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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Montana Genealogy|Montana]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Prairie County'''
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Prairie County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
[http://prairie.mt.gov/ Prairie County Courthouse]<br>217 W Park Street<br>Terry, MT 59349<br>Phone: 406.635.5575&nbsp;<br>  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  February 5,  1915
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|county seat= Terry
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|parent county= [[Custer County, Montana Genealogy|Custer ]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Custer County, Montana Genealogy|Custer]]
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|county2= [[Dawson County, Montana Genealogy|Dawson]]
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|county3= [[Fallon County, Montana Genealogy|Fallon]]
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|county4= [[Garfield County, Montana Genealogy|Garfield]]
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|county5= [[McCone County, Montana Genealogy|McCone]]
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|county6= [[Wibaux County, Montana Genealogy|Wibaux]]</br><center>[[Prairie 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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Prairie County was created in 1915. The name reflects the predominant landscape of the region. The county seat is Terry.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/mon/prairie/ accessed 11/22/2016</ref> Prairie County is located in the east central area of the state.
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<ref>http://https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prairie_County,_Montana accessed 11/22/2016</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MT Courthouse Intro|Prairie}}
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Prairie County Courthouse<br> 217 W Park Street<br>Terry, MT 59349<br>Phone: 406.635.5575<br>[http://prairie.mt.gov/ '''Prairie County Website''']<br><br>
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County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1915; <br>Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1915 <ref>The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.</ref>
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=== Prairie 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" | '''[[Prairie County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Prairie County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Prairie County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Prairie County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Prairie County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Prairie County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Prairie County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1915*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1915*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1915*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1915</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1915</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1915</center>
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Prairie County, Montana#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Prairie County, Montana#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Prairie 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.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Prairie}}
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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 5 February 1915 from [[Custer County, Montana Genealogy|Custer ]]<br>
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''County seat:'' Terry <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline" class="Apple-style-span"> </span>
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=== Populated Places ===
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The following are locations in the county.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Prairie County, Montana," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prairie_County%2C_Montana#Communities, accessed 1 Dec 2016.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry,_Montana Terry] (county seat)</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mildred,_Montana Mildred]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saugus,_Montana Saugus]</div>
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County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1915; <br>Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records<br>from 1915 <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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'''1915--'''Prairie County was created 5 February 1915&nbsp;from [[Custer County, Montana|Custer ]]County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Terry <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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== Resources ==
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{{MT Resources Intro}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MT Bible Intro|Prairie}}
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{MT Biographies Intro|Prairie}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MT Business Records Intro|Prairie}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Prairie}}
  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallon,_Montana Fallon]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Prairie County, Montana''' online and in print</center>
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saugus,_Montana Saugus]  
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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=1633&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Prairie+Montana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=28&CScnty=1633 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=Prairie&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prairie_County%2C_Montana#Demographics]
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|1920 |3684
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|1930 |3941
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|1940 |2410
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|1950 |2377
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|1960 |2318
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|1970 |1752
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|1980 |1836
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|1990 |1383
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|2000 |1199
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|2010 |1179
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{{MT Census Intro|Prairie}}
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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Federal Censuses were taken for Montana starting in 1870. For links to federal census indexes, see [[Montana Census]].
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=== Church Records ===
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{{MT Church Intro|Prairie}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MT Court Intro|Prairie}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{MT Directories Intro|Prairie}}
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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|Prairie}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{MT Genealogies Intro|Prairie}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{MT Guardianship Intro|Prairie}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MT Land Intro|Prairie}}
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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|Prairie}}
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{{MT History Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MT Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Mtprairie.jpg|thumb|right|240px|<center>Prairie County</center>]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/Montana/ Historical Maps and Atlases of Montana] - maps and atlases of Montana
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=== Migration ===
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{{MT Migration Intro}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{MT Military Intro}}
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to Montana. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Montana Military Records|Montana Military Records]].<br>
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''Civil War''<br>
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].— index
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*'''1890 - 1918''' [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll34/ Montana Military Enlistments] at Montana Memory Project
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''World War I''<br>
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*'''1917 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1968530|U.S. WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/mt/statewide/military/mtwwi.txt Soldiers of the Great War from the State of Montana] at USGenWeb.
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*[http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll36/ Military Enlistments Montana World War I] at Montana Memory Project
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''World War II''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/montana.html WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualties for Montana] - Index only<br>
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For further information see [[Montana Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{MT Naturalization Intro}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MT Newspapers Intro|Prairie}}
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'' Montana Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/montana GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/montana/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Montana newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Montana Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper.
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{{MT Newspaper abstracts|Prairie}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MT Obituaries Intro|Prairie}}
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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|Prairie}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{MT Probate Intro|Prairie}}
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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}}
  
