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


County Facts
County seat: Choteau
Organized: February 7, 1893
Parent County(s): Chouteau [1]
Neighboring Counties
Cascade  • Chouteau  • Flathead  • Lewis and Clark  • Pondera
See County Maps
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Teton County.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Teton County is located on the Rocky Mountain Front. The County Seat is Choteau.[2] The county was founded in 1893.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Teton County Courthouse
915 4th St NW
PO Box 610
Choteau, MT 59422
Phone: 406.466.2693
Teton County Website

County Clerk has birth, death and burial records from 1899 and land records;
Clerk District Court has marriage, divorce probate and court records [4]

Teton County, Montana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Parent County: created 7 February 1893 from Chouteau
County Seat: Choteau [5]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are locations in the county.[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Teton 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[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 5,080
1910 9,546 87.9%
1920 5,870 −38.5%
1930 6,068 3.4%
1940 6,922 14.1%
1950 7,232 4.5%
1960 7,295 0.9%
1970 6,116 −16.2%
1980 6,491 6.1%
1990 6,271 −3.4%
2000 6,445 2.8%
2010 6,073 −5.8%
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.[7] See links listed below.

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for Montana starting in 1870. For links to federal census indexes, see Montana Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Teton 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[edit | edit source]

Teton County

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

For further information see Montana Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see Montana Newspapers.

Template:MT Newspaper abstracts

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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, Teton - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Template:MT Vital Records - Birth Intro

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Template:MT Vital Records - Marriage Intro

Death[edit | edit source]

Template:MT Vital Records - Death Intro

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Template:MT Vital Records - Divorce Intro

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. accessed 11/22/2016
  3.,_Montana accessed 11/22/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 418.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Toole County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 2 Dec 2016.
  7. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 409. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.