Montana Births - What else you can try

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How to find birth records, marriage records and death records, Why Can't I Find the Record - Montana Births

This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the Montana Guided Research page.

Additional Online Resources

Additional Databases and Online Resources

  • 1840s-2000s: Montana Birth Collections at FamilySearch- (List of collections) Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004
    Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862-2009
    Montana, Big Horn County Records, 1884-2011
    Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009
    Montana, Chouteau County Records,1876-2011
    Montana, Flathead County Records, 1871-2007
    Montana, Judith Basin County Records, 1887-2012
    Montana, Lake County Records, 1857-2010
    Montana, Meagher County Records, 1866-2012
    Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910-2012
    Montana, Rosebud County Records, 1878-2011
    Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010
    Montana, Sweet Grass County Records, 1887-2011
    Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012

Substitute Records

Additional Records with Birth Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these substitute records to locate birth information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Death Records
Montana Death Guided Research
Death records may include the birthdate or age of the deceased. With the age, a birthdate can be approximated. Click on the link to the left to return to the "Death" page.
Cemetery Records
See Wiki page
Gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records may include a birthdate.
Census Records
U.S. Census FS Collections
Census records from 1850 onward give ages of the recorded individuals, allowing researchers to calculate birth years.
Church Records
See Wiki page
Baptism records occasionally provide a birthdate. In addition, a death or burial record may include an age that can approximate a birthdate. To access church records, first determine the denomination.
See Wiki page
In addition to obituaries, newspapers publish notices of marriages, divorces, deaths, and funerals. In recent years, birth notices have also been published providing the names of the parents and sex of the child.
Montana Obituary FS Collections
Obituaries often include the birthdate and place of the deceased.
Military Records
Montana Military FS Collections
Post-Civil War records may include the date and place of birth.
Bible Records
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Family Bibles may include dates and places of birth for family members, however the accuracy of this information is contingent upon when the information was recorded.

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Tips for finding births

Successfully finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search parents. Search for the parents, if known, as the child's first name may not be on the birth record.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
  • Search state. Search using the state name only instead of by county.

Why the Record may not Exist

Known Record Gaps

Records Start

  • 1907 Statewide Registration.

Records Destroyed
There is no known record loss in the counties of Montana.

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