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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Montana|Montana]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Lake County'''<br>
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Montana Genealogy|Montana]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Lake County'''
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Lake County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
[http://www.lakecounty-mt.org/ Lake County Courthouse]<br>106 4th Avenue<br>Polson, MT 59860-2125<br>Phone: 406.883.6211&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk Recorder has birth, death and land records<br>from 1923; Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court<br>records from 1923 and naturalization records 1923-1953<ref name="HB">The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 416.</ref>  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  May 11,  1923
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|county seat=  Polson
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|parent county= [[Flathead County, Montana Genealogy|Flathead]] and [[Missoula County, Montana Genealogy|Missoula]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Flathead County, Montana Genealogy|Flathead]]
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|county2= [[Missoula County, Montana Genealogy|Missoula]]
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|county3= [[Sanders County, Montana Genealogy|Sanders]]</br><center>[[Lake County, Montana Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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Lake County was founded in 1923. The county seat is Polson.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/mon/lake/ accessed 11/18/2016</ref> It is located in the north western area of the state. <ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_County,_Montana accessed 11/18/2016</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MT Courthouse Intro|Lake}}
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Lake County Courthouse<br>106 4th Avenue<br>Polson, MT 59860-2125<br>Phone: 406.883.6211 <br>[http://www.lakemt.gov/ '''Lake County Website''']<br><br>
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County Clerk Recorder has birth, death and land records from 1923;<br>Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1923 and naturalization records 1923-1953<ref>The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 416.</ref>
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=== Lake County, Montana Record Dates  ===
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:{| width="91%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| width="91%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lake County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lake County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lake County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lake County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lake County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lake County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lake County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1923*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1923*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1923*</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1923</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1923</center>
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| width="13%" align="center" |<center>1923</center>
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Lake County, Montana#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Lake County, Montana#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Lake County, Montana#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''</center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MT_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Montana Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Lake}}
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*'''Parent County:''' created 11 May 1923 from [[Flathead County, Montana Genealogy|Flathead]] and [[Missoula County, Montana Genealogy|Missoula]]
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*'''County seat:''' Polson <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
== History  ==
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{MT Populated Places Intro|Lake}}
  
==== Parent County  ====
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| valign="top" width="33.33%"|
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* [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Lake%2C+Arlee&author_givenName=&author_surname= Arlee]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Arm,_Montana Big Arm]
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* [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Lake%2C+Charlo&author_givenName=&author_surname= Charlo]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton,_Montana Dayton]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmo,_Montana Elmo]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finley_Point,_Montana Finley Point]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jette,_Montana Jette]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerr,_Montana Kerr]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kicking_Horse,_Montana Kicking Horse]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_Point,_Montana Kings Point]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niarada,_Montana Niarada]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo,_Montana Pablo]
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* [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Lake%2C+Polson&author_givenName=&author_surname= Polson]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravalli,_Montana Ravalli]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Point,_Montana Rocky Point]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollins,_Montana Rollins]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronan,_Montana Ronan]
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* [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Lake%2C+St.+Ignatius&author_givenName=&author_surname= St. Ignatius]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle_Lake,_Montana Turtle Lake]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woods_Bay,_Montana Woods Bay]
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'''1923--'''Lake County was created 11 May 1923&nbsp;from [[Flathead County, Montana|Flathead]] and [[Missoula County, Montana|Missoula]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Polson <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline" class="Apple-style-span"> </span>  
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'''''Indian Reservation'''''<br>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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The [[Flathead Indian Reservation (Montana)|Flathead Indian Reservation]] comprises most of Lake County. Small portions of the reservation are also in the surrounding counties of Flathead , Missoula, and Sanders Counties.
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{MT Resources Intro}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MT Bible Intro|Lake}}
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{MT Biographies Intro|Lake}}
  
{| width="620" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" align="left" class="FCK__ShowTableBorders"
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MT Business Records Intro|Lake}}
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Lake}}
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| [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Lake%2C+Arlee&author_givenName=&author_surname= Arlee]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Lake County, Montana''' online and in print</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finley_Point,_Montana Finley Point]
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niarada,_Montana Niarada]
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollins,_Montana Rollins]
 
