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This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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County seats in Montana are the location of the county clerk and recorder (vital records and deeds) and the clerk of the district court (probate and court records). The latter includes civil and criminal files and naturalizations. The Montana Association of Counties website has links to each county with updated contact information.

Starting dates of records and dates for the formation of counties were taken from Dennis Lee Richards’ work (see Background Sources for Montana).

Map County County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
B6 Beaverhead 2 S. Pacific, Dillon 59725-2799 1865 original 1901 1877 1901 1865 1865 1865
Land was added from Madison County in 1907, and again in 1911.
Big Horn 1865 (Split into Dawson, 1869 and Custer, 1877)
G6 Big Horn (modern) 121 Third St./P.O. Box 908, Hardin 59034-0908 1913 Rosebud/Yellowstone 1909 1913 1909 1913 1913 1913
F2 Blaine 400 Ohio/Box 278, Chinook 59523-0278 1912 Chouteau 1907 1912 1907 1912 1912 1912
Land was added from Phillips County in 1915.
D5 Broadwater 515 Broadway St., Townsend 59644-2397 1897 Jefferson/Meagher 1894 1897 1903 1897 1897 1897
F6 Carbon 17 W. Eleventh/P.O. Box 887, Red Lodge 59068-0887 1895 Park/Yellowstone 1904 1895 1895 1895 1895 1895
K6 Carter 214 Park St., P.O. Box 315, Ekalaka 59324-0315 1917 Fallon 1915 1917 1915 1917 1917 1917
D4 Cascade 415 Second Ave. N., Great Falls 59401 1887 Chouteau/Meagher/Lewis and Clark 1892 1888 1893 1887 1887 1887
E2 Chouteau 1308 Franklin, Box 459 , Fort Benton 59442-0459 1865 original 1895 1882 1895 1865 1865 1865
J5 Custer 1010 Main St., Miles City 59301-3419 1877 Big Horn 1895 1877 1896 1877 1877 1877
J1 Daniels 213 Main St./P.O. Box 247, Scobey 59263-0247 1920 Sheridan/Valley 1913 1920 1920 1920 1920 1920
K3 Dawson 207 W. Bell, Glendive 59330-1694 1869 Big Horn 1895 1882 1895 1869 1869 1869
B5 Deer Lodge 800 S. Main, Anaconda 59711-2999 1865 original 1903 1865 1895 1865 1865 1865
K5 Fallon 10 W. Fallon, P.O. Box 846, Baker 59313-0846 1913 Custer 1908 1912 1918 1913 1913 1913
F3 Fergus 712 Main St., Lewistown 59457-2562 1885 Meagher 1904 1885 1904 1885 1885 1885
Land was added from Chouteau County in 1907.
A2 Flathead 800 S. Main St., Kalispell 59901-5400 1893 Missoula 1896 1892 1907 1893 1893 1893
D6 Gallatin 311 W. Main St., Bozeman 59715-4576 1865 original 1895 1865 1895 1865 1865 1865
H3 Garfield Leavit St./P.O. Box 7, Jordan 59337-0007 1919 Dawson 1911 1919 1917 1919 1919 1919
B1 Glacier 512 E. Main St., Cut Bank 59427-3016 1919 Teton 1919 1910 1919 1919 1919 1919
F5 Golden Valley P.O. Box 10, Ryegate 59074-0010 1920 Musselshell/Sweet Grass 1919 1892 1920 1920 1920 1920
B4 Granite 220 N. Sansome/P.O. Box 925, Philipsburg 59858-0925 1893 Deer Lodge 1895 1892 1895 1893 1893 1893
Land was added from Missoula County in 1943.
E1 Hill 315 Fourth St., Havre 5950-3999 1912 Chouteau 1898 1912 1897 1912 1912 1912
C5 Jefferson 201 Centennial/Box H, Boulder 59632-0249 1865 original 1895 1866 1895 1865 1865 1865
E4 Judith Basin 31 First Ave./Box 427, Stanford 59479-0427 1920 Cascade/Fergus 1920 1920 1920 1920 1920 1920
A3 Lake 106 Fourth Ave. East, Polson 59860-2125 1923 Flathead/Missoula 1923 1923 1923 1923 1923 1923
C4 Lewis and Clark 316 N. Park/P.O. Box 1724 , Helena 59624-1724 1865 (as Edgerton; renamed 1867)original 1895 1865 1895 1867 1867 1867
D2 Liberty 111 First St. E./Box 459, Chester 59522-0459 1920 Chouteau/Hill 1920 1920 1920 1920 1920 1920
A1 Lincoln 512 California Ave., Libby 59923-1942 1909 Flathead 1897 1896 1897 1909 1909 1909
3 McCone 1004 Ave. C/P.O. Box 199, Circle 59215-0199 1919 Dawson/Richland 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919
C6 Madison 110 W. Wallace/Box 278, Virginia City 59755-0278 1865 original 1903 1864 1903 1865 1865 1865
D4 Meagher P.O. Box 309, White Sulphur Springs 59645-0309 1867 Gallatin 1895 1866 1895 1867 1867 1867
B4 Missoula 200 W. Broadway, Missoula 59802-4292 1865 original; added Powell, 1915 1895 1865 1895 1865 1865 1865
Land was added from Powell County in 1915.
