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Montana, Flathead County Records, 1871-2007
This article describes a collection of records at
Flathead, Montana, 
United States
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Location of Flathead County, Montana
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1871-2007
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Flathead County Clerk of Court, Kalispell

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains county records that cover the years 1871 to 2007. The records currently available are:

  • Coroner's records
  • Court records
  • Divorces(1895-1980)
  • Land and Property records
  • Court records (1895-1981)
  • Probate records (1895-1950)
  • Public records
  • Birth records (1881-1942)
  • Death Records (1897-2007)

Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of events happening in the lives of the citizens and to track land and property ownership. The records are located at Flathead County courthouse, Kalispell, Montana.

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Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Record Record Type Years
Coroner's Coronor's register 1923-1979
Divorce Divorce records 1914-1929
Land and Property Deeds 1871-1929
Land and Property General index to deeds (Grantee) 1884-1923
Land and Property General Index to deeds (Grantor) 1885-1923
Probate Probate bonds and oath 1893-1947
Probate Probate decrees 1893-1947
Probate Probate documents 1928
Probate Probate journals 1934-1961
Probate Probate letters 1911-1947
Probate Probate orders index 1893-1900
Probate Probate orders 1893-1958
Probate Probate records 1950
Public Jail registers 18931981
Public Sheriff's fee book 1946-1980
Public Sheriff's prisoner list 1933-1964

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Montana, Flathead County Records, 1871-2007.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name of Deceased
  • Name of Petitioner
  • Date and place of death
  • Date of court order
  • Name of judge
  • Name of children (if any)


  • Name of Defendant
  • Name of Plaintiff
  • Date of Marriage
  • Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded


  • Name of Prisoner
  • The prisoner's number
  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Color of hair and eyes
  • Prisoner's complexion
  • Where prisoner was born
  • Special marks or peculiarities
as to prisoner or history
(i.e juvenile, body descriptions)


  • Name of Child
  • Sex of Child
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Names of Parents
  • Race
  • Age of Parents at time of birth
  • Birth Place of parents
  • Occupation of parents


  • Name of deceased
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Death date
  • Location of death
  • Date and place of Birth
  • Decedent*s occupation
  • Father's and Mother's names

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The place where the event occurred
  • The names of family members and their relationships

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  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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 the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the age to calculate the birth date to find birth, christening, marriage, and death records
  • Use the probate date as a substitute for the death date
  • Use the name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery to find funeral and cemetery records
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records
  • Use the information to find the family in census records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. 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.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Montana.

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