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Montana Research Tips and Strategies

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The Montana Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for Montana. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.



Montana Research Strategies

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Montana

Montana Research Tips

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in Montana.

  • Birth information: Montana statewide registration of births began in 1907 with general compliance by 1920. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: Registration of deaths on the state level began in 1907. By 1910 the registration of deaths reached about 90 percent. It was not until about 1915 that the registration of Montana deaths became reasonably complete.  They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search Montana death records
  • Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.

Montana Record Finder

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see Montana Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information
Parents

Maiden name

Immigration date

Naturalization

Physical description

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