Montana didn’t begin to record death records officially until the year 1907. Before that year, deaths were recorded at the county level, as were most vital records for the state. Since Montana didn’t become part of the United States until 1889, vital records before that might have been kept by churches, individual families and cemeteries, but they may lack much information about the deceased. Although there are no laws that protect privacy of vital records in Montana, you may still need to send identification when requesting Montana death records and state why you are requesting the record. As with most states, there is a fee for the search and as of now, the fee is $12 (5 for each copy thereafter) and is payable to Montana Vital records. You should include a money order or check for the fee along with a completed application and copies of your photo identification. Even though you don’t have to prove a relationship to the deceased, you’ll need to have the application notarized so they’ll know it’s actually you who’s making the request. Send this information to the following address:
Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
Vital Records Office
111 No. Sanders
P.O. Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604
Phone: (406) 444-2685
Some of the information you’ll need to provide via the application are the full name of the deceased, place and date of death and spouse’s and parents’ names. Keep in mind that the fee is non-refundable even if no record is found.
The Internet is also a great way to access Montana death records. There are many online search sites available that charge a reasonable fee and then conduct the search for you. The advantages of using one of these private sites is that you’ll get a rapid response and the information you receive will be thorough and up-to-date. If no record is found, you pay nothing. The Internet search sites are manned by professionals who are experts in knowing how to search for buried information and pull out the exact data you need for your purpose. Search engines used by the Internet sites are extremely powerful and can plow through thousands of references in a very short amount of time. Far reaching databases used by the sites are also powerful and can reference and cross-reference material both in Montana and other states and countries. You’ll receive a full report usually within minutes and can be assured of its accuracy and thoroughness. Legal professionals and genealogy experts usually become members of these Internet sites so they can search on a constant basis to find data they need for a case or for research purposes. It’s important to them that they receive accurate information in a timely manner. Learn more about private Internet search sites by clicking on the link.