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Our Genealogy Helper for Ophir ...

So far, we have found very little information about Ophir. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Ophir to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Ophir, please Contact Us.


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 Ophir (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 Ophir. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Ophir is historic, it would have been located within present day Chouteau 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 Chouteau County: Blaine, Cascade, Fergus, Hill, Judith Basin, Liberty, Pondera & Teton.

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

  • Chouteau County     (The home county of Ophir)
    • Loma [Chouteau County]
    • Virgelle [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Virgelle
      • Virgelle [Chouteau County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Ophir
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virgelle
    • Fort Benton [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Benton
      • Fort Benton [Chouteau County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Ophir
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,442 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Benton have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Benton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Benton<3>
    • Big Sandy [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Sandy
      • Big Sandy [Chouteau County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the northeast of Ophir
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 566 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Sandy
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Big Sandy<3>
    • Geraldine [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Geraldine
      • Geraldine [Chouteau County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the southeast of Ophir
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 251 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Geraldine have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Geraldine
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Geraldine<3>
    • Carter [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carter
      • Carter [Chouteau County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the southwest of Ophir
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carter have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carter
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carter<3>
    • Big Sag [Chouteau County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Sag
      • Big Sag [Chouteau County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<2> to the southwest of Ophir
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Sag
    • Highwood [Chouteau County]
    • Floweree [Chouteau County]
    • Box Elder [Chouteau County]

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

Newspapers Published in Ophir ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ophir.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ophir, there are papers which were published within 24 miles [38.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ophir.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Ophir:

  • Genealogy information for nearby counties
  • 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 Ophir ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ophir.

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 Ophir covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Riverside Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Riverside Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Riverside Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Riverside Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the southwest of Ophir.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Riverside Cemetery
  • Clear Lake Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Clear Lake Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Clear Lake Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Clear Lake Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the southeast of Ophir.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clear Lake Cemetery
  • Montague Cemetery
  • Kenilworth Cemetery
  • Graceville Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Graceville Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Graceville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Graceville Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Ophir.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Graceville Cemetery
  • Big Sandy Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Carter Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Carter Cemetery
      • Carter Cemetery lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<2> to the southwest of Ophir.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carter Cemetery
    • Geraldine Cemetery
    • Upper Shonkin Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Upper Shonkin Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Upper Shonkin Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Upper Shonkin Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<2> to the south of Ophir.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Upper Shonkin Cemetery
    • Wolfe Cemetery
    • Twin Hills Colony 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.

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

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

  • Fort Benton [Chouteau County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Benton
    • Fort Benton [Chouteau County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Ophir
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 624 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,442 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fort Benton had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fort Benton have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Benton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Benton<3>
  • Verona [Chouteau County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Verona
    • Verona [Chouteau County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the northeast of Ophir
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Verona had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Verona have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Verona
  • Tunis [Chouteau County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tunis
    • Tunis [Chouteau County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the southwest of Ophir
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Tunis had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tunis have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tunis
  • Big Sandy [Chouteau County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Sandy
    • Big Sandy [Chouteau County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the northeast of Ophir
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 566 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Big Sandy had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Sandy
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Big Sandy<3>
  • Highwood [Chouteau County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Highwood
    • Highwood [Chouteau County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<2> to the southwest of Ophir
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 46 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Highwood had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highwood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Highwood<3>
  • Floweree [Chouteau County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Floweree
    • Floweree [Chouteau County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<2> to the southwest of Ophir
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Floweree had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Floweree
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Floweree<3>

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Montana

About Chouteau County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Chouteau County: www.co.chouteau.mt.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Ophir, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ophir) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ophir. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.9319, Longitude: -110.4730       In this case, the coordinates for Ophir have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>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.
<5>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.






















 

 

 

 

 


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