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== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Cascade County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
On September 12, 1887, "An Act Creating Cascade County, its Boundaries, provisions for its organization and the officers to fill the various positions until the first election," was passed by the Territorial Legislative Assembly. Cascade County had been formed from parts of Meagher, Choteau and Lewis and Clarke* Counties. Great Falls was designated as the County Seat until otherwise determined by law. Included in the Act were portions of debts incurred by the original counties that would be paid by Cascade County,money transfers from county treasurers to be paid to the Cascade County Treasurer for the support of schools in the new county, provisions for the election of county officials, and the powers and duties of the officials. <ref>Information from http://www.co.cascade.mt.us/?p=aboutus</ref><br>*As was spelled in the 1887 Montana Code Book. <br>
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  September 12, 1887
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|county seat= Great Falls
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|parent county= [[Chouteau County, Montana Genealogy|Chouteau]], [[Meagher County, Montana Genealogy|Meagher]], and [[Lewis and Clark County, Montana Genealogy|Lewis and Clark]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Chouteau County, Montana Genealogy|Chouteau]]
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|county2= [[Judith Basin County, Montana Genealogy|Judith Basin]]
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|county3= [[Lewis and Clark County, Montana Genealogy|Lewis and Clark]]
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|county4= [[Meagher County, Montana Genealogy|Meagher]]
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|county5= [[Teton County, Montana Genealogy|Teton]]</br><center>[[Cascade County, Montana Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
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=== Description ===
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Cascade County's is located in the west central area of the state. The county was named for the falls on the Missouri River.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascade_County,_Montana accessed 11/15/2016</ref>
  
*[http://www.co.cascade.mt.us/?p=aboutus Cascade County Montana Courthouse link]
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MT Courthouse Intro|Cascade}}
  
== History  ==
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'''Cascade County Courthouse'''<br> 425 2nd Ave N<br>Great Falls, MT 59401<br>Phone: 406–454–6800<br>[http://www.cascadecountymt.gov/index.php Cascade County Website]<br>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== Cascade County, Montana Record Dates  ===
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{{MT Records Intro}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cascade County, Montana. Page 415 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 106.</ref></center>
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cascade County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cascade County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cascade County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cascade County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cascade County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cascade County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="12.4%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cascade County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |1897*
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |1888*
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |1897*
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |1887
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |1897
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |1887
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| width="12.4%" align="center" |1860
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| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1907. <br>Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 439.</ref></center>
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'''1887--'''Cascade County was created 12 September 1887&nbsp;from [[Chouteau County, Montana|Chouteau]], [[Meagher County, Montana|Meagher]], and [[Lewis and Clark County, Montana|Lewis and Clark]] Counties.<br>'''County seat: '''Great Falls <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Cascade}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Cascade County was created 12 September 1887 from [[Chouteau County, Montana Genealogy|Chouteau]], [[Meagher County, Montana Genealogy|Meagher]], and [[Lewis and Clark County, Montana Genealogy|Lewis and Clark]] Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:'''Great Falls <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MT_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Montana Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]</td></tr></table><br>
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{MT Populated Places Intro|Cascade}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://montana.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,013,c,cascade.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Cascade County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascade_County,_Montana, accessed 5 December 2016.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Falls,_Montana Great Falls]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armington,_Montana Armington]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belt,_Montana Belt]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascade,_Montana Cascade]
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* Centerville</div>
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* Hardy
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch,_Montana Monarch]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neihart,_Montana Neihart]</div>
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* Portage
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockett,_Montana Stockett]
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* Tracy</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Eagle,_Montana Black Eagle]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Shaw,_Montana Fort Shaw]</div>
  
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_Coulee,_Montana Sand Coulee]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simms,_Montana Simms]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_River,_Montana Sun River]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaughn,_Montana Vaughn]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulm,_Montana Ulm]</div>
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Some small towns have vanished. Montana is a newer State so land offices have a record of the populated or once populated towns. Many people homesteaded farms and did not live in towns records. Homestead records are part of the BLM or Bureau of Land Management and may not listed by county but by plot numbers. The County courthouse land records have several types of records, one type is plot.
  
