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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Montana Genealogy|Montana]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Fergus County'''
  
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Guide to '''Fergus County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
=== County Courthouse ===
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  March 12,  1885
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|county seat= Lewistown
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|parent county= [[Meagher County, Montana Genealogy|Meagher]] and [[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= [[Blaine County, Montana Genealogy|Blaine]]
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|county2= [[Chouteau County, Montana Genealogy|Chouteau]]
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|county3= [[Golden Valley County, Montana Genealogy|Golden Valley]]
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|county4= [[Judith Basin County, Montana Genealogy|Judith Basin]]
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|county5= [[Musselshell County, Montana Genealogy|Musselshell]]
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|county6= [[Petroleum County, Montana Genealogy|Petroleum]]
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|county7= [[Phillips County, Montana Genealogy|Phillips]]
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|county8= [[Wheatland County, Montana Genealogy|Wheatland]]</br><center>[[Fergus 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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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MT Courthouse Intro|Fergus}}
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Fergus County Courthouse<br> 712 W Main Street<br>Lewistown, MT 59457-2562<br>Phone: 406.538.5119<br>[http://www.co.fergus.mt.us/ '''Fergus County Website''']<br><br>
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County Clerk has birth and death records; <br>Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records; <br>County Assessor has land records<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.</ref>
  
[http://www.co.fergus.mt.us/ Fergus County Courthouse]<br>712 W Main Street<br>Lewistown, MT 59457-2562<br>Phone: 406.538.5119 <br>  
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=== Fergus 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="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1904*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1885*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1904*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1885</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1885</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1885</center>
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Fergus County, Montana#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Fergus County, Montana#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Fergus County, Montana#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''</center>
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County Clerk has birth and death records; <br>Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate <br>and court records; County Assessor has&nbsp;<br>land 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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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== History  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Fergus}}
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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]
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''Parent County:'' created 12 March 1885 from [[Meagher County, Montana Genealogy|Meagher]] and [[Chouteau County, Montana Genealogy|Chouteau]]<br>
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''County seat:'' Lewistown <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline" class="Apple-style-span"> </span>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{MT Populated Places Intro|Fergus}}
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The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Fergus County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fergus_County,_Montana, accessed 5 December 2016.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewistown,_Montana Lewistown]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denton,_Montana Denton]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grass_Range,_Montana Grass Range]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore,_Montana Moore]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winifred,_Montana Winifred]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo,_Montana Buffalo]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christina,_Montana Christina]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_Creek,_Montana Coffee Creek]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_Grove,_Montana Forest Grove]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garneill,_Montana Garneill]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilger,_Montana Hilger]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewistown_Heights,_Montana Lewistown Heights]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy,_Montana Roy]</div>
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'''1885--'''Fergus County was created 12 March 1885&nbsp;from [[Meagher County, Montana|Meagher]] and [[Chouteau County, Montana|Chouteau]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Lewistown <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline" class="Apple-style-span"> </span>
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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|Fergus}}
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{MT Biographies Intro|Fergus}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MT Business Records Intro|Fergus}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Fergus}}
  
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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+Fergus%2C+Lewistown&author_givenName=&author_surname= Lewistown]  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Fergus 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=1607&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.mtgenweb.com/fallon/cemeteries.htm MTGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mt/fergus/fergus.htm MTGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/montana/fergus.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/mt/fergus.htm Montana Interment]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|593025|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Fergus+Montana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=28&CScnty=1607 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=Fergus&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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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+Fergus%2C+Winifred&author_givenName=&author_surname= Winifred]  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Montana Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
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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/Fergus_County%2C_Montana#Demographics]
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|1890 |3514
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|1900 |6937
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|1910 |17385
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|1920 |28344
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|1930 |16531
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|1940 |14040
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|1950 |14015
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|1960 |14018
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|1970 |12611
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|1980 |13076
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|1990 |12083
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|2000 |11893
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|2010 |11586
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{{MT Census Intro|Fergus}}
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::*'''1900 '''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/575586?availability=Family%20History%20Library 1900 federal census index, Fergus County, Montana]
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::*'''1910 '''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/44848?availability=Family%20History%20Library 1910 federal census index, Fergus County, Montana]
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::*'''1920 '''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/824454?availability=Family%20History%20Library Index 1920 federal census, Fergus County, 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 [[Montana Census]].
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=== Church Records ===
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{{MT Church Intro|Fergus}}
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'''LDS Ward and Branch Records
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:*Lewiston
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MT Court Intro|Fergus}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{MT Directories Intro|Fergus}}
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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|Fergus}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{MT Genealogies Intro|Fergus}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{MT Guardianship Intro|Fergus}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MT Land Intro|Fergus}}
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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|Fergus}}
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{{MT History Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MT Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Mtfergus.jpg|thumb|right|240px|<center>Fergus 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|Fergus}}
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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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*[http://lewistownlibrary.org/genealogy-research/ Central Montana Genealogical Society] has newspapers on microfilm. See the Libraries and Societies for their contact information.
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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|Fergus}}
  
