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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Montana Genealogy|Montana]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Blaine County'''
  
Guide to '''Blaine County Montana genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Blaine County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  February 29,  1912
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|county seat= Chinook
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|parent county= [[Chouteau County, Montana Genealogy|Chouteau]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Chouteau County, Montana Genealogy|Chouteau]]
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|county2= [[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy|Fergus]]
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|county3= [[Hill County, Montana Genealogy|Hill]]
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|county4= [[Phillips County, Montana Genealogy|Phillips]]
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|county5= [[Saskatchewan, Canada Genealogy| Saskatchewan, Canada]]</br><center>[[Blaine County, Montana Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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Blaine County was formed in 1912. The county seat is Chinook. <ref>http://genealogytrails.com/mon/blaine/ accessed 11/15/2016</ref> The county was named in honor of James G. Blaine, former United States Secretary of State. The state is located in the north central area of the state. <ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County,_Montana accessed 11/15/2016</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MT Courthouse Intro|Blaine}}
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Blaine County Courthouse<br> 400 Ohio Street<br>Chinook, MT 59523<br>Phone: 406.357.3240<br>[http://blainecounty-mt.gov/ '''Blaine County Website''']<br>
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County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1912.<br>Clerk of the District Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.</ref>
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=== Blaine County, Montana Record Dates  ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |<center>1907*</center>
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |<center>1912*</center>
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |<center>1907*</center>
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |<center>1912</center>
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |<center>1912</center>
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |<center>1912</center>
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Blaine County, Montana#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Blaine County, Montana#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Blaine County, Montana#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''</center>
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
[http://co.blaine.mt.gov/ Blaine County Courthouse]<br>400 Ohio Street<br>Chinook, MT 59523<br>Phone: 406.357.3240<br><br>County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1912.<br>Clerk of the District Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.</ref>  
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Blaine}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MT_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Montana Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]</td></tr></table><br>
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''Parent County:'' created 29 February 1912 from [[Chouteau County, Montana Genealogy|Chouteau]] County<br>
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''County Seat:'' Chinook <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
== History  ==
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{MT Populated Places Intro|Blaine}}
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The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Blaine County, Montana," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County,_Montana, accessed 1 August 2016.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinook,_Montana Chinook]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlem,_Montana Harlem]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogeland,_Montana Hogeland]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd,_Montana Lloyd]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zurich,_Montana Zurich]</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Belknap_Agency,_Montana Fort Belknap Agency]</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lodge_Pole,_Montana Lodge Pole]</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hays,_Montana Hays]</div>
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'''''Indian Reservation'''''<br>
  
==== Parent County ====
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The [[Fort Belknap Indian Reservation (Montana)|Fort Belknap Indian Reservation]] is located primarily in Blaine County, with a smaller portion in Phillips County.
  
'''1912--'''Blaine County was created 29 February 1912 from [[Chouteau County, Montana|Chouteau]] County. '''County seat:''' Chinook <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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== Resources ==
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{{MT Resources Intro}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MT Bible Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{MT Biographies Intro|Blaine}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MT Business Records Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Blaine}}
  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Blaine County, Montana''' online and in print</center>
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=28&GScnty=1596&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/ Billion Graves]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mt/blaine/blaine.htm MTGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/montana/blaine.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/mt/blaine.htm Montana Interment]
 
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| [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Blaine%2C+Chinook&author_givenName=&author_surname= Chinook]  
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hays,_Montana Hays]
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* {{FHL|NUMBER|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Blaine+Montana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Belknap_Agency,_Montana Fort Belknap Agency]  
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lodge_Pole,_Montana Lodge Pole]
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=28&CScnty=1596 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Montana&county=Blaine&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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* [http://www.mtgenweb.com/blaine/cemeteries.html MTGenWeb]
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| [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Blaine%2C+Harlem&author_givenName=&author_surname= Harlem]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Montana Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
| [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Blaine%2C+Zurich&author_givenName=&author_surname= Zurich]
 
