Overview of Beaverhead Records

Following is a summary of the major records of genealogical interest available in Beaverhead County Montana.

Courthouse

2 S. Pacific — Dillon, Montana 59725

Public Records of Note

  1. Birth records, sporadic until 1907.
  2. Death records, sporadic until 1907.
  3. Marriage records starting in 1867.
  4. Divorce court records.
  5. Public court records.
  6. Naturalization records.
  7. Land records, water rights, and mining claims.
  8. Voter and tax registers.
  9. School census records until 1972. (see list of school districts)

Dillon City Hall

125 N. Idaho — Dillon, Montana 59725 — 406-683-4245

  1. Mountain View Cemetery records from its founding in 1888 to present.
  2. Receipts of warrants paid.
  3. Court cases: most recent cases are indexed with more in the basement, but not sure how far back they go.

Dillon City Library

121 S. Idaho — Dillon, Montana 59725 — 406-683-4544

The Dillon City Library has indexed all of the family & personal histories in their possession. This index includes everyone mentioned in these histories. In addition, they have indexed all of their photos.

History Books

  1. Montana— several
  2. Beaverhead County
  3. Madison County
  4. Matador Ranch History
  5. Paddock's History of Big Hole.

Newspapers (on microfilm)

  1. The Big Hole Breezes, 1889-1923
  2. The Big Hole Basin News, 1923-1925
  3. The Examiner, (Dillon) 1893-1957
  4. The Dillon Tribune, 1881-present

City Directories (Dillon area)

  1. 1907-1908, on microfilm
  2. 1889 & 1969, in book format

Beaverhead County Museum

15 S. Montana — Dillon, Montana 59725 — 406-683-5027

Research Room (maintained with the help of the Beaver Head Hunters)

  1. File cabinets of local family stories, photos, etc.
  2. Montana History & reference books.
  3. Local oral history project.
  4. High School and WMC College annuals.
  5. Index of Museum Archive photos (photos may be purchased for $5 each).
  6. Dillon Tribune obituaries, 1881-present.
  7. Beaverhead Co. Marriage index, 1867-2003.
  8. Dillon Mountain View Cemetery burials, 1888-1999.
  9. Beaverhead cemetery tombstone inscriptions:   Argenta,   Bannack,   Bannack Boot Hill,   Briston,   Dewey,   Glendale,   Haining Ranch (Apex),   Hartwig-Fassler Ranch (Glen),   Jones,   Lakeview,   Little Bench (Lima),   Maurice,   Mountain View (Dillon),   Pattengail Creek,   Poindexter,   Popularis (Jackson),   Reichle Ranch (Glen),   Wisdom.
  10. Madison County cemetery tombstone inscriptions.
  11. Butte cemetery tombstone inscriptions.
  12. Census of Beaverhead County— 1870, 1880, 1910, & 1930.

University of Montana—Western   (formerly WMC— Western Montana College)

710 S. Atlantic St.— Dillon, Montana 59725 — (406) 683-7331 — (877) 683-7331

Enrollment records; and in the Library: student-body annuals, WMC history, Montana State & several county histories, family histories, atlases, some Montana periodicals; and on MicroFilm/Fiche: New York Times newspaper—1862-1898, and some census records.

Brundage Funeral Home

300 S. Atlantic — Dillon, Montana 59725 — 406-683-2112

Founded in 1893. Records are not indexed and only staff may search. It's best to put requests in writing and state relationship. Be patient.

Early area Churches

St. James Episcopal — 1868

203 E. Glendale — Dillon, Montana 59725 — 406-683-2735
Early records from Bannack, Glendale, and Dillon starting in 1868.

First Baptist — 1883

Sebree & Idaho — Dillon, Montana 59725 — 406-683-4438

Grace United Methodist — 1884

131 E. Bannack — Dillon, Montana 59725 — 406-683-4594

St. Rose Catholic — 1887

226 S Atlantic — Dillon, Montana 59725 — 406-683-4391
Early records from Melrose, Lima, Wisdom, Grant, and Dillon, starting in 1887.

First Presbyterian — late 1800's

Pacific & Glendale — Dillon, Montana 59725 — 406-683-2655

First Evangelical Lutheran — early 1900's

715 E Bannack Street — Dillon, Montana 59725 — 406-683-5374

Surrounding Counties — & seat of County Government

(with links to Wikipedia pages for general information)

  1. IDAHO— Lemhi County— Salmon
  2. IDAHO— Fremont County— St. Anthony
  3. IDAHO— Clark County— Dubois
  4. MONTANA— Gallatin County— Bozeman
  5. MONTANA— Madison County— Virginia City
  6. MONTANA— Silver Bow County— Butte
  7. MONTANA— Deer Lodge County— Anaconda
  8. MONTANA— Granite County— Philipsburg
  9. MONTANA— Ravalli County— Hamilton
  10. MONTANA— Beaverhead County— Dillon


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