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== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Yellowstone County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
<br>Yellowstone County Courthouse<br> 217 N 27th Street&nbsp; PO Box 35001<br>Billings, MT 59107-5001<br> Phone: 406.256.2785&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk Recorder has birth, death, land <br>and military records from 1883; Clerk District<br> Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records <br>
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  February 26,  1883
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|county seat= Billings
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|parent county= [[Gallatin County, Montana Genealogy|Gallatin]], [[Meagher County, Montana Genealogy|Meagher]], [[Custer County, Montana Genealogy|Custer]], [[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= [[Big Horn County, Montana Genealogy|Big Horn]]
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|county2= [[Carbon County, Montana Genealogy|Carbon]]
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|county3= [[Golden Valley County, Montana Genealogy|Golden Valley]]
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|county4= [[Musselshell County, Montana Genealogy|Musselshell]]
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|county5= [[Rosebud County, Montana Genealogy|Rosebud]]
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|county6= [[Stillwater County, Montana Genealogy|Stillwater]]
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|county7= [[Treasure County, Montana Genealogy|Treasure]]</br><center>[[Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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Yellowstone County was founded 1883. The County Seat is Billings. This county is named after the river, and not the park.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/mon/yellowstone/ accessed 11/22/2016</ref> It is located in the southcentral location of the state.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_County,_Montana accessed 11/22/2016</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MT Courthouse Intro|Yellowstone}}
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'''Yellowstone County Courthouse'''<br> 217 N 27th Street<br> PO Box 35001<br>Billings, MT 59107-5001<br>Phone: 406.256.2785<br>[http://www.co.yellowstone.mt.gov/ Yellowstone County Website]<br><br>
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County Clerk Recorder has birth, death, land, and military records from 1883.<br>Clerk District Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.<ref>The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.</ref>
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=== Yellowstone County, Montana Record Dates  ===
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{{MT Records Intro}}
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|  bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Yellowstone County, Montana. Page 419. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 407.</ref></center>
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="13%" align="center" |1883
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| width="13%" align="center" |1887
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| width="13%" align="center" |1883
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| width="13%" align="center" |1883
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| width="13%" align="center" |1883
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| width="13%" align="center" |1883
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| width="13%" align="center" |1860
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| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1907. <br>Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 439.</ref></center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Yellowstone}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Yellowstone County was created 26 February 1883 from [[Gallatin County, Montana Genealogy|Gallatin]], [[Meagher County, Montana Genealogy|Meagher]], [[Custer County, Montana Genealogy|Custer]], and [[Carbon County, Montana Genealogy|Carbon]]<br>
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*'''County Seat:''' Billings <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, "Yellowstone County, Montana," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_County%2C_Montana#Communities, accessed 2 Dec 2016.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billings,_Montana Billings] (county seat)</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurel,_Montana Laurel]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadview,_Montana Broadview]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acton,_Montana Acton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comanche,_Montana Comanche]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesper,_Montana Hesper]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homewood_Park,_Montana Homewood Park]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nibbe,_Montana Nibbe]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborn,_Montana Osborn]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pompey%27s_Pillar,_Montana Pompey's Pillar]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballantine,_Montana Ballantine]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custer,_Montana Custer]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntley,_Montana Huntley]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockwood,_Montana Lockwood]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepherd,_Montana Shepherd]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worden,_Montana Worden]</div>
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<br>Montana, Yellowstone County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)<br>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coulson,_Montana Coulson]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mossmain,_Montana Mossmain]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimrock,_Montana Rimrock]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waco,_Montana Waco]</div>
  
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==== Parent County  ====
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'''''Indian Reservation'''''<br>
  