*[[Blaine County, Montana|Blaine]]
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=== Obituaries ===
*[[Chouteau County, Montana|Chouteau]]
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{{MT Obituaries Intro|Fergus}}
*[[Golden Valley County, Montana|Golden Valley]]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times] - large obituary index from newspapers across the United States.
*[[Judith Basin County, Montana|Judith Basin]]
 
*[[Musselshell County, Montana|Musselshell]]
 
*[[Petroleum County, Montana|Petroleum]]
 
*[[Phillips County, Montana|Phillips]]
 
*[[Wheatland County, Montana|Wheatland]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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See also [[United States Obituaries]] for more about finding United States obituaries.
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{MT Other Records Intro}}
  
Lewistown Cemeteries:
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MT Periodicals Intro|Fergus}}
  
*<u>'''Central Montana Memorial Gardens'''</u> is located at [http://www.manta.com/company/mm42shk 809 6th Ave S, Lewistown, MT 59457-3461].&nbsp; Their phone number is (406) 535-7345.&nbsp; So far I've not found an actual website that they have created. However, there are some photographs and memorials for the cemetery at:[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2136719&CScn=central+montana+memorial+gardens&CScntry=4&CSst=28& www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&amp;CRid=2136719&amp;CScn=central+montana+memorial+gardens&amp;CScntry=4&amp;CSst=28&amp;]&nbsp; This cemetery used to be called Sunset Memorial Gardens.<br>
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=== Probate Records ===
*<u>'''Lewistown City Cemetery'''</u> is located at [http://www.interment.net/data/us/mt/fergus/lewistowncity/lewistown.htm 133 A St., Lewistown MT 59457]&nbsp; Their phone is (406) 538-8512.&nbsp; Some entries are at [http://www.interment.net/data/us/mt/fergus/lewistowncity/lewistown.htm www.interment.net/data/us/mt/fergus/lewistowncity/lewistown.htm],&nbsp; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1862955&CScn=lewistown+city+cemetery&CScntry=4&CSst=28& www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi]
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{{MT Probate Intro|Fergus}}
  
==== Church  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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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 $
  
*Lewiston
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=== School Records ===
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{{MT Schools Intro}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MT Tax Intro|Fergus}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MT Vital Intro|Fergus}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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Central Montana Genealogical Society has marriage indexes, birth and mortuary records. They also have family histories. Please see entry under Libraries and societies.
  
==== Maps  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Birth Intro|Fergus}}
  
==== Military  ====
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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
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Fergus}}
  
Central Montana Genealogical Society has newspaper microfilms. See the Libraries and Societies for their contact information.  
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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] ($) — index
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*'''1885 - 1916''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/150266?availability=Family%20History%20Library Fergus County (Montana) marriage records, 1885-1916]
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*'''1889 - 1947''' {{RecordSearch|1675397|Montana Marriages, 1889-1947}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60065 Montana Select Marriages 1889-1947] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — 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]; includes marriages 1885 - 1901.
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Death ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Death Intro|Fergus}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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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] ($) — index
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*'''1860 - 2007''' {{RecordSearch|1941331|Montana Death Index, 1860-2007}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1868 - 2007''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5437 Montana, Death Index, 1868-2011] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''pre 1900 - 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
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Fergus}}
  
For marriages from 1885-1901 see [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Fergus}}
  
Central Montana Genealogical Society has marriage indexes, birth and mortuary records. They also have family histories. Please see entry under Libraries and societies.
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=== Archives ===
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{{MT Archives Intro}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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:*[[Lewistown Montana Family History Center]]
  
Central Montana Genealogical Society is located in the upper floor of the Lewistown Public Library. They are located at <font face="Verdana"></font><br>
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MT Libraries Intro|Fergus}}
  
