Montana, Sanders County Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010
This article describes a collection of records at
Sanders, Montana, 
United States
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Location of Sanders County, Montana
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Location of Montana
Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1866-2010
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Sanders County Courthouse, Thompson Falls, Montana

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

The collection consists of images to county birth, death, marriage, veteran burials, voter, naturalization, land and probate records located in the county courthouse in Thompson Falls. The death certificates have been indexed. This collection includes records from 1866 to 2010.

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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, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010.

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

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name of primary individual or individuals
  • Ages
  • Date and place of birth, death, or marriage
  • Names of parents, siblings, family members, witnesses, or heirs
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Place of origin
  • Estate inventories
  • Property descriptions
  • Amount of monies transacted

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Record Type Record Years
Cemetary Burials of war veteran 1929-2009
Land and Property Certificate of location 1907-1929
Land and Property Declaration of occupancy index 1882-2007
Land and Property Declaration of occupancy 1891-1974
Land and Property Deed Index-grantee 1884-1947
Land and Property Deed Index-grantor 1884-1947
Land and Property Deeds from District Judge 1894-1929
Land and Property Deeds mining 1890-1911
Land and Property Deeds-quit claim 1890-1927
Land and Property Deeds-sheriffs 1895-1948
Land and Property Deeds 1866-1942
Land and Property Deeds-warranties 1917-1925
Land and Property Mining location index 1866-1969
Land and Property Mining locations 1866-1940
Land and Property Patents-State land 1904-1918
Land and Property Patents-US 1890-1947
Land and Property Placer locations 1902-1951
Land and Property Quartz locations 1901-1936
Naturalization Declaration of intentions 1906
Naturalization Naturalization records 1906
Probate Probate Journal 1906-1950
Probate Probate orders 1909-1946
Probate Probate registers 1906-1953
Probate Probates 19061953
Probate Will index 1904-1992
Probate Wills 1905-1943
Vital Birth certificates 1919-1930
Vital Birth Index A-Z 1916-1930
Vital Death Certificates 1919-2010
Vital Death index A-Z 1916-2010
Vital Marriage index-direct 1907-1960
Vital Marrriage index reverse 1907-1960
Vital Marriages 1906-1960
Voter Thompson Falls register of electors 1911-1919

Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Montana marriages click here.

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 date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting 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, Record Description, 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]

  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage and death
  • Use the probate date as a substitute for the death date
  • 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
  • Search for 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.

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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