Montana, County Births and Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Montana, United States
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Location of Montana
Record Description
Record Type Births and Deaths
Collection years 1840-2004
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of registers and certificates of births and deaths acquired from county courthouses for the years 1840 to 2004. The following counties have records in this collection:

  • Broadwater
  • Deer Lodge
  • Jefferson
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Powell
  • Silver Bow

Some counties began recording births and deaths as early as 1864. These records have usually been kept by the clerk of the court in each county. Statewide registration of vital statistics began in Montana in 1907 and was generally complied with by 1920. These records were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests. They are generally reliable but can vary depending on the knowledge of the informant.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Birth records usually contain the following information:

  • Child’s name, gender and race
  • Child’s birth date and place of birth
  • Whether child was stillborn or living
  • Number of child in the family, 1st, 2nd, etc.
  • Names of parents, including maiden name of mother
  • Parents' residence
  • Father’s occupation
  • Birth place of father
  • Birth place of mother


Death records usually contain the following:

  • Name and age of deceased
  • Date and place of death including county, township and city/village
  • Age in days, months, and years
  • Gender, race, marital status, occupation and residence of deceased
  • Birth place of deceased
  • Name of parents and their birth place
  • Name of spouse
  • Cause of death
  • Name and address of person reporting death
  • Burial information

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know: • Name of the person you are looking for • Approximate date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. br>

  1. Select County
  2. Select Record Type, Year Range, Volume number/letter

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as christening, marriage, census, land and probate records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • [Montana Church Records|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.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog


Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.


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, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing various county recorder offices.

Record Citation

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, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004.


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, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004.


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