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== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Golden Valley County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
[http://www.co.golden-valley.mt.us/html/courthouse.html Golden Valley County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 10<br>Ryegate, MT 59074-0010<br>Phone: 406.568.2231&nbsp;<br><br>County&nbsp;Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage, death, divorce, <br>land, probate, military, court and naturalization records from 1920<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 416.</ref>  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  October 4,  1920
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|county seat= Ryegate
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|parent county= [[Musselshell County, Montana Genealogy|Musselshell]] and [[Sweet Grass County, Montana Genealogy|Sweet Grass]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy|Fergus]]
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|county2= [[Musselshell County, Montana Genealogy|Musselshell]]
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|county3= [[Stillwater County, Montana Genealogy|Stillwater]]
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|county4= [[Sweet Grass County, Montana Genealogy|Sweet Grass]]
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|county5= [[Wheatland County, Montana Genealogy|Wheatland]]
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|county6= [[Yellowstone County, Montana Genealogy|Yellowstone]]</br><center>[[Golden Valley County, Montana Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
== History  ==
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=== Description ===
  
==== Parent County ====
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Golden Valley was formed in 1920. The county seat is Ryegate.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/mon/goldenvalley/ accessed 11/18/2016</ref> Golden Valley County is located in the south central area of the state.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Valley_County,_Montana accessed 11/18/2016</ref>
  
'''1920--'''Golden Valley County was created 4 October 1920&nbsp;from [[Musselshell County, Montana|Musselshell]] and [[Sweet Grass County, Montana|Sweet Grass]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Ryegate <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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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MT Courthouse Intro|Golden Valley}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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'''Golden Valley County Courthouse'''<br> PO Box 10<br>Ryegate, MT 59074-0010<br>Phone: 406.568.2231<br>[http://www.co.golden-valley.mt.us/html/courthouse.html Golden Valley County Website]<br><br>
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County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land, probate, military, court and naturalization records from 1920<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 416.</ref>
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Golden Valley County, Montana Record Dates  ===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Golden Valley County, Montana. Page 416. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 406.</ref></center>
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Golden Valley County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Golden Valley County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Golden Valley County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Golden Valley County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Golden Valley County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Golden Valley County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Golden Valley County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="13%" align="center" |1920
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| width="13%" align="center" |1920
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| width="13%" align="center" |1920
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| width="13%" align="center" |1920
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| width="13%" align="center" |1920
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| width="13%" align="center" |1920
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| width="13%" align="center" |1860
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| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1907. <br>Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 439.</ref></center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Golden Valley}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Golden Valley County was created 4 October 1920 from [[Musselshell County, Montana Genealogy|Musselshell]] and [[Sweet Grass County, Montana Genealogy|Sweet Grass]]<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Ryegate <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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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>
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{MT Populated Places Intro|Golden Valley}}
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The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Golden Valley County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Valley_County,_Montana, accessed 6 December 2016.</ref>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavina,_Montana Lavina]</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryegate,_Montana Ryegate]</div>
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== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources ==
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{{MT Resources Intro}}
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MT Bible Intro|Golden Valley}}
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=== Biographies ===
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{{MT Biographies Intro|Golden Valley}}
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MT Business Records Intro|Golden Valley}}
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Golden Valley}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Golden Valley 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=1612&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mt/goldenvalley/ MTGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/montana/goldenvalley.html Tombstone Project]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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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=1612 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=Golden%20Valley&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavina,_Montana Lavina]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Montana Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryegate,_Montana Ryegate]
 
 
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Valley_County%2C_Montana#Demographics]
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|1930 |2126
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|1940 |1607
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|1950 |1337
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|1960 |1203
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|1970 |931
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|1980 |1026
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|1990 |912
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|2000 |1042
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|2010 |884
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{{MT Census Intro|Golden Valley}}
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==== Territory and State Censuses ====
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana was included in the 1860 Washington and Nebraska Territory Censuses
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
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*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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Federal Censuses were taken for the state of Montana starting in 1890, although no records survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal Census indexes, see [[Montana Census]].
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=== Church Records ===
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{{MT Church Intro|Golden Valley}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MT Court Intro|Golden Valley}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{MT Directories Intro|Golden Valley}}
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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|Golden Valley}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{MT Genealogies Intro|Golden Valley}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{MT Guardianship Intro|Golden Valley}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MT Land Intro|Golden Valley}}
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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://search.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|Golden Valley}}
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{{MT History Intro}}
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*''Dawn in Golden Valley : A County in Montana.'' c1982. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. {{WorldCat|865910259|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MT Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Mtgoldenvalley.jpg|thumb|right|240px|<center>Golden Valley 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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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to Montana. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Montana Military Records|Montana Military Records]].<br>
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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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''World War II''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/montana.html WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualties for Montana] - Index only<br>
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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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'''Online Naturalization Records'''
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*'''1791-1992''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1629 U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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*'''1868-1999''' - {{RecordSearch|2173973|Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Browseable images only<br>
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*'''1870-1999''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61204 Montana, Federal Naturalization Records, 1870-1999] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MT Newspapers Intro|Golden Valley}}
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'' Montana Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/montana GenealogyBank] - ($), 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|Golden+Valley}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MT Obituaries Intro|Golden Valley}}
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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.
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=== Other Records ===
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{{MT Other Records Intro}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MT Periodicals Intro|Golden Valley}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{MT Probate Intro|Golden Valley}}
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''Online Probate 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 $
  