'''1883--'''Yellowstone County was created 26 February 1883&nbsp;from [[Gallatin County, Montana|Gallatin]], [[Meagher County, Montana|Meagher,]] [[Custer County, Montana|Custer]], and [[Carbon County, Montana|Carbon]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Billings <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline"> </span>
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The [[Crow Indian Reservation (Montana)|Crow Indian Reservation]] is located primarily in [[Big Horn County, Montana Genealogy|Big Horn]] County, with a smaller portion in Yellowstone County.
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{MT Resources Intro}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MT Bible Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
== Places/Localities ==
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=== Biographies ===
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{{MT Biographies Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MT Business Records Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Yellowstone}}
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acton,_Montana Acton]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Yellowstone County, Montana''' online and in print</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custer,_Montana Custer]
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pompey%27s_Pillar,_Montana Pompey's Pillar]
 
 
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballantine,_Montana Ballantine]  
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| {{FHL|Montana%2C+Yellowstone%2C+Huntley|subject|disp=Huntley}}
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shepherd,_Montana Shepherd]
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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=1649&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtyellow/cemeteries/cemeteries.html MTGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mt/yellowstone/yellowstone.htm MTGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/montana/yellowstone.html Tombstone Project]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| {{FHL|Montana%2C+Yellowstone%2C+Billings|subject|disp=Billings}}  
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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>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurel,_Montana Laurel]
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worden,_Montana Worden]
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* {{FHL|556177|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Yellowstone+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=1649 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=Yellowstone&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadview,_Montana Broadview]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Montana Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockwood,_Montana Lockwood]  
 
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=== Census Records ===
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_County%2C_Montana#Demographics]
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|1890 |2065
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|1900 |6212
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|1910 |22944
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|1920 |29600
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|1930 |30785
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|1940 |41182
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|1950 |55875
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|1960 |79016
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|1970 |87367
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|1980 |108035
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|1990 |113419
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|2000 |129352
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|2010 |147972
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{{MT Census Intro|Yellowstone}}
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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|Yellowstone}}
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'''Online Church Records'''<br>
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''Lutheran Church''<br>
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*'''1875-1940''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60722 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
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'''Other Church Records'''<br>
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''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ward and Branch Records''<br>
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*Billings
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MT Court Intro|Yellowstone}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{MT Directories Intro|Yellowstone}}
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The Parmly Billings Library has made the following available online:
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*[http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=393 Early Billings City Directories]: 1883, 1894, 1900-1901, 1903-1904
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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|Yellowstone}}
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{MT Genealogies Intro|Yellowstone}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{MT Guardianship Intro|Yellowstone}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MT Land Intro|Yellowstone}}
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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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{MT Histories Intro|Yellowstone}}
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{{MT History Intro}}
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*''Medicine; The Early Days.'' c1983. Billings, Montana : The 100th Birthday Medical Research Committee.  {{WorldCat|41738031|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''Trails and Tales, South of the Yellowstone : An Unrecorded History of the Area South of Billings and the Yellowstone River--Extending to the Western Portion of the Crow Reservation and Pryor Mountains.'' c1983. Billings, Montana : Trails and Tales Historical Committee.  {{WorldCat|9726972|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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''Online County Histories''<br>
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*''An Illustrated History of the Yellowstone Valley : Embracing the Counties of Park, Sweet Grass, Carbon, Yellowstone, Rosebud, Custer and Dawson, State of Montana.'' c1990. Washington [District of Columbia] : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service. Online at: [https://archive.org/details/illustratedhisto00west Internet Archive]; {{WorldCat|865861128|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
  
The [[Crow Indian Reservation (Montana)|Crow Indian Reservation]] is located primarily in [[Big Horn County, Montana|Big Horn]] County, with a smaller portion in Yellowstone County.
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MT Maps Intro}}
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{{MT Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MT Yellowstone County}}}}
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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
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{MT Migration Intro}}
  
*[[Big Horn County, Montana|Big Horn]]
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=== Military Records ===
*[[Carbon County, Montana|Carbon]]
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{{MT Military Intro}}
*[[Golden Valley County, Montana|Golden Valley]]
 
*[[Musselshell County, Montana|Musselshell]]
 
*[[Rosebud County, Montana|Rosebud]]
 
*[[Stillwater County, Montana|Stillwater]]
 
*[[Treasure County, Montana|Treasure]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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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>
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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]].
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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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] — ($), index only<br>
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*'''1870-1999''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61204 Montana, Federal Naturalization Records, 1870-1999] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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*'''1876-1999''' [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=9JKL-C66%3A1018435701%3Fcc%3D2173973 Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999] – Browseable images only; U.S. Circuit Court covering Yellowstone County containing various naturalization records from 1876-1999.
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MT Newspapers Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records
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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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*Billings
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MT Obituaries Intro|Yellowstone}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times] - large obituary index from newspapers across the United States.
  
