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== Montana Birth, Marriage and Death Records  ==
 
== Montana Birth, Marriage and Death Records  ==
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'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
 
'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
  
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]&nbsp;has&nbsp;additional research guidance&nbsp;on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be&nbsp;purchased from&nbsp;the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Montana.htm Montana Vital Records State Department of Health] or the&nbsp;County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.  
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[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]&nbsp;has&nbsp;additional research guidance&nbsp;on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be&nbsp;purchased from&nbsp;the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/montana.htm Montana Vital Records State Department of Health] or the&nbsp;County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also [https://familysearch.org/ Montana Statewide Indexes and Collections] at the Family History Library.  
  
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Montana vital records start the following years:
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<nowiki>* </nowiki>The Montana Legislative Assembly passed a law in&nbsp;1895&nbsp;requiring local physicians and midwives to register births. In addition,&nbsp;the law required clergymen, coroners, sextons, and undertakers were to register&nbsp;deaths. Statewide registration of births and deaths was not required until 1907. Although&nbsp;not required, a few&nbsp;Montana counties kept&nbsp;birth and death records prior to 1895. For instance, Silverbow County has&nbsp;births&nbsp;beginning in 1878, and Yellowstone County has deaths beginning in 1884.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. ''Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Provo,Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2004), 399, 406-407.</ref>
  
 
== Montana&nbsp;Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
 
== Montana&nbsp;Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
  
 
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Montana Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]].&nbsp; Most online resources for Montana Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
 
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Montana Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]].&nbsp; Most online resources for Montana Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
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'''FamilySearch Historical Records'''
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1675397 Montana Marriages, 1889-1947] - Free
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1609797 Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950] - Free
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'''Wiki articles describing FamilySearch Historical Records collections are found at:'''
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*[[Montana, Cascade County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] - Free
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*[[Montana, County Births and Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Montana, County Births and Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] - Free<br>
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*[[Montana County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] - Free
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*[[Montana, Flathead County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] - Free
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*[[Montana, Rosebud County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] - Free
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'''Other'''
  
 
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Montana/montana.htm Montana Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;Free  
 
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Montana/montana.htm Montana Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;Free  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Montana Montana Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Montana Montana Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.mtgenweb.org/ Montana Site] - Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.mtgenweb.org/ Montana Site] - Free  
*Search for Montana Collections on [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] under [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list#page=1&region=NORTH_AMERICA Canada, USA, and Mexico] - Free
 
 
*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-MT-NDX.html Montana] - Free/$  
 
*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-MT-NDX.html Montana] - Free/$  
*Wee Monster Links for Montana [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Montana Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$
 
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/MT/ Montana Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;  
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/MT/ Montana Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;  
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Montana''' or&nbsp;'''MT''' -&nbsp;Free/$  
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*[http://www.progenealogists.com/ ProGenealogists'] Genealogy Slueth page&nbsp;contains a list of [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm Vital Records]&nbsp;websites, including Montana. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Montana''' or&nbsp;'''MT''' -&nbsp;Free/$  
*Search the [http://www.ancestryinstitution.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=29&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Montana Birth, Marriage &amp; Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $&nbsp;  
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*Search the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=29&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Montana Birth, Marriage &amp; Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $  
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*Find&nbsp;Montana marriages&nbsp;listed in&nbsp;the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Free
 
*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/montana.htm Montana Certificates] online -&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />$&nbsp;  
 
*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/montana.htm Montana Certificates] online -&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />$&nbsp;  
*[http://www.kdheks.gov/vital/index.html The Montana Department of Public Health] has copies of marriage records from July 1880. They have an index to records after 1916.
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/montana/index.html Montana Death Records &amp; Indexes ](deathindexes.com)
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*[http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Montana.htm The Montana Department of Public Health] has copies of marriage records from July 1880. They have an index to records after 1916.
  
