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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Montana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Naturalization
Record Group RG 21: Records of District Courts of the United States
Collection years 1868-1999
National Archives Identifier 350
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes naturalization Records from the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Montana, part of RG 21 Records of the United States of the United States from the Denver Regional NARA facility for the following collections.

  • NAID 6857750 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Helena Term. Naturalization Records, 1889-1999
  • NAID 1136993 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Helena Term. Index to Naturalization Records, 1894-1906
  • NAID 4529409 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Helena Term. Naturalization Certificate Stub Books, 1907-1927
  • NAID 1136970 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Helena Term. Naturalization Petitions, 1907-1927
  • NAID 1137591 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Helena Term. Naturalization, 1892-1929
  • NAID 1138207 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Helena Term. Declarations of Intention for Naturalization, 1891-1893
  • NAID 1136984 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Helena Term. Naturalization Records, 1889-1999
  • NAID 1136990 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Helena Term. Naturalization records,1894-1906
  • NAID 2674600 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Helena Term. Index to Naturalization records,1891-1898
  • NAID 1137799 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Butte Term, Citizenship Record Books, 1894-1903
  • NAID 1137818 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Butte Term. Declarations of Intention for Naturalization, 1894-1902
  • NAID 1137887 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Butte Term. Index to Declarations of Intention for Naturalization, 1894-1902
  • NAID 1137235 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Butte Term. Naturalization Petition and Record Books, 1910-1929
  • NAID 1138216 U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Montana. Butte Term. Index to Citizenship Record Books, 1894-1903
  • NAID 1136813 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Butte Term. Naturalization Petition Record Book, 1926-1926
  • NAID 1137809 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Butte Term. Index to Citizenship Record Book, 1894-1903
  • NAID 1137242 U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. Great Falls Term. Declarations of Intention for Naturalization, 1924-1924
  • NAID 1138230 U.S. Territorial Court for the First (Bozeman) District of Montana. Declarations of Intention, 1868-1885

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

These records may contain any of the following:

  • Name of the immigrant
  • Country of birth
  • Arrival date
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • Arrival place
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Maiden name of wife
  • Birth date of spouse
  • Residence of spouse

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate immigration and naturalization dates.
  • The ancestor’s residence.

If you do not know this information, check the 1900 or 1910 census and then calculate the possible year of naturalization based on the date of immigration. The 1920 census may tell you the exact year of immigration or naturalization.

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.

View the Images

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  2. Select the appropriate Record Type, Year Range, and Volume Number or Letter 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 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 information to find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, ship’s manifests, birth, christening, marriage, and census records.
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Use the information in the subsequent records 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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Various NAID. Records of District Court of the United States, 1685 - 2009, RG 21. National Archives at Denver, Colorado.
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