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Butte-Silver Bow County, Montana
Genealogy Website

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Patrolman George H. Pace
Took Risky Chance

Fortune Tellers of Butte

Judge Jeremiah J. Lynch

  A Midnight Horror-Officer Fred A. Parlin 
Shot in Cold Blood

Submitted by Darren Conn 


September 2013

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Butte got its beginning in the late 1800s as a mining town in the valley near Silver Bow Creek.  Butte sits high in the Rocky Mountains near the Continental Divide.  Gold and silver were mined at first, but with the invention of electricity, copper soon came in demand.  The Butte hills were rich in copper making Butte known as “the Richest Hill on Earth.”  

The population soared to over a hundred thousand people at one time.   Workers came from many countries including but not limited to Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, Finland, Austria, Serbia, Italy, China, Croatia, Montenegro, Mexico, and Canada, as well as areas all over the United States.  Butte is so rich in its history that people come here just to see where their ancestors lived so long ago.

Prior to 1881, Butte was part of Deer Lodge County. For that reason, Butte records before that time are housed in the Powell County Courthouse in Deer Lodge.

In 1977, the city of Butte and Silver Bow County combined governments to form Butte-Silver Bow. In 1980, under the guidance of the Butte Historical Society, Butte-Silver Bow established the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives. All existing records of both bodies have been gathered and are preserved in the Archives. They are now available for research.

Silver Bow County


Butte-Silver Bow County Coordinator
Suzanne Andrews 

MTGenWeb State Coordinator

Shirley Cullum


The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives 
new website and database is now on line. 
Check it out!!!


Dennis O'Leary, Deputy Sheriff, Silver Bow County, Montana,
was shot by masked gunmen while protecting a voting booth on election night in 1898.

This photograph of Dennis O'Leary and his family was taken about one year prior to the shooting incident.

Butte  Centerville   Divide   Melrose  

Ramsay  Rocker  Silver Bow  


Deer Lodge County, MT  
Powell County, MT


If you have a resource for Butte-Silver Bow County and are willing to help do lookups, please send me an email.

  There's more.....

Research Resources

Cemeteries, Memorials
 & Funeral Homes

Butte & 
Other Montana Links 
of Interest

RootsWeb Message Boards

Birth/Death/Marriage Records

Butte-Silver Bow Archives

Butte-Silver Bow Mailing List

Catholic Churches

Counties Surrounding


Montana State Hospital

Researchers for hire

Silver Bow County Political Graveyard

Silver Bow County PHOTO ARCHIVES

MTGenWeb Archives for Silver Bow County




If you wish a look up for any of these cemeteries, you may email me with "Cemetery Lookup" in the subject line.

B'nai Israel Cemetery

Holy Cross Cemetery
   Holy Cross Babyland

Mount Moriah Cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery
   Soldier's Monument

St. Patrick's Cemetery

Sunset Memorial Park


Granite Mountain Memorial

MT Law Officer's Memorial


Butte Chamber of Commerce

Butte America

Butte Public Library

Mainstreet Uptown Butte

Only in Butte

Montana Historical Society-Helena

Montana 0nline Resources

Montana State Genealogical Society

Pit Watch


Suzanne Andrews
 MTGenWeb County Coordinator
 for Butte-Silver Bow County, MT
 Updated 08/13/15

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