Montana, Lake County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Lake, Montana, United States
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Location of Lake County, Montana
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1857-2010
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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.

  • Deeds
  • School census
  • Mining records
  • Vital records (death and birth records have been indexed)
  • Probate records
  • Divorce records


To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, Lake County Records 1857-2010.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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
  • Occupation
  • 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 at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.

The age of your ancestor

  • The type of event.
  • The approximate date the event occurred.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.

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 Page:then:
⇒Select the "Record Category"
⇒Select the "Record Type, 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 and to find additional records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, and death 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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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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, Lake County Records, 1857-2010" Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. 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.


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, Lake County Records 1857-2010.


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