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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
 
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== County Information ==
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==County Information==
  
=== Description ===
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===Description===
  
 
The County was named for James Fergus. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Fergus County, Kentucky" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fergus_County,_Montana."</ref>
 
The County was named for James Fergus. The County is located in the central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Fergus County, Kentucky" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fergus_County,_Montana."</ref>
  
=== County Courthouse ===
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===County Courthouse===
 
{{MT Courthouse Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Courthouse Intro|Fergus}}
  
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County Clerk has birth and death records; <br>Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records; <br>County Assessor has land records<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.</ref>
 
County Clerk has birth and death records; <br>Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records; <br>County Assessor has land records<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.</ref>
  
=== Fergus County, Montana Record Dates ===
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===Fergus County, Montana Record Dates===
 
{{MT Records Intro}}
 
{{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), Fergus 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), 406.</ref></center>
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| colspan="7" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |<center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fergus 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), 406.</ref></center>
 
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Fergus County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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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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| 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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=== Record Loss ===
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===Record Loss===
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
=== Boundary Changes ===
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===Boundary Changes===
 
{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Fergus}}
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
 
*[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]
 
*[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]
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=== Populated Places ===
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===Populated Places===
 
{{MT Populated Places Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Populated Places Intro|Fergus}}
 
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://montana.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,027,c,fergus.cfm Hometown Locator].
 
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://montana.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,027,c,fergus.cfm Hometown Locator].
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== Resources ==
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==Resources==
 
{{MT Resources Intro}}
 
{{MT Resources Intro}}
  
=== Bible Records ===
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===Bible Records===
 
{{MT Bible Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Bible Intro|Fergus}}
  
=== Biographies ===
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===Biographies===
 
{{MT Biographies Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Biographies Intro|Fergus}}
  
=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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===Business, Commerce, and Occupations===
 
{{MT Business Records Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Business Records Intro|Fergus}}
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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===Cemeteries===
 
{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Fergus}}
  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Fergus County, Montana''' online and in print</center>
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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://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
* [http://www.mtgenweb.com/fergus/ MTGenWeb]
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*[http://www.mtgenweb.com/fergus/ MTGenWeb]
* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mt/fergus/fergus.htm MTGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/mt/fergus/fergus.htm MTGenWeb Archives]
* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/montana/fergus.html Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/montana/fergus.html Tombstone Project]
* [http://www.interment.net/us/mt/fergus.htm Montana Interment]
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/mt/fergus.htm Montana Interment]
* [https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
 
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* {{FHL|593025|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*{{FHL|593025|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Fergus+Montana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Fergus+Montana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
 
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
 
| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Montana/Fergus-County?id=county_1607 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Montana/Fergus-County?id=county_1607 Findagrave.com]
* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
  
 
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Montana Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>See '''[[Montana Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
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=== Census Records ===
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===Census Records===
 
{{Historical populations
 
{{Historical populations
 
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{{MT Census Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Census Intro|Fergus}}
==== Territory and State Censuses ====
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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
 
*'''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
 
*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
 
*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
 
*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
 
*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
==== Federal Census Records ====
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====Federal Census Records====
 
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]].
 
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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::*'''1900 '''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/575586?availability=Family%20History%20Library 1900 federal census index, Fergus County, Montana]
 
::*'''1900 '''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/575586?availability=Family%20History%20Library 1900 federal census index, Fergus County, Montana]
 
::*'''1910 '''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/44848?availability=Family%20History%20Library 1910 federal census index, Fergus County, Montana]
 
::*'''1910 '''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/44848?availability=Family%20History%20Library 1910 federal census index, Fergus County, Montana]
 
::*'''1920 '''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/824454?availability=Family%20History%20Library Index 1920 federal census, Fergus County, Montana]
 
::*'''1920 '''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/824454?availability=Family%20History%20Library Index 1920 federal census, Fergus County, Montana]
  
=== Church Records ===
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===Church Records===
 
{{MT Church Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Church Intro|Fergus}}
  
 
'''Online Church Records'''<br>
 
'''Online Church Records'''<br>
 
''Lutheran Church''<br>
 
''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>
 
*'''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>
 
''Presbyterian Church''<br>
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*'''1916-1947''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1701-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Presbyterian Church of Coffee Creek, Baptisms, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1916-1947<br>
 
*'''1916-1947''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1701-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Presbyterian Church of Coffee Creek, Baptisms, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1916-1947<br>
 
