Petroleum County, Montana Genealogy

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Guide to Petroleum 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: Winnett
Organized: November 24, 1924
Parent County(s): Fergus and Garfield [1]
Neighboring Counties
Fergus  • Garfield  • Musselshell  • Phillips  • Rosebud
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

Created in 1926. Its county seat is the town of Winnett. [2] Petroleum County is located in the central area of the state. Named for the Petroleum fields.[3]

County Courthouse

Petroleum County Courthouse
201 E Main
PO Box 226
Winnett, MT 59087
Phone: 406.429.5311
Petroleum County Website

Director of Records has birth, marriage,death, burial, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1925[4]

Petroleum County, Montana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1916*
1925*
1915*
1925
1925
1925
* 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 24 November 1924 from Fergus and Garfield
  • County seat: Winnett [5]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county.[6]

Towns
Unincorporated communites


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Petroleum 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.  %±
1930 2,045
1940 1,083 −47.0%
1950 1,026 −5.3%
1960 894 −12.9%
1970 675 −24.5%
1980 665 −1.5%
1990 519 −22.0%
2000 493 −5.0%
2010 494 0.2%
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.

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 Petroleum 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

Petroleum County

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

World War I

For further information see Montana Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

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

Other 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, Petroleum - 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.

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

  • USGenWeb Petroleum County, Montana project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/mon/petroleum/ accessed 11/22/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_County,_Montana accessed 11/22/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Petroleum County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_County%2C_Montana#Communities, accessed 1 Dec 2016.