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  • Flathead County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 14, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Missoula County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1893
    County Seat:  Kalispell, Montana

    County history - Flathead County is named in honor of The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation are the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai and Pend d'Oreilles Tribes. The Flatheads lived between the Cascade Mountains and Rocky Mountains. The Salish (Flatheads) initially lived entirely east of the Continental Divide but established their headquarters near the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains.
          They were called the Flathead Indians by the first white men who came to the Genesse River. The name is often said to derive from the flat head produced by binding infants' skulls with boards. However, this is mistaken folk etymology, as the tribes never practiced head flattening. In fact, the Salish were called "flat head" precisely because the tops of their heads were not distorted, as were those of neighboring tribespeople who practiced vertical head-binding. The sign language used by neighboring tribes to distinguish the Flatheads consisted of "pressing each side of the head" with the hands. The Flatheads call themselves Salish meaning, The People.




    Flathead Courthouse
    GHLL Flathead County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Flathead County, MT Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Northwest Montana Historical Society & Museum / Kalispell, MT)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Stumptown Historical Society & Museum / Whitefish, MT)
    7. US/MTGenWeb site - Flathead County Archives
    8. US/MTGenWeb - Flathead County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Flathead County Clerk and Recorder, 800 South Main St., Kalispell, MT 59901.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Regional District of East Kootenay, British Columbia (north), Glacier County
             (east), Pondera County (east), Teton County (east), Lewis and Clark County
             (southeast), Powell County (southeast), Missoula County (southeast), Lake
                County
    (south), Sanders County (southwest), Lincoln County (west).

        Kalispell High School Yearbook - Flathead County (1930)

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    Census Information:
        1900 Census (I) - Federal Census Flathead County, Montana, ED-32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 214


  • Gallatin County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 9, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands. [One of the original 9 counties], 1864.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1865
    County Seat:  Bozeman, Montana

    County history - Gallatin County derives its name from the Gallatin River, one of the forks of the Missouri River that rises in Yellowstone Park, the three rivers, Gallatin, Jefferson and Madison, being named by Lewis and Clark, famous explorers, on their expedition to this part of the world in 1805. The Gallatin River was named for Albert Gallatin, at that time secretary of the United States Treasury under President Thomas Jefferson. Albert Gallatin was a native of Switzerland. He was graduated from the Academy of Geneva in 1778, and came the following year to the United States, where he became a great American statesman and one of the foremost financiers of the country.



    Gallatin Courthouse
    1. Gallatin County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Gallatin County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Gallatin County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Gallatin Historical Society (Bozeman, MT)
    4. Gallatin County - US/MTGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Gallatin County - US/MTGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Gallatin County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Gallatin County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Gallatin County Vital Records - Gallatin County Clerk & Recorder, 311 West Main St. #204, Bozeman, MT 59715-4576.

      Census Information:
    9. 1870 Census (T) - Federal Census Gallatin County, Montana Territory (Surname Index, Transcriber's Notes, 4 text pages).


  • Glacier County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 12, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Teton County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1919
    County Seat:  Cut Bank, Montana

    County history - Glacier County is named for Glacier National Park, which borders the county.

    Glacier Courthouse
    1. Glacier County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Glacier County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Glacier County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Glacier County Historical Society & Museum (Cut Bank, MT)
    4. Glacier County - US/MTGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Glacier County - US/MTGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Glacier County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Glacier County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Glacier County Vital Records - Glacier County Clerk & Recorder, 512 Main Street, Cut Bank, MT 59427-3016.



  • Golden Valley County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 12, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Musselshell and Sweet Grass Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1920
    County Seat:  Ryegate, Montana

    County history - Golden Valley County derives its name due to the great expectations of this area as a grain-growing (wheat, oats, barley and rye) agricultural region.

    Golden Valley Courthouse
    1. Golden Valley County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Golden Valley County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Golden Valley County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Golden Valley County - US/MTGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Golden Valley County - US/MTGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Golden Valley County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Golden Valley County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Golden Valley County Vital Records - Golden Valley County Clerk & Recorder, 107 Kemp, P.O. Box 10, Ryegate, MT 59074.


  • Hill County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 10, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Chouteau County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1912
    County Seat:  Havre, Montana

    County history - Hill County is named in honor of James J. Hill, a leading railroad tycoon.

    Hill Courthouse
    1. Hill County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Hill County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Hill County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Hill County - US/MTGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Hill County - US/MTGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Hill County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Hill County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Hill County Vital Records - Hill County Clerk & Recorder, 315 4th Street, Havre, MT 59501-3999.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Fort Assiniboine Genealogical Society (Havre, MT)


  • Lake County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 6, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Flathead and Missoula Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1923
    County Seat:  Polson, Montana

    County history - Lake County derives it's name from Flathead Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in the western United States. Once known as "Salish Lake", this body of water takes its name from the Salish (Flathead) Indians who live at the southern end of the lake on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Kerr Dam, near Polson, regulates the lake's water level and provides hydroelectric power and water for irrigation.

    Lake Courthouse
    GHLL Lake County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Lake County, MT Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Polson Flathead Historical Museum / Polson, MT)
    6. US/MTGenWeb site - Lake County Archives
    7. US/MTGenWeb - Lake County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Lake County Clerk & Recorder, 106 4th Avenue East, Polson, MT 59860-2125.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Flathead County (north & east), Missoula County (east and south), Sanders
                County
    (west).

        Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes - Flathead Indian Reservation Tribes
        Lake County - County events timeline.
        Lake County - Lake County Montana Court Directory

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  • Lewis and Clark County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  May 4, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Northwest Territory lands [one of 9 original Counties].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1865
    County Seat:  Helena, Montana

    County history - Lewis and Clark County was formed in 1865 as Edgerton County and then renamed Lewis and Clark County (honoring the explorers of the same name) two years later.

    Lewis and Clark Courthouse
    Capitol history - Helena replaced Virginia City as the territorial capital in 1879, but it was not until 1902 that a capitol building was erected based on a design by Kent and Bell of Iowa. In 1910 the legislature approved an addition that was finally completed in 1912 and finally, in 1995-2000, a major restoration was accomplished. In 2006, a Century old mystery to name the sculpture capping the capitol dome put at rest. Positively identified as the work of Edward J. Van Landeghem of Philidelphia, PA. He had titled it Montana. Prior to this time, people had referred to it as Lady (or the Goddess of) Liberty.
    — courtesy Cupolas of Capitalism.


    Montana State Capitol

    GHLL Lewis and Clark County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Lewis and Clark County, MT Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lewis and Clark Genealogical Society (Helena, MT)
    6. US/MTGenWeb site - Lewis and Clark County Archives
    7. US/MTGenWeb - Lewis and Clark County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Lewis And Clark Clerk & Recorder, 316 North Park, P.O. Box 1721, Helena, MT 59624.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Teton County (north), Cascade County (east), Meagher County (east),
             Broadwater County (southeast), Jefferson County (south), Powell County
             (west), Flathead County (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1870 Census (I) and (T) - Index, 5pgs, Text, 14 pgs.


  • Liberty County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 11, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Chouteau and Hill Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1920
    County Seat:  Chester, Montana

    County history - Liberty County is named, mirroring the sentiment of the inhabitants when the county was formed, soon after World War I.

    Liberty Courthouse
    1. Liberty County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Liberty County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Liberty County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Liberty County - US/MTGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Liberty County - US/MTGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Liberty County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Liberty County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Liberty County Vital Records - Liberty County Clerk, address, address, address.
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Broken Mountain Genealogical Society (Chester)


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