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Access the records: Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004 .
The collection consists of images of registers and certificates of birth and death records acquired from county courthouses for the years 1840 to 2004. The collection includes the following counties:
- Deer Lodge
- Lewis and Clark
- 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.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004.|
Birth records usually contain the following information:
- 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 records usually contain the following:
- 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
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The name of the primary individual such as the infant, or the deceased
- Other identifying information such as the birth or death date and place
Search the Collection
To search the collection:
⇒Select Browse through images on the initial collection page
⇒Select the County
⇒Select the Record Type, Year Range, Volume number/letter which takes you to the images.
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
- Use the birth record to find the parents' names.
- Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
- Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
- The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
- The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- Keep in mind there is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
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Citations for This Collection
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.
- "Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing county courthouses, Montana
|The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004.|
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