Norske Marriage & Naturalization Records
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These web pages are a index to the marriage records of Blaine, Daniels, Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley and Wibaux Counties of Montana, all of which were included in the book Norske In Montana by Richard Fretheim, an earlier work by the compiler.
is a continuation of the search for the records of those Norwegian immigrants
and Norwegian /Americans who came to the Territory/State of
The individual entries are arranged as follows ;
The grooms name, place of residence, age, place of birth and parents names
The brides name, place of residence, age, place of birth and parents names
The date and place of the marriage
The county of issue and document number of the marriage license
A “see” reference was made for each name listed in the entry after the groom’s name.
Entries were made for all licenses recorded including those for which the certificate of marriage was not completed (probably indicating that the marriage did not take place?)
The most direct and efficient approach to obtain copies of marriage licenses is to write to the Clerk of Court of the county where the document was issued, being careful to list the document number of the license, the date of the marriage and both the groom’s & the bride’s names. A fee will be charged for search and copying.
A second source is the
Montana Historical Society in
Copyright by Richard H. Fretheim and the
Information compiled from microfilm from the Montana Historical Library of the Marriage Records of the 11/12 counties of North Eastern Montana that are indexed in Volume I of Richard H. Fretheim’s book “Norske i Montana”. These records cover from the beginning to 1930.
Part 2 -
These web pages are a index to the naturalization records of Daniels, Dawson, Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley and Wibaux Counties of Montana, ten of the twelve counties (excepting Prairie and Blaine Counties, the records for which have not been filmed) indexed in the book Norske In Montana by Richard Fretheim, an earlier work by the compiler.
The primary impetus for
this work was the search for the naturalization records of those
Norwegians and Norwegian/Americans who came, directly or indirectly, to
the Territory/State of
The entries are in three parts:
Part 1 Identity - name, place and date of birth
Part 2 Route – last foreign residence (L F R), place and date of
departure, name of ship(s) taken, place and date of entrance to the
Part 3 Document number - place and date filed of the Declaration of Intention or Petition for Naturalization and number and date of the Certificate of Naturalization. (Every document was indexed, even those partially completed and marked Spoiled or those dismissed or refused, for the information they contained)
When documents for the same immigrant were found together they were listed in a single paragraph, Dec Int first, then the Pet Nat, then the number and date of issue of the Cert Nat. When the documents were found apart an indented entry was made for the additional document.
The user is reminded that due to the “county-busting” activity in Montana from 1900 to 1930 naturalization documents for a single individual could be found in as many as three different courthouses, i.e., a Dec Int filed in Valley County, two to five years later a Pet Nat filed in Sheridan County refused or dismissed, followed by a second Pet Nat filed in Daniels or Roosevelt Counties all while residing on the same homestead.
To obtain copies of naturalization documents write to the Clerk of the District Court for the county named in the entry being careful to include the name and number of the document, the filing date and the filer’s name. A fee will be charged for search and copying.
A second source is the Montana Historical Society in Helena although their collection of naturalization records on microfilm is not yet complete, primarily because the ‘filmers’ (a non-state entity) have not completed the project.
The user will note that
many entries, especially in Phillips, Valley, Daniels and
by Richard H. Fretheim and the
Information compiled from microfilm from the Montana Historical Library of the Naturalization Records of the 11/12 counties of North Eastern Montana that are indexed in Volume I of Richard H. Fretheim’s book “Norske i Montana”. These records cover from the beginning to 1930.
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