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Guide to '''Madison 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=  February 2,  1865
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|county seat= Virginia City
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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= [[Beaverhead County, Montana Genealogy|Beaverhead]]
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|county2= [[Fremont County, Idaho Genealogy|Fremont (ID)]]
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|county3= [[Gallatin County, Montana Genealogy|Gallatin]]
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|county4= [[Jefferson County, Montana Genealogy|Jefferson]]
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|county5= [[Silver Bow County, Montana Genealogy|Silver Bow]]</br><center>[[Madison 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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The Madison County was founded in 1864. County Seat is Virginia City. <ref>http://genealogytrails.com/mon/madison/ accessed 11/18/2016</ref> It is located in the southwestern area of the state. Madison County was named for James Madison.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison_County,_Montana accessed 11/18/2016</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MT Courthouse Intro|Madison}}
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Madison County Courthouse<br> 110 W Wallace Street<br>Virginia City, MT 59755<br>Phone: 406.843.4270<br>[http://madison.mt.gov/ '''Madison County Website''']<br><br>
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County Clerk and Recorder has birth and death records from 1909 and land records from 1864;<br>Clerk Court has marriage records from 1887, divorce, probate and court from 1865<ref>The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.</ref>
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=== Madison 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" | '''[[Madison County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Madison County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Madison County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Madison County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Madison County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Madison County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Madison County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1903*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1864*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1903*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1865</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1865</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1865</center>
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Madison County, Montana#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Madison County, Montana#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Madison 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://madison.mt.gov/ Madison County Courthouse]<br>110 W Wallace Street<br>Virginia City, MT 59755<br>Phone: 406.843.4270&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk and Recorder has birth and death records<br>from 1909 and&nbsp;land records from 1864; Clerk Court<br>has marriage records from 1887, divorce, probate and <br>court from 1865<ref name="HB">The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.</ref>  
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Madison}}
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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:'' Virginia City <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|Madison}}
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The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Madison County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison_County,_Montana, accessed 5 December 2016.</ref>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ennis,_Montana Ennis]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheridan,_Montana Sheridan]</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Bridges,_Montana Twin Bridges]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_City,_Montana Virginia City] (county seat)</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameron,_Montana Cameron]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nevada_City,_Montana Nevada City]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norris,_Montana Norris]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pony,_Montana Pony]</div>
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* Ruby</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alder,_Montana Alder]</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Sky,_Montana Big Sky]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harrison,_Montana Harrison]</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_City,_Montana Union City]</div>
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==== Parent County  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{MT Resources Intro}}
  
'''1865--'''Madison County was created 2 February 1865&nbsp;as an original county. '''County seat:''' Virginia City <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|Madison}}
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{MT Biographies Intro|Madison}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1048706?availability=Family%20History%20Library Progressive years; Madison County, volume 2, 1920-1950] Includes indexes. Consists mainly of family histories.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MT Business Records Intro|Madison}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Madison}}
  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Madison County, Montana''' online and in print</center>
 
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alder,_Montana Alder]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Madison%2C+Harrison&author_givenName=&author_surname= Harrison]  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheridan,_Montana Sheridan]  
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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=1622&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/MadisonMT/madcem.html MTGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mt/madison/madison.htm MTGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/montana/madison.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/mt/madison.htm Montana Interment]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Sky,_Montana Big Sky]
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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>
| [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Madison%2C+Norris&author_givenName=&author_surname= Norris]
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Bridges,_Montana Twin Bridges]  
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* {{FHL|374830|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Madison+Montana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameron,_Montana Cameron]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pony,_Montana Pony]  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_City,_Montana Union City]  
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=28&CScnty=1622 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=Madison&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ennis,_Montana Ennis]
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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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| [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Madison%2C+Virginia+City&author_givenName=&author_surname= Virginia City]  
 
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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/Madison_County%2C_Montana#Demographics]
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|1870 |2684
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|1880 |3915
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|1890 |4692
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|1900 |7695
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|1910 |7229
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|1920 |7495
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|1930 |6323
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|1940 |7294
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|1950 |5998
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|1960 |5211
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|1970 |5014
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|1980 |5448
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|1990 |5989
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|2000 |6851
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|2010 |7691
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{{MT Census Intro|Madison}}
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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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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2086646?availability=Family%20History%20Library 1870 Madison County, Montana&nbsp;: census index]
  
