Montana, Sanders County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010 .
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|Sanders, Montana, United States|
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|Location of Sanders County, Montana|
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of images to county birth, death, marriage, veteran burials, voter, naturalization, land and probate records located in the county courthouse in Thompson Falls. The death certificates have been indexed. This collection includes records from 1866 to 2010.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010.|
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What Can this Collection Tell Me?
Records may contain any of the following information:
- Name of primary individual or individuals
- Date and place of birth, death, or marriage
- Names of parents, siblings, family members, witnesses, or heirs
- Place of origin
- Estate inventories
- Property descriptions
- Amount of monies transacted
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of the ancestor
- The type of event such as marriage or naturalization.
- The approximate date of the event.
- The names of family members and their relationships.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in your ancestor’s name in 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 "Record Category"
⇒Select the "Record Type, Record Description, 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.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church, land, and census records.
- Use ages to determine approximate birth dates.
- Use will filing or probating dates as approximate death dates.
- Some counties were subdivided or the boundaries may have changed. Consider searching neighboring counties as well since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person.
- Witnesses and neighbors, even those with a different surname, may have been relatives, in-laws, or even a widowed mother who has remarried. You may want to check the records of these witnesses and neighbors, especially if they are frequently found in your ancestor’s land records.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Check for indexes. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
- Search the indexes for the “parent” county to find the original purchase of a parcel of land. You may also need to search a neighboring county since that courthouse may have been more convenient for the person to record the deed.
- Make a list of all residences mentioned in the records within a year or two of when your ancestors came to the county—regardless of surname. Then search the records of places that seem likely or that occur frequently.
- Create a database for other people with the same surname who lived in the county. Doing this may help you identify which individuals were related. If your ancestor’s records do not contain the information you need, a county database might give you a more complete picture.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword Montana, Sanders 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.|
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, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing County Clerk. Sanders County Courthouse, Thompson Falls, 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, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010.|
|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, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010.|
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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