Dawson County, Montana Genealogy
Guide to Dawson County, Montana family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Dawson County, Montana|
Location in the state of Montana
Location of Montana in the U.S.
|Founded||January 15, 1869|
|Address|| Dawson County Courthouse|
213 Main Street
PO Box 247;
Scobey, MT 59263
Dawson County Website
- 1 Historical Facts
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Biography
- 2.2 Cemeteries
- 2.3 Census
- 2.4 Church Records
- 2.5 Court Records
- 2.6 Directories
- 2.7 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.8 Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups
- 2.9 Gazetteers
- 2.10 Genealogy
- 2.11 History
- 2.12 Land and Property
- 2.13 Maps
- 2.14 Migration
- 2.15 Military
- 2.16 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.17 Newspapers
- 2.18 Obituaries
- 2.19 Probate
- 2.20 Public Records
- 2.21 Repositories
- 2.22 Taxation
- 2.23 Vital Records
- 2.24 Web Sites
- 3 Populated Places
- 4 References
|Beginning dates for major county records|
|* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries|
- Parent County: created 15 January 1869 as an original county.
- County seat: Glendive 
- Neighboring Counties: McCone | Prairie | Richland | Wibaux
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|Billion Graves||WorldCat||Billion Graves|
|See Montana Cemeteries for more information.|
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.
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups
Local histories are available for Dawson 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.
- 1861-1865 Family History Library Montana, Civil War Records
- 1917-1918 Family History Library Montana, World War I Selective Service System draft registration cards
- 1939-1945 Family History Library World War II Draft Records
Naturalization and Citizenship
- 1882-1929 Family History Library Library Naturalization records
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Dawson County, Montana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
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, Dawson - Probate records.
County Clerk Recorder has birth and death records from 1920 and land records; Clerk Court has marriage, divorce and probate records from 1920; Clerk District has court records
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.
- Family History Library newsletter of the Dawson County Tree Branches
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 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.
- Kindred Trails Dawson County, Montana
- Ancestry Dawson County, Montana $
- Genealogy Inc Dawson County, Montana
- Cheyenne Ancestors Dawson County, Montana
- USGenWeb Dawson County, Montana project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
- FamilySearch CatalogDawson County; 207 W Bell St; Glendive, MT 59330-1694; Ph. 406.377.3058 Details: (Co Clk has b & d rec from 1895 & land rec from 1882; Clk Cts has m, div & ct rec from 1882 & pro rec from 1889)
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.