 
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Arm,_Montana Big Arm]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jette,_Montana Jette]  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo,_Montana Pablo]  
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* [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=28&GScnty=1617&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronan,_Montana Ronan]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/mt/lake.htm Montana Interment]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Lake%2C+Charlo&author_givenName=&author_surname= Charlo]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerr,_Montana Kerr]
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|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black" valign="top" |
| [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Lake%2C+Polson&author_givenName=&author_surname= Polson]
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* {{FHL|989458|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| [https://beta.familysearch.org/s/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Montana%2C+Lake%2C+St.+Ignatius&author_givenName=&author_surname= St. Ignatius]
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Lake+Montana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton,_Montana Dayton]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kicking_Horse,_Montana Kicking Horse]  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravalli,_Montana Ravalli]  
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=28&CScnty=1617 Findagrave.com]
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle_Lake,_Montana Turtle Lake]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Montana&county=Lake&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtlake/cemeteries.html Rootsweb]
 
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmo,_Montana Elmo]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Montana Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_Point,_Montana Kings Point]  
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Point,_Montana Rocky Point]  
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woods_Bay,_Montana Woods Bay]
 
 
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|}
  
==== Indian Reservation  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_County%2C_Montana#Demographics]
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|1930 |9541
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|1940 |13490
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|1950 |13835
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|1960 |13104
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|1970 |14445
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|1980 |19056
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|1990 |21041
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|2000 |26507
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|2010 |28746
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}}
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{{MT Census Intro|Lake}}
  
The [[Flathead Indian Reservation (Montana)|Flathead Indian Reservation]] comprises most of Lake County. Small portions of the reservation are also in the surrounding counties of Flathead , Missoula, and Sanders Counties.  
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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Federal Censuses were taken for Montana starting in 1870. For links to federal census indexes, see [[Montana Census]].
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{MT Church Intro|Lake}}
  
*[[Flathead County, Montana|Flathead]]
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'''LDS Ward and Branch Records
*[[Missoula County, Montana|Missoula]]
 
*[[Sanders County, Montana|Sanders]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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:*St. Ignatius
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MT Court Intro|Lake}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{MT Directories Intro|Lake}}
  
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{MT Emigration Intro}}
  
*St. Ignatius
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{MT Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{MT Funeral Homes Intro|Lake}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{MT Genealogies Intro|Lake}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{MT Guardianship Intro|Lake}}
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MT Land Intro|Lake}}
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{MT Histories Intro|Lake}}
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{{MT History Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MT Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Mtlake.jpg|thumb|right|240px|<center>Lake County</center>]]
  
 
*See an [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MT/Lake_County interactive map] of Lake County cemeteries and modern-day townships. (Histopolis)
 
*See an [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MT/Lake_County interactive map] of Lake County cemeteries and modern-day townships. (Histopolis)
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/Montana/ Historical Maps and Atlases of Montana] - maps and atlases of Montana
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=== Migration ===
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{{MT Migration Intro}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{MT Military Intro}}
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''Civil War''<br>
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].— index
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*'''1890 - 1918''' [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll34/ Montana Military Enlistments] at Montana Memory Project
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''World War I''<br>
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*'''1917 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1968530|U.S. WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/mt/statewide/military/mtwwi.txt Soldiers of the Great War from the State of Montana] at USGenWeb.
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*[http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll36/ Military Enlistments Montana World War I] at Montana Memory Project
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For further information see [[Montana Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{MT Naturalization Intro}}
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*'''1923-1945''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1986787 Montana, Lake County, naturalization index, 1923-1945]
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MT Newspapers Intro|Lake}}
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'' Montana Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/montana GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/montana/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Montana newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=59 {{nowrap|Kalispell newspapers}}]. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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''Montana Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
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{{MT Newspaper abstracts|Lake}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MT Obituaries Intro|Lake}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times] - large obituary index from newspapers across the United States.
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See also [[United States Obituaries]] for more about finding United States obituaries.
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=== Other Records ===
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{{MT Other Records Intro}}
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'''''Public Records'''''<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1986787 Montana, Lake County records, 1857-2010] Viewable
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2019693?availability=Family%20History%20Library Montana, Lake County, school census records, 1910-1980] Viewable
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MT Periodicals Intro|Lake}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{MT Probate Intro|Lake}}
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'''Online Probate Records
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*'''1831 – 1952''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9072 Montana Wills and Probate Records 1831-1952] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2028198?availability=Family%20History%20Library Montana, Lake County, probate index, 1923-1950] Viewable
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=== School Records ===
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{{MT Schools Intro}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MT Tax Intro|Lake}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MT Vital Intro|Lake}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Birth Intro|Lake}}
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*'''1840 - 2004''' {{RecordSearch|1930397|Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1840 - 2004''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60061 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1857 - 1930''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2028196?availability=Family%20History%20Library Montana, Lake County, birth records, 1857 - 1930] Viewable
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==== Marriage ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Lake}}
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*'''1865 - 1950''' {{RecordSearch|1609797|Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1865 - 1950''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60062 Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' {{RecordSearch|1675397|Montana Marriages, 1889 - 1947}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60065 Montana Select Marriages 1889 - 1947] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1923 - 1993''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2028200?availability=Family%20History%20Library Montana, Lake County, marriage records, 1923 - 1993] Viewable
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*'''1923 - 1959''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/660935?availability=Family%20History%20Library Marriage records, 1923 - 1959] Viewable
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*[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm list of counties included]
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==== Death ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Death Intro|Lake}}
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*'''1840 - 2004''' {{RecordSearch|1930397|Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1840 - 2004''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60061 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1860 - 2007''' {{RecordSearch|1941331|Montana Death Index, 1860 - 2007}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1868 - 2007''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5437 Montana, Death Index, 1868 - 2011] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1923 - 2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2019691 Montana, Lake County, death records, 1923 - 2010] Viewable
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*'''pre 1954 - 2002''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmsgs/death_records.htm?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978&o_sch=Affiliate+External Montana State Death Registry Index Pre 1954 & 1954 - 2002] at Montana State Genealogical Society — index
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*'''1954 - 2011''' [http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/montana-death-records Montana Death Records] at FindMyPast ($) — index
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Lake}}
  
