The new kid on the block, FootNote is known for digitizing historical
documents... many of which are genealogical gems. With naturalizations,
city directories, war records, newspapers, town records, etc... this new
kid is quickly being recognized as an alternative to Ancestry.
While we know our northern friends may not feel it, in the South, Spring is
here. So we thought we'd share a few of our gardening sites appropriate
for this time of the year. Along with gardening, there's grilling, and getting
ready to diet so that you can fit back into that bathing suit this summer!
as their name suggests, are connected with central life
events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil
authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical
information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are
available only for relatively recent periods. These records,
despite their recent creation in the United States, are
critically important in genealogical research, often
supplying details on family members well back into the
The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy,
by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.
Both from the standpoint of cost and efficiency, the Montana
researcher will usually find the County Courthouse Records to be the best
source for all variety of Montana genealogy records. There are times,
however, when you might not know the county in which an ancestor resided.
In that event, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services,
Vital Records Division is a good place to start.
Be sure to include a S.A.S.E with your request! Make check or money
order payable to Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
Fee is for a 5-year search. Copies of death and birth records that are
less than thirty years old can be obtained only by the Mother, Father,
Spouse or Child of the individual for whom the record is requested.
Fee is for a 5-year search. Certified copies are not
available from the State office; however, some items may be verified.
Inquiries about certified copies will be forwarded to the appropriate
office. Apply to Clerk of District Court in county where license was
issued or divorce granted.