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Access the records: Montana, Big Horn County Records, 1884-2011 .
The collection consists of deeds, homesteads, probate, naturalization and vital records located at the county clerk/recorder's and clerk of court's offices in Hardin. This collection covers the years 1908 to 1960. It is being published as images become available.
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The records may contain any of the following pieces of information:
- Individual names
- Birth dates and places
- Death dates and places
- Marriage dates and places
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- Type of event
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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 and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
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- The witnesses named in the records may have been relatives of the primary person in the record. You should also search for them in the records.
- Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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- Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Montana, Big Horn 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 Big Horn County, Montana.|
Related Wiki Articles
- Montana Probate Records
- Montana Vital Records
- Montana Land and Property
- Montana Naturalization and Citizenship
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- Montana, Big Horn County Recorder. Montana, Big Horn County Records. Montana, Big Horn County Clerk and Recorder Office, Hardin, Montana.
Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 > image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.