Pondera County, Montana Genealogy
Guide to Pondera County Montana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Pondera County, Montana|
Location of Montana in the U.S.
|Founded||February 17, 1919|
|Address|| Pondera County Courthouse|
20 4th Ave SW
Conrad, MT 59425-2340
Pondera County Website
- 1 Historical Facts
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Biography
- 2.2 Cemeteries
- 2.3 Church Records
- 2.4 Court Records
- 2.5 Directories
- 2.6 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.7 Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups
- 2.8 Gazetteers
- 2.9 Genealogy
- 2.10 History
- 2.11 Land and Property
- 2.12 Maps
- 2.13 Migration
- 2.14 Military
- 2.15 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.16 Newspapers
- 2.17 Obituaries
- 2.18 Probate
- 2.19 Public Records
- 2.20 Repositories
- 2.21 Taxation
- 2.22 Vital Records
- 2.23 Websites
- 3 Places
- 4 References
|Beginning dates for major county records|
|* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries|
- Parent County: created 17 February 1919 from Chouteau and Teton
- County seat: Conrad 
- Neighboring Counties: Chouteau | Flathead | Glacier | Liberty | Teton | Toole
The Montana legislature created Pondera County in 1919 from Chouteau and Teton Counties with Conrad as the county seat. Local lore suggests that Pondera is either the phonetic spelling of the French word “Pend d’Oreille” meaning hanging earring or “pain d’or” meaning golden bread for the color of the native grasses in the area. Wheat production remains the main industry for the county.
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups
Land and Property
See an interactive map of Pondera County cemeteries and modern-day townships. (Histopolis)
There are many online sources out there for Military records because they provide invaluable detailed records for those that have served. accessgenealogy provides a jumping off place for information.
Naturalization and Citizenship
County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1919; Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records 
Family History Centers
A small portion of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation is located in Pondera County. The larger part of the Reservation is in Glacier County.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.