Montana, Lake County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Montana, Lake County Records 1857-2010
This article describes a collection of records at
Lake, Montana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1857-2010
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What is in This Collection?

The collection covers the years 1857 to 2010. It consists of the following records from the county courthouse in Polson, Montana.

  • Deeds
  • School census
  • Mining records
  • Vital records (death and birth records have been indexed)
  • Probate records
  • Divorce records

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, Lake County Records 1857-2010.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Name of primary individual, their age, gender and residence
  • Event date and place
  • Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
  • Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
  • Description and value of land or property
  • Occupation
  • Military information such as company, rank, and enlistment date
  • Farm information such as number and value of acres, details of crops raised
  • Statistical information about members of household

Collection Content

Sample Images

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Montana marriages click here.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor

The age of your ancestor

  • The type of event
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The names of family members and their relationships

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 to view 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.

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?

  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death
  • Use the information to find the family in census records
  • Search for the family in land and probate records
  • Search church records

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
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. 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

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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, Lake County Records, 1857-2010." Database and images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. County Courthouse, Polson.

Record Citation:
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