'''[https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Cascade%2C+Great+Falls&author_givenName=&author_surname= Great Falls]'''is the largest city in Cascade County and the County Seat.&nbsp; There are a&nbsp;number of&nbsp;small towns left in Cascade County: '''[https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Cascade%2C+Armington&author_givenName=&author_surname= Armington], [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Cascade%2C+Belt&author_givenName=&author_surname= Belt], [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Cascade%2C+Black+Eagle&author_givenName=&author_surname= Black Eagle], [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Cascade%2C+Cascade&author_givenName=&author_surname= Cascade], Centerville, Fort Shaw, Hardy, Monarch, Neihart, Portage, Sand Coulee, Simms, Stockett,&nbsp;Sun River, Tracy, Ulm, Vaughn'''.&nbsp;
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== Resources ==
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{{MT Resources Intro}}
  
Some small towns have vanished, Montana is a newer State, so land offices have a record of the populated or once populated towns.&nbsp; Many people homesteaded farms and did not live in towns records.&nbsp;&nbsp;Homesteads records are part of the BLM or Bureau of Land Management and may not listed by county but by plot numbers.&nbsp; The County courthouse land records have the several types of records one&nbsp;type is plot.&nbsp;
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MT Bible Intro|Cascade}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{MT Biographies Intro|Cascade}}
  
*[[Chouteau County, Montana|Chouteau]]
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
*[[Judith Basin County, Montana|Judith Basin]]
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{{MT Business Records Intro|Cascade}}
*[[Lewis and Clark County, Montana|Lewis and Clark]]
 
*[[Meagher County, Montana|Meagher]]
 
*[[Teton County, Montana|Teton]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Cascade}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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*'''1880s - 2009''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images; various cemetery records from the 1880s-2009
  
The Cascade Counties all known cemeteries have been as completely organized and placed online and indexed.  
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mt/cascade/cascade.htm MTGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/montana/cascade.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/mt/cascade.htm Interment]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|334672|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Cascade+Montana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
[http://www.montanagenweb.com/Cemetery/cemet.html http://www.montanagenweb.com/Cemetery/cemet.html]  
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Montana/Cascade-County?id=county_1600 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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* [http://gfgenealogy.org/resources/cascade-county-cemetery-index/ Great Falls Genealogical Society]
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* [http://www.mtgenweb.com/cascade/cemeteries.html MTGenWeb]
  
The web site link is located through the USGenWeb Montana, Cascade County site.&nbsp; This is a great tool to located family members.
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The names and dates are recorded according to the transcribed cemetery records,&nbsp;from the records or headstone.&nbsp;The&nbsp;sources were&nbsp;hard to read so the best guess is what had to&nbsp;be recorded online for&nbsp;the web site.&nbsp;
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascade_County%2C_Montana#Demographics]
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|1890 |8755
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|1900 |25777
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|1910 |28833
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|1920 |38836
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|1930 |41146
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|1940 |41199
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|1950 |53027
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|1960 |73418
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|1970 |81804
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|1980 |80696
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|1990 |77691
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|2000 |80357
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|2010 |81327
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{{MT Census Intro|Cascade}}
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==== Territory and State Censuses ====
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana was included in the 1860 Washington and Nebraska Territory Censuses
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
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*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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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]].
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*'''1910''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various census records for Cascade County from 1910-1956
  
Remember that headstone information was inscribed by a third person with information given a time of great stress. (Some headstones were homemade and placed at a grave site years after the death of a family member. My father Ernest Somppi made a headstone for his sister who died before he was born. These headstones are symbols of love and service, that are some times records of memory of someone life.&nbsp; My aunts name and dates were a bit different than her death certificate so it took my family 100 years to obtain the death certificate.)
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=== Church Records ===
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{{MT Church Intro|Cascade}}
  
This web site is a great service to people who have relatives placed in the Cascade County graves.
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'''Online Church Records'''<br>
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''Lutheran Church''<br>
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*'''1875-1940''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60722 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
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''Presbyterian Church''<br>
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*'''1911-1923''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1701-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Grace Presbyterian Church of Great Falls, Baptisms, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1911-1923<br>
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*'''1916-1921''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1701-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Immanuel Presbyterian Church of Square Butte, Baptisms, Births, Deaths, 1916-1921<br>
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*'''1919-1924''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1701-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Community Presbyterian Church of Square Butte, Baptisms, Births, Deaths, 1919-1924<br>
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395835&reqParentsLabel=Cascade%2C%20Montana%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
  
