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== Record Description  ==
 
  
This Collection will include records from 1840 to 2004.<br>
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
The collection consists of images of registers and certificates of birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. The collection includes the following counties:  
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The collection consists of registers and certificates of births and deaths acquired from county courthouses for the years 1840 to 2004. The following counties have records in this collection:  
  
 
*Broadwater  
 
*Broadwater  
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*Silver Bow
 
*Silver Bow
  
Some counties began recording births and deaths as early as 1864. These records have usually been kept by the clerk of the court in each county. Statewide registration of vital statistics began in Montana in 1907 and was generally complied with by 1920.&nbsp;
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Some counties began recording births and deaths as early as 1864. These records have usually been kept by the clerk of the court in each county. Statewide registration of vital statistics began in Montana in 1907 and was generally complied with by 1920. These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests. They are generally reliable but can vary depending on the knowledge of the informant.
  
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1930397/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
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===To Browse This Collection===
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These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests.
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These records are generally reliable but can vary depending on the knowledge of the informant.
 
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}  
 
 
 
[[Montana, County Births and Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
Birth records contain the following information:
 
 
 
[[Image:Montana, County Birth (11-0696) DGS 5204240 89 Part 1.jpg|thumb|right|Montana, County Birth (11-0696) DGS 5204240 89 Part 1.jpg]]
 
 
 
[[Image:Montana, County Birth (11-0696) DGS 5204240 89 Part 2.jpg|thumb|right|Montana, County Birth (11-0696) DGS 5204240 89 Part 2.jpg]]
 
  
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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'''Birth records''' usually contain the following information:  
  
 
*Child’s name, gender and race  
 
*Child’s name, gender and race  
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*Birth place of mother
 
*Birth place of mother
  
The death records contain the following information:
 
  
[[Image:Montana, County Death (11-0696) DGS 398094 63.jpg|thumb|right|Montana, County Death (11-0696) DGS 398094 63.jpg]]
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'''Death records''' usually contain the following:  
  
 
*Name and age of deceased  
 
*Name and age of deceased  
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*Burial information
 
*Burial information
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the County  
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<gallery caption="Montana, County Birth Record Examples" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
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Image:Montana, County Birth (11-0696) DGS 5204240 89 Part 1.jpg|Birth Record Part 1
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Image:Montana, County Birth (11-0696) DGS 5204240 89 Part 2.jpg|Birth Record Part 2
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Image:Montana, County Births and Deaths (11-0696) (14-0862) Death Reister DGS 5204283_25.jpg|Death Register
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Image:Montana, County Births and Deaths (11-0696) (14-0862) Death Certificate (example 1) DGS 5204255_24.jpg|Death Certificate (example 1)
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Image:Montana, County Births and Deaths (11-0696) (14-0862) Death Certificate (example 2) DGS 5204422_23.jpg|Death Certificate (example 2)
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⇒ Select the Record Type, Year Range, Volume number/letter which takes you to the images.  
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The date of the birth or death.
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*The place where the birth or death occurred.  
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.  
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=== Search the Index ===
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{{Search Collection Link
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the 
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'''{{RecordSearch|CID|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':<br>
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# Select the '''County'''
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# Select the '''Record Type, Year Range, Volume Number/Letter''' which takes you to the images.<br>
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1930397 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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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 [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
  
*The county where the birth or death occurred
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
*The approximate date the event occurred
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=== I Found the Person I was Looking For, What Now? ===
*The place the event occurred
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*Use the information to find other records such as christening, marriage, census, land and probate records.
*The name of the individual such as the infant, or the deceased
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*Use the information to find additional family members.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
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*[Montana Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
  
Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
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*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.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*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. 
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*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. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Montana, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Montana Archives and Libraries]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=196936&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Montana%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Abirths FamilySearch Library Catalog]
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.
 
  
For example:
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
*Use the birth record to find the parents' names.  
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*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
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*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.  
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| bgcolor="#fff3e7" style="vertical-align:top; line-height:125%; padding-top:8px" | '''Problems with this collection?'''<br>[https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Montana-County-Births-and-Deaths-1840-2004-known-issues&lang=en See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.]
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
 
*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
 
*Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.  
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*Keep in mind there is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
 
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [https://familysearch.org/ask/salesforce/viewArticle?urlname=Montana-County-Births-and-Deaths-1840-2004-known-issues&lang=en article]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. 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.
 
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*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtgenweb/vital.html Montana GenWeb Project]  
 
*[http://www.montanagenealogy.com/ Montana History and Genealogy]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[Montana|Montana]]<br>
 
*[[Montana Vital Records|Montana Vital Records]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article ==
 
  
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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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.
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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;Collection Citation:
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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"Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : 21 October 2016. Citing various county recorder offices.
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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{{Record_Citation}}
  
"Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org https&nbsp;:acessed 22 May 2012), Warren L. McMillan, born 25 November 1903, citing Montana Bureau of Vital Statistics. Montana, county births and deaths. Courthouses throughout Montana.
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{{Image_Citation}}
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
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[[Category:Montana|Vital Records]]
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? == 
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Montana, United States
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Location of Montana
Record Description
Record Type Births and Deaths
Collection years 1840-2004
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites



What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of registers and certificates of births and deaths acquired from county courthouses for the years 1840 to 2004. The following counties have records in this collection:

  • Broadwater
  • Deer Lodge
  • Jefferson
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Powell
  • Silver Bow

Some counties began recording births and deaths as early as 1864. These records have usually been kept by the clerk of the court in each county. Statewide registration of vital statistics began in Montana in 1907 and was generally complied with by 1920. These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests. They are generally reliable but can vary depending on the knowledge of the informant.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Child’s name, gender and race
  • Child’s birth date and place of birth
  • Whether child was stillborn or living
  • Number of child in the family, 1st, 2nd, etc.
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Parents' residence
  • Father’s occupation
  • Birth place of father
  • Birth place of mother


Death records usually contain the following:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death including county, township and city/village
  • Age in days, months, and years
  • Gender, race, marital status, occupation and residence of deceased
  • Birth place of deceased
  • Name of parents and their birth place
  • Name of spouse
  • Cause of death
  • Name and address of person reporting death
  • Burial information

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The date of the birth or death.
  • The place where the birth or death occurred.

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 County
  2. Select the Record Type, Year Range, Volume Number/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.

What Do I Do Next?

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

  • Use the information to find other records such as 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.
  • [Montana Church Records|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.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog


Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

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 support@familysearch.org. 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, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 21 October 2016. Citing various county recorder offices.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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