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=== Record Content  ===
 
=== Record Content  ===
  
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The record content varies by record type. It may include any of the following pieces of information:
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*Name of primary individual
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*Event date
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*Event place
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*Residence
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*Age
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*Sex
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*Names of parents
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*Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
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*Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
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*Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian
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*Names of witnesses
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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)
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*Description and value of property or land
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*Occupation
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*Military information such as company, rank, and enlistment date
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*Farm information such as number and value of acres and details of crops raised
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*Statistical information about members of the household
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
  
*The place where the birth or death occurred
 
 
*The approximate date the event occurred  
 
*The approximate date the event occurred  
*The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the infant, or the deceased
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*The name of the individual or individuals
  
'''Identify the record to be searched'''
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==== Search the Collection ====
  
From the Record Description list, identify the kind of record you would like to search (land, probate, marriages, etc.) and click on the title link to select it.  
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To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the county where your ancestors lived ⇒Select the Record Type, Box, Folder, Case and Year Range which takes you to the images.  
  
'''Find the image'''
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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.
  
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.
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==== Using the Information ====
  
'''Using the Information'''
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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. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
  
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:
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*Use the age to calculate the birth date.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
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*Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth to find the family in census records.  
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*Use the residence and names to locate church and land records.  
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
*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.
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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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*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
 
*Use the parent’s 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 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.  
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*The name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom, 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.  
 
*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.  
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*The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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*Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
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*Compiling the entries for every person who has the same surname is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. It can also help you to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. You may want to repeat this process for each new generation or surname that you identify.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
*Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning or end of the volumes. In addition, local historical or genealogical often have indexes to local records.  
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*Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.  
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  

Revision as of 22:37, 17 April 2012

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
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Record Description

The collection consists of the following records from the county courthouse in Polson, Montana.

  • Deeds
  • School census
  • Mining records
  • Vital records
  • Probate records
  • Divorces

Record Content

The record content varies by record type. It may include any of the following pieces of information:

  • Name of primary individual
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Names of parents
  • 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 property or land
  • Occupation
  • Military information such as company, rank, and enlistment date
  • Farm information such as number and value of acres and details of crops raised
  • Statistical information about members of the household

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals

Search the Collection

To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the county where your ancestors lived ⇒Select the Record Type, Box, Folder, Case and Year Range which takes you to the images.

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.

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. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the age to calculate the birth date.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the residence or 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 residence or place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • 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 records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  • Compiling the entries for every person who has the same surname is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. It can also help you to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. You may want to repeat this process for each new generation or surname that you identify.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

Related Websites

Lake County, Montana Free Public Records Directory

Related Wiki Articles

Montana

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Montana. Lake County Records 1857-2010. Lake County Clerk, Polson, Montana.

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"Montana. Lake County Records 1857-2010" ditial images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 17 April 2012), Montana. Lake County Records 1857-2010 > Vital Records > Certification of death Certificate 2002-2006 > image 1 of 617; entry for Kay Martin Bridenstine, born 9 May, 1925; Iowa City, Iowa, died 25 November, 1925. Lake County Clerk, Polson, Montana.