Montana, Chouteau County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Montana, Chouteau County Records, 1876-2011
This article describes a collection of records at
Chouteau, Montana, 
United States
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Location of Chouteau County, Montana
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Location of Montana
Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1876-2011
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Multiple County courthouses, Montana

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index and images of Chouteau County records held at various repositories. Records located in the Museum of the Northern Plains (River Plains Society) include voter registers, school district records, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church records, Riverside Cemetery records and newspapers clippings of births, marriages and deaths. Records held by the Chouteau County Courthouse include birth, death, probate, naturalization, deeds and school census records. This collection covers the years 1876 to 2011.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Montana, Chouteau County Records, 1876-2011.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Individual names
  • Birth dates and places
  • Death dates and places
  • Marriage dates and places
  • Relationships
  • Residences

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Record Types of record years
Court Court record index 1891-1965
Land and Property Deed Index grantees 1887-1940
Land and Property Deed Index grantors 1887-1940
Land and Property Deeds 1876-1949
Land and Property Desert lands 1909-1927
Land and Property Patent record 1908-1948
Naturalization Application fir citizenship papers 1884-1892
Naturalization Declaration of intention index 1880-1940
Naturalization Declarations of citizenship 1893-1903
Naturalization Declarations of intention 1880-1929
Naturalization Naturalization final papers index 1880-1952
Naturalization Naturalization petition index 1907-1953
Naturalization Naturalization record 1903-1906
Naturalization Petition and record 1906-1921
Probate Inventory and appraisement record 1903-1948
Probate Probate card index 1880-1940
Probate Probate case files 1893-1940
Probate Probate proceedings 1883-1948
Probate Probate register 1893-1967
Probate Wills 1888-1940
School Census record 1881-1940
School Census records district 1918-1924
vital Birth certificates 1907-1930
vital Death certificates 1908-2003

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate age of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of the event
  • The type of event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age to calculate the birth date to find vital records such as birth, christening, marriage, and death
  • 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?[edit | edit source]

  • 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Montana.

Known Issues[edit | edit source]

Click here for a list of known issues with this collection.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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