<font face="Verdana">701 West Main, Lewistown, Montana, 59457. Their phone is: (406) 538-5212 FAX (406) 538-3920, and the website is: [http://www.lewistownlibrary.org/genealogy.html www.lewistownlibrary.org/genealogy.html]. The email contact is: gen@lewistownlibrary.org <br></font>
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:Resources at the Lewistown Public Library include:
  
<font face="Verdana">Resources of the Lewistown Public Library are:</font><br>  
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::*Central Montana Church Records
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::*Cemetery and Mortuary Records
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::*Birth and Marriage Records
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::*Montana Census Films
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::*Local Histories and Newspaper Microfilms<br>
  
*Central Montana Church Records <br>
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:They are very knowledgeable and helpful.
*Cemetery and Mortuary Records<br>
 
*Birth and Marriage Records<br>
 
*Montana Census Films<br>
 
*Local Histories and Newspaper Microfilms<br>
 
  
They are very knowledgeable and helpful.
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=== Museums ===
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{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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== Societies ==
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{{MT Societies Intro|Fergus}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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:*Central Montana Genealogical Society<br> Located on the upper floor of the Lewistown Public Library<br> 701 West Main<br> Lewistown, Montana, 59457 406–538–5212<br> Website: [http://lewistownlibrary.org/genealogy-research/ Lewistown Library]<br>
*[[Lewistown Montana Family History Center]]
 
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{MT Websites Intro|Fergus}}
  
*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/~mtfergus/ USGenWeb Fergus County, Montana project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
*{{FHL|Montana%2C+Fergus|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205025|Montana|Fergus}}- 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
*[http://www.fergus.mtgenweb.org/ Fergus County Montana History and Genealogy] This website is part of the Montanga Genweb and US Genweb projects. It has a lot of links for genealogical research.<br>
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*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/MT_Fergus.html Kindred Trails] separates the resource website links into categories.
*[http://www.genealogytoolbox.com/php/gt_county.php?FIPS=30027 Genealogy Tool Box] has many links for genealogy resources.
 
*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/MT_Fergus.html Kindred Trails] separates the resource website links into categories.  
 
 
*[http://newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) There are some Fergus county obituaries listed on this website.
 
*[http://newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) There are some Fergus county obituaries listed on this website.
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{MT Research Guides Intro}}
  
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Latest revision as of 19:24, 30 January 2017

United StatesGotoarrow.png Montana Gotoarrow.png Fergus County

Guide to Fergus 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: Lewistown
Organized: March 12, 1885
Parent County(s): Meagher and Chouteau[1]
Neighboring Counties
Blaine  • Chouteau  • Golden Valley  • Judith Basin  • Musselshell  • Petroleum  • Phillips  • Wheatland
See County Maps
Courthouse
Fergus County Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Fergus County.svg.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Fergus County Courthouse
712 W Main Street
Lewistown, MT 59457-2562
Phone: 406.538.5119
Fergus County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records;
Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records;
County Assessor has land records[2]

Fergus County, Montana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1904*
1885*
1904*
1885
1885
1885
* 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 12 March 1885 from Meagher and Chouteau
County seat: Lewistown [3]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: [4]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communites


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Fergus 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 3,514
1900 6,937 97.4%
1910 17,385 150.6%
1920 28,344 63.0%
1930 16,531 −41.7%
1940 14,040 −15.1%
1950 14,015 −0.2%
1960 14,018 0.0%
1970 12,611 −10.0%
1980 13,076 3.7%
1990 12,083 −7.6%
2000 11,893 −1.6%
2010 11,586 −2.6%
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

  • Lewiston

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 Fergus 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

Fergus 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 Fergus 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, Fergus - 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.

Central Montana Genealogical Society has marriage indexes, birth and mortuary records. They also have family histories. Please see entry under Libraries and societies.

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

Resources at the Lewistown Public Library include:
  • Central Montana Church Records
  • Cemetery and Mortuary Records
  • Birth and Marriage Records
  • Montana Census Films
  • Local Histories and Newspaper Microfilms
They are very knowledgeable and helpful.

Museums

Societies

  • Central Montana Genealogical Society
    Located on the upper floor of the Lewistown Public Library
    701 West Main
    Lewistown, Montana, 59457 406–538–5212
    Website: Lewistown Library

Websites

  • USGenWeb Fergus 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
  • Kindred Trails separates the resource website links into categories.
  • Newspaperarchive.com ($) There are some Fergus county obituaries listed on this website.

Research Guides

References

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