June 2013


Carbon County

I am Rebecca Maloney the County Coordinator.  If you have genealogy items of interest you would like to share- PLEASE Contact me !   Thank you to the previous CC's and volunteers that have helped with this MTGenWeb Project!

Carbon County Montana genealogy family history
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County Seat: Red Lodge. Formed in March 1895 from Park & Yellowstone Counties.
Carbon County is in the central part of Montana, bordering Wyoming, and was named for the abundant coal found in the area. The first oil well in the state was in Elk Basin in 1915. The Montana coal mining industry went through some dramatic changes from 1919 to 1930. At the time of that the month-and-a-half nationwide coal miners strike began on November 1, 1919, there were about 4,000 coal miners in Montana. But during 1930, there were only 2,428 people employed in the Montana coal mining industry, according to statistics compiled from U.S. Census Records.
In Carbon County (which had coal mines in Red Lodge, Bridger and Bear Creek during 1919), the number of mine employees went from about 1,280 in 1919 to 869 in 1930. In Musselshell County (which had mines in Roundup, Klein and Carpenter Creek in 1919), there was a decrease from about 1,175 in 1919 to 725 in 1930.
The reduction in the number of coal miners in Cascade County and Lehigh were even more dramatic. In Cascade County (which had mines in Sand Coulee, Stockett, Tracy and Belt), there was a decrease from about 1,125 in 1919 to 348 in 1930. During 1919, there were about 400 or 500 people working in the mines in Lehigh (which was located in Fergus County at the time). In Lehigh, the coal mines were shut down for good during the early part of 1921 and were declared abandoned in 1924.


StarDo you have ancestors from the Joliet area? Check out this circa 1915 photo of classmates in the Joliet School.
Can you identify any of your family?  Also, check out this list of Joliet Surnames!

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Exchange of information is key to our genealogical research. The Carbon Co. MTGenWeb Project provides the opportunity to do just that
via the Carbon County Message Board!
The Boards contain and allow postings for QUERIES, BIBLE RECORDS, BIOGRAPHIES,

Message boards have a Search Engine feature which allows people to search for surnames in which they're interested!
This helps you to search for your ancestor and others to find your message!






Carbon County School Records

1911 Bear Creek Public School Souvenir Booklet - submitted by John Uhlman

1937-1938 Boyd School Class Photo - submitted by Sandy Sage

More Class Photos

1922 Carbon County High School Commencement Program - submitted by Faith Barnwell

c1915 Joliet School Class Photo - submitted by Vicki Leimback

Carbon County Brand Book

Carbon County Courthouse Records

Clerk & Recorder, Carbon County, P. O. Box 887, Red Lodge, MT 59068. Telephone:406-446-1220

Records available: Birth: After 1903, with a very few in the beginning; Death, sketchy from 5 Jan 1903, then more complete, (they suggest you try the state offices for early ones); Leases from 1887; Military Service discharges from 1917; Land from 1887; Voter records from 1896; Miscellaneous from 1887

Year 2012 Fees: Certified copy birth: $5.00; Certified copy birth, laminated wallet size: $6.00; death: $3.00, can't do uncertified.

Clerk of the District Court, Carbon County, P. O. Box 948, Red Lodge, MT 59068 Telephone: 406-446-1225

Records available: Marriage, Divorce, Probate, Naturalization, Criminal and Civil court from 1895.

Biographies of Carbon County Montana

Businesses around Carbon County Montana

Cities and Towns of Carbon County Montana

Montana Memory Project

Native & Metis Tribes of Montana

National Register of Historic Places

Obituaries of Montana

Funeral homes in Carbon County:

Dahl Funeral Chapel Olcott Funeral Chapel
708 South McMillan 201 North Broadway
Red Lodge, Montana 59068 Red Lodge, Montana 59068
406-446-1800 406-446-1121


Carbon County News, P. O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068
(Copies of very old newspapers are at the Carbon County Historical Society, address below.)

Carbon County Historical Society, P. O. Box 881, Red Lodge, MT 59068

This organization has done a great job of organizing name and historical indexes, articles, etc. dealing with the colorful history of Carbon County. They also have books containing original old newspapers, dating back to late 1800's.


Burials in Carbon County
Carbon County Cemeteries
Carbon County MT family historyLookups for Carbon County
Listed here are several individuals have graciously volunteered to do limited lookups in some valuable Carbon County Resources.

montana family historyCarbon County Mailing List

A discussion list for individuals researching Carbon County. To subscribe, click above and write the word "subscribe" in the body of the message.

Historical Highway Marker Database


montana family treesOfficers Killed in the Line of Duty


Carbon County MT family historyAbandoned & Little Known Airfields of Montana


Carbon County MT family historyUSGW Kidz USGW Kidz Project - free resources for beginning genealogy research


Visit the Carbon County USGenWeb Archives

Neighboring Counties:

Big Horn County


  Park County, Montana


  Stillwater County


Yellowstone County


Park County, Wyoming -This neighboring county lies directly South of Carbon County. Many Carbon County residents were closely allied with this Wyoming county.


Links to other sites of interest:

Free Irish Genealogy Ebooks

Historical Schools of Carbon County

The MTGenWeb Project's Photo Archive

A fabulous site started by Patti Easton and now handled by the State Coordinator as part of the state site.
This site will be growing steadily, so check back often!!!


Resources at Rootsweb

Rootsweb's Surname, County and State Resource sites - a very useful tool.


Karen De Groote, State Coordinator

Suzanne Andrews, Assistant State Coordinator

Rebecca Maloney, County Coordinator

Contact Information for USGenWeb:

National Coordinator: Linda K. Lewis 

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