There is additional information such as actual grave location, family members, birth and death dates, birth and death locations.&nbsp; This complete index is available thru the Great Falls&nbsp;Genealogy Society:&nbsp; [http://www.gfgenealogy.org www.gfgenealogy.org]  
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=== County Records ===
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'''1880-2009''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MT Court Intro|Cascade}}
  
'''Cascade County Courthouse '''is located at 425 Second Ave North, old stone structure.&nbsp; The Clerk and Recorder office is located on the main floor in the&nbsp;East end of building.&nbsp; Local US Census film readers are avalible.&nbsp;The deeds and land records office is also on the main floor.
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=== Directories ===
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{{MT Directories Intro|Cascade}}
  
Naturalization records are&nbsp;located at&nbsp;The History Museum and the complete index to the records is&nbsp;located at the Great Falls Genealogy Society Library.
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{MT Emigration Intro}}
  
[http://www.co.cascade.mt.us/?p=departament&ido=92 Cascade County Montana GIS Department]
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{MT Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
*[http://gis.co.cascade.mt.us/Website/disclaimer.htm Cascade County Internet Mapping Service]
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{MT Funeral Homes Intro|Cascade}}
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{MT Genealogies Intro|Cascade}}
  
'''Many communities have published histories of the area.Example: Great Falls Memories, A Photo album - 1884 to 1939.&nbsp; A compilation of photo histories&nbsp;of the city, transportation, people, commerce, industry, education, community, disasters, recreation &amp; celebrations, business profiles.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''&nbsp;This a typical type of project that cities and communities undertake to commemorate the subject.
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*'''1500s - 2000s''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various genealogical records for Cascade County from the 1500-2000s
  
Most Cascade County local histories have been indexed by the Great Falls Genealogy Society and are available to the the public on their web site: [http://www.gfgenealogy.org www.gfgenealogy.org]
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{MT Guardianship Intro|Cascade}}
  
In each area photos from private and public collections have identified families members and people.&nbsp;Some&nbsp;books contain photos of people who were notable or have relatives still in the Great Falls or a similar area.&nbsp;&nbsp;Few family history might be related to the articles but historic color is very well illustrated in similar books.&nbsp; Archival photos <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1246037365296_583" />do show decade styles of fashion, architecture, and social moments like baseball in 1914.
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MT Land Intro|Cascade}}
  
Smaller communities produce history books that seem to have more family histories of the the people who lived in the areas.&nbsp; These books are compiled by local groups and people usually by asking known relatives to write a family history for their family and include photos if they can.&nbsp; These books may also contain researched lists of teachers and ministers of churches that passed through the communities.&nbsp; Small histories may cover time periods from the end of the 19th Century: For example the history Valley Ventures for the Simms &amp; Fort Shaw, Montana communities starts with the building of Fort Shaw established by the 13th US Infantry in 1868 - 1869 at the Sun River in the Missouri River Basin. (The Buffalo Soldiers were stationed at the Fort Shaw later.&nbsp; Also my Grandfather Arthur Foxall was one of the men hired to dismantle the Fort in the mid 1920's.) This book has biographical family histories and copies of old letters.&nbsp;This book was a book produced by regualar people before computers and personal printers there&nbsp;are not dates when the book was&nbsp;printed.&nbsp; Dating the book is not important for this book because all histories have been authored.
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''Online Land Records''
  
Small community histories have recorded thousands family histories for people who were just a line on the US Census pages this maybe the only record of these people.  
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1863 - 1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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*'''1880 - 1936''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various land and property records for Cascade County from the 1880-1936
  
While trying to locate some community histories do not mention the community in the title of the book so search for the books by subject or surname.&nbsp; Historical centers in local, county, states most likely have some reference to all communities planned or published histories.&nbsp; Families will only be mentioned in community histories if they&nbsp;were known by or had contact with a person related to the project editors.&nbsp;
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{MT Histories Intro|Cascade}}
  
The Salt Lake Family History Library has copies of many of the community history books.&nbsp; Most if not all of these types of books were on limited printings and were only published&nbsp;once.&nbsp; The undertaking&nbsp;to publish a community history is such a big project that a history of many communities are only published once. Many of the books might be available through inter-library loan service. Inter-library loan service can be checked out in any USA main county library.
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{{MT History Intro}}
  
A few communities histories do surface in used book sales online and in book stores. Most of the time these used books will cost&nbsp;far beyond the original price that they were sold for originally.&nbsp;&nbsp;So do not&nbsp;purchase the book unless you have checked the contents to see if the cost of the book warrants the possible family information that could be of use found in&nbsp;this type of&nbsp;history.  
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On September 12, 1887, "An Act Creating Cascade County, its Boundaries, provisions for its organization and the officers to fill the various positions until the first election," was passed by the Territorial Legislative Assembly. Cascade County had been formed from parts of Meagher, Choteau and Lewis and Clarke* Counties. Great Falls was designated as the County Seat until otherwise determined by law.
  