==== Court  ====
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See also [[United States Obituaries]] for more about finding United States obituaries.
  
==== Directories  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{MT Other Records Intro}}
  
The Parmly Billings Library has made the following available online:
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MT Periodicals Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
[http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=393 Early Billings City Directories]: 1883, 1894, 1900-1901, 1903-1904
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{MT Probate Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
==== Land  ====
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''Online Probate Records''
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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*'''1831 – 1952''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9072 Montana Wills and Probate Records 1831-1952] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{MT Schools Intro}}
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MT Tax Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MT Vital Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=59 Montana newspapers] online including Billings newspapers that reported on residents of Yellowstone County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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The following is courtesy of the [http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=258 Parmly Billings Library] Genealogical Resources:
*Parmly Billings Library: [http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=390 Vital Statistics from early Billings Gazettes Newspapers covering 1882-1902].
 
*Parmly Billings Library: [http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=390 Billings Gazette Indexes from 1930s and 1940s]
 
  
==== Probate  ====
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:*[http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=390 Vital Statistics from Early ]''[http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=390 Billing Gazettes]: ''Over 13,000 births, deaths, business licenses and other records from the early residents as recorded in this newspaper. The index is from 1882-1901 as well as additional indexes covering up to the 1930s.
  
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Birth Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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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
  
For marriages from 1881-1903 see [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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==== Marriage ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
The following is courtesy of the [http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=258 Parmly Billings Librar]y Genealogical Resources:  
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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]
  
*[http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=390 Vital Statistics from Early ]''[http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=390 Billing Gazettes]: ''Over 13,000 births, deaths, business licenses and other records from the early residents as recorded in this newspaper. The index is from 1882-1901 as well as additional idexes covering up to the 1930s.
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==== Death ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Death Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
== Societies and 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] ($) — index
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*'''1860 - 2007''' {{RecordSearch|1941331|Montana Death Index, 1860 - 2007}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1868 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5437 Montana, Death Index, 1868 - 2011] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — 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
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmsgs/ Montana State Genealogical Society]
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
[http://mhs.mt.gov/default.asp Montana State Historical Society]
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Yellowstone}}
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtygf/ Yellowstone Genealogy Forum]
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=== Archives ===
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{{MT Archives Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Billings Montana Family History Center]]
*[[Billings Montana Family History Center]]  
 
 
*[[Gardiner Montana Family History Center]]
 
*[[Gardiner Montana Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MT Libraries Intro|Yellowstone}}
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*[http://mt-billings.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=258 Parmly Billings Library] Genealogical Resources
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=== Museums ===
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{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
*<font color="#0066cc">{{FHL|Montana%2C+Yellowstone|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}</font>
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== Societies ==
*[http://mhs.mt.gov/default.asp <font color="#0066cc">Montana State Historical Society</font>]  
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{{MT Societies Intro|Yellowstone}}
*[http://yellowstone.mtgenweb.org/ Yellowstone County GenWeb]  
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'''Yellowstone Genealogy Forum'''<br>c/o Billings Public Library<br>510 North Broadway<br>Billings MT 59101<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtygf/ Website]<br>The Yellowstone Genealogy Forum meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month (except December)<br> at 7:00 p.m. Come early as social time begins at 6:30 p.m.<br><br>
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== Websites ==
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{{MT Websites Intro|Yellowstone}}
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205124|Montana|Yellowstone}}- 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
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*[http://mhs.mt.gov/default.asp <font color="#0066cc">Montana State Historical Society</font>]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtyellow/ Yellowstone County GenWeb]
 
