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== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Lewis and Clark 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 2,  1865
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|county seat= Helena
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|parent county= Original county<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Broadwater County, Montana Genealogy|Broadwater]]
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|county2= [[Cascade County, Montana Genealogy|Cascade]]
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|county3= [[Flathead County, Montana Genealogy|Flathead]]
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|county4= [[Jefferson County, Montana Genealogy|Jefferson]]
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|county5= [[Meagher County, Montana Genealogy|Meagher]]
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|county6= [[Powell County, Montana Genealogy|Powell]]
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|county7= [[Teton County, Montana Genealogy|Teton]]</br><center>[[Lewis and Clark 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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Lewis and Clark County was founded in 1865. The County Seat is Helena.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/mon/lewisandclark/ accessed 11/18/2016</ref> The State is located in the central western area. The name was given in honor of explorers Lewis and Clark.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_County,_Montana accessed 11/18/2016</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MT Courthouse Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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Lewis and Clark County Courthouse<br>316 N Park Avenue<br>Helena, MT 59624<br>Phone: 406.447.8335<br>[http://www.co.lewis-clark.mt.us/ '''Lewis and Clark County Website''']<br><br>
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County Clerk has birth records from 1907, divorce records from 1895 and land records from 1865<br>
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Clerk 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. 416.</ref>
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=== Lewis and Clark 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" | '''[[Lewis and Clark County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lewis and Clark County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lewis and Clark County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lewis and Clark County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lewis and Clark County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lewis and Clark County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lewis and Clark County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1895*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1865*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1895*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1867</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1867</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1867</center>
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Lewis and Clark County, Montana#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Lewis and Clark County, Montana#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Lewis and Clark County, Montana#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''</center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
[http://www.co.lewis-clark.mt.us/ Lewis and Clark County]<br>316 N Park Avenue<br>Helena, MT 59624<br>Phone: 406.447.8335&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1907, divorce records<br>from 1895 and land records from 1865; Clerk District Court<br>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. 416.</ref>  
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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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 2 February 1865 as an original county<br>
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''County seat:'' Helena <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|Lewis and Clark}}
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The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Lewis and Clark County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_County,_Montana, accessed 7 December 2016.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena,_Montana Helena]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Helena,_Montana East Helena]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canyon_Creek,_Montana Canyon Creek]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig,_Montana Craig]</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysville,_Montana Marysville]
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* Silver City</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unionville,_Montana Unionville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_Creek,_Montana Wolf Creek]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusta,_Montana Augusta]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Valley_Northeast,_Montana Helena Valley Northeast]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Valley_Northwest,_Montana Helena Valley Northwest]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Valley_West_Central,_Montana Helena Valley West Central]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Valley_Southeast,_Montana Helena Valley Southeast]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_West_Side,_Montana Helena West Side]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln,_Montana Lincoln]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimini,_Montana Rimini]</div>
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==== Parent County  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{MT Resources Intro}}
  
'''1865--'''Lewis &amp; Clark County was created 2 February 1865&nbsp;as an original county.&nbsp;'''County seat: '''Helena <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline"> </span>
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MT Bible Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{MT Biographies Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MT Business Records Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Lewis and Clark 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=1618&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [https://web.archive.org/web/20151230104947/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtlewisa/cemetery.htm MTGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mt/lewisandclark/lewisandclark.htm MTGenWeb Archives]
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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>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|424761|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Lewis+and+Clark+Montana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
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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+Lewis+and+Clark%2C+Augusta&author_givenName=&author_surname= Augusta]  
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
| [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Lewis+and+Clark%2C+Helena&author_givenName=&author_surname= Helena]  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln,_Montana Lincoln]
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=28&CScnty=1618 Findagrave.com]
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysville,_Montana Marysville]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Montana&county=Lewis%20and%20Clark&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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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/Lewis_and_Clark_County%2C_Montana#Demographics]
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|1870 |5040
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|1880 |6521
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|1890 |19145
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|1900 |19171
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|1910 |21853
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|1920 |18660
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|1930 |18224
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|1940 |22131
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|1950 |24540
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|1960 |28006
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|1970 |33281
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|1980 |43039
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|1990 |47495
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|2000 |55716
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|2010 |63395
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{{MT Census Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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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|Lewis and Clark}}
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''LDS Ward and Branch Records
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:*Helena
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MT Court Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{MT Directories Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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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|Lewis and Clark}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{MT Genealogies Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
*[[Broadwater County, Montana|Broadwater]]
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=== Guardianship ===
*[[Cascade County, Montana|Cascade]]
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{{MT Guardianship Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
*[[Flathead County, Montana|Flathead]]
 
