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  • Madison County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 15, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands [an original county].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1864
    County Seat:  Virginia City, Montana

    County history - Madison County is named in honor of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the Secretary of State at the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

    Madison Courthouse
    GHLL Madison 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 - Madison County, MT Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/MTGenWeb site - Madison County Archives
    7. US/MTGenWeb - Madison County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Madison County Clerk & Recorder, 110 West Wallace Street, P.O. Box 366, Virginia City, MT 59755.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Beaverhead County (southwest & west), Silver Bow County
             (northwest), Jefferson County (north), Gallatin County (east), Fremont
                County, Idaho
    (south).

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  • Meagher County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 14, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Chouteau and Gallatin Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1867
    County Seat:  White Sulfur Springs, Montana

    County history - Meagher County is named in honor of Thomas Francis Meagher, an acting Governor of the Montana Territory.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Meagher County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Meagher County Vital Records - Meagher County Clerk & Recorder, P.O. Box 309, White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645.
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Northwest Montana Historical Society Museum (Kalispell, MT)

      Census Information:
    10. 1880 Census (T) - Federal census, ED 21- 23


  • Missoula County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  May 14, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Native American territorial lands, [an original county].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1865
    County Seat:  Missoula, Montana

    County history - Missoula County is supposedly named using a contraction of the Flathead Indian word, "im-i-sul-e-etiku", meaning by or near the place of fear or ambush, a reference to Hell Gate Canyon, in which Flathead Native Americans were sometimes attacked by Blackfeet Native Americans.

    Missoula Courthouse
    GHLL Missoula County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. American History & Genealogy Project - Missoula County AHGP
    3. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    4. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    5. Genealogy Forum - Missoula County, MT Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Museum at Fort Missoula / Missoula, MT)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Western Montana Genealogical Society / Missoula, MT)
    8. US/MTGenWeb site - Missoula County Archives
    9. US/MTGenWeb - Missoula County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - Missoula County Clerk & Recorder, Courthouse, Missoula, MT 59802-4292.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Clearwater County, Idaho (southwest), Flathead County (northeast), Granite
             County (southeast), Idaho County, Idaho (southwest), Lake County (north),
             Mineral County (west), Powell County (east), Ravalli County (south), Sanders
                County
    (northwest).

        Missoula County - 1910 Yearbook University of Montana (Missoula)
        Missoula County - Migrations by Surname

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    Census Information:
        1920 Census (T) - Federal Census Missoula County, Montana (ED148: Missoula Township - 3 files)


  • Musselshell County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 7, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Fergus, Meagher and Yellowstone Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1911
    County Seat:  Roundup, Montana

    County history - Musselshell County is named for the Musselshell River, which was named in turn by the Lewis and Clark Expedition, presumably due to mussels found on its banks.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Musselshell County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Musselshell County Vital Records - Musselshell County Clerk & Recorder, 506 Main Street, Roundup, MT 59072-2498.


  • Park County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  May 11, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Gallatin County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1887
    County Seat:  Livingston, Montana

    County history - Park County is so named because a small part of Yellowstone National Park is located in the extreme southern part of the county, thus, the name. Park Counties in Montana and Wyoming are among the very few pairs of counties in the United States with the same name to border each other across state lines.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Park County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Park County Vital Records - Park County Clerk & Recorder, P.O. Box 1037, Livingston, MT, 59047-2746.


  • Petroleum County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  May 2, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Fergus County, 1925.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1926
    County Seat:  Winnett, Montana

    County history - Petroleum County derives it's name from the product of the Cat Creek oil fields.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Petroleum County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Petroleum County Vital Records - County Clerk & Recorder, 201 East Main, P.O. Box 226, Winnett, MT 59087.


  • Phillips County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 12, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Blaine and Valley Counties, 1915.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1916
    County Seat:  Malta, Montana

    County history - Phillips County is named in honor of B.D. Phillips, a leading sheepman, rancher, state senator and pioneer in the county.

    Phillips Courthouse
    1. Phillips County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Phillips County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Phillips County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Phillips County Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 334
          Malta, MT 59538

         Phillips County Historical Society
         P.O. Box 913
         133 South 1st. West
         Malta, MT 59538

    4. Phillips County - US/MTGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Phillips County - US/MTGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Phillips County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Phillips County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Phillips County Vital Records - Phillips County Clerk & Recorder, 314 Second Avenue West, P.O. Box 306, Malta, MT 59538.


  • Pondera County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 12, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Chouteau and Teton Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1919
    County Seat:  Conrad, Montana

    County history - Pondera County's origional name was Pend d'oreille, French words meaning "ear pendant"; the name was changed to a form resembling the phonetic spelling to avoid confusion with the lake and town of that name in Idaho.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pondera County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pondera County Vital Records - Pondera County Clerk & Recorder, 20 4th Avenue, SW, Conrad, MT 59425-2340.


  • Powell County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  May 11, 2009/font>
  • Formed from:  portions of Missoula and Deer Lodge Counties, 02-Feb-1865.
    Established:  31-Jan-1901
    County Seat:  Silver Bow (until 10-Dec-1867) then Deer Lodge

    County history - Powell County is named in honor of John Wesley Powell, explorer of the Grand Canyon.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Petroleum County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Powell County Vital Records - County Clerk & Recorder, 409 Missouri, Deer Lodge, MT 59722-1084.


  • Prairie County, Montana —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 12, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Dawson and Fallon Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1915
    County Seat:  Terry, Montana

    County history - Prairie County is named due to its location on the Great Plains.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Prairie County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Prairie County Vital Records - Prairie County Clerk & Recorder, P.O. Box 125, Deer Lodge, MT 59722-1084.


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