Chouteau County, Montana Genealogy

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Guide to Chouteau 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: Fort Benton
Organized: February 2, 1865
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Blaine  • Cascade  • Fergus  • Hill  • Judith  • Liberty  • Pondera  • Teton
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

Chouteau County was established in 1865 and in 1882, it was named after Pierre Chouteau Jr. Pierre Chouteau Jr. was a well known fur trader that established a trading post later known as Fort Benton. The county seat is Fort Benton.[2] It is located in the north central area.[3]

County Courthouse

Chouteau County Courthouse
1308 Franklin Street
Fort Benton, MT 59442
Phone: 406.622.5151
Chouteau County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1895, burial records and land from 1878;
Clerk Courts has marriage records from 1888, divorce and court records from 1879 probate records from 1892[4]

Chouteau County, Montana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1895*
1882*
1895*
1865
1865
1865
* 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 2 February 1865 as an original county.
County seat: Fort Benton

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: [5]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places

Indian Reservation
The Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation is located primarily in Hill County, with a smaller portion in northeastern Chouteau County.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Chouteau 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.  %±
1870 517
1880 3,068 493.4%
1890 4,741 54.5%
1900 10,966 131.3%
1910 17,191 56.8%
1920 11,051 −35.7%
1930 8,635 −21.9%
1940 7,316 −15.3%
1950 6,974 −4.7%
1960 7,348 5.4%
1970 6,473 −11.9%
1980 6,092 −5.9%
1990 5,452 −10.5%
2000 5,970 9.5%
2010 5,813 −2.6%
Source: [1]


For tips on accessing Chouteau 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Fort Benton

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 Chouteau 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

Chouteau 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

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 Chouteau County, Montana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

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

Other Records

Public 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, Chouteau - 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/chouteau/ accessed 11/15/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chouteau_County,_Montana accessed 11/15/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Chouteau County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chouteau_County,_Montana, accessed 5 December 2016.