Broadwater County, Montana Genealogy

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


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Broadwater County, Montana
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Montana
Location of Montana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 9, 1897
County Seat Townsend
Courthouse
Address Broadwater County Courthouse
515 Broadway
Townsend, MT 59644
Phone: 406.266.3443
Broadwater County Website



Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1894*
1897*
1903*
1897
1897
1897
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
MTGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MTGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Montana Interment
Billion Graves
See Montana Cemeteries for more information.

Census

For tips on accessing Broadwater County, Montana Genealogy census records online, 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 or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Broadwater County, Montana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Montana Local Histories.

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Montana Land and Property for additional information about early Montana land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Maps

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

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized Montana newspapers including Butte and Helena newspapers that may include residents of Broadwater County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

Obituaries

Probate

In most counties in Montana, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, inventories, claim registers, inheritance records, probate packets, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Montana, Broadwater - Probate records.

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

County Clerk Records has birth and death from 1900, land and military records. Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate, court and naturalization records.[2]

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. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



Libraries
Museums
Societies

Taxation

Montana tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most birth and death original records can be purchased from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. For information about marriages, divorces, and requirements for obtaining any vital records, see the CDC Where to Write website. Montana Vital Records

Birth
Marriage

For early marriages see Western States Marriage Index.

Death

Websites

Places

Lombard Toston
Radersburg Winston

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.