Welcome to
Butte-Silver Bow County, Montana
Genealogy Website



Butte got its beginning in the late 1800s as a mining town in the valley near Silver Bow Creek.  Butte sits high in the Rocky Mountains near the Continental Divide.  Gold and silver were mined at first, but with the invention of electricity, copper soon came in demand.  The Butte hills were rich in copper making Butte known as “the Richest Hill on Earth.”  

The population soared to over a hundred thousand people at one time.   Workers came from many countries including but not limited to Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Finland, Austria, Serbia, Italy, China, Croatia, Montenegro, Mexico, and Canada, as well as areas all over the United States.  Butte is so rich in its history that people come here just to see where their ancestors lived so long ago.

Prior to 1881, Butte was part of Deer Lodge County. For that reason, Butte records before that time are housed in the Powell County Courthouse in Deer Lodge.

In 1977, the city of Butte and Silver Bow County combined governments to form Butte-Silver Bow. In 1980, under the guidance of the Butte Historical Society, Butte-Silver Bow established the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives. All existing records of both bodies have been gathered and are preserved in the Archives. They are now available for research.

Silver Bow County


Butte-Silver Bow County Coordinator
Suzanne Andrews 

The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives new website and database is now on line. Click here to check it out!!!

Butte Miners c1910
Submitted by Cherie Cloudt

Butte  Centerville   Divide   Melrose  

Ramsay  Rocker  Silver Bow  


Deer Lodge County, MT  
Powell County, MT



If you have a resource for Butte-Silver Bow County and are willing to help do lookups, please send me an email.

Research Resources

Cemeteries, Memorials
 & Funeral Homes

Butte & 
Other Montana Links 
of Interest

RootsWeb Message Boards
Birth/Death/Marriage Records
Butte-Silver Bow Archives
Butte-Silver Bow Mailing List

Catholic Churches
Counties Surrounding
Montana State Hospital

Researchers for hire
Silver Bow County Political Graveyard
Silver Bow County PHOTO ARCHIVES




B'nai Israel Cemetery
Holy Cross Cemetery
Holy Cross Babyland
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Mountain View Cemetery
   Soldier's Monument
St. Patrick's Cemetery

Sunset Memorial Park
Granite Mountain Memorial
MT Law Officer's Memorial

Funeral Homes
Butte Chamber of Commerce
Butte America
Butte Public Library
Mainstreet Uptown Butte
Only in Butte
Montana Historical Society-Helena
Montana 0nline Resources

Montana State Genealogical Society
Pit Watch

  There's more.....

Suzanne Andrews
 MTGenWeb County Coordinator
 for Butte-Silver Bow County, MT
 Updated 11/12/13

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