==== Maps  ====
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Many communities have published histories of the area. Example: Great Falls Memories, A Photo album - 1884 to 1939. A compilation of photo histories of the city, transportation, people, commerce, industry, education, community, disasters, recreation and celebrations, business profiles. This a typical type of project that cities and communities undertake to commemorate the subject.
  
==== Military  ====
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Most Cascade County local histories have been indexed by the Great Falls Genealogy Society and are available to the the public on their web site: [http://www.gfgenealogy.org Great Falls Genealogical Society]
  
*[http://www.malmstrom.af.mil/ Malmstrom Air Force Base]  
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*''Mountains and Meadows: A Pioneer History of Cascade, Chestnut Valley, Hardy, St. Peter's Mission and Castner Falls 1805 to 1925.'' c190-?.  By Mrs. Clarence J Conrad Rowe. Great Falls, Montana : Blue Print & Letter Co.  {{WorldCat|865862698|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
*[http://www.mtgrea.ang.af.mil/ Montana Air National Guard]  
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MT Maps Intro}}
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{{MT Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MT Cascade County}}}}
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*See an [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MT/Cascade_County interactive map] of Cascade County cemeteries and modern-day townships. (Histopolis)
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/Montana/ Historical Maps and Atlases of Montana] - maps and atlases of Montana
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=== Migration ===
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{{MT Migration Intro}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{MT Military Intro}}
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to Montana. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Montana Military Records|Montana Military Records]].<br>
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''Civil War''<br>
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].— index
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*'''1890 - 1918''' [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll34/ Montana Military Enlistments] at Montana Memory Project
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*'''1896 - 1911''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various military records for Cascade County from the 1896-1911
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''World War I''<br>
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*'''1904 - 1918''' - {{RecordSearch|3010075|Montana, Military Records, 1904-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1917 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1968530|U.S. WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/mt/statewide/military/mtwwi.txt Soldiers of the Great War from the State of Montana] at USGenWeb.
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/military/wwi/search_cascadecomt.php Honor rolls Containing a Pictorial Record of the Gallant and Courageous Men from Cascade County, Mont., U.S.A. Who Served in the Great War, 1917-1918-1919] (digitized book)
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/military/wwi/search_cascadecomt.php Honor rolls Containing a Pictorial Record of the Gallant and Courageous Men from Cascade County, Mont., U.S.A. Who Served in the Great War, 1917-1918-1919] (digitized book)
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*[http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll36/ Military Enlistments Montana World War I] at Montana Memory Project
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''World War II''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/montana.html WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualties for Montana] - Index only<br>
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For further information see [[Montana Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{MT Naturalization Intro}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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'''Online Naturalization Records'''
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*'''1791 - 1992''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1629 U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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*'''1868 - 1999''' - {{RecordSearch|2173973|Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1870 - 1999''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61204 Montana, Federal Naturalization Records, 1870-1999] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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*'''1888 - 1966''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - Index and images; various naturalization records for Cascade County from the 1888-1966
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*'''1924 - 1999''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=9JKL-GP8%3A1018435001%3Fcc%3D2173973 Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999] – Browseable images only; U.S. Circuit Court covering Cascade County containing various naturalization records from 1924-1999.
  
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Naturalization records are located at the History Museum. The complete index to the records is located at the Great Falls Genealogy Society Library.
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MT Newspapers Intro|Cascade}}
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'' Montana Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/montana GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/montana/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Montana newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
 
*[http://www.greatfallstribune.com/ Great Falls Tribune] - Based out of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_falls,_mt Great Falls, MT]
 