== Birth Records  ==
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=== Montana Vital Records  ===
  
=== County Records of Births and Deaths  ===
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For general questions on how to obtain a birth or death certificate, and individual marriage and divorce information, please contact:
  
Some counties began recording births and deaths as early as 1864. These records have been kept by the clerk of the court in each county. A few of the early county records have been transcribed and published, and these are available at the Family History Library.  
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'''[http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/ Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services]'''<br>Office of Vital Statistics<br>111 N Sanders, Room 209 <br>Helena, MT 59604 <br>Telephone: 1-888-877-1946<br>Email: [mailto:HHSVitalRecords@mt.gov HHSVitalRecords@mt.gov] (Note: Applications are not accepted via E-mail.)
  
=== State Records of Births and Deaths  ===
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The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's vital records are also listed at [http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com].
  
Statewide registration of vital statistics began in [[Montana]] in 1907 and was generally complied with by 1920. Delayed registrations of births are included in the indexes maintained by the state office.<br>
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== Birth Records  ==
  
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Some counties recored births prior to 1895. These records have been kept by the clerk of the court in each county. A few of the early county records have been transcribed and published, and these are available at the Family History Library. Statewide registration of vital statistics began in [[Montana]] in 1907 and was generally complied with by 1920. Delayed registrations of births are included in the indexes maintained by the state office.<br>
 
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=== Montana Vital Records  ===
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Office of Vital Statistics <br>Department of Public Health and Human Services <br>111 N Sanders, Room 209 <br>PO BOX 4210 <br>Helena MT 59604 <br>Telephone: 1-888-877-1946<br>Fax: 1-866-696-1912<br>[http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/ Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services]  
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The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's vital records are also listed at [http://www.vitalrec.com VitalRecords.com].  
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=== Adoption Records  ===
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Early marriages for many of the counties&nbsp;are searchable online at no cost&nbsp;on the&nbsp;[[Western States Marriage Index|Western States Marriage Index]].  
 
Early marriages for many of the counties&nbsp;are searchable online at no cost&nbsp;on the&nbsp;[[Western States Marriage Index|Western States Marriage Index]].  
  
'''Family Search Historical Records'''  
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'''[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Greens]].''' When a Montana couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like [[Kootenai County, Idaho|Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Idaho]].<ref name="Eakle1">"Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" ''Arlene H Eakle's Genealogy Blog'', 19 February 2007 (http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/: accessed 8 January 2011).</ref>
  
[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1675397 Montana Marriages, 1889-1947]
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''<br>[[Montana Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Montana Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
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[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1609797 Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950]
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*'''[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Greens]].''' When a Montana couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like [[Kootenai County, Idaho|Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Idaho]].<ref name="Eakle1"><span>Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in ''Genealogy Blog'' at <a href="http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/">http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/</a> (accessed 8 January 2011).</span></ref>
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[[Montana Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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=== Divorce Records  ===
 
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== Death Records  ==
 
== Death Records  ==
  
The Montana State Genealogical Society maintains the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmsgs/death_records.htm Montana State Death Registry Index, Pre-1954 1954-2002] online at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmsgs/death_records.htm Death Records.] Scroll to the bottom of the page to link to the time period you want to search. This database covers over 650 thousand records reported to the State from the 1800s through 2002.<br>
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The Montana State Genealogical Society maintains the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmsgs/death_records.htm Montana State Death Registry Index, Pre-1954 1954-2002] online at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmsgs/death_records.htm Death Records.] Scroll to the bottom of the page to link to the time period you want to search. This database covers over 650 thousand records reported to the State from the 1800s through 2002.<br>
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'''A wiki article descibing an online colleciton is founnd at:'''<br>
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[[Montana, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Montana, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
  
 
== Substitute Records  ==
 
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== Tips  ==
 
== Tips  ==
  
*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp; Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.&nbsp; The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.  
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*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp;Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.&nbsp;The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.  
*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family Bible may have been used to record births. marriages and deaths.  
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*If you're unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp;A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.  
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital recores recoreded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.  
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*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp;Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.  
*Search for Vital records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a '''Place Search''' and then choosing '''Vital Records'''.&nbsp; Search for '''Montana''' to locate record filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county''' to locate records kept by the county.
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*Search for Vital records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a '''Place Search''' and then choosing '''Vital Records'''.&nbsp;Search for '''Montana''' to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county''' to locate records kept by the county.
  
