Genealogy

The Archives has created databases for some of our most heavily used resources. This is not a complete database of our holdings, so please contact the Archives if you are not finding what you are looking for. 

Click on a link below to download a PDF version of the database.

Cemetery Records

St. Patrick's Cemetery
The St. Patrick’s Cemetery Records run from 1882 to approximately 1968. They list the name of deceased, sex, date of death, date of birth, if deceased has a mortuary record, and any inscription on the headstone. St. Patrick’s was established in 1885 and maintained until 1905 by the parish priest of St. Patrick’s Church. Eventually, the Diocese of Helena took over management of the cemetery and hired a sexton. Butte hosted a large population of Catholics and the cemetery was soon at capacity. In 1912, the Diocese established a new cemetery, Holy Cross.
St. Patrick's Cemetery (PDF) or view a map of the cemetery

Holy Cross Cemetery
The Holy Cross Cemetery Records run from 1912 to 2012. They list the name of deceased, date of death, date of burial, responsible party, and location of the grave. 
Holy Cross Cemetery (PDF)

Mount Moriah Cemetery
The Mount Moriah Cemetery Records run from 1897 to 2012. They list the name of deceased, date of death, the age of deceased, the location of grave, undertaker, and permit number. Mount Moriah was established in 1877 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Masonic Lodge of Butte. The two organizations acquired 45 acres for $5.00 from the Northern Pacific Railroad. The cemetery encompasses the Chinese cemetery as well. In 2000, the cemetery became a private, non-profit organization overseen by a six-member board of directors and managed by a sexton and office manager who created a detailed index of the sexton records. That index was the basis for this database.
Mount Moriah Cemetery (PDF)

Mountain View Cemetery
The Mountain View Cemetery Records run from 1918 to 1994. They list the name of deceased, date of death, date of burial, the age of deceased, the location of grave, undertaker, and permit number. Mountain View was established in 1910 by businessmen Thomas Tomich and Joseph Fabian. By the mid-1940s, it had evolved into a family-owned cemetery and is still maintained as such. 
Mountain View Cemetery
 (PDF) or view a map of the cemetery

B'Nai Israel Cemetery

The B’Nai Israel Cemetery Records run from approximately 1880 to 1979. They list the name of deceased, sex, date of death, date of birth, if deceased has a mortuary record, and any inscription on the headstone. The B’nai Israel Cemetery is the Jewish cemetery established in the late 1870s when the Northern Pacific Railroad sold 10 acres off South Montana Street to the Hebrew Benevolent Society for $5.00. At one time, Butte hosted two synagogues: B’Nai Israel and Adath Israel. As the Jewish community of Butte declined, the two groups maintained one temple and one cemetery.
B'Nai Israel Cemetery (PDF)

Naturalization Records
Butte-Silver Bow was a city of many immigrants and holds thousands of naturalization papers from the Silver Bow County District Courts. At one time, there were three State District Courts in the county. The naturalization records herein represent all three courts. The naturalization process required the filing of a series of three records by individuals. All immigrants had to file a Declaration of Intention to Become a Citizen. Once a person decided to become a citizen, he had to file a Petition for Naturalization. Petitions were filed in either State or Federal District Courts. Once a Petition was filed, the individual had to check into the courts periodically and had to take citizenship courses usually offered at local schools or sometimes in social clubs such as the YMCA. A petitioner had to obey the law, remain employed, and maintain their lifestyle in a moral and upstanding way. After a period of 5 to 7 years, a petitioner would be granted or denied citizenship in the United States of America.

Declarations of Intention to Become a Citizen (PDF)

Petitions for Naturalization (PDF)

Certificates of Naturalization (PDF)

Applications to take Oath of Allegiance (PDF)

Mortuary and Obituary Records

Deaths from the Flu Epidemic, 1918-1919
The flu epidemic in 1918-1919 claimed the lives of close to 1500 Butte people – men, women, and children. These records provide names and ages of people who died from the flu and, if known, their places of birth, their parents’ names and places of birth, their maiden names, and the cemeteries in which they were interred. Some of the records in this database may not be specifically related to the Spanish Flu epidemic but were included in the original data collection so were included in this database. They can be eliminated by date for statistical purposes. However, it should be noted that many individuals who died from the flu are not listed in this database because of the sheer volume of deaths. Records simply were not well kept.
Deaths from the Flu Epidemic (PDF)