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Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910-2012
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Pondera, Montana, 
United States
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Location of Pondera County, Montana
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1910-2012
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Pondera County Courthouse, Conrad, Montana


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

The collection consists of images to the following records from the county courthouse in Conrad:

  • Birth, marriage, death and land records from the County Clerk/Recorder's office. The birth and death records are indexed
  • Probate and naturalization records from the Clerk of Court

The records cover the years 1910 to 2012.

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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, Pondera County Records, 1910-2012.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

County

  • Name of primary individual
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Names of parents
  • 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 property or land
  • Occupation
  • Military information such as company, rank, and enlistment date
  • Farm information such as number and value of acres and details of crops raised
  • Statistical information about members of the household

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Records Record Type Years
Land and property Deeds 1910-1932
Land and property Grantee index 1919-1950
Land and property Grantor index 1919-1950
Land and property Patents 1910-1974
Naturalization Naturalization cards 1913-1945
Naturalization Petition evidence 1913-1945
Naturalization Petitions for naturalization 1914-1945
Probate Probate case files 1919-1930
Probate Probate court minutes 1919-1930
Vital Birth certificates 1910-1930
Vital Birth register 1910-1982
Vital Death Certificates 1914-2012
Vital Death register 1919-2012
Vital Marriage declaration, licenses, certificates 1919-1955
Vital Marriage licenses, certificates 1919-1960

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The age of your ancestor
  • The names of relatives
  • The type of event such as marriage or naturalization
  • The approximate date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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  1. Select the Record Category
  2. Select Record Type, Record Description, and Year Range to view the images.

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]

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

  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage and death
  • Use the probate date as a substitute for the death date
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records
  • Search for church, land and probate 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

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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