*[[Jefferson County, Montana|Jefferson]]
 
*[[Meagher County, Montana|Meagher]]
 
*[[Powell County, Montana|Powell]]
 
*[[Teton County, Montana|Teton]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MT Land Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*'''1869-1888''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1113894?availability=Family%20History%20Library Helena Town Site, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, deed records, 1869-1888]
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*'''1865-1940''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1112637?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, deed records&nbsp;; indexes, 1865-1940]
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*'''1865-1963''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1120600?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, mining deed records&nbsp;; indexes, 1865-1963]
  
==== Church  ====
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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
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{MT Histories Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
*Helena
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{{MT History Intro}}
  
==== Court  ====
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*''In the Shadows of the Rockies : A History of the Augusta Area.'' c 1978. By the Augusta Heritage Committee (Augusta, Montana). [Montana?] : Fairfield Times. {{WorldCat|40093987|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
  
==== Land  ====
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''Online County Histories''<br>
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*''Valleys of the Prickly Pear: (Helena, Lewis & Clark County, Montana).'' c1988. By Floy Synness Peterson. Helena, Montana : The Little Red Schoolhouse Inc. Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE3739741 FamilySearch Online Books]; {{WorldCat|866502840|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MT Maps Intro}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Mtlewisandclark.jpg|thumb|right|240px|<center>Lewis and Clark County</center>]]
  
 
*See an [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MT/Lewis_and_Clark_County interactive map] of Lewis and Clark County cemeteries and modern-day townships. (Histopolis)
 
*See an [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MT/Lewis_and_Clark_County interactive map] of Lewis and Clark County cemeteries and modern-day townships. (Histopolis)
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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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*'''1904 - 1918''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1115898?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, military records, 1904-1918]
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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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*'''1939 - 1946''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1112621?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, military discharge books, 1939-1946]
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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] — ($), index only<br>
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*'''1866-1929''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=M74Q-MM9%3A360534301%3Fcc%3D2091705 Montana Naturalization Records, 1856-1979] – Browseable images only; County records for Lewis and Clark County have various naturalization records from 1866-1929.
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*'''1870-1999''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61204 Montana, Federal Naturalization Records, 1870-1999] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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*'''1933-1993''' [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=9JKL-L2Q%3A1018434901%3Fcc%3D2173973 Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999] – Browseable images only; U.S. Circuit Court covering Lewis and Clark County containing various naturalization records from 1933-1993.
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MT Newspapers Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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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://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=59 {{nowrap|Butte and Helena newspapers}}]. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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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|Lewis+and+Clark}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MT Obituaries Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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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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''Public Records''<br>
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*''1882-1915'' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1122391?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, election register, 1882-1915]
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*''1897-1926'' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1111369?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, school census, 1897-1926]
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*''1882-1924'' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1122379?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, school census, 1882-1924]
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MT Periodicals Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{MT Probate Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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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 $
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*''1904-1962'' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1112722?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, wills and probate proceedings indexes 1904-1962]
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=== School Records ===
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{{MT Schools Intro}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MT Tax Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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*'''1868-1895''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1115896?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, tax list, 1868-1895]
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MT Vital Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Birth Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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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] ($) — index
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*'''1841 - 1830, 1841 - 2001''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1111297?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, death records, 1869-1950; birth records, 1841-1930; indexes, 1841-2001] Viewable
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==== Marriage ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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*'''1865 - 1859, 1865 - 1975''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/687378?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, marriage records, 1865-1959&nbsp;; Index, 1865 - 1975] Viewable
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*'''1865 - 1950''' {{RecordSearch|1609797|Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1865 - 1950''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60062 Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1866 - 1985''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/779799?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis &amp; Clark County, Montana, marriages, 1866 - 1985] indexes
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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] ($) — index
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*[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm list of counties included]
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==== Death ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Death Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
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*'''1840 - 2004''' {{RecordSearch|1930397|Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1840 - 2004''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60061 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — 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] ($) — index
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*'''1869 - 1950, 1841 - 1930, 1841-2001''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1111297?availability=Family%20History%20Library Lewis and Clark County, Montana, death records, 1869-1950; birth records, 1841-1930; indexes, 1841-2001] Viewable
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*'''pre 1954 - 2002''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmsgs/death_records.htm?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978&o_sch=Affiliate+External Montana State Death Registry Index Pre 1954 & 1954 - 2002] at Montana State Genealogical Society — index
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*'''1954 - 2011''' [http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/montana-death-records Montana Death Records] at findmypast ($) — index
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
==== Military  ====
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Archives ===
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{{MT Archives Intro}}
  
