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Access the records: Montana, Granite County Records, 1865-2009 .
This collection contains images of probate, land and property, naturalization, divorce and vital records from the County Clerk's Office in Philipsburg. This collection is being published as images become available.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, Granite County Records, 1865-2009.|
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
- Name of the primary individual
- Event date
- Event place
- Parents' names including mother's maiden name
- Parents' age, birth place and residence
- Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
- Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
- Names of witnesses
- Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
- Description and value of personal property or land owned by the deceased
- Address or residence
How to Use the Record
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor's given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence, age, and family relationships.
Search the Collection
To search the collection:
⇒Select Browse through images on the initial collection page:
⇒Select the Record Category
⇒Select the Record Type, Volume, and Year Range which takes you to the images.
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person 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. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the age to calculate the birth date.
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
- Use the birth date or age along with the residence or place of birth to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names 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 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, mortuary, or cemetery could lead you to funeral records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as more recent records.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
- Compiling the entries for every person who has the same surname is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. It can also help you to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives. You may want to repeat this process for each new generation or surname that you identify.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for an index. There are often indexes created by local genealogical and historical societies.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Montana, Granite items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Montana Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this county see the wiki article Granite County, Montana.|
Known Issues with This Collection
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- Granite County, Montana Free Public Records Directory
- Granite County, Montana Court Records Directory
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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, Granite County Records, 1865-2009." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Clerk. Granite County Courthouse, Philipsburg, 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, Granite County Records, 1865-2009.|
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