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Milk River Genealogical Society

Thank you for your interest in this society. For more information, contact the address and/or people listed below. 

Mailing Address: Milk River Genealogical Society, Box 1000, Chinook, MT 59523

People to Contact:

Newsletter: None at this time.

Meeting Times: 4th Monday of the month during September through May at 1:30 pm at the Triple E Room of the Courthouse Annex.

More Information and Ongoing Projects:

  • The Society takes an annual field trip to locate old cemeteries and unmarked graves. This year we took both a spring and fall field trip. We have just completed a project which involved hiring pipe fences ( 2 7/8 pipe posts with four rails of sucker rod) built and installed around two sites in north Blaine County.  One site is the cemetery for the defunct settlement of Hydro, Montana, and the other is for two Dalke graves, Ruben (1893 - 1918) and Maria (1869 - 1917). Both sites are in land that is grazed and the Hydro graves are suffering from cattle damage to the markers and cement rectangles outlining the plots. The fences will not require maintenance. There are several Mennonite cemeteries which need attention. One contains 25-30 burials, and we only know the name of one person in the cemetery. The flu epidemic and the drought ended many of the settlements in the north country.
  • We are also beginning work on the state project of indexing  the local paper, The Chinook Opinion.  If and when we get finished with that, we will be able to answer research questions quickly. There is no county history as such. The Harlem area published a good one that is indexed and covers the eastern part of the county. It is out of print. Our society published a book about the fire in 1991 which consumed 187,000 acres. We included land histories with the stories and a feature page on the schools and the church that burned. So it contains quite a bit of history including the Bear's Paw Battleground. Homes that burned contain a picture of the original home with some history. Fire in the Wind: An Account of the 1991 Blaine County Fire immediately sold out. Our Society has prepared a bibliography of books and materials in the Blaine County Library which can be used for research. (All local histories are out-of-print except for a book about the town of Chinook called Chinook: The First 100 Years. It is basically a pictorial, but it is indexed and there are a number of names although little or no history with the name. It is on sale at the Blaine County Museum in Chinook.)
  • We do limited research, but there is not time to search newspapers unless the time is pinpointed.  When we get the papers indexed, it will make research a snap.  We're willing to check courthouse records and land records if basic information is provided.  Indexed local histories can be checked also.

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