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Powell County, Montana Genealogy

Guide to Powell County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Deer Lodge
Organized: January 31, 1901
Parent County(s): Missoula and Deer Lodge[1]
Neighboring Counties
Deer Lodge  • Flathead  • Granite  • Jefferson  • Lewis and Clark  • Missoula
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

Powell County is a county located in the western central area of the state. [2]

County CourthouseEdit

Powell County Courthouse
409 Missouri Avenue
Deer Lodge, MT 59722-1084
Phone: 406.846.3680
Powell County Website

County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1907;
Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1901[3]

Powell County, Montana Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1901 1907 1901 1907 1901 1860
*State birth and death records began in 1907.
Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.[5]

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary ChangesEdit


Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Powell 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 RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 5,904
1920 6,909 17.0%
1930 6,202 −10.2%
1940 6,152 −0.8%
1950 6,301 2.4%
1960 7,002 11.1%
1970 6,660 −4.9%
1980 6,958 4.5%
1990 6,620 −4.9%
2000 7,180 8.5%
2010 7,027 −2.1%
Source: [1]

Before Montana was a state in 1889, the western portion of Montana was included in the 1860 Washington Territory and the eastern was in the unorganized parts of 1860 Nebraska Territory. The 1870 and 1880 Federal Censuses included Montana Territory. No state censuses have been taken.[8] See links listed below.

Territory and State CensusesEdit

Federal Census RecordsEdit

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of Montana starting in 1890, although no records survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal Census indexes, see Montana Census.

Church RecordsEdit

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.

Online Church Records
Lutheran Church

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Powell 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.

Online County Histories

Maps and GazetteersEdit

Flathead CountyTenon CountyLewis and Clark CountyJefferson CountyDeer Lodge CountyGranite CountyMissoula CountyMT POWELL.JPG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Online CollectionsEdit

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 CitizenshipEdit

Online Naturalization Records

NewspapersEdit

For more information, see Montana 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.


ObituariesEdit

See also United States Obituaries for more about finding United States obituaries.

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

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, Powell - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

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.

LibrariesEdit

William K. Kohrs Memorial Library
501 Missouri Avenue
Deer Lodge, MT 59722

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

Powell County Genealogical Society
652 Greenhouse Rd.
Deer Lodge 59722-8713
Website


WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powell_County,_Montana accessed 11/22/2016
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Powell County, Montana. Page 417. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 407.
  5. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 439.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Powell River County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powell_County%2C_Montana#Communities, accessed 1 Dec 2016.
  8. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 409. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.