Montana Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Montana, Death Index, 1860-2007 .
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 Citing This Collection
- 6 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
The collection consists of an index to deaths from the State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Office of Vital Statistics in Helena for the years 1860 to 2007. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.
What Can These Records Tell Me?
Information found in this collection may include:
- Age at Death
- Estimated Birth Year
- Date of Death
- Certificate Number or page number
- Name of Deceased
- Name of Father
- Name of Mother
- Name of Spouse
- Place of Death
- Gender of Deceased
- Page Number
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The approximate date of birth or death.
- The place where the death occurred.
- The name of a parent or spouse
Search the Index
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.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor in the death index, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- Use the information to obtain the actual death certificate.
- Use the information to locate funeral home or cemetery records.
- Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, land and probate 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 Death Index, 1860-2007." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Montana Death Index, 1868-2011." Database. Ancestry. http://www.ancestry.com : 2009. Citing State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Office of Vital Statistics, Helena.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
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