Toole County, Montana Genealogy

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Guide to Toole 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: Shelby
Organized: May 7, 1914
Parent County(s): Teton and Hill[1]
Neighboring Counties
Glacier  • Liberty  • Pondera  • Alberta, Canada
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

Toole County was created 7 May 1914. The County Seat is Shelby. It is located in the northern portion of the state. Teton County and was named after Joseph Toole, the first and fourth governor of Montana. [2]

County Courthouse

Toole County Courthouse
226 1st St S
Shelby, MT 59474-1920
Phone: 406.434.2232
Toole County Website

County Clerk and Recorder has birth, death and burial records from 1914 and land records from 1890;
Clerk Court has marriage records from 1914, divorce, probate and court records[3]

Toole County, Montana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1912*
1914*
1912*
1914
1914
1914
*State birth and death records began in 1907.
Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.[4]

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes


Parent County: created 7 May 1914 from Teton and Hill
County seat: Shelby [5]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county.[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Toole 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.  %±
1920 3,724
1930 6,714 80.3%
1940 6,769 0.8%
1950 6,867 1.4%
1960 7,904 15.1%
1970 5,839 −26.1%
1980 5,559 −4.8%
1990 5,046 −9.2%
2000 5,267 4.4%
2010 5,234 −0.6%
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

  • Shelby

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 Toole 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

Toole 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 Toole 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, Toole - 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

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/mon/toole/ accessed 11/22/2016
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 418.
  4. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 439.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Toole County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toole_County%2C_Montana#Communities, accessed 2 Dec 2016.