*[[Beaverhead County, Montana|Beaverhead]]
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=== Church Records ===
*[[Fremont County, Idaho|Fremont County Idaho]]
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{{MT Church Intro|Madison}}
*[[Gallatin County, Montana|Gallatin]]
 
*[[Jefferson County, Montana|Jefferson]]
 
*[[Silver Bow County, Montana|Silver Bow]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MT Court Intro|Madison}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{MT Directories Intro|Madison}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{MT Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{MT Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{MT Funeral Homes Intro|Madison}}
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{MT Genealogies Intro|Madison}}
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{MT Guardianship Intro|Madison}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MT Land Intro|Madison}}
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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|Madison}}
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{{MT History Intro}}
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*''Golden Gulch, The Story of Montana's Fabulous Alder Gulch : Being a True, Quite Partial and Somewhat Humorous History of Alder Gulch, Montana, the state's richest placer mining district and the cradle of Montana history.'' c1991. By Dick Pace. Virginia City, Montana : Bovey Restorations. {{WorldCat|895179551|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''Pioneer Trails and Trials: Madison County 1863-1920.'' c1983. By Madison County History Association. [Sheridan, Montana] : Madison County History Association (Montana). {{WorldCat|866142333|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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''Online County Histories''<br>
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*''All Should Be Remembered: Dedicated to Graves Wherever They May Be.'' c2005-2016. By Susan Slater Ren. Ennis, Montana : S.S. Ren. Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE4564086 FamilySearch Books Online, Book 1], [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE69394 FamilySearch Books Online, Book 2], [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE63362 FamilySearch Books Online, Book 3], [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE206784 FamilySearch Books Online, Book 4], [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE935053 FamilySearch Books Online, Book 5], [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE4754797 FamilySearch Books Online, Book 6], [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE9621766 FamilySearch Books Online, Book 7]; {{WorldCat|866647138|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''Golden Gulch: The Story of Montana's Fabulous Alder Gulch.'' c1970. By Dick Pace. Virginia City, Montana : D. Pace. Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE8439402 FamilySearch Books Online]; {{WorldCat|866704820|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''Golden Gulch: The Story of Montana's Fabulous Alder Gulch.'' c1962. By Dick Pace. [Montana?] : D. Pace. Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE1097379 FamilySearch Books Online], {{WorldCat|866518129|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''Pioneer Trails and Trials : Madison County, 1863-1920.'' c1976. By Madison County History Association. Great Falls, Montana : Blue Print and Letter Company. Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE3449504 FamilySearch Books Online], [http://cdm15018.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15018coll43/id/26265 Montana Memory Project]; {{WorldCat|866860072|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''Progressive Years; Madison County, Volume 2, 1920-1950.'' c1983. By Madison County History Association. Butte, Montana : Artcraft Printers. Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE10462117 FamilySearch Books Online]; {{WorldCat|866049458|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MT Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Mtmadison.jpg|thumb|right|240px|<center>Madison County</center>]]
  
 
*See an [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MT/Madison_County interactive map] of Madison County cemeteries and modern-day townships. (Histopolis)
 
*See an [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MT/Madison_County interactive map] of Madison 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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*'''1863-1920''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2060140?availability=Logan%20Utah%20FamilySearch%20Library Pioneer trails and trials&nbsp;: Madison County, 1863-1920]
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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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Records]] and [[Montana Military Records|Montana Military Records]].<br>
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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://ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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*'''1868-1999''' - {{RecordSearch|2173973|Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Browseable images only<br>
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*'''1870-1929''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=M743-1TL%3A360533801%3Fcc%3D2091705 Montana Naturalization Records, 1856-1979] – Browseable images only; County records for Madison County have various naturalization records from 1870-1929.
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*'''1870-1999''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61204 Montana, Federal Naturalization Records, 1870-1999] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MT Newspapers Intro|Madison}}
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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}}] that may include residents of Madison County. 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|Madison}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MT Obituaries Intro|Madison}}
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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|Madison}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{MT Probate Intro|Madison}}
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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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=== School Records ===
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{{MT Schools Intro}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MT Tax Intro|Madison}}
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*'''1871, 1880''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1115894?availability=Family%20History%20Library Madison County, Montana, tax list, 1871, 1880]
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MT Vital Intro|Madison}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Birth Intro|Madison}}
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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] ($) — index
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*'''1864 - 1970''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/298363?availability=Family%20History%20Library Register of births recorded in Madison County courthouse, Virginia City, Montana, 1864 thru 1907] Arranged alphabetically by name within each year.
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==== Marriage ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Madison}}
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*'''1864 - 1886''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/140005?availability=Family%20History%20Library Marriage certificates (Madison County, Montana) 1864 - 1886] A typed list, by year, of marriages, giving names of bride and groom, marriage date, and date filed.
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*'''1864 - 1887''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/284042?availability=Family%20History%20Library Register of marriages recorded in Madison County courthouse, Virginia City, Montana, 1864 thru 1887] Arranged by year and groom's surname. Includes only a partial listing for 1887.
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*'''1865 - 1950''' {{RecordSearch|1609797|Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1865 - 1950''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60062 Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' {{RecordSearch|1675397|Montana Marriages, 1889 - 1947}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60065 Montana Select Marriages 1889 - 1947] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm list of counties included]
  
