Montana Probate Records

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

This article is part of
the Montana Family History Research series.
History of Montana
Montana Vital Records
Census Records for Montana
Background Sources for Montana
Montana Maps
Montana Land Records
Montana Probate Records
Montana Court Records
Montana Tax Records
Montana Cemetery Records
Montana Church Records
Montana Military Records
Montana Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Montana Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Montana Immigration
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Ethnic Groups of Montana
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Map of Montana


Probate courts in Montana existed from 1864 to 1889. These courts had jurisdiction over adoptions, marriages, probates, and various civil suits and criminal matters. After 1889 jurisdiction was transferred to the district courts. Montana probate records are filed at the county courthouses.

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