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Our Genealogy Helper for Big Arm ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Big Arm (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Big Arm. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Big Arm is located in Lake County.

To see how the shape of Montana's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lake County: Flathead, Missoula & Sanders.

Below are the counties that are near Big Arm. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Big Arm:

  • Lake County     (The home county of Big Arm)
    • Elmo [Lake County]
    • Dayton [Lake County]
    • Kings Point [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kings Point
      • Kings Point [Lake County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kings Point have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kings Point
    • Proctor [Lake County]
    • Rocky Point [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rocky Point
      • Rocky Point [Lake County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rocky Point have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rocky Point
    • Jette [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jette
      • Jette [Lake County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Arm
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jette
    • Rollins [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rollins
      • Rollins [Lake County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rollins have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rollins
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rollins<2>
    • Kerr [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kerr
      • Kerr [Lake County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kerr have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kerr
    • Polson [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Polson
      • Polson [Lake County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Arm
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,181 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Polson have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Polson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Polson<2>
    • Finley Point [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Finley Point
      • Finley Point [Lake County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Finley Point have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Finley Point
    • Lake Mary Ronan [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Mary Ronan
      • Lake Mary Ronan [Lake County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Big Arm
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Mary Ronan
    • Turtle Lake [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Turtle Lake
      • Turtle Lake [Lake County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Turtle Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Turtle Lake
  • Flathead County
    • Lakeside [Flathead County]
    • Somers [Flathead County]
    • Bigfork [Flathead County]
    • Forest Hill Village [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forest Hill Village
      • Forest Hill Village [Flathead County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Forest Hill Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forest Hill Village
    • Kila [Flathead County]
    • Bear Creek Village [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bear Creek Village
      • Bear Creek Village [Flathead County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Big Arm
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bear Creek Village
    • Creston [Flathead County]
    • Kalispell [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kalispell
      • Kalispell [Flathead County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Big Arm
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,329 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kalispell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kalispell<2>
    • Marion [Flathead County]
    • Evergreen [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evergreen
      • Evergreen [Flathead County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evergreen have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evergreen
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Evergreen<2>
    • Columbia Falls [Flathead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Columbia Falls
      • Columbia Falls [Flathead County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the north of Big Arm
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,209 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Columbia Falls
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Columbia Falls<2>
  • Missoula County
  • Sanders County
    • Niarada [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Niarada
      • Niarada [Sanders County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Niarada have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Niarada
    • Lonepine [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lonepine
      • Lonepine [Sanders County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lonepine have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lonepine
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lonepine<2>
    • Hot Springs [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hot Springs
      • Hot Springs [Sanders County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Arm
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 587 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hot Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hot Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hot Springs<2>
    • Dixon [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dixon
      • Dixon [Sanders County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the south of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dixon have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dixon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dixon<2>
    • Paradise [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paradise
      • Paradise [Sanders County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Arm
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paradise have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paradise
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Paradise<2>
    • Plains [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plains
      • Plains [Sanders County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Arm
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,139 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Plains have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plains<2>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Big Arm, see our County-by-County Page for Big Arm.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Big Arm ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 51 newspapers that have been published in the area around Big Arm.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Big Arm. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Big Arm and those printed in the larger area surrounding Big Arm.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Big Arm.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Big Arm:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Montana

Cemeteries Near Big Arm ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Big Arm.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Big Arm covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Indian Cemetery
  • Hospital Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hospital Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hospital Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hospital Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Arm.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hospital Cemetery
  • Polson Catholic Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Polson Catholic Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Polson Catholic Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Polson Catholic Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Arm.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Polson Catholic Cemetery
  • Lakeview Cemetery
  • Niarada Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Niarada Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Niarada Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Niarada Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Big Arm.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Niarada Cemetery
  • McKay Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the McKay Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the McKay Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • McKay Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Big Arm.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on McKay Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Murray Memorial Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Murray Memorial Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Murray Memorial Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Murray Memorial Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Arm.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Murray Memorial Cemetery
    • Indian Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Indian Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Indian Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Indian Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Big Arm.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indian Cemetery
    • Ventling Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ventling Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ventling Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ventling Cemetery lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Arm.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ventling Cemetery
    • Moore Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Moore Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Moore Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Moore Cemetery lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Arm.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moore Cemetery
    • Ronan Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ronan Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ronan Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ronan Cemetery lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Big Arm.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ronan Cemetery
    • Maillet Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Maillet Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Maillet Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Maillet Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Arm.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maillet Cemetery
    • Markle Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Markle Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Markle Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Markle Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Big Arm.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Markle Cemetery
    • Bethel Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bethel Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bethel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Bethel Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Big Arm.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bethel Cemetery
    • Lone Pine Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

While we didn't find Big Arm in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Big Arm.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Big Arm, with the one closest to Big Arm listed first.

  • Holt [Flathead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holt
    • Holt [Flathead County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Big Arm
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Holt had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holt have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holt
  • Kalispell [Flathead County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kalispell
    • Kalispell [Flathead County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Big Arm
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,329 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Kalispell had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kalispell
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kalispell<2>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Big Arm. See our List of 1890's Communities around Big Arm.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Montana

About Lake County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Big Arm. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Lake County: www.lakecounty-mt.org/

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Big Arm) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Big Arm. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Big ArmOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Arm. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.7981, Longitude: -114.2948    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Big Arm, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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