Pondera County, Montana Genealogy

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Online Records

County Courthouse

Pondera County Courthouse
 20 4th Ave SW
Conrad, MT 59425-2340
Phone: 406.278.4000 

County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1919;
Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records [1]


Parent County

1919--Pondera County was created 17 February 1919 from Chouteau and Teton Counties.
County seat: Conrad [2]

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


Populated Places

Brady Heart Butte Williams
Conrad Ledger Valier
Dupuyer Manson
Fowler Robare


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.

Neighboring Counties

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



Pondera County Cemeteries




Local Histories


Dupuyer Cemetery
Golden West Cemetery
Hillside Cemetery
Lakeview Cemetery
Robare Cemetery
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Saint Anne Cemetery

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


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Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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