This memo lists specific privileges and restrictions each unit has.  • When films are to be taken out of Special Collections: o The missionary on duty in Special Collections should physically check the films out of and back into Special Collections, in the Special Collections Reference Manual (Register 10) behind the tab labeled “Film Checkout”. (He or she should also record the name of the person taking the films and date the films were taken and returned.) The missionary who checks the films in may not be the same as the one who checked them out. o The person removing films should present the films he plans to remove to the Special Collections missionary for the missionary to record the numbers and other pertinent information in Binder 10. If someone plans to remove several films, he may present a list of the films to be removed to the missionary on duty. This list may be placed in the binder by the current check-out page. The same check out and check in information should be recorded for films in such a list. o Any questions or problems relating to this procedure should be referred to CindyLee Banks (x21508). Note:  No films are to be removed from Special Collections – even by those who are authorized – without having the Special Collections missionary record the film numbers in the appropriate book. List of Privileges of Persons with Assignments in Special Collections • The following staff and missionaries need to have access to Special Collections when they are on work assignments. Their names should appear on the list of users. In the space where the expiration date is entered for patrons, enter instead, “See Privileges Memo.” This memo explains any special privileges an individual or group may have. If no special privileges are written, it simply means the person can enter and exit Special Collections as needed for their assignment, and that their Special Collections privileges do not expire until their assignment or employment ends.    Special Collections Advisors (These individuals may be called on to resolve problems. They may need to remove films from time to time – though they must sign the films out.) CindyLee Banks Sister LaRae Harrison – Function Leader Elder Ed Harrison – Function Leader Sister Debra Amos Sister Julia Moore Access Services Area (Normally they will not remove films, though they may need to remove damaged films to repair them.) Jeff Blaylock Viviana Davis Ordinance Data Management Team (ODM) (They can make copies of any film they need to. They may need to check films out of Special Collections on occasion to use another copier.) Kaylene Williams Charmaine Roper Janae Lakey Elder Don Marler Library Public Affairs (They may have work assignments that bring them to Special Collections. They may need to check films out on occasion to make copies – though they must sign the films out.)    Elder Neal Dixon Sister Julia Dixon Elder Bret Fowler Photoduplication  They no longer are authorized to take out films or provide information for patrons from Special Collections. Missionary and Staff Trainers (These people can use films and fiche or other resources in Special Collections to prepare for and provide training. They may not remove films from the room or make copies of anything but Endowment Index films.) Reader Repair (They may repair microfilm readers and our reader printer) Tom Armstrong Computer Repair CindyLee Banks U.S. Canada Staff Members (They may have work assignments that bring them to Special Collections. But they may not remove films or make copies.) Tim Bingaman David Dilts Jason Harrison Joan Healey Joni Kesler CindyLee Banks Other Family History Leadership Don Anderson Diane Loosle Suzanne Curley Tamra Stansfield Noel Barton and Wayne Morris (Joseph Smith Papers) |On line at FamilySearch ]]
  
 
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Guide to Pondera County Montana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Pondera County, Montana
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Montana
Location of Montana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 17, 1919
County Seat Conrad
Courthouse
Address Pondera County Courthouse
20 4th Ave SW
Conrad, MT 59425-2340
Phone: 406.278.4000
Pondera County Website



Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1910*
1919*
1913*
1919
1919
1919
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes

The Montana legislature created Pondera County in 1919 from Chouteau and Teton Counties with Conrad as the county seat. Local lore suggests that Pondera is either the phonetic spelling of the French word “Pend d’Oreille” meaning hanging earring or “pain d’or” meaning golden bread for the color of the native grasses in the area. Wheat production remains the main industry for the county.

Record Loss

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Pondera County Cemeteries

Church Records

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.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Pondera 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.