*'''1919-1977''' - [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 Hilger, Baptisms, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1919-1977<br>
 
*'''1919-1977''' - [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 Hilger, Baptisms, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1919-1977<br>
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*Lewiston
 
*Lewiston
  
=== Court Records ===
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===Court Records===
 
{{MT Court Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Court Intro|Fergus}}
  
=== Directories ===
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===Directories===
 
{{MT Directories Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Directories Intro|Fergus}}
  
=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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===Emigration and Immigration===
 
{{MT Emigration Intro}}
 
{{MT Emigration Intro}}
  
=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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===Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups===
 
{{MT Ethnic Groups Intro}}
 
{{MT Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
=== Funeral Homes ===
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===Funeral Homes===
 
{{MT Funeral Homes Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Funeral Homes Intro|Fergus}}
  
=== Genealogies ===
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===Genealogies===
 
{{MT Genealogies Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Genealogies Intro|Fergus}}
  
=== Guardianship ===
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===Guardianship===
 
{{MT Guardianship Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Guardianship Intro|Fergus}}
  
=== Land and Property Records ===
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===Land and Property Records===
 
{{MT Land Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Land Intro|Fergus}}
  
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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
 
*'''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
  
=== Local Histories ===
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===Local Histories===
 
{{MT Histories Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Histories Intro|Fergus}}
  
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''Online County Histories''<br>
 
''Online County Histories''<br>
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*''A History of Winifred, Montana.'' c1988. By Jim Arthur. [Winifred, Montana?] : J. Arthur.  Online at [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15018coll36/id/7326 Montana Memory Project]; {{WorldCat|866508451|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
 
*''A History of Winifred, Montana.'' c1988. By Jim Arthur. [Winifred, Montana?] : J. Arthur.  Online at [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15018coll36/id/7326 Montana Memory Project]; {{WorldCat|866508451|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
 
*''Homestead Shacks Over Buffalo Tracks : History of Northeastern Fergus.'' c1990. By Roy History Committee. [Roy, Montana?] : Roy History Committee (Montana).  Online at [http://cdm15018.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15018coll36/id/16031 Montana Memory Project]; {{WorldCat|21595582|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
 
*''Homestead Shacks Over Buffalo Tracks : History of Northeastern Fergus.'' c1990. By Roy History Committee. [Roy, Montana?] : Roy History Committee (Montana).  Online at [http://cdm15018.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15018coll36/id/16031 Montana Memory Project]; {{WorldCat|21595582|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
 
*''The Heritage Book of the Original Fergus County Area.'' c1982. By Babbie Deal & Loretta McDonald. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Online at [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15018coll36/id/6772 Montana Memory Project]; {{WorldCat|866002663|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
 
*''The Heritage Book of the Original Fergus County Area.'' c1982. By Babbie Deal & Loretta McDonald. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Online at [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15018coll36/id/6772 Montana Memory Project]; {{WorldCat|866002663|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
  
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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===Maps and Gazetteers===
 
{{MT Maps Intro}}
 
{{MT Maps Intro}}
 
{{MT Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MT Fergus County}}}}
 
{{MT Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MT Fergus County}}}}
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/Montana/ Historical Maps and Atlases of Montana] - maps and atlases of Montana
 
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/Montana/ Historical Maps and Atlases of Montana] - maps and atlases of Montana
  
=== Migration ===
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===Migration===
 
{{MT Migration Intro}}
 
{{MT Migration Intro}}
  
=== Military Records ===
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===Military Records===
 
{{MT Military Intro}}
 
{{MT Military Intro}}
==== Online Collections ====
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====Online Collections====
 
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>
 
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>
 
''Civil War''<br>
 
''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
 
*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].— index
 
*'''1890 - 1918''' [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll34/ Montana Military Enlistments] at Montana Memory Project
 
*'''1890 - 1918''' [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll34/ Montana Military Enlistments] at Montana Memory Project
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''World War I''<br>
 
''World War I''<br>
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*'''1904 - 1918''' - {{RecordSearch|3010075|Montana, Military Records, 1904-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1904 - 1918''' - {{RecordSearch|3010075|Montana, Military Records, 1904-1918}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1917 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1968530|U.S. WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
 
*'''1917 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1968530|U.S. WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/mt/statewide/military/mtwwi.txt Soldiers of the Great War from the State of Montana] at USGenWeb.
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/mt/statewide/military/mtwwi.txt Soldiers of the Great War from the State of Montana] at USGenWeb.
 