*[[Fergus County, Montana|Fergus]]
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=== School Records ===
*[[Musselshell County, Montana|Musselshell]]
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{{MT Schools Intro}}
*[[Stillwater County, Montana|Stillwater]]
 
*[[Sweet Grass County, Montana|Sweet Grass]]
 
*[[Wheatland County, Montana|Wheatland]]
 
*[[Yellowstone County, Montana|Yellowstone]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MT Tax Intro|Golden Valley}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MT Vital Intro|Golden Valley}}
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Birth Intro|Golden Valley}}
  
==== Court  ====
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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://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Golden Valley}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
 
  
==== Maps  ====
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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://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' {{RecordSearch|1675397|Montana Marriages, 1889 - 1947}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60065 Montana Select Marriages 1889 - 1947] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — 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]
  
==== Military  ====
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==== Death ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Death Intro|Golden Valley}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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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://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1860 - 2007''' {{RecordSearch|1941331|Montana Death Index, 1860-2007}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1868 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5437 Montana, Death Index, 1868 - 2011] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — 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
  
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=59 Montana newspapers] including Billings newspapers that may include residents of Golden Valley County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Golden Valley}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Golden Valley}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Archives ===
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{{MT Archives Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MT Libraries Intro|Golden Valley}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== Museums ===
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{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Societies ==
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{{MT Societies Intro|Golden Valley}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{MT Websites Intro|Golden Valley}}
  
*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.kindredtrails.com/MT_Golden_Valley.html Kindred Trails Golden Valley County, Montana]
*{{FHL|Montana%2C+Golden+Valley|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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Latest revision as of 20:43, 27 June 2017

United States
Montana
Golden Valley County

Guide to Golden Valley 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: Ryegate
Organized: October 4, 1920
Parent County(s): Musselshell and Sweet Grass[1]
Neighboring Counties
Fergus  • Musselshell  • Stillwater  • Sweet Grass  • Wheatland  • Yellowstone
See County Maps
Courthouse
MontanaGoldenValleyCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Golden Valley County.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

Golden Valley was formed in 1920. The county seat is Ryegate.[2] Golden Valley County is located in the south central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Golden Valley County Courthouse
PO Box 10
Ryegate, MT 59074-0010
Phone: 406.568.2231
Golden Valley County Website

County Clerk Recorder has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land, probate, military, court and naturalization records from 1920[4]

Golden Valley County, Montana Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1920 1920 1920 1920 1920 1920 1860
*State birth and death records began in 1907.
Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.[6]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes


Populated Places

The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: [8]

Towns


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Golden Valley 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.  %±
1930 2,126
1940 1,607 −24.4%
1950 1,337 −16.8%
1960 1,203 −10.0%
1970 931 −22.6%
1980 1,026 10.2%
1990 912 −11.1%
2000 1,042 14.3%
2010 884 −15.2%
Source: [1]

Before Montana was a state in 1889, the western portion of Montana was included in the 1860 Washington Territory and the eastern was in the unorganized parts of 1860 Nebraska Territory. The 1870 and 1880 Federal Censuses included Montana Territory. No state censuses have been taken.[9] See links listed below.

Territory and State Censuses

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of Montana starting in 1890, although no records survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal Census indexes, see Montana Census.

Church Records

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Montana denominations, view the Montana Church Records wiki page.

Court Records

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 Golden Valley 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.

  • Dawn in Golden Valley : A County in Montana. c1982. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. At various libraries(WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers

Golden Valley County

Migration

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

Online Naturalization Records

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 Golden Valley 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, Golden Valley - 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/goldenvalley/ accessed 11/18/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Valley_County,_Montana accessed 11/18/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 416.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Golden Valley County, Montana. Page 416. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 406.
  6. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 439.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Golden Valley County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Valley_County,_Montana, accessed 6 December 2016.
  9. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 409. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.