 
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==== Indian Reservation ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County%2C_Montana#Demographics]
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|1920 |9057
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|1930 |9006
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|1940 |9566
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|1950 |8516
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|1960 |8091
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|1970 |6727
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|1980 |6999
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|1990 |6728
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|2000 |7009
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|2010 |6491
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{{MT Census Intro|Blaine}}
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{{Census|Montana}}
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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Federal Censuses were taken for Montana starting in 1870. For links to Federal census indexes, see the "Montana Census" link above.
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=== Church Records ===
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{{MT Church Intro|Blaine}}
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''LDS Ward and Branch Records''
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:*Chinook
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:*Harlem
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MT Court Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{MT Directories Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{MT Emigration Intro}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{MT Ethnic Groups Intro}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{MT Funeral Homes Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{MT Genealogies Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{MT Guardianship Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MT Land Intro|Blaine}}
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{MT Histories Intro|Blaine}}
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{{MT History Intro}}<br>
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''Online County Histories''<br>
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*''In the Land of the Chinook, or, The Story of Blaine County, Montana.'' c1917. By Noyes, A. J. (Alva Josiah). Helena, Mont. : State Pub. Co. Online at: [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/477151?availability=Family%20History%20Library FamilySearch Books Online], [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.32044011565801;view=1up;seq=5 Hathitrust], [https://archive.org/details/inlandofchinooko01noye Internet Archive], [http://www.worldcat.org/title/in-the-land-of-the-chinook-or-the-story-of-blaine-county-montana/oclc/866632884 At various libraries (WorldCat)].
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*''Thunderstorms and Tumbleweeds : 1887-1987 East Blaine County.'' c1989. By Centennial Book Committee (Blaine County, Montana). Visalia, California : Jostens Publishing and Printing. Online at: [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/445955?availability=Family%20History%20Library FamilySearch Books Online], [https://books.google.com/books/about/Thunderstorms_and_Tumbleweeds.html?id=wci3PQAACAAJ Google Books],  [http://www.worldcat.org/title/thunderstorms-and-tumbleweeds-1887-1987-east-blaine-county/oclc/866352965 At various libraries (WorldCat)].
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*'' The Unyielding Prairie: Stories of Homesteaders in Northwest Blaine County.'' c2008. By Karen Jellum and Vernelia Tilleman. Chinook, Montana : Milk River Genealogical Society (Montana). Online at: [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1567572?availability=Family%20History%20Library FamilySearch Books Online], [http://www.worldcat.org/title/unyielding-prairie-stories-of-homesteaders-in-northwest-blaine-county/oclc/317147264 At various libraries (WorldCat)], [https://www.amazon.com/The-Unyielding-Prairie-Stories-Homesteaders/dp/0981560202 Amazon ($)].
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MT Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Mtblaine.jpg|thumb|right|240px|<center>Blaine County</center>]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/Montana/ Historical Maps and Atlases of Montana] - maps and atlases of Montana
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=== Migration ===
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{{MT Migration Intro}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{MT Military Intro}}
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''Civil War''<br>
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].— index
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*'''1890 - 1918''' [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll34/ Montana Military Enlistments] at Montana Memory Project
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''World War I''<br>
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*'''1917 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1968530|U.S. WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/mt/statewide/military/mtwwi.txt Soldiers of the Great War from the State of Montana] at USGenWeb.
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*[http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll36/ Military Enlistments Montana World War I] at Montana Memory Project
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For further information see [[Montana Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{MT Naturalization Intro}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MT Newspapers Intro|Blaine}}
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'' Montana Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/montana GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/montana/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Montana newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Montana Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ 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
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{{MT Newspaper abstracts|Blaine}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MT Obituaries Intro|Blaine}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times] - large obituary index from newspapers across the United States.
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See also [[United States Obituaries]] for more about finding United States obituaries.
  