==== Military  ====
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*'''1814 - 1958''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2028197?availability=Family%20History%20Library Montana, Lake County, divorce records, 1814 - 1958] Viewable
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Lake}}
  
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized Montana newspapers including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?co=7&s=59 {{nowrap|Kalispell newspapers}}]. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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=== Archives ===
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{{MT Archives Intro}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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:*[[Polson Montana Family History Center]]
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MT Libraries Intro|Lake}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
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== Societies ==
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{{MT Societies Intro|Lake}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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Polson Flathead Historical Society<br>
*[[Polson Montana Family History Center]]
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708 Main St<br>
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Polson 59860-3225<br>
  
== Web Sites  ==
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{{MT Websites Intro|Lake}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/montana/lake-county/ Genealogy Inc Lake County, Montana]
*{{FHL|Montana%2C+Lake|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/MT_Lake.html Kindred Trails Lake County, Montana]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MT/Lake-County.htm Lake County, Montana, Genealogy]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtlake/ USGenWeb Lake County, Montana project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205049|Montana|Lake}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  
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{{MT Research Guides Intro}}
  
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Latest revision as of 23:20, 30 November 2016

United StatesGotoarrow.png Montana Gotoarrow.png Lake County

Guide to Lake County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Polson
Organized: May 11, 1923
Parent County(s): Flathead and Missoula[1]
Neighboring Counties
Flathead  • Missoula  • Sanders
See County Maps
Courthouse
MontanaLakeCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Lake County.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

Lake County was founded in 1923. The county seat is Polson.[2] It is located in the north western area of the state. [3]

County Courthouse

Lake County Courthouse
106 4th Avenue
Polson, MT 59860-2125
Phone: 406.883.6211
Lake County Website

County Clerk Recorder has birth, death and land records from 1923;
Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1923 and naturalization records 1923-1953[4]

Lake County, Montana Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1923*
1923*
1923*
1923
1923
1923
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

Indian Reservation

The Flathead Indian Reservation comprises most of Lake County. Small portions of the reservation are also in the surrounding counties of Flathead , Missoula, and Sanders Counties.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Lake County, Montana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Montana Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 9,541
1940 13,490 41.4%
1950 13,835 2.6%
1960 13,104 −5.3%
1970 14,445 10.2%
1980 19,056 31.9%
1990 21,041 10.4%
2000 26,507 26.0%
2010 28,746 8.4%
Source: [1]


Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Montana starting in 1870. For links to federal census indexes, see Montana Census.

Church Records

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Montana denominations, view the Montana Church Records wiki page.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • St. Ignatius

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Montana Land and Property for additional information about early Montana land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Lake County, Montana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Montana Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers

Lake County

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

World War I

For further information see Montana Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Montana Newspapers Online

Montana Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lake County, Montana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

See also United States Obituaries for more about finding United States obituaries.

Other Records

Public Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

In most counties in Montana, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, inventories, claim registers, inheritance records, probate packets, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Montana, Lake - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Montana tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most birth and death original records can be purchased from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. For information about marriages, divorces, and requirements for obtaining any vital records, see the CDC Where to Write website.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Polson Flathead Historical Society
708 Main St
Polson 59860-3225

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/mon/lake/ accessed 11/18/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_County,_Montana accessed 11/18/2016
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 416.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).