Cascade County, Montana Genealogy

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


County Facts
County seat: Great Falls
Organized: September 12, 1887
Parent County(s): Chouteau, Meagher, and Lewis and Clark [1]
Neighboring Counties
Chouteau  • Judith Basin  • Lewis and Clark  • Meagher  • Teton
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Location Map
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County Information


Cascade County's Seat is Great Falls. The year it was organized was 1887. [2] It is located in the west central area of the state. The county was named for the falls on the Missouri River.[3]

County Courthouse

Cascade County Courthouse
425 2nd Ave N
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: 406–454–6800
Cascade County Website

Cascade County, Montana Record Dates

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

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Parent County: created 12 September 1887 from Chouteau, Meagher, and Lewis and Clark Counties.
County seat:Great Falls [1]

Populated Places

Great Falls is the largest city in Cascade County and the County Seat. There are a number of small towns left in Cascade County from Wikipedia: [4]

Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places

Some small towns have vanished. Montana is a newer State so land offices have a record of the populated or once populated towns. Many people homesteaded farms and did not live in towns records. Homestead records are part of the BLM or Bureau of Land Management and may not listed by county but by plot numbers. The County courthouse land records have several types of records, one type is plot.


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Cascade 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 8,755
1900 25,777 194.4%
1910 28,833 11.9%
1920 38,836 34.7%
1930 41,146 5.9%
1940 41,199 0.1%
1950 53,027 28.7%
1960 73,418 38.5%
1970 81,804 11.4%
1980 80,696 −1.4%
1990 77,691 −3.7%
2000 80,357 3.4%
2010 81,327 1.2%
Source: [1]

For tips on accessing Cascade County, Montana Genealogy census records online, see: Montana Census.

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Montana starting in 1870. For links to federal census indexes, see "Montana Census" link above.

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


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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 Cascade 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.

On September 12, 1887, "An Act Creating Cascade County, its Boundaries, provisions for its organization and the officers to fill the various positions until the first election," was passed by the Territorial Legislative Assembly. Cascade County had been formed from parts of Meagher, Choteau and Lewis and Clarke* Counties. Great Falls was designated as the County Seat until otherwise determined by law.

Many communities have published histories of the area. Example: Great Falls Memories, A Photo album - 1884 to 1939. A compilation of photo histories of the city, transportation, people, commerce, industry, education, community, disasters, recreation and celebrations, business profiles. This a typical type of project that cities and communities undertake to commemorate the subject.

Most Cascade County local histories have been indexed by the Great Falls Genealogy Society and are available to the the public on their web site: Great Falls Genealogical Society

A list of books available can be found at WorldCat

Maps and Gazetteers

Cascade County


Military Records

Civil War

World War I

For further information see Montana Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization records are located at the History Museum. The complete index to the records is located at the Great Falls Genealogy Society Library.


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 Cascade County, Montana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


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

Other Records

Public Records

County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1917.
Clerk of the Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.[5]

Cascade County Courthouse is located at 425 Second Ave North, old stone structure. The Clerk and Recorder office is located on the main floor in the east end of building. Local US Census film readers are available. The deeds and land records office is also on the main floor.


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, Cascade - 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.





Research Facilities


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.

Family History Center is located 1401 Ninth Ave Northwest. The FHC is in the LDS Stake Center in an area on the West of the Missouri River and North of Central Ave West. The church building is blocks away from the CMR High School but may not be on any public transportation route. Call to make sure they are open, the phone number can be found on All FHC records vary from Library to Library and each Library has a different selection of books. No fee to use FHC for research.


The Great Falls Public Library is located at 301 Second Ave North on a one way street going west. This the main Cascade County Library. Historical books and records are located in the Montana Room. City directories, county histories, school annuals, and historic book collections are of local interest. The Montana Room is only open to the public Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Great Falls Genealogy Society Library is located at 301 Second Avenue North, on the third floor of the Public Library. The library is open to the public, Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 10,000 resources are available covering local, national and international locations and volunteers are on hand to assist patrons with their family research. The Society holds monthly meetings featuring programs related to family research and conducts workshops and classes on a regular basis, also open to the public. Website: Great Falls Genealogy Society


Cascade County Historical Society Museum and Archive is located at 422 Second Street South, Great Falls, Montana
Relocated in the early 2000's to a larger restored warehouse. They have a large archives to research and holdings of artifacts. There is a fee. No website as of 2009. They stock community history books and local biographies to view and for purchase.


Gallatin Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1783
Bozeman 59771-1783

Great Falls Genealogical Society
1400 1st Ave. N.
Great Falls 59401

Cascade County Historical Society
1400 1st Ave N
Great Falls 59401-3205


Research Guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. 11/15/2016
  3.,_Montana accessed 11/15/2016
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Cascade County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Montana, accessed 5 December 2016.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.