Land and Property

Grantee and Granto index 1919-1950, Deeds Vol 1-12 (1910-1932),  and Patents Vol 1-5 (1910-1974)

[[MEMO To: Missionaries and Staff Who Use Special Collections From: CindyLee Banks Date: 11 July 2013 Subject: Privileges for Special Collections Checking in All persons who use Special Collections should stop at the desk as they enter to be properly identified and checked in. The policy for checking people into Special Collections is found in Register 10. Removing Films from Special Collections • No one can remove films from Special Collections unless this memo indicates they can. This memo lists specific privileges and restrictions each unit has. • When films are to be taken out of Special Collections: o The missionary on duty in Special Collections should physically check the films out of and back into Special Collections, in the Special Collections Reference Manual (Register 10) behind the tab labeled “Film Checkout”. (He or she should also record the name of the person taking the films and date the films were taken and returned.) The missionary who checks the films in may not be the same as the one who checked them out. o The person removing films should present the films he plans to remove to the Special Collections missionary for the missionary to record the numbers and other pertinent information in Binder 10. If someone plans to remove several films, he may present a list of the films to be removed to the missionary on duty. This list may be placed in the binder by the current check-out page. The same check out and check in information should be recorded for films in such a list. o Any questions or problems relating to this procedure should be referred to CindyLee Banks (x21508). Note: No films are to be removed from Special Collections – even by those who are authorized – without having the Special Collections missionary record the film numbers in the appropriate book. List of Privileges of Persons with Assignments in Special Collections • The following staff and missionaries need to have access to Special Collections when they are on work assignments. Their names should appear on the list of users. In the space where the expiration date is entered for patrons, enter instead, “See Privileges Memo.” This memo explains any special privileges an individual or group may have. If no special privileges are written, it simply means the person can enter and exit Special Collections as needed for their assignment, and that their Special Collections privileges do not expire until their assignment or employment ends. Special Collections Advisors (These individuals may be called on to resolve problems. They may need to remove films from time to time – though they must sign the films out.) CindyLee Banks Sister LaRae Harrison – Function Leader Elder Ed Harrison – Function Leader Sister Debra Amos Sister Julia Moore Access Services Area (Normally they will not remove films, though they may need to remove damaged films to repair them.) Jeff Blaylock Viviana Davis Ordinance Data Management Team (ODM) (They can make copies of any film they need to. They may need to check films out of Special Collections on occasion to use another copier.) Kaylene Williams Charmaine Roper Janae Lakey Elder Don Marler Library Public Affairs (They may have work assignments that bring them to Special Collections. They may need to check films out on occasion to make copies – though they must sign the films out.) Elder Neal Dixon Sister Julia Dixon Elder Bret Fowler Photoduplication They no longer are authorized to take out films or provide information for patrons from Special Collections. Missionary and Staff Trainers (These people can use films and fiche or other resources in Special Collections to prepare for and provide training. They may not remove films from the room or make copies of anything but Endowment Index films.) Reader Repair (They may repair microfilm readers and our reader printer) Tom Armstrong Computer Repair CindyLee Banks U.S. Canada Staff Members (They may have work assignments that bring them to Special Collections. But they may not remove films or make copies.) Tim Bingaman David Dilts Jason Harrison Joan Healey Joni Kesler CindyLee Banks Other Family History Leadership Don Anderson Diane Loosle Suzanne Curley Tamra Stansfield Noel Barton and Wayne Morris (Joseph Smith Papers) |On line at FamilySearch ]]

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.

Maps

Mtpondera.jpg See an interactive map of Pondera County cemeteries and modern-day townships. (Histopolis)

Cemetery Maps

Migration

Military

There are many online sources out there for Military records because they provide invaluable detailed records for those that have served. accessgenealogy provides a jumping off place for information.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Petition for naturalization 1914-1945, Naturalization cards 1913-1945, and Petition evidence 1913-1945

on line at FamilySearch

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pondera County, Montana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Probate

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, Pondera - Probate records.

Probate Case files 1919-1930 and Probate Court Minutes 1919--1930 on Line at FamilySearch

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1919; Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records [2]

Family History Centers

Introduction to LDS Family History Centers

Libraries
Museums
Societies

Taxation

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

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.

On line at Family Search: Birth 1910-1982, Marriages 1919-1955, and Deaths 1914-2012

Birth
Marriage
Death

Websites

Places

Brady Heart Butte Williams
Conrad Ledger Valier
Dupuyer Manson
Fowler Robare

Glacier (North) | Toole (North) | Liberty (East) | Chouteau (East) | Teton (South) | Flathead (West)

Indian Reservation

A small portion of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation is located in Pondera County. The larger part of the Reservation is in Glacier County.

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.