Liberty County, Montana Genealogy

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


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Liberty County, Montana
Map
Map of Montana highlighting Liberty County
Location in the state of Montana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Montana
Location of Montana in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 11, 1920
County Seat Chester
Courthouse
Liberty County Courthouse.JPG
Address Liberty County Courthouse
111 1st Street East
Chester, MT 59522
Phone: 406.759.5365
Liberty County Website



Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1920*
1920*
1920*
1920
1920
1920
* 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
Billion Graves
See Montana Cemeteries for more information.

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 Liberty 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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Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

Online 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, Liberty - Probate records.

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse
  • Liberty County Clerk County Clerk has birth and death and land records from 1902 Clerk District Court has marriage records from 1920, divorce, probate, div, and court 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

Liberty County Library
110 First East, Chester, MT 59522
Phone 406–759–5445

Museums
Societies

Liberty Co Historical Society
Chester, Mt 59522

Broken Mountains Genealogical Society
PO Box 261
Chester, MT 59522
406.759.5445

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.

Birth
Marriage
Death

Websites

Places

Chester Joplin Lothair Whitlash

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. 416.