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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Montana|Montana]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Stillwater County'''<br>
 
  
Guide to '''Stillwater County Montana genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Stillwater County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  March 24,  1913
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|county seat= Columbus
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|parent county= [[Sweet Grass County, Montana Genealogy|Sweet Grass]], [[Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy|Yellowstone]], [[Carbon County, Montana Genealogy|Carbon]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Carbon County, Montana Genealogy|Carbon]]
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== County Information ==
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Description ===
| county = Stillwater County
 
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| state = Montana
 
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| founded year = 1913
 
| founded date = March 24
 
| seat = Columbus
 
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| building address = Stillwater County Courthouse<br> PO Box 149 <br>Columbus, MT 59019-0149<br>Phone: 406.322.8000<br>[http://www.stillwater.mt.gov/ '''Stillwater County Website'''] }}
 
  
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Stillwater County was founded 1913. The County Seat is Columbus.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/mon/stillwater/ accessed 11/22/2016</ref> Stillwater County is located in the southcentral area of the state.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stillwater_County,_Montana accessed 11/22/2016</ref>
  
=== Historical Facts  ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MT Courthouse Intro|Stillwater}}
  
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'''Stillwater County Courthouse'''<br> PO Box 149 <br>Columbus, MT 59019-0149<br>Phone: 406.322.8000<br>[http://www.stillwater.mt.gov/ Stillwater County Website]<br><br>
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County Clerk Recorder has birth and death records from late 1800’s, land and military records;<br> Clerk Court has marriage records from late 1800’s, divorce, probate, court and naturalization records<ref>The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 418.</ref>
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=== Stillwater County, Montana Record Dates  ===
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Beginning dates for major county records'''
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Stillwater County, Montana#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stillwater County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Stillwater County, Montana#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stillwater County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Stillwater County, Montana#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stillwater County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Stillwater County, Montana#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stillwater County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Stillwater County, Montana#Probate|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stillwater County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Stillwater County, Montana#Court_Records|Court]]'''</center>
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stillwater County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Stillwater County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1887*</center>  
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1887*</center>
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1913*</center>  
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1913*</center>
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1907*</center>  
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1907*</center>
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1913</center>  
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1913</center>
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1913</center>  
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1913</center>
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | <center>1913</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1913</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Stillwater County, Montana#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Stillwater County, Montana#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Stillwater County, Montana#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Stillwater County, Montana#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Stillwater County, Montana#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Stillwater County, Montana#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''</center>
 
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*'''Parent County:''' created 24 March 1913 from [[Sweet Grass County, Montana|Sweet Grass]] | [[Yellowstone County, Montana|Yellowstone]] | [[Carbon County, Montana|Carbon]]  
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=== Record Loss ===
*'''County seat:''' Columbus <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline" class="Apple-style-span"> </span>  
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Carbon County, Montana|Carbon]] | [[Golden Valley County, Montana|Golden Valley]] | [[Park County, Montana|Park]] | [[Sweet Grass County, Montana|Sweet Grass]] | [[Yellowstone County, Montana|Yellowstone]]
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Stillwater}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Stillwater County was created 24 March 1913 from [[Sweet Grass County, Montana Genealogy|Sweet Grass]], [[Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy|Yellowstone]], [[Carbon County, Montana Genealogy|Carbon]]<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Columbus <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline" class="Apple-style-span"> </span>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MT_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Montana Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]</td></tr></table><br>
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=== Populated Places ===
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The following are locations in the county.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Stillwater County, Montana," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stillwater_County%2C_Montana#Communities, accessed 2 Dec 2016.</ref>
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{{populated places
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus,_Montana Columbus] (county seat)</div>
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==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Biography  ====
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beehive,_Montana Beehive]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean,_Montana Dean]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishtail,_Montana Fishtail]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nye,_Montana Nye]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molt,_Montana Molt]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapelje,_Montana Rapelje]</div>
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absarokee,_Montana Absarokee]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_City,_Montana Park City]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_Point,_Montana Reed Point]</div>
  
==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records ====
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{{MT Church Intro}}
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==== Court Records  ====
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==== Directories  ====
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limestone,_Montana Limestone]
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*Rapids</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springtime,_Montana Springtime]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheat_Basin,_Montana Wheat Basin]</div>
  
==== Emigration and Immigration  ====
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==== Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{MT Resources Intro}}
  
