Montana Vital Records

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Montana Birth, Marriage and Death Records[edit | edit source]

Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Montana Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

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Birth Records Marriage Records  Death/Will Records

Montana Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Montana Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths.  Most online resources for Montana Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

County Records of Births and Deaths[edit | edit source]

Some counties began recording births and deaths as early as 1864. These records have been kept by the clerk of the court in each county. A few of the early county records have been transcribed and published, and these are available at the Family History Library.

State Records of Births and Deaths[edit | edit source]

Statewide registration of vital statistics began in Montana, United States Genealogy in 1907 and was generally complied with by 1920. Delayed registrations of births are included in the indexes maintained by the state office.

Montana Vital Records[edit | edit source]

All of the records are available to relatives by writing to:

Office of Vital Statistics
Department of Public Health and Human Services
111 N Sanders, Room 209
PO BOX 4210
Helena MT 59604
Telephone: 1-888-877-1946
Fax: 1-866-696-1912
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's vital records are also listed at

Adoption Records[edit | edit source]

open / closed/ state statutes

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

There is no centralized registration of marriage records. Each county generally began keeping marriage records soon after its organization. Write to the clerk of the district court for copies of marriage and divorce records.

The State Department of Health has an index to marriages beginning in 1943. This index helps to identify the county in which the marriage occurred. The original records are available only in the county. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many county marriage records.

Early marriages for many of the counties are searchable online at no cost on the Western States Marriage Index.

Family Search Historical Records

Montana Marriages, 1889-1947

Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950

Divorce Records

Death Records[edit | edit source]

The Montana State Genealogical Society maintains the Montana State Death Registry Index, Pre-1954 1954-2002 online at Death Records. Scroll to the bottom of the page to link to the time period you want to search. This database covers over 650 thousand records reported to the State from the 1800s through 2002.

Substitute Records[edit | edit source]

Montana Church Records

Montana Cemetery Records

Montana Census

Montana Newspapers

Montana Military Records

Montana Periodicals

Montana History

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to record births. marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital recores recoreded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records.  Search for Montana to locate record filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.

Archives, Libraries and Societies[edit | edit source]

Montana Archives and Libraries

Montana Societies

Inventory of Vital Records[edit | edit source]

More information about the history and availability of vital records is in Guide to the Public Vital Statistics in Montana [2]

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. <span><span>Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog at <a href="<a href=""></a>"><a href=""></a></a> (accessed 8 January 2011).</span></span>
  2. (Bozeman, Montana: Historical Records Survey, 1941; Family History Library book 978.6 V2h; film 1036403 item 7; fiche 6046712).

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

For general questions on how to obtain a birth or death certificate, and individual marriage and divorce information, please contact:

Montana Dept of Public Health and Human Services
Office of Vital Statistics
(Note: Applications are not accepted via E-mail.)