*[http://www.greatfallstribune.com/ Great Falls Tribune] - Based out of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_falls,_mt Great Falls, MT]
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''Montana Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ 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
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MT Obituaries Intro|Cascade}}
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*'''1880 - 2002''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various obituary records for Cascade County from the 1880-2002
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*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70050 Obituary Daily Times] - large obituary index from newspapers across the United States.(Ancestry)
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See also [[United States Obituaries]] for more about finding United States obituaries.
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=== Other Records ===
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{{MT Other Records Intro}}
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'''''Voter Records'''''<br>
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*'''1889 - 1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various voter records for Cascade County from the 1889-1934
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*'''1937 - 2000''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various election records for Cascade County from 1937-2000
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'''''Public Records'''''<br>
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County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1917.<br>Clerk of the Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.</ref>
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'''Cascade County Courthouse '''is located at 425 Second Ave North, old stone structure. The Clerk and Recorder office is located on the main floor in the east end of building. Local US Census film readers are available. The deeds and land records office is also on the main floor.
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*[http://www.cascadecountymt.gov/index.php Cascade County Montana Courthouse link]
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*'''1958 – 1978''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various public records for Cascade County from the 1958-1978
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'''''Pension Records'''''<br>
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*'''1923 - 1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various pension records for Cascade County from the 1923-1935
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MT Periodicals Intro|Cascade}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{MT Probate Intro|Cascade}}
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*'''1831 – 1952''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9072 Montana Wills and Probate Records 1831-1952] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1880 – 2009''' {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1888 – 1978''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various probate records for Cascade County from the 1923-1978
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=== School Records ===
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{{MT Schools Intro}}
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*'''1896 – 1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various school records for Cascade County from the 1896-1955
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MT Tax Intro|Cascade}}
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*'''1891 – 1898''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various tax records for Cascade County from the 1896-1898
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MT Vital Intro|Cascade}}
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*'''1900 - 1999''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various vital records for Cascade County from the 1900-1999
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==== Birth ====
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{{MT Birth Intro|Cascade}}
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*'''1840 - 2004''' {{RecordSearch|1930397|Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1840 - 2004''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60061 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1885 - 1933''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various birth records for Cascade County from the 1885-1933
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==== Marriage ====
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{{MT Marriage Intro|Cascade}}
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*'''1800-1994''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=montana%2cmt Montana, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
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*'''1865 - 1950''' {{RecordSearch|1609797|Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1865 - 1950''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60062 Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1887 - 1950''' {{FHL|694690|title-id|disp=Montana, Cascade - Marriage records, 1887 - 1950; Index 1887 - 1953}}
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*'''1889 - 1947''' {{RecordSearch|1675397|Montana Marriages, 1889 - 1947}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60065 Montana Select Marriages 1889 - 1947] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1950 - 1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various marriage records for Cascade County from the 1950-1967
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*[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm list of counties included]
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==== Death ====
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{{MT Death Intro|Cascade}}
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*'''1840 - 2004''' {{RecordSearch|1930397|Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1840 - 2004''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60061 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1860 - 2007''' {{RecordSearch|1941331|Montana Death Index, 1860 - 2007}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1868 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5437 Montana, Death Index, 1868 - 2011] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1895 - 1907''' - {{RecordSearch|1926700|Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -  Index and images; various death records for Cascade County from the 1895-1907
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*'''pre 1954 - 2002''' [http://montanamsgs.org/deathindex.html Montana State Death Registry Index Pre 1954 & 1954 - 2002] at Montana State Genealogical Society — index
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*'''1954 - 2011''' [http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/montana-death-records Montana Death Records] at findmypast ($) — index
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MT Divorce Intro|Cascade}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Cascade}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{MT Archives Intro}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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:*[[Belt Montana Family History Center]]
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Family History Center is located 1401 Ninth Ave Northwest. The FHC is in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center in an area on the West of the Missouri River and North of Central Ave West. The church building is blocks away from the CMR High School but may not be on any public transportation route. Call to make sure they are open, the phone number can be found on [http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org] All FHC records vary from Library to Library and each Library has a different selection of books. No fee to use FHC for research.
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:*[[Great Falls Montana East Family History Center]]
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:*[[Great Falls Montana Family History Center]]
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MT Libraries Intro|Cascade}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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The '''Great Falls Public Library''' is located at 301 Second Ave North on a one way street going west. This the main Cascade County Library. Historical books and records are located in the Montana Room. City directories, county histories, school annuals, and historic book collections are of local interest. The Montana Room is only open to the public Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  
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'''[http://gfgenealogy.org/ The Great Falls Genealogy Society Library]''' is located at 301 Second Avenue North, on the third floor of the Public Library. The library is open to the public, Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 10,000 resources are available covering local, national and international locations and volunteers are on hand to assist patrons with their family research. The Society holds monthly meetings featuring programs related to family research and conducts workshops and classes on a regular basis, also open to the public. Website: [http://www.gfgenealogy.org Great Falls Genealogy Society]<br><br>
  
