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How to Find Death Records in Montana?

It is always difficult to lose a family member. And while the grief is still fresh, you also have to deal with making the funeral arrangements and you also need to take care of their financial issues. In order to make arrangements for the funeral or other formalities after the passing of a family member, it is necessary to get the death records of the deceased. Here we discuss what exactly Montana death records are and how you can obtain the same.

Death Records are legal documents issues that provide information about the passing away of an individual. They are also referred to as death certificates. Montana Death Records include information like the name and age of the deceased, as well as the cause of their death. A death record is said to be valid only if it has been signed by a medical examiner or a coroner who has done an autopsy on the deceased. The office of Vital Statistics maintains all The Public Death Records, Montana.

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Why do you need Montana death records?

Immediately after the passing of an individual, you need their death records to make funeral arrangements. Death Records are also a must in case the body needs to be flown to a different location of the funeral. The family of the deceased needs the death records in order to handle financial and insurance-related settlements of the deceased. Sometimes, family members might require the death records of their ancestors years after their passing. The reasons for this could be many. You may want to settle some real estate succession issues or some financial matters. Since death records are part of public records, getting a hold of death certificates from years ago is not such a difficult task.

It is now also possible to find Montana Death Records online. However, these online death records cannot be accessed by anyone. Death Certificates can only be requested by family members of the deceased. While applying for a death certificate, you will need to provide sufficient proof that you are a family member of the deceased and only then will you be able to access their death records. If you are not related to the deceased person, you will have to provide written documents from the agency that is requesting the death records. It is also compulsory to mention the exact reason why the records are needed.

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How to Find Death Records in Montana?

There was no legal requirement to keep Montana Death Records prior to 1895. So if you are looking for death records of someone who passed during that time, it is going to be a herculean task to get your hands on them. At this time, undertakers, coroners, clergymen, and physicians were responsible for maintaining death records. It was only in 1895 that a law was passed making it mandatory for physicians to register all the deaths. In 1907, state-level registration of deaths began and by 1910, 90 percent of all deaths were recorded. Montana Death Records became fairly complete in 1915.

If you are looking for death records on a person who died before 1907, you will have to check in the county registrar of where the death took place. You can also refer to church records, cemetery records, obituaries, census, and newspapers to find data on the person’s death.

You can also try the following sources to find online Death Records.

  • https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1941331
  • https://www.deathindexes.com/montana/
  • https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/mtdeath89/

You can also use this site https://dphhs.mt.gov/vitalrecords and request for records from the Montana Vital Statistics office. Make sure you provide appropriate documentation along with your driver’s license and state ID card. You will also need to prove your relationship with the deceased to get a copy of the death records.

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