Powell County, Montana Genealogy

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


County Facts
County seat: Deer Lodge
Organized: January 31, 1901
Parent County(s): Missoula and Deer Lodge[1]
Neighboring Counties
Deer Lodge  • Flathead  • Granite  • Jefferson  • Lewis and Clark  • Missoula
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Location Map
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County Information


Powell County was founded 1901. The County Seat is Deer Lodge.[2] Powell County is a county located in the western central area of the state. [3]

County Courthouse

Powell County Courthouse
409 Missouri Avenue
Deer Lodge, MT 59722-1084
Phone: 406.846.3680
Powell County Website

County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1907;
Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1901[4]

Powell 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 31 January 1901 from Missoula and Deer Lodge
County seat: Deer Lodge [5]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county.[6]

Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Powell 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.  %±
1910 5,904
1920 6,909 17.0%
1930 6,202 −10.2%
1940 6,152 −0.8%
1950 6,301 2.4%
1960 7,002 11.1%
1970 6,660 −4.9%
1980 6,958 4.5%
1990 6,620 −4.9%
2000 7,180 8.5%
2010 7,027 −2.1%
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


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 Powell 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

Powell County


Military Records

Civil War

World War I

For further information see Montana Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship


  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized Montana newspapers including Butte and Helena newspapers that may include residents of Powell County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Powell 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, Powell - 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.


William K. Kohrs Memorial Library
501 Missouri Avenue
Deer Lodge, MT 59722



Powell County Genealogical Society
652 Greenhouse Rd.
Deer Lodge 59722-8713


Research Guides


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/mon/powell/ accessed 11/22/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powell_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, "Powell River County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powell_County%2C_Montana#Communities, accessed 1 Dec 2016.