==== Gazetteers  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MT Bible Intro|Stillwater}}
  
==== Genealogy ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{MT Biographies Intro|Stillwater}}
  
==== History ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MT Business Records Intro|Stillwater}}
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Stillwater}}
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:66%;  "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Stillwater County, Montana''' online and in print</center>
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=28&GScnty=1641&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mt/stillwater/stillwater.htm MTGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/montana/stillwater.html Tombstone Project]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|965537|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Stillwater+Montana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=28&CScnty=1641 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Montana&county=Stillwater&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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* [http://genealogytrails.com/mon/stillwater/cemeteries.html Genealogy Trails]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Montana Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stillwater_County%2C_Montana#Demographics]
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|1920 |7630
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|1930 |6253
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|1940 |5694
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|1950 |5416
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|1960 |5526
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|1970 |4632
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|1980 |5598
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|1990 |6536
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|2000 |8195
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|2010 |9117
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{{MT Census Intro|Stillwater}}
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==== Territory and State Censuses ====
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana was included in the 1860 Washington and Nebraska Territory Censuses
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
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*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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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]].
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=== Church Records ===
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{{MT Church Intro|Stillwater}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MT Court Intro|Stillwater}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{MT Directories Intro|Stillwater}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{MT Emigration Intro}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{MT Ethnic Groups Intro}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{MT Funeral Homes Intro|Stillwater}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{MT Genealogies Intro|Stillwater}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{MT Guardianship Intro|Stillwater}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MT Land Intro|Stillwater}}
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{MT Histories Intro|Stillwater}}
  
 
{{MT History Intro}}
 
{{MT History Intro}}
  
==== Land and Property ====
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*''They Gazed on the Beartooths.'' c1964. By Jim Annin. Billings, Montana : Reporter Printing & Supply Co.  {{WorldCat|866266892|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
  
{{MT Land Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MT Maps Intro}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Mtstillwater.jpg|thumb|right|240px|<center>Stillwater County</center>]]
  
==== Migration  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/Montana/ Historical Maps and Atlases of Montana] - maps and atlases of Montana
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{MT Migration Intro}}
  
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{MT Military Intro}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to Montana. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Montana Military Records|Montana Military Records]].<br>
  
:*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=59 Montana newspapers] including Billings newspapers that may include residents of Stillwater County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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''Civil War''<br>
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].— index
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*'''1890 - 1918''' [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll34/ Montana Military Enlistments] at Montana Memory Project
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''World War I''<br>
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*'''1917 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1968530|U.S. WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/mt/statewide/military/mtwwi.txt Soldiers of the Great War from the State of Montana] at USGenWeb.
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*[http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll36/ Military Enlistments Montana World War I] at Montana Memory Project
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'World War II''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/montana.html WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualties for Montana] - Index only<br>
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For further information see [[Montana Military Records]].
  
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{MT Naturalization Intro}}
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'''Online Naturalization Records'''
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*'''1791-1992''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1629 U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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*'''1868-1999''' - {{RecordSearch|2173973|Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Browseable images only<br>
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*'''1870-1999''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61204 Montana, Federal Naturalization Records, 1870-1999] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MT Newspapers Intro|Stillwater}}
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'' Montana Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/montana GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/montana/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Montana newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Montana Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ 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.
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{{MT Newspaper abstracts|Stillwater}}
 
{{MT Newspaper abstracts|Stillwater}}
  
==== Obituaries ====
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MT Obituaries Intro|Stillwater}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times] - large obituary index from newspapers across the United States.
  
==== Probate  ====
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See also [[United States Obituaries]] for more about finding United States obituaries.
  
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=== Other Records ===
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{{MT Other Records Intro}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MT Periodicals Intro|Stillwater}}
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=== Probate Records ===
 
{{MT Probate Intro|Stillwater}}
 
{{MT Probate Intro|Stillwater}}
  
==== Public Records ====
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''Online Probate Records''
  
==== Repositories  ====
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*'''1831 – 1952''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9072 Montana Wills and Probate Records 1831-1952] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
===== Courthouse  =====
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=== School Records ===
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{{MT Schools Intro}}
  
County Clerk Recorder has birth and death records from late 1800’s, land and military records; Clerk Court has marriage records from late 1800’s, divorce, probate, court and naturalization records<ref name="HB">The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 418.</ref>
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MT Tax Intro|Stillwater}}
  