For marriages from 1887-1890 see [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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=== Museums ===
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{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
For marriages from 1887-1950 and indexes from 1887-1953 see {{FHL|694690|title-id|disp=Montana, Cascade - Marriage records, 1887-1950&nbsp;; Index 1887-1953}}
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'''Cascade County Historical Society Museum and Archive''' is located at 422 Second Street South, Great Falls, Montana<br>Relocated in the early 2000's to a larger restored warehouse. They have a large archives to research and holdings of artifacts. There is a fee. No website as of 2009. They stock community history books and local biographies to view and for purchase.<br>
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Societies ==
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{{MT Societies Intro|Cascade}}
  
'''The Great Falls Genealogy Society Library '''is located at 301 Second Avenue North, on the third floor of the Public Library.&nbsp; The library is open to the public, Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.&nbsp; Over 10,000 resources are available covering local, national&nbsp;and international&nbsp;locations&nbsp;and volunteers are on hand to assist patrons with their family research.&nbsp; The Society holds monthly meetings featuring programs related to family research and conducts workshops and classes on a regular basis,&nbsp;also open to the public. Website can be found at: [http://www.gfgenealogy.org www.gfgenealogy.org]&nbsp;The '''Great Falls Public Library''' is located at 301 Second Ave North on a oneway street going west.&nbsp; This the main Cascade County Library.&nbsp; Historical&nbsp;books and records&nbsp;are located in the Montana room.&nbsp; City directories, county historie, school annuals&nbsp;and historic&nbsp;book collections are of local&nbsp;interest.&nbsp; The Montana Room is only&nbsp;open to the public Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
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'''Gallatin Genealogical Society'''<br> P.O. Box 1783<br> Bozeman 59771-1783<br><br>
  
'''LDS Family History Center''' is located 1401 Ninth Ave Northwest.&nbsp; The FHC is in the LDS Stake Center in an area on the West of the Missouri River and North of Central Ave West.&nbsp;&nbsp; The church building is blocks away from the CMR High School but may not be on any public transportation route. Call to make sure they are open,&nbsp;the&nbsp;phone number can be found on [http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org]&nbsp; All FHC records vary from Library to Library and each Library has a different selection of books. No fee to use FHC for research.  
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'''Great Falls Genealogical Society'''<br> 1400 1st Ave. N.<br> Great Falls 59401<br><br>
  
'''Cascade County Historical Society Museum - Archives''' is located at&nbsp;422&nbsp;Second Street South, Great Falls, Montana<br>Tel: (406) 452-3462&nbsp;&nbsp;Relocated in&nbsp;the early 2000's to a larger restored warehouse.&nbsp; They have a large&nbsp;archives to research and a holdings of past artifacts and there is a fee. No web site as of 2009.&nbsp; They stock community history books and local biographies to view and avalible for purchase.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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'''Cascade County Historical Society'''<br>1400 1st Ave N<br>Great Falls 59401-3205<br><br>
  
== Websites ==
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== Websites ==
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{{MT Websites Intro|Cascade}}
  
*[http://www.co.cascade.mt.us/?p=home Cascade County Montana Web Site]  
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*[http://www.cascadecountymt.gov/index.php Cascade County Montana Web Site]
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.mtgenweb.com/cascade/ USGenWeb Cascade County, Montana  project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
*{{FHL|Montana%2C+Cascade|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205004|Montana|Cascade}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{MT Research Guides Intro}}
  
<references />{{Montana|Montana}}
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Cascade_County,_Montana]]
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{{Montana|Montana}}
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[[Category:Cascade County, Montana]][[Category:Montana_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 09:34, 25 May 2020

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

County Facts
County seat: Great Falls
Organized: September 12, 1887
Parent County(s): Chouteau, Meagher, and Lewis and Clark [1]
Neighboring Counties
Chouteau  • Judith Basin  • Lewis and Clark  • Meagher  • Teton
See County Maps
Courthouse
Cascade.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Cascade County.svg.png
Adoption


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Cascade County's is located in the west central area of the state. The county was named for the falls on the Missouri River.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cascade County Courthouse
425 2nd Ave N
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: 406–454–6800
Cascade County Website

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

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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1897* 1888* 1897* 1887 1897 1887 1860
*State birth and death records began in 1907.
Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.[4]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]


Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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: [6]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Some small towns have vanished. Montana is a newer State so land offices have a record of the populated or once populated towns. Many people homesteaded farms and did not live in towns records. Homestead records are part of the BLM or Bureau of Land Management and may not listed by county but by plot numbers. The County courthouse land records have several types of records, one type is plot.

