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Access the records: Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011 .
The collection includes images of vital records, probate records, deeds, and discharge records from the county courthouse in Billings.
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Citation for This Collection
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- Yellowstone County Clerk. Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011. Clerk of District Court, Billings, Montana.
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
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
- 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
- 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 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.
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The approximate date the event occurred
- The name of the individual or individuals
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.
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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