Note: There are not many records before 1890.
To obtain uncertified copies of BIRTH/DEATH
less than 30 years old are NOT public record and can
only be issued as certified ($5.00). Also, they can only be
issued to the individual named (if 18) mother, or father.
Unless a grandparent has guardianship, which must be proven,
grandparents are NOT authorized to get copies -
certified or non-certified - birth certificates unless the
registrant is more than 30 years old. If a man requests a
birth certificate alleging to be the father, IF, when we
bring the certificate up on the system there is no father
listed, he can NOT be given the certificate. For a
parent to receive a copy of the certificate, they must be
listed on the certificate. People doing genealogy research
will only get an informational copy ($0.50).
Genealogy copies will be stamped as informational and can
not be used for any legal purpose.
name at birth, date of birth, mother's maiden name and
father's name; also reason for request.
Person's full name and
date of death. If date is not known, there is a charge of
$1.00 per year searched for the information requested.
These searches are done as staff time is available due to
staffing shortage, but generally within a week. The more
information provided, the less fees will likely be charged.
People doing genealogy research
will only get an informational copy ($0.50).Fees must be paid in advance of information being sent,
so name, phone, fax or e-mail information should be provided
for contact. A stamped, self-addressed envelope is
Send a check or
money order with your request to:
Butte-Silver Bow County
Clerk & Recorder's Office
155 W. Granite Street
Butte, MT 59701
For more information,
(406) 497-6335 (Main Office)
(406) 497-6345 (Birth Records)
(406) 497-6336 (Land Records)
MARRIAGE LICENSE OR DIVORCE CERTIFICATES
The Butte-Silver Bow Clerk of the Court
will still issue
copies of old marriage licenses. No definite ruling has
been made not to do so at this time, as a result the recent
The Search fee for
records is $2.00 per year, per name up to 7 years, $1.00 per
name thereafter. Copies of other documents on record are
$1.00 per page for first 10 pages, $.50 thereafter of each
file per request.
obtain a copy of a marriage license or divorce decree, you
should send the name of the Bride & Groom, the date (or
approximate date if exact date is unknown),
the appropriate fees and a self-addressed, stamped envelope
Clerk of the Court
155 W. Granite Street, #313
Butte, MT 59701
MONTANA STATE VITAL RECORDS
P. O. Box 4210
111 North Sanders
Helena, MT 59604-4210
Vital records may also be found at
Search - Montana State Vital Records
The Archives has an extensive collection of
area newspapers, published between 1896 and 1962.
If you wish to receive a copy of an obituary,
you can call or write
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
PO Box 81
Butte, MT 59703
Butte-Silver Bow Archives
There is a
fee for the search, and 50-cents to a dollar a copy
(depends on size of binder).
You might want to call ahead to find out exact charges
for the type of research you need performed.
THE BUTTE PUBIC LIBRARY
published from 1876 to
the current issue are held at:
The Butte Public Library
226 West Broadway
Butte, MT 59701
Please enclose a
envelope with your request.