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== Record Description ==
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This Collection will include records from 1871 to 1981.<br>
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
The collection consists of coroner's records, deed records, divorce records, jail records, and probate records located at Flathead County courthouse, Kalispell, Montana. This collection is being published as images become available.
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This collection contains county records that cover the years 1871 to 1981. The records currently available are:
  
'''The records currently available are:'''
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*Coroner's records  
 
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*Court records  
*Coroner's records
 
*Court records
 
 
*Divorces(1895-1980)  
 
*Divorces(1895-1980)  
*Land and Property records
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*Land and Property records  
 
*Court records (1895-1981)  
 
*Court records (1895-1981)  
*Probate records (1895-1950)
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*Probate records (1895-1950)  
 
*Public records
 
*Public records
  
County officials began keeping records from the time the county was formed.
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Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests and the legal interests of their heirs. Facts current at the time of the event are generally reliable.  
 
 
For a list of record categories currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1387035/waypoints Browse].
 
 
 
Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests and the legal interests of their heirs.  
 
 
 
Facts current at the time of the event are generally reliable.  
 
 
 
=== 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=<!--bibdescbegin-->County clerks. Montana, Flathead County records. Flathead County Record Preservation Building, Kalispell, Montana.<!--bibdescend-->}}
 
 
 
[[Montana, Flathead County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
<gallery caption="Montana, Flathead County Records" widths="160px" heights="120px" perrow="3">
 
Image:Montana Divorce Record DGS 4259652 35.jpg|Divorce Record
 
Image:Montana Jail Record DGS 4279958 107.jpg|Jail Record
 
Image:Montana Probate Order DGS 4287105 46.jpg|Probate Order
 
</gallery>
 
  
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
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The records are located at Flathead County courthouse, Kalispell, Montana.
  
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===To Browse This Collection===
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{{Collection_Browse_Link
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
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Divorce records may include:
 
*Name of Defendant  
 
*Name of Defendant  
*Name of Plantiff
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*Name of Plaintiff
 
*Date of Marriage  
 
*Date of Marriage  
 
*Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian  
 
*Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian  
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*Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
 
*Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
  
The key genealogical facts found in the Jail Records may include the following information:  
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Jail Records may include:  
 
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*Name of Prisoner
 
*The prisoner's number  
 
*The prisoner's number  
*Name of Prisoner
 
 
*Age  
 
*Age  
 
*Height  
 
*Height  
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*Special marks or peculiarities as to prisoner or history (i.e juvenile, body descriptions)
 
*Special marks or peculiarities as to prisoner or history (i.e juvenile, body descriptions)
  
The key genealogical facts found in the Probate orders may include the following information:  
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Probate orders may include:  
 
 
 
*Name of Deceased  
 
*Name of Deceased  
 
*Name of Petitioner  
 
*Name of Petitioner  
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*Name of children (if any)
 
*Name of children (if any)
  
== 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 Record Category ⇒ Select the Record Type, Volume, and Year Range which takes you to the images.  
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="Montana, Flathead County Records">
 
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Image:Montana Divorce Record DGS 4259652 35.jpg|Divorce Record
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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Image:Montana Jail Record DGS 4279958 107.jpg|Jail Record
 
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Image:Montana Probate Order DGS 4287105 46.jpg|Probate Order
=== To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  ===
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</gallery>
  
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The approximate date the event occurred
 
*The place where the event occurred  
 
*The place where the event occurred  
*The approximate date the event occurred
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*The names of family members and their relationships
*The name of the individual or individuals, such as the deceased
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===View the Images ===
 
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View images in this collection by visiting the '''{{RecordSearch|CID|Browse Page|access=browse}}''':<br>
=== Identify the record to be searched  ===
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#Select the '''Record Category'''<br>
 
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#Select the '''Record Type, Volume, and Year Range''' to view the images.  
From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search (divorce, court, or probate) and click on the title link to select it.
 
 
 
=== Find the image  ===
 
 
 
Start searching individual images or pages that you have listed. Compare the information in the records 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.
 
 
 
=== Using the Information: ===
 
 
 
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. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
 
 
 
=== The following examples show ways you can use the information:  ===
 
 
 
*Use the probate date as a substitute death date.
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
 
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
 
*The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery 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, married, 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.
 
 
 
=== Tips to Keep in Mind:  ===
 
 
 
*When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
 
*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:  ===
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.<br>
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/MT_Flathead.htm Flathead County Montana Free Public Records Directory]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
  
*[[Flathead County, Montana|Flathead County, Montana]]
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*[[Montana|Montana]]
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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]].
*[[Montana Land and Property|Montana Land and Property]]<br>
 
*[[Montana Probate Records|Montana Probate Records]]<br>
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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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. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.
  
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the age to calculate the birth date to find birth, christening, marriage, and death records
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*Use the probate date as a substitute for the death date
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*Use the name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery to find funeral and cemetery records
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
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*Use the occupations to find employment or military records
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*Use the information to find the family in census records
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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
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. 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.
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
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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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.
  
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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;Collection Citation:
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"Montana, Flathead County Records, 1871-1981." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. h<nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Flathead County Record Preservation Building, Kalispell.
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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{{Image_Citation}}
  
"Montana, Flathead County Records, 1871-1981" &nbsp;digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 April 2012), David LeRoy Lansberry, died, August 25 1971; citing County Records, Coroner's records, Coroner's register, vol. G, 1971-1979, image 5; Flathead County Clerk of the Court, Kalsipell, Montana, United States.
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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.
Flathead, Montana, United States
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Flag of Montana
US Locator Map Montana Flathead.PNG
Location of Flathead, Montana
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Location of Montana
Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1871-1981
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What is in This Collection?

This collection contains county records that cover the years 1871 to 1981. The records currently available are:

  • Coroner's records
  • Court records
  • Divorces(1895-1980)
  • Land and Property records
  • Court records (1895-1981)
  • Probate records (1895-1950)
  • Public records

Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests and the legal interests of their heirs. Facts current at the time of the event are generally reliable.

The records are located at Flathead County courthouse, Kalispell, Montana.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, Flathead County Records, 1871-1981.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Divorce records may include:

  • Name of Defendant
  • Name of Plaintiff
  • Date of Marriage
  • 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)

Jail Records may include:

  • Name of Prisoner
  • The prisoner's number
  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Color of hair and eyes
  • Prisoner's complexion
  • Where prisoner was born
  • Special marks or peculiarities as to prisoner or history (i.e juvenile, body descriptions)

Probate orders may include:

  • Name of Deceased
  • Name of Petitioner
  • Date and place of death
  • Date of court order
  • Name of judge
  • Name of children (if any)

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The place where the event occurred
  • The names of family members and their relationships

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?

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. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Use the age to calculate the birth date to find birth, christening, marriage, and death records
  • Use the probate date as a substitute for the death date
  • Use the name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery to find funeral and cemetery records
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records
  • Use the information to find the family in census 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.

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, Flathead County Records, 1871-1981." Images. FamilySearch. hhttp://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Flathead County Record Preservation Building, Kalispell.

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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