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September 2015
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             Montana State Genealogy site for Montana Death Index, all counties
              1930 Montana US Census indexes by MSGS - (incomplete, more coming)
              Norwegians In Montana - Marriages & Naturalizations, by Richard Fretheim
              Montana  1880 Census 

Montana USGenWeb Archives:
History of Montana, by Joaquim Miller, 1894
History of Montana, by Helen F. Sanders, 1913
Montana Its Story and Biography, by Tom Stout, 1921
"Montana the Land and the People" Robert George Raymer,  1930

Index to 1899 "Society of Montana Pioneers" Volume 1

About Richland County...
Created from the original county of Dawson in 1914, Richland County today has a population of about 10,000. It is situated in NE Montana with the Missouri River on the north, and the state of North Dakota to the east. Homesteaders settled the fertile area and some stayed. Dry dusty years, the Great Depression and two World Wars saw many leave.  Those who remained left their footprints in the historical heritage of the last homestead era of America. Two excellent family history books have been done on early settlers, Courage Enough I & II.  Another book, Home Range, chronicles the Elmdale settlers.
Sidney became the county seat, and the local courthouse holds the birth, death, marriage, land patent, naturalization and probate documents.
If you own books or other material about Richland County and would be willing to look up information for researchers, please contact me.

Write to the Clerk & Recorder for Records available:
Birth, Death, Lease, Mortgage, Deeds: from 1914; Military Service: from 1944
Clerk & Recorder
Richland County
201 West Main Street
Sidney, MT 59270-4035
phone: 406-433-1708
Richland Courthouse
see Courthouse Website for 2010 fees
 Birth, $5.00 -  Death, $3.00

Uncertified copies: $2.00 after 30 years
Birth or Death Searches available
Clerk of the District Court Records available:
Marriage, Divorce, Probate, Criminal & Civil Court and some Naturalizations from 1914.
Clerk Of District Court 
Richland County
201 West Main Street
Sidney, MT  59270-4035
phone: 406-433-1709
Sidney Library
see Courthouse Website for 2010 fees & info
Marriage records: $3.00 per certified copy
Searches over a period of years: $.50 per name; 
other copies, $.50 for first five pages

Communities within Richland County, past and present include: Mona, Elmdale, Gumbo Flats, Arthur, Andes, Girard, Sioux Pass, Nohle, Fairview, Dore, Muriel, Brorson, Ridgelawn, Riverview, Newlon, Burns, Savage, Tokna, Crane, Gettysburg,  Three Buttes, Lambert, Fox Lake,  Manrock, Lane, SIDNEY, and Clark on the East side of the Yellowstone River.

 Fort Union was an early fur trading post 21 miles north of Sidney on the Missouri River. It is now a visitor center. Little remains of near-by Mondak and Fort Buford. The town of Richey is west of the Richland border, located in Dawson County.

Neighbor counties and county seats are McCone (Circle),   Roosevelt (Wolf Point),  Sheridan (Plentywood),  Wibaux (Wibaux) and Dawson  (Glendive). Some of the early documents will be found at the Dawson County Courthouse.   Across the state line is  Williams  Co. (Williston)  N.D.

Shirley Cullum
Richland County Coordinator

updated  January 1, 2019
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