The [[Fort Belknap Indian Reservation (Montana)|Fort Belknap Indian Reservation]] is located primarily in Blaine County, with a smaller portion in Phillips County.
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=== Other Records ===
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{{MT Other Records Intro}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MT Periodicals Intro|Blaine}}
  
*[[Chouteau County, Montana|Chouteau]]
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=== Probate Records ===
*[[Fergus County, Montana|Fergus]]
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{{MT Probate Intro|Blaine}}
*[[Hill County, Montana|Hill]]
 
*[[Phillips County, Montana|Phillips]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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*'''1831 – 1952''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9072 Montana Wills and Probate Records 1831-1952] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{MT Schools Intro}}
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MT Tax Intro|Blaine}}
  
{{Census|Montana}}  
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MT Vital Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Birth Intro|Blaine}}
  
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records
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*'''1840 - 2004''' {{RecordSearch|1930397|Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1840 - 2004''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60061 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
  
*Chinook
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==== Marriage ====
*Harlem
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{{MT Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Court  ====
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*'''1865 - 1950''' {{RecordSearch|1609797|Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1865 - 1950''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60062 Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' {{RecordSearch|1675397|Montana Marriages, 1889 - 1947}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60065 Montana Select Marriages 1889 - 1947] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm list of counties included]
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Death ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Death Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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*'''1840 - 2004''' {{RecordSearch|1930397|Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1840 - 2004''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60061 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1860 - 2007''' {{RecordSearch|1941331|Montana Death Index, 1860 - 2007}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1868 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5437 Montana, Death Index, 1868 - 2011] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''pre 1954 - 2002''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmsgs/death_records.htm?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978&o_sch=Affiliate+External Montana State Death Registry Index Pre 1954 & 1954 - 2002] at Montana State Genealogical Society — index
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*'''1954 - 2011''' [http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/montana-death-records Montana Death Records] at findmypast ($) — index
  
==== Maps  ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Blaine}}
  
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{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Blaine}}
  
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=== Archives ===
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{{MT Archives Intro}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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:*[[Chinook Montana Family History Center]]
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MT Libraries Intro|Blaine}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
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== Societies ==
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{{MT Societies Intro|Blaine}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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Blaine County Historical Society<br>
*[[Chinook Montana Family History Center]]
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501 Indiana St<br>
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Chinook, Montana, 59523
  
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtblaine/ USGenWeb Blaine County, Montana project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
*{{FHL|Montana%2C+Blaine|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/montana/blaine-county/ Genealogy Inc Blaine County, Montana]
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/MT/Blaine/  LinkPendium Blaine County, Montana]
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/mon/blaine/history.html GenealogyTrails Blaine County, Montana]
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204995|Montana|Blaine}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  
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Latest revision as of 19:24, 30 January 2017

United StatesGotoarrow.png Montana Gotoarrow.png Blaine County

Guide to Blaine 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: Chinook
Organized: February 29, 1912
Parent County(s): Chouteau [1]
Neighboring Counties
Chouteau  • Fergus  • Hill  • Phillips  • Saskatchewan, Canada
See County Maps
Courthouse
MontanaBlaineCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Blaine County.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

Blaine County was formed in 1912. The county seat is Chinook. [2] The county was named in honor of James G. Blaine, former United States Secretary of State. The state is located in the north central area of the state. [3]

County Courthouse

Blaine County Courthouse
400 Ohio Street
Chinook, MT 59523
Phone: 406.357.3240
Blaine County Website
County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1912.
Clerk of the District Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.[4]

Blaine County, Montana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907*
1912*
1907*
1912
1912
1912
* 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 29 February 1912 from Chouteau County
County Seat: Chinook [5]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: [6]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places

Indian Reservation

The Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is located primarily in Blaine County, with a smaller portion in Phillips County.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Blaine 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 9,057
1930 9,006 −0.6%
1940 9,566 6.2%
1950 8,516 −11.0%
1960 8,091 −5.0%
1970 6,727 −16.9%
1980 6,999 4.0%
1990 6,728 −3.9%
2000 7,009 4.2%
2010 6,491 −7.4%
Source: [1]


For tips on accessing Blaine County, Montana Genealogy census records online, see: Montana Census.

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Montana starting in 1870. For links to Federal census indexes, see the "Montana Census" link above.

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

  • Chinook
  • Harlem

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 Blaine 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.

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Blaine County

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

World War I

For further information see Montana Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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 Blaine 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, Blaine - 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

Blaine County Historical Society
501 Indiana St
Chinook, Montana, 59523

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/blaine/ accessed 11/15/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County,_Montana accessed 11/15/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Blaine County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County,_Montana, accessed 1 August 2016.