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 Cascade 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.
1890 8,755
1900 25,777 194.4%
1910 28,833 11.9%
1920 38,836 34.7%
1930 41,146 5.9%
1940 41,199 0.1%
1950 53,027 28.7%
1960 73,418 38.5%
1970 81,804 11.4%
1980 80,696 −1.4%
1990 77,691 −3.7%
2000 80,357 3.4%
2010 81,327 1.2%
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.

Territory and State Censuses[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

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 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.

Online Church Records
Lutheran Church

Presbyterian Church


List of Churches and Church Parishes

County Records[edit | edit source]

1880-2009 - Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009 at FamilySearch — index and images

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 Cascade 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.

On September 12, 1887, "An Act Creating Cascade County, its Boundaries, provisions for its organization and the officers to fill the various positions until the first election," was passed by the Territorial Legislative Assembly. Cascade County had been formed from parts of Meagher, Choteau and Lewis and Clarke* Counties. Great Falls was designated as the County Seat until otherwise determined by law.

Many communities have published histories of the area. Example: Great Falls Memories, A Photo album - 1884 to 1939. A compilation of photo histories of the city, transportation, people, commerce, industry, education, community, disasters, recreation and celebrations, business profiles. This a typical type of project that cities and communities undertake to commemorate the subject.

Most Cascade County local histories have been indexed by the Great Falls Genealogy Society and are available to the the public on their web site: Great Falls Genealogical Society

  • Mountains and Meadows: A Pioneer History of Cascade, Chestnut Valley, Hardy, St. Peter's Mission and Castner Falls 1805 to 1925. c190-?. By Mrs. Clarence J Conrad Rowe. Great Falls, Montana : Blue Print & Letter Co. At various libraries(WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

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 Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Records

Naturalization records are located at the History Museum. The complete index to the records is located at the Great Falls Genealogy Society Library.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Records


Public Records

County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1917.
Clerk of the Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.[8]

Cascade County Courthouse is located at 425 Second Ave North, old stone structure. The Clerk and Recorder office is located on the main floor in the east end of building. Local US Census film readers are available. The deeds and land records office is also on the main floor.


Pension Records

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, Cascade - 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]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

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.

Family History Center is located 1401 Ninth Ave Northwest. The FHC is in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center in an area on the West of the Missouri River and North of Central Ave West. The church building is blocks away from the CMR High School but may not be on any public transportation route. Call to make sure they are open, the phone number can be found on www.familysearch.org All FHC records vary from Library to Library and each Library has a different selection of books. No fee to use FHC for research.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

The Great Falls Public Library is located at 301 Second Ave North on a one way street going west. This the main Cascade County Library. Historical books and records are located in the Montana Room. City directories, county histories, school annuals, and historic book collections are of local interest. The Montana Room is only open to the public Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Great Falls Genealogy Society Library is located at 301 Second Avenue North, on the third floor of the Public Library. The library is open to the public, Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 10,000 resources are available covering local, national and international locations and volunteers are on hand to assist patrons with their family research. The Society holds monthly meetings featuring programs related to family research and conducts workshops and classes on a regular basis, also open to the public. Website: Great Falls Genealogy Society

Museums[edit | edit source]

Cascade County Historical Society Museum and Archive is located at 422 Second Street South, Great Falls, Montana
Relocated in the early 2000's to a larger restored warehouse. They have a large archives to research and holdings of artifacts. There is a fee. No website as of 2009. They stock community history books and local biographies to view and for purchase.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Gallatin Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1783
Bozeman 59771-1783

Great Falls Genealogical Society
1400 1st Ave. N.
Great Falls 59401

Cascade County Historical Society
1400 1st Ave N
Great Falls 59401-3205

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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascade_County,_Montana accessed 11/15/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cascade County, Montana. Page 415 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), 106.
  4. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 439.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Cascade County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascade_County,_Montana, accessed 5 December 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.
  8. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.