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Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009
This article describes a collection of records at
Cascade, Montana, 
United States
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Location of Cascade County, Montana
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1880-2009
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Cascade County Clerk, Montana

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of county record collections from the following record custodians. History Museum in Great Falls:

  • Probate
  • Voter register
  • Naturalization and immigration records

Great Falls Genealogy Society:

  • Probate case files, # 535-3165, 1903-1926
  • Court orders for dependent children, 1903-1937
  • Old age applications
  • Naturalization records, pre 1945

County Clerk's Office:

  • Deeds from 1880-1941 and index to 1995.

This collection covers the years 1880 to 2009.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • The name of the child
  • Child's date of birth
  • Child's gender
  • Child's race
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' birth place
  • Parents' residence
  • Date of filing


  • Name of deceased
  • Age in years, months and days
  • Gender, race, marital status and residence of deceased
  • Birth date and place of birth
  • Date of death
  • Cause of death
  • Name of spouse, if married
  • Date and place of burial
  • Filing date of death record
  • Book and page number where recorded


  • Groom's name, age, race and residence
  • Groom's date of birth and place of birth
  • How many times previously married
  • Groom's parents' names, including maiden name of mother
  • Bride's name, age, race and residence
  • Bride's date of birth and place of birth
  • How many times previously married
  • Bride's parents' names, including maiden name of mother
  • Names of witnesses


  • Name, age and occupation of applicant
  • Physical description
  • Birth date and place of birth
  • Current residence
  • Last residence before immigration
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Spouse's birth date and place of birth
  • Spouse's last place of residence
  • Date and place of arrival in the U.S.
  • Court and date of filing

Court orders

  • Name of deceased
  • Name of executor
  • Court where will is filed
  • Date of filing
  • Conditions of the will
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of dependents or minor children
  • Name of other relatives
  • Names of neighbors and witnesses
  • Land descriptions
  • Inventory of property or estate


  • Names of citizens subject to military duty
  • If citizen is able-bodied
  • If citizen is between the ages of 18 and 45
  • If citizen is a civil military officer
  • If citizen is a civil officer of the state
  • If citizen is subject to military duty


  • Name and age of child
  • Names of parents or guardians
  • County, town and school district
  • Month of birth
  • Gender
  • Address

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Record Types of Records Years
Cemetery Calvary and Mt. Olivet cemeteries 1880s-1980s
Cemetery Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Association 1880s-1980s
Cemetery Indigent burials 1996-2009
Cemetery Old and New Highland cemetery 1880s-1980s
Cemetery Small cemeteries and miscellaneous burials 1880s-1980s
Census Cascade county card index 1910
Census Census card index 1910
Census Census Cascade county card index 1910
Census Census of Hill 1956
Census City of Great Falls Municipal census 1913
Census Official census of the City of Great Falls 1896-1913
County Court Court orders for dependent children 1916-1937
Elections Voter registration cards 1937-1960
Genealogy Card index to family undated
Genealogy Card index to pedigree charts 1500s-2000s
Land and property Deeds (Meagher County) 1880-1891
Land and property Deeds 1887-1940
Land and property Index of separate property of married women 1895-1914
Land and property Lot book 1887-1995
Land and property Quitclaim deeds 1887-1906
Land and property Separate property of married women and sole traders 1895-1914
Land and property Tax deed land sold under contract 1931-1936
Land and property Townsite deeds 1887-1901
Military Military roll of Cascade County 1896-1911
Naturalization Certificate of naturalization 1907-1925
Naturalization Citizenship petitions granted lists 1930-1961
Naturalization Citizenship 1890-1906
Naturalization Declaration of intention 1888-1941
Naturalization Index to citzenship/intentions 1888-1906
Naturalization Index to declaration of intention undated
Naturalization Index to declarations 1888-1906
Naturalization Index to intent/petitions/citizenship 1907-1965
Naturalization Naturalization record 1888-1889
Naturalization Naturalization record-citizenship 1898-1902
Naturalization Petition for naturalization 1907-1966
Naturalization Petition for naturalization, granting petitions 1962-1966
Naturalization Repatriations 1937-1955
Obituaries Index to Obituaries 1880-2002
Obituaries Obituaries 1917-1944
Pensions Index to old age pension applications 1923-1935
Pensions Old age pension applications 1923-1935
Probate Index estate & probate; abstract of wills 1903-1978
Probate Index to probate register 1890-1940
Probate Index to wills 1895-1930
Probate Probate case files 1903-1940
Probate Probate records 1886-1952
Probate Record of wills 1901-1930
Public Montana indentification card index 1958-1978
School School census records 1896-1955
School School census summaries 1907
Tax County poll tax index 1891-1898
Tax Tax lists Great Falls 1889-1895
Vital Birth Index 1893-1917
Vital Birth index, Delayed births; Great Falls birth register 1885-1917
Vital Certificates of Birth 1918-1920
Vital Declaration of marriage 1915-1964
Vital Great Falls Tribune vital records 1952-1999
Vital Index to births and deaths 1895-1907
Vital Index to births and deaths 1895-1907
Vital Index to births 1893-1933
Vital Marriage license record 1950-1967
Vital Marriage licenses 1964-1967
Vital Register of births and deaths 1895-1907
Vital Register of births 1893-1933
Voter District 1884-1910
Voter Precinct 1892-1934
Voter Precinct map, poll books 1907-1908
Voter Precincts undated
Voter School District 1894-1911
Voter School District Precinct 1903-1911
Voter School District Wards 1892-1910
Voter Ward 1912

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The age of your ancestor
  • The names of relatives
  • The type of event such as marriage or naturalization
  • The approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Record Category
  2. Select the Record Type, Volume, and Year Range to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age to calculate the birth date to find vital records such as birth, christening, marriage, and death
  • Use the probate date as a substitute for the death date
  • Use the name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery to find funeral and cemetery records
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records
  • Use the information to find the family in census records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Montana.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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