Gallatin County, Montana Genealogy

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


County Facts
County seat: Bozeman
Organized: February 2, 1865
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Broadwater  • Fremont (ID)  • Jefferson  • Madison  • Meagher  • Park  • Park (WY)  • Teton (WY)
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County Information


Gallatin County, Montana was formed in 1864. The county seat is Bozeman.[2] Gallatin was named after the Gallatin River. It is located in the southwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Gallatin County Courthouse
311 W Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715-4576
Phone: 406.582.3050
Gallatin County Website

County Clerk Recorder has birth and death records from 1890, land records from 1865 and military discharge records from 1900
Clerk District Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1865[4]

Gallatin 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 2 February 1865 as an original county
County seat: Bozeman [5]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: [6]

Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Gallatin 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 1,578
1880 3,643 130.9%
1890 6,246 71.5%
1900 9,553 52.9%
1910 14,079 47.4%
1920 15,864 12.7%
1930 16,124 1.6%
1940 18,269 13.3%
1950 21,902 19.9%
1960 26,045 18.9%
1970 32,505 24.8%
1980 42,856 31.8%
1990 50,463 17.8%
2000 67,831 34.4%
2010 89,513 32.0%
Source: [1]

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Montana starting in 1870. For links to federal census indexes, 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Bozeman

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 Gallatin 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

Gallatin County


Military Records

Civil War

World War I

For further information see Montana Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship


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
  • 1906 - 1944 Belgrade Journal - full-text of more than 400 issues spanning 1906-1944 freely available online at Google Newspaper Archive.

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


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

Other Records


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, Gallatin - Probate records.

Online 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.


Gallatin County Pioneer Group
317 W Main St
Bozeman 59715-4576

Summer Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm Winter Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm



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

Gallatin Historical Society
Old Gallatin County Jail
317 West Main
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone:(406) 522-8122


Research Guides


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2.,_Nebraska accessed 11/18/2016
  3. accessed 11/18/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 416.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Gallatin County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Montana, accessed 5 December 2016.