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Montana statewide registration of births began in 1907 with general compliance by 1920.

Next Step: When did the birth occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's birth record:

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Births before 1907

Before 1907, counties recorded a few births. Delayed birth records also exist. In most cases, you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.

  Records that give birth information:
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Church Records
Census
Military Records

For births that exist during the time period, try the following online collection:

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information

Montana Birth Databases - Includes Digital Images Only
Montana County Births, 1840-2004 FamilySearch - Free; browse image collection; incomplete; no index
Can't find your ancestor online in the index? Tips for searching online indexes
No birth record for your ancestor? Other records with birth information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

With approximate birth years and places, you can locate birth records from the appropriate county court clerk. A list of counties is available online.

Delayed birth records are kept at the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services.


There are no restrictions on these records.

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Births after 1907

Statewide registration of births began in 1907 in Montana. Currently, there are no online indexes to Montana births from 1907 to the present.

STEP ONE: Find Birth Information  

Montana Birth Databases - Includes Digital Images Only     
  Montana County Births, 1840-2004  FamilySearch - Free; browse image collection; incomplete; no index
Can't find your ancestor online in the index?  Tips for searching online indexes   
No birth record for your ancestor?  Other records with birth information   

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

With full names, dates and places of an event, you can order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services or VitalChek.


Restrictions for ordering Montana birth certificates:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate 14 years or older
  • The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The child of the person on the certificate
  • The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above.

If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.

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