*[http://montanamsgs.org/ygf.html Yellowstone County Genealogy Forum]
 
*[http://montanamsgs.org/ygf.html Yellowstone County Genealogy Forum]
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*[http://www.nps.gov/yell/historyculture/index.htm Yellowstone National Park History &amp; Culture]
  
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== Research Guides ==
 
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{{MT Research Guides Intro}}
== References  ==
 
  
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== References ==
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[[Category:Yellowstone County, Montana]][[Category:Montana_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 23:38, 22 December 2017

United States
Montana
Yellowstone County

Guide to Yellowstone 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: Billings
Organized: February 26, 1883
Parent County(s): Gallatin, Meagher, Custer, Carbon[1]
Neighboring Counties
Big Horn  • Carbon  • Golden Valley  • Musselshell  • Rosebud  • Stillwater  • Treasure
See County Maps
Courthouse
MontanaYellowstoneCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Yellowstone County.png
Adoption

County Information

Description

Yellowstone County was founded 1883. The County Seat is Billings. This county is named after the river, and not the park.[2] It is located in the southcentral location of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Yellowstone County Courthouse
217 N 27th Street
PO Box 35001
Billings, MT 59107-5001
Phone: 406.256.2785
Yellowstone County Website

County Clerk Recorder has birth, death, land, and military records from 1883.
Clerk District Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.[4]

Yellowstone County, Montana Record Dates

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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1883 1887 1883 1883 1883 1883 1860
*State birth and death records began in 1907.
Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.[6]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes


Populated Places

The following are locations in the county.[8]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


Indian Reservation

The Crow Indian Reservation is located primarily in Big Horn County, with a smaller portion in Yellowstone County.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Yellowstone 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.  %±
1890 2,065
1900 6,212 200.8%
1910 22,944 269.3%
1920 29,600 29.0%
1930 30,785 4.0%
1940 41,182 33.8%
1950 55,875 35.7%
1960 79,016 41.4%
1970 87,367 10.6%
1980 108,035 23.7%
1990 113,419 5.0%
2000 129,352 14.0%
2010 147,972 14.4%
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.[9] 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.

Online Church Records
Lutheran Church

Other Church Records
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ward and Branch Records

  • Billings

Court Records

Directories

The Parmly Billings Library has made the following available online:

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 Yellowstone 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.

  • Medicine; The Early Days. c1983. Billings, Montana : The 100th Birthday Medical Research Committee. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Trails and Tales, South of the Yellowstone : An Unrecorded History of the Area South of Billings and the Yellowstone River--Extending to the Western Portion of the Crow Reservation and Pryor Mountains. c1983. Billings, Montana : Trails and Tales Historical Committee. At various libraries(WorldCat).

Online County Histories

  • An Illustrated History of the Yellowstone Valley : Embracing the Counties of Park, Sweet Grass, Carbon, Yellowstone, Rosebud, Custer and Dawson, State of Montana. c1990. Washington [District of Columbia] : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service. Online at: Internet Archive; At various libraries(WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers

Treasure CountyBig Horn CountyCarbon CountyStill Water CountyMusselshell CountyMT YELLOWSTONE.JPG
About this image
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


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

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

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, Yellowstone - 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.

The following is courtesy of the Parmly Billings Library Genealogical Resources:

  • Vital Statistics from Early Billing Gazettes: Over 13,000 births, deaths, business licenses and other records from the early residents as recorded in this newspaper. The index is from 1882-1901 as well as additional indexes covering up to the 1930s.

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

Yellowstone Genealogy Forum
c/o Billings Public Library
510 North Broadway
Billings MT 59101
Website
The Yellowstone Genealogy Forum meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month (except December)
at 7:00 p.m. Come early as social time begins at 6:30 p.m.

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/yellowstone/ accessed 11/22/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_County,_Montana accessed 11/22/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Yellowstone County, Montana. Page 419. 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), 407.
  6. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 439.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Yellowstone County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_County%2C_Montana#Communities, accessed 2 Dec 2016.
  9. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 409. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.