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Montana, Military Records, 1904-1918
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Location of Montana
Record Description
Record Type Statements of service, Enlistment cards
Collection years 1890-1946
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Montana Historical Society

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

Enlistment cards from the Montana Adjutant General's Office for the Montana National Guard, from 1890-1918 which includes the Spanish-American War and enlistments before World War I, World War I (Statement of Service Cards) from 1917-1918 and World War II enlistments covering Aalok, Orval - Allen, Rodney Jacob, 1939-1947.

Montana Adjutant General's Office Records 1889-1959

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

The record may contain the following information:


  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Permanent Address
  • Occupation
  • Race
  • Physical Description
  • Enrollment date
  • Rank

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of individual
  • Date of birth
  • Date of service

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

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. 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]

  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for military discharge records or published military unit histories.
  • Use the names, ages and residence to locate church records

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
  • Immigrant first names may be in their native language
  • Look at the 1910 census to identify names and ages of additional family members

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation
"Montana, Military Records, 1904-1918." Database. FamilySearch. : 2 November 2018. Montana State Historical Society, Helena.
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