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==== Death ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Death Intro|Madison}}
  
==== 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://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1860 - 2007''' {{RecordSearch|1941331|Montana Death Index, 1860 - 2007}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1868 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5437 Montana, Death Index, 1868 - 2011] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1977 - 1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/298402?availability=Family%20History%20Library Register of deaths recorded in Madison County courthouse, Virginia City, Montana, 1977 thru 1981] Arranged alphabetically by name within each year.
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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 Montana newspapers including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=59 {{nowrap|Butte and Helena newspapers}}] that may include residents of Madison County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Madison}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Madison}}
  
==== 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}}
  
For marriages from 1864-1887 see [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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:*[[Ennis Montana Family History Center]]
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:*[[Sheridan Montana Family History Center]]
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MT Libraries Intro|Madison}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Museums ===
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{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Societies ==
*[[Ennis Montana Family History Center]]
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{{MT Societies Intro|Madison}}
*[[Sheridan Montana Family History Center]]
 
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{MT Websites Intro|Madison}}
  
*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_Madison.html Kindred Trails Madison County, Montana]
*{{FHL|Montana%2C+Madison|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/montana/madison-county/ Genealogy Inc Madison County, Montana]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MT/Madison-County.htm Madison County Montana Genealogy]
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/MadisonMT/ USGenWeb Madison County, Montana project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205058|Montana|Madison}}- 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
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{MT Research Guides Intro}}
  
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Latest revision as of 22:26, 8 May 2017

United States
Montana
Madison County

Guide to Madison 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: Virginia City
Organized: February 2, 1865
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Beaverhead  • Fremont (ID)  • Gallatin  • Jefferson  • Silver Bow
See County Maps
Courthouse
Madison County Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Madison County.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

The Madison County was founded in 1864. County Seat is Virginia City. [2] It is located in the southwestern area of the state. Madison County was named for James Madison.[3]

County Courthouse

Madison County Courthouse
110 W Wallace Street
Virginia City, MT 59755
Phone: 406.843.4270
Madison County Website

County Clerk and Recorder has birth and death records from 1909 and land records from 1864;
Clerk Court has marriage records from 1887, divorce, probate and court from 1865[4]

Madison County, Montana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903*
1864*
1903*
1865
1865
1865
* 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: Virginia City [5]

Populated Places

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

Towns
Unincorporated communites
  • Ruby
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Madison 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 2,684
1880 3,915 45.9%
1890 4,692 19.8%
1900 7,695 64.0%
1910 7,229 −6.1%
1920 7,495 3.7%
1930 6,323 −15.6%
1940 7,294 15.4%
1950 5,998 −17.8%
1960 5,211 −13.1%
1970 5,014 −3.8%
1980 5,448 8.7%
1990 5,989 9.9%
2000 6,851 14.4%
2010 7,691 12.3%
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.

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 Madison 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.

  • Golden Gulch, The Story of Montana's Fabulous Alder Gulch : Being a True, Quite Partial and Somewhat Humorous History of Alder Gulch, Montana, the state's richest placer mining district and the cradle of Montana history. c1991. By Dick Pace. Virginia City, Montana : Bovey Restorations. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Pioneer Trails and Trials: Madison County 1863-1920. c1983. By Madison County History Association. [Sheridan, Montana] : Madison County History Association (Montana). At various libraries(WorldCat).

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Madison 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.

Records]] and 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 Madison 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, Madison - 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/madison/ accessed 11/18/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison_County,_Montana accessed 11/18/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Madison County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison_County,_Montana, accessed 5 December 2016.