*[http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll36/ Military Enlistments Montana World War I] at Montana Memory Project
 
*[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>
 
''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>
 
*[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]].
 
For further information see [[Montana Military Records]].
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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===Naturalization and Citizenship===
 
{{MT Naturalization Intro}}
 
{{MT Naturalization Intro}}
 
'''Online Naturalization Records'''
 
'''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>
 
*'''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>
 
*'''1868-1999''' - {{RecordSearch|2173973|Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1868-1999''' - {{RecordSearch|2173973|Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''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>
 
*'''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>
  
=== Newspapers ===
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===Newspapers===
 
{{MT Newspapers Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Newspapers Intro|Fergus}}
  
 
'' Montana Newspapers Online''
 
'' Montana Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/montana GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
 
*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/montana GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
 
*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/montana/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
 
*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/montana/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
 
*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
 
*[http://lewistownlibrary.org/genealogy-research/ Central Montana Genealogical Society] has newspapers on microfilm. See the Libraries and Societies for their contact information.
 
*[http://lewistownlibrary.org/genealogy-research/ Central Montana Genealogical Society] has newspapers on microfilm. See the Libraries and Societies for their contact information.
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''Montana Newspaper Catalogs''
 
''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
 
*[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
  
=== Obituaries ===
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===Obituaries===
 
{{MT Obituaries Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Obituaries Intro|Fergus}}
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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)
 
*[https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70050 Obituary Daily Times] - large obituary index from newspapers across the United States. (Ancestry)
  
 
See also [[United States Obituaries]] for more about finding United States obituaries.
 
See also [[United States Obituaries]] for more about finding United States obituaries.
  
=== Other Records ===
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===Other Records===
 
{{MT Other Records Intro}}
 
{{MT Other Records Intro}}
  
=== Periodicals ===
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===Periodicals===
 
{{MT Periodicals Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Periodicals Intro|Fergus}}
  
=== Probate Records ===
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===Probate Records===
 
{{MT Probate Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Probate Intro|Fergus}}
  
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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 $
 
*'''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 $
  
=== School Records ===
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===School Records===
 
{{MT Schools Intro}}
 
{{MT Schools Intro}}
  
=== Tax Records ===
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===Tax Records===
 
{{MT Tax Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Tax Intro|Fergus}}
  
=== Vital Records ===
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===Vital Records===
 
{{MT Vital Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Vital Intro|Fergus}}
  
 
Central Montana Genealogical Society has marriage indexes, birth and mortuary records. They also have family histories. Please see entry under Libraries and societies.
 
Central Montana Genealogical Society has marriage indexes, birth and mortuary records. They also have family histories. Please see entry under Libraries and societies.
  
==== Birth ====
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====Birth====
 
{{MT Birth Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Birth Intro|Fergus}}
  
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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
 
*'''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
  
==== Marriage ====
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{{MT Marriage Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Marriage Intro|Fergus}}
  
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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]; includes marriages 1885 - 1901.
 
*[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]; includes marriages 1885 - 1901.
  
==== Death ====
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====Death====
 
{{MT Death Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Death Intro|Fergus}}
  
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*'''1954 - 2011''' [http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/montana-death-records Montana Death Records] at findmypast ($) — index
 
*'''1954 - 2011''' [http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/montana-death-records Montana Death Records] at findmypast ($) — index
  
==== Divorce ====
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====Divorce====
 
{{MT Divorce Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Divorce Intro|Fergus}}
  
== Research Facilities ==
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==Research Facilities==
 
{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Fergus}}
  
=== Archives ===
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===Archives===
 
{{MT Archives Intro}}
 
{{MT Archives Intro}}
  
=== Family History Centers ===
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===Family History Centers===
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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:*[[Lewistown Montana Family History Center]]
 
:*[[Lewistown Montana Family History Center]]
  
=== Libraries ===
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===Libraries===
 
{{MT Libraries Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Libraries Intro|Fergus}}
  
 
:Resources at the Lewistown Public Library include:
 
:Resources at the Lewistown Public Library include:
  
::*Central Montana Church Records  
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::*Central Montana Church Records
::*Cemetery and Mortuary Records  
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::*Cemetery and Mortuary Records
::*Birth and Marriage Records  
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::*Birth and Marriage Records
::*Montana Census Films  
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::*Montana Census Films
 
::*Local Histories and Newspaper Microfilms<br>
 
::*Local Histories and Newspaper Microfilms<br>
  
 
:They are very knowledgeable and helpful.
 