===== Family History Centers  =====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MT Vital Intro|Stillwater}}
  
[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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==== Birth ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Birth Intro|Stillwater}}
  
===== Libraries  =====
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*'''1840 - 2004''' {{RecordSearch|1930397|Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1840 - 2004''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60061 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
  
===== Museums  =====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Stillwater}}
  
===== Societies  =====
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*'''1865 - 1950''' {{RecordSearch|1609797|Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1865 - 1950''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60062 Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' {{RecordSearch|1675397|Montana Marriages, 1889-1947}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60065 Montana Select Marriages 1889 - 1947] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm list of counties included]
  
==== Taxation ====
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==== Death ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Death Intro|Stillwater}}
  
{{MT Tax Intro}}
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*'''1840 - 2004''' {{RecordSearch|1930397|Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1840 - 2004''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60061 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1860 - 2007''' {{RecordSearch|1941331|Montana Death Index, 1860 - 2007}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1868 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5437 Montana, Death Index, 1868 - 2011] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''pre 1954 - 2002''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmsgs/death_records.htm?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978&o_sch=Affiliate+External Montana State Death Registry Index Pre 1954 & 1954 - 2002] at Montana State Genealogical Society — index
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*'''1954 - 2011''' [http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/montana-death-records Montana Death Records] at FindMyPast ($) — index
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Stillwater}}
  
{{MT Vital Intro}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Stillwater}}
  
===== Birth  =====
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=== Archives ===
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{{MT Archives Intro}}
  
===== Marriage  =====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
===== Death =====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MT Libraries Intro|Stillwater}}
  
==== Websites  ====
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=== Museums ===
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{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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== Societies ==
*{{FHL|Montana%2C+Stillwater|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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{{MT Societies Intro|Stillwater}}
  
=== Places  ===
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== Websites ==
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{{MT Websites Intro|Stillwater}}
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/montana/stillwater-county/ Genealogy Inc Stillwater County, Montana]
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absarokee,_Montana Absarokee]  
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/mon/stillwater/ Genealogy Trails Stillwater County, Montana]
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_City,_Montana Park City]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtstillw/ USGenWeb Stillwater County, Montana project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205108|Montana|Stillwater}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
| {{FHL|Montana%2C+Stillwater%2C+Columbus|subject|disp=Columbus}}
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapelje,_Montana Rapelje]
 
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishtail,_Montana Fishtail]  
 
| {{FHL|Montana%2C+Stillwater%2C+Reed+Point|subject|disp=Reed Point}}
 
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== Research Guides ==
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{{MT Research Guides Intro}}
  
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Latest revision as of 19:55, 7 June 2017

United States
Montana
Stillwater County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Columbus
Organized: March 24, 1913
Parent County(s): Sweet Grass, Yellowstone, Carbon[1]
Neighboring Counties
Carbon  • Golden Valley  • Park  • Sweet Grass  • Yellowstone
See County Maps
Courthouse
MontanaStillwaterCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Stillwater County.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

Stillwater County was founded 1913. The County Seat is Columbus.[2] Stillwater County is located in the southcentral area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Stillwater County Courthouse
PO Box 149
Columbus, MT 59019-0149
Phone: 406.322.8000
Stillwater County Website

County Clerk Recorder has birth and death records from late 1800’s, land and military records;
Clerk Court has marriage records from late 1800’s, divorce, probate, court and naturalization records[4]

Stillwater County, Montana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1887*
1913*
1907*
1913
1913
1913
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes


Populated Places

The following are locations in the county.[6]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Stillwater 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 7,630
1930 6,253 −18.0%
1940 5,694 −8.9%
1950 5,416 −4.9%
1960 5,526 2.0%
1970 4,632 −16.2%
1980 5,598 20.9%
1990 6,536 16.8%
2000 8,195 25.4%
2010 9,117 11.3%
Source: [1]

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

Federal Census Records

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

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, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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

Local histories are available for Stillwater 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Stillwater County

Migration

Military Records

Online Collections

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 II

For further information see Montana Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Naturalization Records

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.


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

Obituaries

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

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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, Stillwater - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/mon/stillwater/ accessed 11/22/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stillwater_County,_Montana accessed 11/22/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 418.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Stillwater County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stillwater_County%2C_Montana#Communities, accessed 2 Dec 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.