 
== Archives, Libraries and Societies  ==
 
== Archives, Libraries and Societies  ==
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=== Inventory of Vital Records  ===
 
=== Inventory of Vital Records  ===
  
More information about the history and availability of vital records is in ''Guide to the Public Vital Statistics in Montana'' <ref>(Bozeman, Montana: Historical Records Survey, 1941; Family History Library {{FHL|197151|title-id|disp=book 978.6 V2h; film 1036403 item 7; fiche 6046712}}). </ref>
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More information about the history and availability of vital records is in ''Guide to the Public Vital Statistics in Montana'' <ref name="null">''Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Montana'' (Bozeman, Montana: Historical Records Survey, Montana State College, 1941); Family History Library {{FHL|197151|title-id|disp=book 978.6 V2h; film 1036403 item 7; fiche 6046712}}.</ref>  
  
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== References ==
  
*[http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death Records]
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''<br>
 
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[[Montana, Cascade County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Montana, Cascade County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
  
 
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[[Montana County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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[[Montana, Rosebud County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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Montana Birth, Marriage and Death Records

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Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Montana Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Montana Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.

Vital Records Reference Dates

Montana vital records start the following years:



Births Marriages Deaths
Earliest 1878* County Formation 1884*
Statewide Registration 1907 1907

* The Montana Legislative Assembly passed a law in 1895 requiring local physicians and midwives to register births. In addition, the law required clergymen, coroners, sextons, and undertakers were to register deaths. Statewide registration of births and deaths was not required until 1907. Although not required, a few Montana counties kept birth and death records prior to 1895. For instance, Silverbow County has births beginning in 1878, and Yellowstone County has deaths beginning in 1884.[1]

Montana Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Montana Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths.  Most online resources for Montana Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

FamilySearch Historical Records

Wiki articles describing FamilySearch Historical Records collections are found at:

Other

Montana Vital Records

For general questions on how to obtain a birth or death certificate, and individual marriage and divorce information, please contact:

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Office of Vital Statistics
111 N Sanders, Room 209
Helena, MT 59604
Telephone: 1-888-877-1946
Email: HHSVitalRecords@mt.gov (Note: Applications are not accepted via E-mail.)

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's vital records are also listed at VitalRecords.com.

Birth Records

Some counties recored births prior to 1895. These records have been kept by the clerk of the court in each county. A few of the early county records have been transcribed and published, and these are available at the Family History Library. Statewide registration of vital statistics began in Montana in 1907 and was generally complied with by 1920. Delayed registrations of births are included in the indexes maintained by the state office.

Adoption Records

open / closed/ state statutes

Marriage Records

There is no centralized registration of marriage records. Each county generally began keeping marriage records soon after its organization. Write to the clerk of the district court for copies of marriage and divorce records.

The State Department of Health has an index to marriages beginning in 1943. This index helps to identify the county in which the marriage occurred. The original records are available only in the county. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many county marriage records.

Early marriages for many of the counties are searchable online at no cost on the Western States Marriage Index.

Gretna Greens. When a Montana couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai, Idaho.[2]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
Montana Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Divorce Records

Death Records

The Montana State Genealogical Society maintains the Montana State Death Registry Index, Pre-1954 1954-2002 online at Death Records. Scroll to the bottom of the page to link to the time period you want to search. This database covers over 650 thousand records reported to the State from the 1800s through 2002.

A wiki article descibing an online colleciton is founnd at:

Montana, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Substitute Records

Montana Church Records

Montana Cemetery Records

Montana Census

Montana Newspapers

Montana Military Records

Montana Periodicals

Montana History

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you're unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial. A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Records. Search for Montana to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.

Archives, Libraries and Societies

Montana Archives and Libraries

Montana Societies

Inventory of Vital Records

More information about the history and availability of vital records is in Guide to the Public Vital Statistics in Montana [3]

References

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Montana, Cascade County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)


  1. Alice Eichholz, ed. Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo,Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2004), 399, 406-407.
  2. "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" Arlene H Eakle's Genealogy Blog, 19 February 2007 (http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/: accessed 8 January 2011).
  3. Guide to Public Vital Statistics in Montana (Bozeman, Montana: Historical Records Survey, Montana State College, 1941); Family History Library book 978.6 V2h; film 1036403 item 7; fiche 6046712.