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Montana Death Index, 1907-2002 [database on-line]


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  • Title  Montana Death Index, 1907-2002 [database on-line] 
    Short Title  Montana Death Index, 1907-2002 
    Author  Montana State Genealogical Society and Ancestry.com 
    Publisher  Provo, UT, USA : The Genreations Network, Inc., 2005 
    Source ID  S30 
    Linked to  Charles Jeptha McGee
    Patterson Rudolph McGee
    Margaret Belle Washburn 

  •  Notes 
    • Original data:
      Montana. Montana State Death Registry Index, 1907-1953. Montana State Genealogical Society, Montana.
      State of Montana. Montana Death Index, 1954-2002. State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Office of Vital Statistics, Helena, Montana.
      About Montana Death Index, 1907-2002
      This database is an index to death records for the state of Montana from 1907 to 2002. It also includes a few pre-1900 records and some from 1900 to 1907. Information contained in this index includes:
      Deceased's name
      Gender
      Age at time of death
      Death date
      Death place
      Index/File number
      Father's name
      Mother's name
      Martial Status
      Source (Which agency that portion of the index was obtained from. See below for full source citations)
      Occasionally there will also be other comments. The index number refers to the death record number assigned by the Montana State Vital Statistics. This number is needed in order to obtain a copy of a death certificate from the office of Vital Statistics. All of the above listed items will not be available for each individual.
      With the information provided in this index you may be able to obtain a death certificate. Death certificates can be very valuable because of the amount of information they provide (see extended description). Applications for copies of death certificates should be sent to the Office of Vital Statistics at the following address:
      Office of Vital Statistics
      Department of Public Health and Human Services
      111 N Sanders Rm 209
      PO Box 4210
      Helena MT 59604
      Vital Records in Montana:
      Prior to 1895 there were no legal requirements for keeping birth records in Montana. In 1895 the legislative assembly passed a law requiring physicians and midwives to keep a register of all births. All pre-1907 birth records are filed with county clerk in the county where the child was born. Montana began recording births and deaths on the state level in 1907. It was not until about 1915 that mandatory registration of births became more complete. By 1922 about 90 percent of the births were being registered.
      The 1895 law governing births also pertained to deaths. At that time the registration of deaths was the responsibility of clergymen, coroners, physicians, sextons, and undertakers. Registration of deaths on the state level began in 1907. By 1910 the registration of deaths reached about 90 percent. It was not until about 1915 that the registration of Montana deaths became reasonably complete.
      Taken from Radford, Dwight A., "Montana," in Ancestry's Red Book, ed. Alice Eichholz (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992).
      Death Certifcates:
      Modern (post-1910) death records, though comparatively recent, are steadily increasing in value. People are living longer, and death records often provide information about birth as well as death.
      Modern death certificates have not been standardized throughout the United States; but, like birth certificates, most of them contain the same types of information. Most contemporary death certificates include the deceased's name, sex, race, date of death, age at the time of death, place of death, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, name of spouse, social security number, occupation, residence, father's name, mother's name, cause of death, and place of burial. Records from some states provide the birthplace of the deceased's parents. The social security number is not always included but when it is, it can be invaluable because other records (subject to right-of-privacy laws) may be accessible if you have the social security number.
      As any experienced researcher knows, death records are only as accurate as the knowledge of the person who provided the information. Many informants are unaware of the names of parents or are unsure about dates and places of birth. Always try to find additional information about parents and dates and places of birth whenever possible.
      Taken from Cerny, Johni, "Research in Birth, Death, and Cemetery Records." In The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997).