Montana, Beaverhead County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862-2009 .
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Beaverhead, Montana, United States
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1862-2009
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What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of images of various record types from the county clerk and recorder offices in Dillon, Montana. Records include voter registration, land and property records, and birth and death records. This collection is being published as images and indexes become available. The birth and death records have been indexed.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862-2009.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The record content varies by record type. It may contain any of the following items of information:

  • Name of primary individual
  • Date and place of event
  • Age, gender, and race of individual
  • Names of parents, their ages and current residence
  • Date of birth and birthplaces of a child or parents
  • Occupation
  • Names of deceased, their gender, date of death and birthplace
  • Death records also include age, race and marital status of deceased
  • Death records include cause of death and date and place of burial
  • Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, or other relatives
  • Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates documents were written and recorded
  • (Wills were usually written near the time of death)
  • Description and value of property or land
  • Military information such as company, rank, and enlistment date
  • Statistical information about members of the household

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search, it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The age of your ancestor.
  • The names of relatives.
  • The type of event such as marriage or naturalization.
  • The approximate date of the event.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Pagethen:
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Category"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Certificate Range or Volume and Year Range".

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What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate the birth date to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, and death records.
  • Use the probate date as a substitute death date.
  • Use the name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery to find funeral and cemetery records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Montana, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Montana Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862-2009" Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. Citing Beaverhead County Clerk. Beaverhead County Courthouse, Dillon, Montana.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862-2009.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862-2009.

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