Montana, County Births and Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004 .
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|Montana, United States|
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|Location of Montana|
|Record Type||Births and Deaths|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Known Issues with This Collection
- 7 Citing This Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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:
- Deer Lodge
- Lewis and Clark
- 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
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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
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
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- Select the County
- Select the Record Type, Year Range, Volume Number/Letter which takes you to the images.
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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
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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.
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When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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