RAVALLI COUNTY GENEALOGY RESOURCES
RAVALLI COUNTY NEWSPAPERS:
REPUBLIC (formerly the Ravalli Republican)
5 days per week (M-F)
2. THE WESTERN NEWS
3. NORTH WEST TRIBUNE
the Northwest tribune
5. BITTERROOT BUGLE
6. STEVENSVILLE REGISTER
7. RAVALLI COUNTY DEMOCRAT
RAVALLI COUNTY MUSEUM
205 Bedford, Hamilton, Montana 59840
Hours: 10 AM - 4 PM Thursday through Monday
1 - 4
Tuesday & Wednesday
The Ravalli County Museum, the former Ravalli County Courthouse, built by
A.J Gibson in 1900, served as the Ravalli County Courthouse until 1979 when
it was saved from the wreckers ball by a vote of the people. It now houses
what is considered by many to be the finest little museum in the northwest.
Permanent collections include a native American collection, Ricketts Museum
commemorating the development of the Rocky Mountain Laboratory, an antique
kitchen, miner/trapper room, a veteran's display, Ernst Peterson photo exhibits,
extensive archives, including local newspapers. Victorian rooms and Lewis
and Clark room. Rotating exhibits in the former courtroom and weekly Sunday
series program at 2:00pm is of historic or cultural significance.
Phone: (406) 363-3338
The museum has the following resources:
ORIGINAL PLATS & MAPS FOR RAVALLI COUNTY
PHOTO FILES OF OLD RESIDENCES, BUILDINGS, PEOPLE IN RAVALLI
MILES ROMNEY RESEARCH LIBRARY (history books, old Montana
magazines, Montana Journals, Montana Historic Magazines, etc)
NEWSPAPER FILES: Obituaries, biographies, and historical
events are indexed from county newspapers
RAVALLI COUNTY CEMETERY RECORDS
Inscriptions from all of the cemeteries in Ravalli County
are on file at the Museum and the Bitterroot Public Library.
Also see the Bitter Root Genealogy
Contact Museum for cost of
Ravalli County marriages, births, divorces and deaths that occurred before
1893, are recorded in Missoula County. After 1893 when Ravalli County was
formed from Missoula County, events that occurred in Ravalli County
were recorded at the Ravalli County Clerk and Recorder's office. But many
people from Ravalli County have been married, born, divorced or died and
are buried in Missoula. Those records would be on file in Missoula County.
By law, all births and deaths that occurred in were to be recorded, but many
were not, even into the 1940's.
BIRTH, DEATH & ADOPTION records are on file at the Montana State
Department of Public Health and Human Services in Helena, MT. There are a
few records for births that occurred before 1907, and some records are on
file for births that occurred between1907 and 1920. Complete records are
on file for births starting in 1920. Deaths are recorded from 1926 to present.
Complete copies of a Death Certificate within 2 (two) years of the date of
death can only be issed to the following: Parent, Spouse, Child (proof or
relationship or legal need required), Legal Guardian (proof required) or
Authorized Representative (proof required).
Cost: $10.00 for the first 5 years to be searched, then
$1.00 per year over the first 5 years. For more information and application
forms for birth and death records, go to: Montana State Department
Montana Vital Statistics
111 N Sanders Room 209
PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604-4210
ADOPTION RECORDS: Access requires a Certified Court Order to open.
RAVALLI COUNTY BIRTH & DEATH RECORDS are also available from:
Ravalli County Clerk & Recorder's Office
215 S. 4th Street, Suite C
Court House Box 5002
Hamilton, MT 59840
Phone: (406) 375-6212
DIVORCE RECORDS can be found at the District Clerk of Court in the
county where the divorce occurred.
District Clerk of Court
Court House Box
Hamilton, MT 59840
MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES are only housed in the county in which the marriage
license was purchased. The Vital Statistics office can search records from
1943 to present to tell you what county to contact to access these records.
Many people from Ravalli County applied for a marriage licence and were married
in Missoula County. Those records are on file at the Clerk of Court office
in the Missoula County court house. People also went to Salmon, Idaho to
be married, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, and Spokane, Washington to be married.