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Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004
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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 Births and Deaths
Collection years 1840-2004
FamilySearch Resources
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Multiple county recorder offices, Montana


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

The collection consists of registers and certificates of births and deaths acquired from county courthouses for the years 1840 to 2004. The following counties have records in this collection:

  • Broadwater
  • Deer Lodge
  • Jefferson
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Powell
  • Silver Bow

Some counties began recording births and deaths as early as 1864. These records have usually been kept by the clerk of the court in each county. Statewide registration of vital statistics began in Montana in 1907 and was generally complied with by 1920. These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests. They are generally reliable but can vary depending on the knowledge of the informant.

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 Births and Deaths, 1840-2004.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Child’s name, gender and race
  • Child’s birth date and place of birth
  • Whether child was stillborn or living
  • Number of child in the family, 1st, 2nd, etc.
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Parents' residence
  • Father’s occupation
  • Birth place of father
  • Birth place of mother

Death

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death including county, township and city/village
  • Age in days, months, and years
  • Gender, race, marital status, occupation and residence of deceased
  • Birth place of deceased
  • Name of parents and their birth place
  • Name of spouse
  • Cause of death
  • Name and address of person reporting death
  • Burial information

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 date of the birth or death
  • The place where the birth or death occurred

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 County
  2. Select the Record Type, Year Range, Volume Number/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]

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

  • Use the information to find a marriage
  • Use the information to find the family in census records
  • Search for church, land, and probate 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.
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Image Citation:
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