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Montana, County Naturalizations, 1856-1979
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Montana, 
United States
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Location of Montana
Record Description
Record Type Naturalization Records
Collection years 1856-1979
FamilySearch Resources
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Multiple County courthouses, Montana


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

This collection includes county naturalization records for the following counties:

  • Beaverhead
  • Broadwater
  • Daniels
  • Dawson
  • Deer Lodge
  • Garfield

  • Granite
  • Jefferson
  • Lewis & Clark
  • Madison
  • McCone
  • Phillips

  • Powell
  • Ravalli
  • Richland
  • Roosevelt
  • Sheridan
  • Silver Bow

  • Treasure
  • Valley
  • Wibaux

The collection covers the years 1856 to 1979; coverage varies by county.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, County Naturalizations, 1856-1979.

What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Petition

  • Name of the petitioner
  • Residence
  • Country of birth
  • Place and date of arrival
  • Names of two witnesses
  • Petition number
  • Date of petition
  • Volume and page number of the petition

Declarations of intent and naturalization petitions

  • Name of the immigrant
  • Country of birth
  • Arrival date
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • Arrival place
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Maiden name of wife
  • Birth date of spouse
  • Residence of spouse

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The birth date or place of your ancestor
  • The approximate immigration and naturalization dates
  • The ancestor's Spouse's name
  • The age of your ancestor at the time of arrival
  • The ancestor’s residence

If you do not know this information, check the 1900 or 1910 census and then calculate the possible year of naturalization based on the date of immigration. The 1920 census may tell you the exact year of immigration or naturalization.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Year Range, and Volume Number or Letter 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 information to find other records such as emigrations, port records, ship’s manifests, birth, christening, census, and land records
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived, and then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts and then in state, county, or city courts. An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process
  • Use the information to find additional family members
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family

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.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Image Citation:
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