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized Montana newspapers including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=59 {{nowrap|Butte and Helena newspapers}}]. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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:*[[Helena Montana Family History Center]]
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MT Libraries Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Museums ===
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{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
For marriages from 1865-1887 see [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].  
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'''Upper Blackfoot Historical Soiecty'''<br>P.O. Box 922<br>Lincoln 59639-0922<br><br>
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Societies ==
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{{MT Societies Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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'''Lewis and Clark County Genealogical Society'''<br> P.O. Box 5313<br>120 South Last Chance Gulch<br>Helena, MT 59601<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtlcgs/ Website]<br>Meetings are held at The Library is located on the mezzanine of the Lewis and Clark Library<br> <br>
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Websites ==
*[[Helena Montana Family History Center]]
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{{MT Websites Intro|Lewis and Clark}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/montana/lewis-clark-county/ Genealogy Inc Lewis and Clark County, Montana]
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/mon/lewisandclark/history_countyoverview.html Genealogy Trails Lewis and Clark County, Montana]
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*[http://montanagenealogy.com/ Montana Genealogy]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtlewisa/ USGenWeb Lewis and Clark County, Montana project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205053|Montana|Lewis%20and%20Clark}}- 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
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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== Research Guides ==
*{{FHL|Montana%2C+Lewis+and+Clark|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{MT Research Guides Intro}}
*[http://montana-genealogy.com/Lewis-and-Clark-County-Genealogy.htm Lewis and Clark County Genealogy] (Montana Genealogy)
 
  
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Latest revision as of 23:31, 20 June 2017

United States
Montana
Lewis and Clark County

Guide to Lewis and Clark 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: Helena
Organized: February 2, 1865
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Broadwater  • Cascade  • Flathead  • Jefferson  • Meagher  • Powell  • Teton
See County Maps
Courthouse
MontanaLewisandClarkCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Lewis and Clark County.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

Lewis and Clark County was founded in 1865. The County Seat is Helena.[2] The State is located in the central western area. The name was given in honor of explorers Lewis and Clark.[3]

County Courthouse

Lewis and Clark County Courthouse
316 N Park Avenue
Helena, MT 59624
Phone: 406.447.8335
Lewis and Clark County Website

County Clerk has birth records from 1907, divorce records from 1895 and land records from 1865
Clerk District Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records [4]

Lewis and Clark County, Montana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1895*
1865*
1895*
1867
1867
1867
* 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 2 February 1865 as an original county
County seat: Helena [5]

Populated Places

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

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Lewis and Clark 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.  %±
1870 5,040
1880 6,521 29.4%
1890 19,145 193.6%
1900 19,171 0.1%
1910 21,853 14.0%
1920 18,660 −14.6%
1930 18,224 −2.3%
1940 22,131 21.4%
1950 24,540 10.9%
1960 28,006 14.1%
1970 33,281 18.8%
1980 43,039 29.3%
1990 47,495 10.4%
2000 55,716 17.3%
2010 63,395 13.8%
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.[7] 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Helena

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 Lewis and Clark 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.

  • In the Shadows of the Rockies : A History of the Augusta Area. c 1978. By the Augusta Heritage Committee (Augusta, Montana). [Montana?] : Fairfield Times. At various libraries(WorldCat).

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Lewis and Clark 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

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 Lewis and Clark County, Montana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

See also United States Obituaries for more about finding United States obituaries.

Other Records

Public 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, Lewis and Clark - 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

Upper Blackfoot Historical Soiecty
P.O. Box 922
Lincoln 59639-0922

Societies

Lewis and Clark County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 5313
120 South Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT 59601
Website
Meetings are held at The Library is located on the mezzanine of the Lewis and Clark Library

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/lewisandclark/ accessed 11/18/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Lewis and Clark County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_County,_Montana, accessed 7 December 2016.
  7. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 409. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.