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Montana began recording births and deaths at the state level in 1907. It was not until about 1915 that mandatory registration of births became more complete. By 1922, compliance was about 90 percent. All pre-1907 birth and death records are filed with the county clerk, as are all original marriage certificates. The Department of Public Health has only indexes to marriages (and only for those after 1945).
For birth and death records after 1907, write:
Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), 111 North Sanders, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604-4210

For earlier records and for marriage certificates, write to the clerk of the county in question.

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Montana Research Sources

Koury, Michael J. The Military Posts of Montana. Bellevue, Nebr.: Old Army Press, 1970. (This is an introduction to the army posts of Montana. Included are Camp Cooke, Fort C.F. Smith, Fort Shaw, Fort Ellis, Camp Baker, Fort Logan, Fort Benton, Fort Custer, Fort Keogh, Fort Missoula, Fort Maginnis, and Fort Assiniboine.)
Richards, Dennis L. Montana's Genealogical and Local History Records: A Selected List of Books, Manuscripts, and Periodicals. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1981. (One of the best guides to history and genealogical works, this volume lists historical and genealogical sources for the territorial and state periods of Montana.)
Burlingame, Merrill G., and K. Ross Toole, eds. A History of Montana. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1957. (A three-volume set. Vols. 1 and 2 are a history of Montana. Vol. 3 provides valuable biographical sketches.)
Wolle, Muriel Vincent Sibell. Montana Pay Dirt: A Guide to Mining Camps of the Treasure State. Denver: Sage, 1963. (Contains maps, illustrations, and a selected bibliography.)

Montana Historical Society
P.O. Box 201201
225 North Roberts
Helena, MT 59620-1201

Montana State Library
1515 East 6th Avenue
PO Box 201800
Helena, MT 59620-1800
Tel: (406) 444-3115

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