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Montana, Lake County Records 1857-2010
This article describes a collection of records at
Lake, Montana, 
United States
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Location of Lake County, Montana
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Location of Montana
Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1857-2010
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Lake Country District Court, Montana

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

The collection covers the years 1857 to 2010. It consists of the following records from the county courthouse in Polson, Montana.

  • Deeds
  • School census
  • Mining records
  • Vital records (death and birth records have been indexed)
  • Probate records
  • Divorce records

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Montana, Lake County Records 1857-2010.

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

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name of primary individual, their age, gender and residence
  • Event date and place
  • 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 land or property
  • Occupation
  • Military information such as company, rank, and enlistment date
  • Farm information such as number and value of acres, details of crops raised
  • Statistical information about members of household

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Record Record Type Years
Court Index to officials bonds 1923
Divorce Divorse index 1914-1958
Land Deeds 1923-1928
Land Deeds index grantee 1923-1989
Land Deeds index grantor 1923-1989
Land Index to deeds, grantee 1906-1923
Land Index to deeds, grantor 1872-1938
Land Index to farm and ranch names 1023-1940
Land Index to real estate records, grantor 1890-1923
Land Mining and millsite locations 1910-1917
Land Miscellaneous land records 1921-1941
Land Water rights 1891-1923
Naturalization Index to Naturalization 1923-1945
Probate Probate general index 1923-1950
School School census records 1910-1980
Vital Birth certificates 1923-1930
Vital Certification of death certificates 2003-2010
Vital Death certificates 1923-2010
Vital Death index 1923-2010
Vital Index to marriage records-men 1923-1960
Vital Index to marriage records men and women 1923-1993
Vital Marriage records 1923-1959
Vital Register of births 1857-1930

Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Montana marriages click here.

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 type of event
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The names of family members and their relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting 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]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Record Category
  2. Select the Record Type, Volume, 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 information to find the family in census records
  • Search for the family in land and probate records
  • Search church 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.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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