Montana Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This index is an index of the births, marriages, and deaths throughout Montana. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region. This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

This index covers events from 1889 through 1947. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored the indexing to accomplish its program of identifying the ancestry of mankind.

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of information available on those who were born, married, or died in Montana.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Genealogical Society of Utah. Montana, Marriages, 1889-1947. Index based on data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in marriage index entries may include:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Names of the parents
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1879-1925* Marriages, 1889-1947
Beaverhead 10 3,174
Big Horn 5 3,965
Blaine 2 2,869
Broadwater 1 1,154
Carbon 3 5,843
Carter 1 0
Cascade 29 12,876
Chouteau 12 2,376
Custer 11 5,861
Daniels 3 358
Dawson 3 4,123
Deer Lodge 8 5,919
Fallon 0 1,198
Fergus 466 8,526
Flathead 26 6,296
Gallatin 124 5,786
Garfield 0 325
Glacier 0 808
Golden Valley 1 447
Granite 2 1,140
Hill 8 4,632
Jefferson 1 1,960
Judith Basin 3 769
Lake 8 111
Lewis and Clark 15 12,447
Liberty 2 404
Lincoln 5 2,317
Madison 4 921
Mc Cone 0 481
Meagher 2 1,274
Mineral 1 1,102
Missoula 15 12,856
Montana 161 27,180
Musselshell 9 2,859
Park 13 5,415
Petroleum 0 282
Phillips 3 1,396
Pondera 6 934
Powder River 1 1,124
Powell 3 2,097
Prairie 4 1,272
Ravalli 10 1,733
Richland 2 0
Roosevelt 1 995
Rosebud 3 0
Sanders 8 947
Sheridan 5 0
Silver Bow 46 21,896
Stillwater 1 247
Sweet Grass 5 0
Teton 2 408
Toole 3 408
Valley 5 3,751
Wheatland 4 0
Wibaux 0 551
Yellowstone 18 12,117
Total 1,084 197,930

How to Use the Record

Use this file to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

Depending on the time period and place there may not be a surname listed in the original records. When that happened, the indexer often assigned a surname based on the father's surname which may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth/christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Related Web Sites

Newspaper Notices of Montana, notices contain the counties of Jefferson, Yellowstone and Flathead

Related Wiki Articles


Montana Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Montana Marriages, 1889-1947." database, FamilySearch ( accessed March 25, 2011).  for William H. Robinson and Anna Taylor, 12 June 1892;  reference page 333, FHL film 1906088; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.