Silver Bow County


Butte-Silver Bow County Coordinator
Suzanne Andrews 

MTGenWeb State Coordinator
Karen De Groote


Deer Lodge County, MT  

Powell County, MT

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Potter's Field
Known burials listed for Potter's Field
  Silver Bow County Poor Farm 

Butte's Famous Characters


The Mayors of Butte -

First Mayor 
Henry R. Jacobs


First Burial in New Holy Cross Cemetery
From The Anaconda Standard, 
June 4, 1912 – Page 8

Other newspaper articles of interest

Patrolman George H. Pace Took Risky Chance

A Midnight Horror-Officer Fred A. Parlin 
Shot in Cold Blood
Submitted by Darren Conn 

Judge Jeremiah J. Lynch

 Butte's new history center to note
anniversary of union leader's brutal death

by Renata Birkenbuel, The Montana Standard

 1920's violence revisited: Butte history, massacre featured in Irish radio documentary   
Mike Smith , The Montana Standard

Women's Suffrage--"Excerpt of a Speech on Womans Suffrage - Delivered Feb. 1st 1913  at Butte, Montana"

Fortune Tellers of Butte

Welcome to
Butte-Silver Bow County, Montana
Genealogy Website
Updated 27 Jun 2022



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Potter's Field
(Poor Farm Cemetery)
  Silver Bow County Poor Farm


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, some Butte records before that time are housed in the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Courthouse, Anaconda, Montana.   At one time I was told that there may be some Butte records stored in the Powell County Courthouse or in the W.K. Kohrs Memorial Library in Deer Lodge, Montana; however, I haven't been able to verify if this is fact or not. 

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.

Also see:  Butte History and "Lost Butte"



Butte's Famous Characters 


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


Special Stories

These stories are special because
they are personal and have roots in Butte, MT



The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives 
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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 Silver Bow County


Montana State Hospital

Researchers for hire

Silver Bow County Political Graveyard  
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Silver Bow County PHOTO ARCHIVES 
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MTGenWeb Archives for Silver Bow County  (Off site-Use back button to return)



The Ultimate Beginner’s 
Guide to Genealogy



If you wish a look up for any of these cemeteries, 
you may email me with "Cemetery Lookup"
 in the subject line.

B'nai Israel Cemetery

Holy Cross Cemetery
   Holy Cross Babyland

Mount Moriah Cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery
   Soldier's Monument

Potter's Field
Known burials listed for Potter's Field

St. John's Episcopal Church Columbarium

St. Patrick's Cemetery

Sunset Memorial Park


Granite Mountain Memorial

MT Law Officer's Memorial


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Butte Chamber of Commerce

Butte America

Butte Public Library

Mainstreet Uptown Butte

Montana Historical Society-Helena

Montana 0nline Resources

Montana State Genealogical Society

Pit Watch



Suzanne Andrews
 MTGenWeb County Coordinator
 for Butte-Silver Bow County, MT
 Updated 27 Jun 2022

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