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.

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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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:

  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals
  • Identifying information such as age, residence, or names of other family members

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Category"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Certificate Range or Volume and Year Range" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

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I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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.

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

  • 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.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Citing this Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. 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. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862-2009" Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. 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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