Montana, Yellowstone County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
The collection includes images of vital records, probate records, deeds, and discharge records from the county courthouse in Billings.  
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The collection includes images of vital records, probate records, deeds, and discharge records from the county courthouse in Billings. The records are for the years 1881 to 2011.
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For a list of records by categories and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/2013531/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Clerk. County Courthouse, Billings.}}
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[[Montana, Yellowstone County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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[[Image:Montana, Yellowstone County Records 5479068 280.jpg|thumb|right]]
  
 
The record content varies by record type. It may include any of the following pieces of information:  
 
The record content varies by record type. It may include any of the following pieces of information:  
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*Statistical information about members of the household
 
*Statistical information about members of the household
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
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The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]].
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=== How to Use the Record  ===
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
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==== Search the Collection  ====
 
==== Search the Collection  ====
  
To search the collection select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒Select the county where your ancestors lived ⇒Select the Record Type, Box, Folder, Case and Year Range which takes you to the images.  
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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 the images one by one 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.  
 
Look at the images one by one 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.  
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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=== 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:  
 
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:  
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*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
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*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.
 
*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?  ====
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Montana|Montana]]  
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*[[Montana|Montana]]  
 
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*[[Montana Land and Property|Montana Land and Property]]<br>
[[Yellowstone County, Montana|Yellowstone County, Montana]]  
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*[[Montana Probate Records|Montana Probate Records]]<br>
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*[[Yellowstone County, Montana|Yellowstone County, Montana]]
  
 
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
 
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"Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2112," images, ''FamilySearch''
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(https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 22 May 2012); Land Records > Deeds vol 29 1908 > image 2 of 602, Western Townsite Company to Milwaukee Land Company, date 2 January 1908, citing Yellowstone County Clerk. "Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011." Clerk of District Court, Billings, Montana
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
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"Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2112," images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 22 May 2012); Land Records &gt; Deeds vol 29 1908 &gt; image 2 of 602, Western Townsite Company to Milwaukee Land Company, date 2 January 1908, citing Yellowstone County Clerk. "Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011." Clerk of District Court, Billings, Montana

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection includes images of vital records, probate records, deeds, and discharge records from the county courthouse in Billings. The records are for the years 1881 to 2011.

For a list of records by categories and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing County Clerk. County Courthouse, Billings.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Montana, Yellowstone County Records 5479068 280.jpg

The record content varies by record type. It may include any of the following pieces of information:

  • Name of primary individual
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Names of parents
  • Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
  • Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Names 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 property or land
  • Occupation
  • Military information such as company, rank, and enlistment date
  • Farm information such as number and value of acres and details of crops raised
  • Statistical information about members of the household

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals

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 the images one by one 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.

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.

Related Websites

Yellowstone County, Montana 

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Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2112," images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 22 May 2012); Land Records > Deeds vol 29 1908 > image 2 of 602, Western Townsite Company to Milwaukee Land Company, date 2 January 1908, citing Yellowstone County Clerk. "Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011." Clerk of District Court, Billings, Montana