:They are very knowledgeable and helpful.
  
=== Museums ===
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===Museums===
 
{{MT Museums Intro}}
 
{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
== Societies ==
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==Societies==
 
{{MT Societies Intro|Fergus}}
 
{{MT Societies Intro|Fergus}}
  
 
'''Central Montana Genealogical Society'''<br> Located on the upper floor of the Lewistown Public Library<br> 701 West Main<br> Lewistown, Montana, 59457<br>Telephone: 406–538–5212<br>[http://lewistownlibrary.org/genealogy-research/ Website]<br><br>
 
'''Central Montana Genealogical Society'''<br> Located on the upper floor of the Lewistown Public Library<br> 701 West Main<br> Lewistown, Montana, 59457<br>Telephone: 406–538–5212<br>[http://lewistownlibrary.org/genealogy-research/ Website]<br><br>
  
== Websites ==
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==Websites==
 
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{{MT Websites Intro|Fergus}}
  
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*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/MT_Fergus.html Kindred Trails] separates the resource website links into categories.
 
*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/MT_Fergus.html Kindred Trails] separates the resource website links into categories.
 
*[http://newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) There are some Fergus county obituaries listed on this website.
 
*[http://newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) There are some Fergus county obituaries listed on this website.
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*[https://www.cyndislist.com/us/mt/ Cyndislist.com]
  
== Research Guides ==
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==Research Guides==
 
{{MT Research Guides Intro}}
 
{{MT Research Guides Intro}}
  
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Revision as of 12:02, 21 January 2020

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

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County Facts
County seat: Lewistown
Organized: March 12, 1885
Parent County(s): Meagher and Chouteau[1]
Neighboring Counties
Blaine  • Chouteau  • Golden Valley  • Judith Basin  • Musselshell  • Petroleum  • Phillips  • Wheatland
See County Maps
Courthouse
Fergus County Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Fergus County.svg.png
Adoption


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for James Fergus. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Fergus County Courthouse
712 W Main Street
Lewistown, MT 59457-2562
Phone: 406.538.5119
Fergus County Website

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

Fergus 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1904 1885 1904 1885 1885 1885 1860
*State birth and death records began in 1907.
Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.[5]

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:[7]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities


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 Fergus 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 3,514
1900 6,937 97.4%
1910 17,385 150.6%
1920 28,344 63.0%
1930 16,531 −41.7%
1940 14,040 −15.1%
1950 14,015 −0.2%
1960 14,018 0.0%
1970 12,611 −10.0%
1980 13,076 3.7%
1990 12,083 −7.6%
2000 11,893 −1.6%
2010 11,586 −2.6%
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 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

Other Church Records
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ward and Branch Records

  • Lewiston

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 Fergus 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.

  • From the Foothills to the Plains; History of Southeastern Fergus County. c1999. By Grass Range History Committee. [Montana?] : Grass Range History Committee. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Homestead Fever : History of Denton-Danvers-Coffee Creek. c1977. By Denton Heritage Committee. Great Falls, Montana : Blue Print & Letter Co. At various libraries(WorldCat).

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Fergus CountyChouteau CountyBlaine CountyPhillips CountyPetroleum CountyMusselshell CountyGolden Valley CountyWheatland CountyJudith Basin CountyMT Fergus.png
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


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

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]

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, Fergus - 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.

Central Montana Genealogical Society has marriage indexes, birth and mortuary records. They also have family histories. Please see entry under Libraries and societies.

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Resources at the Lewistown Public Library include:
  • Central Montana Church Records
  • Cemetery and Mortuary Records
  • Birth and Marriage Records
  • Montana Census Films
  • Local Histories and Newspaper Microfilms
They are very knowledgeable and helpful.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Central Montana Genealogical Society
Located on the upper floor of the Lewistown Public Library
701 West Main
Lewistown, Montana, 59457
Telephone: 406–538–5212
Website

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. Wikipedia contributors, "Fergus County, Kentucky" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fergus_County,_Montana."
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 415.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fergus 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), 406.
  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, "Fergus County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fergus_County,_Montana, accessed 5 December 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.