Montana, Chouteau County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Montana, Chouteau County Records, 1876-2011 .
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Chouteau, Montana, United States
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Location of Chouteau County, Montana
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1876-2011
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images of Chouteau County records held at various repositories. Records located in the Museum of the Northern Plains (River Plains Society) include voter registers, school district records, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church records, Riverside Cemetery records and newspapers clippings of births, marriages and deaths. Records held by the Chouteau County Courthouse include birth, death, probate, naturalization, deeds and school census records. This collection covers the years 1876 to 2011.


To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, Chouteau County Records, 1876-2011.

Collection Content

Sample Images

Coverage Map

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The records may contain any of the following pieces of information:

  • Individual names
  • Birth dates and places
  • Death dates and places
  • Marriage dates and places
  • Relationships
  • Residences

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate age of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of the event.
  • The type of event.

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Record Category
  2. Select the Record Type, Volume, and Year Range which takes you to the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log. For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate the birth date to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, and death records.
  • Use the probate date as a substitute death date.
  • Use the name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery to find funeral and cemetery records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Montana, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Montana Archives and Libraries.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Montana, Chouteau County Records,1876-2011." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 15 July 2016. County courthouses, Montana.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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