Silver Bow County, Montana Genealogy

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


County Facts
County seat: Butte
Organized: February 16, 1881
Parent County(s): Deer Lodge[1]
Neighboring Counties
Beaverhead  • Deer Lodge  • Jefferson  • Madison
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Location Map
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County Information


Silver Bow County was founded 1881. The County Seat is Butte.[2] Silver Bow County is located in the southwestern area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Silver Bow County Courthouse
155 W Granite Street
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: 406.723.8262
Silver Bow County Website

County Clerk and recorder have birth and death records from 1890, land records from 1881 and military discharge records from 1932;
Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records[4]

Silver Bow 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 16 February 1881 from Deer Lodge. Land was again added from from Deer Lodge in 1917.
County seat: Butte [5]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county.[6]

Unincorporated communites


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Silver Bow 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.  %±
1890 23,744
1900 47,635 100.6%
1910 56,848 19.3%
1920 60,313 6.1%
1930 56,969 −5.5%
1940 53,209 −6.6%
1950 48,422 −9.0%
1960 46,454 −4.1%
1970 41,981 −9.6%
1980 38,092 −9.3%
1990 33,941 −10.9%
2000 34,606 2.0%
2010 34,200 −1.2%
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.

Lutheran Records

  • Records of Gold Hill Lutheran Church, Butte, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ward and Branch Records

  • Butte Dist

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 Silver Bow 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

Silver Bow County


Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to Montana. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Montana Military Records.

Civil War

World War I

'World War II

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.

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




Butte Historical Society,
PO Box 3913,
Butte MT 59701


Research Guides


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. accessed 11/22/2016
  3.,_Montana accessed 11/22/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 418.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Silver Bow County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 2 Dec 2016.