G5 Musselshell 506 Main St., Roundup 59072-2498 1911 Fergus/Yellowstone 1911 1895 1911 1911 1911 1911
E6 Park 414 E. Callender, Livingston 59047-2799 1887 Gallatin 1889 1887 1892 1887 1887 1887
G4 Petroleum 201 E. Main/P.O. Box 226, Winnett 59087-0226 1925 Fergus 1916 1925 1915 1925 1925 1925
G2 Phillips 314 2nd Ave. W./P.O. Box 360, Malta 59538-0360 1915 Blaine/Valley 1914 1915 1917 1915 1915 1915
C2 Pondera 20 Fourth Ave., S.W., Conrad 59425-2340 1919 Chouteau/Teton 1910 1919 1913 1919 1919 1919
J6 Powder River P.O. Box 270, Broadus 59317-0270 1919 Custer 1919 1915 1919 1919 1919 1919
C5 Powell 409 Missouri Ave., Deer Lodge 59722-1084 1901 Deer Lodge 1907 1901 1907 1901 1901 1901
Land was added from counties Deer Lodge in 1903 and Missoula in 1915.
J4 Prairie 217 W. Park/Box 125, Terry 59349-0125 1915 Custer/Dawson/Fallon 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915 1915
A5 Ravalli 215 S. Fourth, Hamilton 59840-2853 1893 Missoula 1911 1893 1911 1893 1893 1893
3 Richland 201 W. Main, Sidney 59270-4087 1914 Dawson 1914 1914 1912 1914 1914 1914
K2 Roosevelt 400 2nd Ave. South, Wolf Point 59201-1600 1919 Sheridan 1919 1913 1919 1919 1919 1919
H4 Rosebud P.O. Box 47, Forsyth 59327-0047 1901 Custer 1893 1901 1900 1901 1901 1901
A3 Sanders 1111 Main St./P.O. Box 519, Thompson Falls 59873-0519 1906 Missoula 1915 1906 1915 1906 1906 1906
K1 Sheridan 100 W. Laurel Ave., Plentywood 59254-1699 1913 Valley 1911 1913 1911 1913 1913 1913
C5 Silver Bow 155 W. Granite, Butte 59701-9256 1881 Deer Lodge 1878 1881 1890 1881 1881 1881
Land was again added from Deer Lodge in 1917.
F6 Stillwater 400 Third Ave N./Box 970, Columbus 59019-0970 1913 Carbon/Sweet Grass (1915)/Yellowstone 1887 1913 1907 1913 1913 1913
Land was added from Sweet Grass in 1915.
E5 Sweet Grass 200 W. First Ave./P.O. Box 888, Big Timber 59011-0888 1895 Meagher/Park/Yellowstone 1895 1895 1895 1895 1895 1895
C3 Teton 110 S. Main/P.O. Box 610, Choteau 59422-0610 1893 Chouteau 1897 1893 1919 1893 1893 1893
D1 Toole 226 1st St. South, Shelby 59474-1920 1914 Hill/Teton 1912 1914 1912 1914 1914 1914
H5 Treasure 307 Rapelje/P.O. Box 392, Hysham 59038-0392 1919 Rosebud 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919
H2 Valley 501 Sq. Court, Box 1, Glasgow 59230-2405 1893 Dawson 1907 1893 1907 1893 1893 1893
E5 Wheatland 201 A Ave. NW , P.O. Box 1903, Harlowton 59036-1903 1917 Meagher/Sweet Grass 1908 1917 1909 1917 1917 1917
K4 Wibaux 200 S. Wilbaux/Box 199, Wibaux 59353-0199 1914 Dawson/Fallon (1919) 1914 1914 1914 1914 1914 1914
G5 Yellowstone 217 North. 27th St. , P.O. Box 35000, Billings 59107-5000 1883 Custer/Gallatin 1884 1887 1884 1883 1883 1883
Land was added from the Crow Indian Reservation in 1885.