Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy

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Online Records

County Courthouse

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

County Clerk Recorder has birth, death, land
and military records from 1883; Clerk District
Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records [1]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Montana, Yellowstone County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)


Parent County

1883--Yellowstone County was created 26 February 1883 from Gallatin, Meagher, Custer, and Carbon Counties.
County seat: Billings [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Acton Custer Pompey's Pillar
Ballantine Huntley Shepherd
Billings Laurel Worden
Broadview Lockwood

Indian Reservation

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

Neighboring Counties




LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Billings



The Parmly Billings Library has made the following available online:

Early Billings City Directories: 1883, 1894, 1900-1901, 1903-1904


Local Histories






Vital Records

For marriages from 1881-1903 see Western States Marriage Index.

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.

Societies and Libraries

Montana State Genealogical Society

Montana State Historical Society

Yellowstone Genealogy Forum

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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