Montana, Lake County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
|This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.|
Access the records: Montana, Lake County Records 1857-2010 .
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Coverage Map
- 3 Collection Contents
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Tips to Keep in Mind
- 7 I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What?
- 8 Known Issues with This Collection
- 9 Related Websites
- 10 Related Wiki Articles
- 11 How You Can Contribute
- 12 Citing this Collection
What is in the Collection?
The collection covers the years 1857 to 2010. It consists of the following records from the county courthouse in Polson, Montana.
- School census
- Mining records
- Vital records (death and birth records have been indexed)
- Probate records
- Divorce records
This collection is being published as images and indexes become available.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, Lake County Records 1857-2010.|
To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Montana marriages click here.
Information found in this collection may include:
- Name of primary individual, their age, gender and residence
- Event date and place
- 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 land or property
- Military information such as company, rank, and enlistment date
- Farm information such as number and value of acres, details of crops raised
- Statistical information about members of household
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the infant, or the deceased
- The approximate date the event occurred
To search this collection by name:
Fill in your ancestor’s name 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.
To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Record Category"
⇒Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range" category 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.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
What Do I Do Next?
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, Now What?
- 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.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Montana, Lake items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article Montana Archives and Libraries.|
Known Issues with This Collection
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Related Wiki Articles
- Montana, United States Genealogy
- Lake County, Montana
- Montana Court Records
- Montana Land and Property
- Montana Naturalization and Citizenship
- Montana Probate Records
- Montana Vital Records
How You Can Contribute
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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.
- "Montana, Lake County Records, 1857-2010" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing County Clerk. Lake County Courthouse, Polson, 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, Lake County Records 1857-2010.|
|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, Lake County Records 1857-2010.|