*[[Custer County, Montana|Custer]]
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=== Tax Records ===
*[[Dawson County, Montana|Dawson]]
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{{MT Tax Intro|Prairie}}
*[[Fallon County, Montana|Fallon]]
 
*[[Garfield County, Montana|Garfield]]
 
*[[McCone County, Montana|McCone]]
 
*[[Wibaux County, Montana|Wibaux]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MT Vital Intro|Prairie}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Birth Intro|Prairie}}
  
==== Church  ====
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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
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Prairie}}
  
==== Land  ====
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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]
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Death ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Death Intro|Prairie}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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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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*'''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 -2 002] 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
  
==== Military  ====
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Prairie}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Prairie}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Archives ===
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{{MT Archives Intro}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MT Libraries Intro|Prairie}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Museums ===
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{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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== Societies ==
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{{MT Societies Intro|Prairie}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Websites ==
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{{MT Websites Intro|Prairie}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.rangeweb.net/~emmov/prairiecounty.htm USGenWeb Prairie County, Montana project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205083|Montana|Prairie}}- 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+Prairie|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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{{MT Research Guides Intro}}
  
== References ==
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== References ==
  
<references /> {{Montana|Montana}} {{Montana-stub}}
 
  
[[Category:Prairie_County,_Montana]]
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[[Category:Prairie County, Montana]][[Category:Montana_Counties]]

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United StatesGotoarrow.png Montana Gotoarrow.png Prairie County

Guide to Prairie 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: Terry
Organized: February 5, 1915
Parent County(s): Custer [1]
Neighboring Counties
Custer  • Dawson  • Fallon  • Garfield  • McCone  • Wibaux
See County Maps
Courthouse
MontanaPrairieCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Prairie County.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

Prairie County was created in 1915. The name reflects the predominant landscape of the region. The county seat is Terry.[2] Prairie County is located in the east central area of the state. [3]

County Courthouse

Prairie County Courthouse
217 W Park Street
Terry, MT 59349
Phone: 406.635.5575
Prairie County Website

County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1915;
Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1915 [4]

Prairie County, Montana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1915*
1915*
1915*
1915
1915
1915
* 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 5 February 1915 from Custer
County seat: Terry [5]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county.[6]

Towns
Unincorporated communites
  • Shirley
Census-designated places


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Prairie 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.  %±
1920 3,684
1930 3,941 7.0%
1940 2,410 −38.8%
1950 2,377 −1.4%
1960 2,318 −2.5%
1970 1,752 −24.4%
1980 1,836 4.8%
1990 1,383 −24.7%
2000 1,199 −13.3%
2010 1,179 −1.7%
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 Prairie County, Montana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Montana Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers

Prairie County

Migration

Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to Montana. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Montana Military Records.
Civil War

World War I

World War II

For further information see Montana Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

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 Prairie 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, Prairie - 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

  • USGenWeb Prairie County, Montana project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/mon/prairie/ accessed 11/22/2016
  3. http://https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prairie_County,_Montana accessed 11/22/2016
  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, "Prairie County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prairie_County%2C_Montana#Communities, accessed 1 Dec 2016.