US, Montana, Lake County—Death Certificates, 1923–2010


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Image Type

Image Type

Click in the Image Type field, and then click the option from the list that best describes the image.

If the image contains information related to this project, select Normal. Then press Tab or Enter.

If the image is blank, is an exact duplicate of a previous image in the same batch, or is unreadable, select the corresponding option from the list. If the image does not contain information related to this project, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Continue to the next image.

Click here to see an exampleNormal

Death State

Death State

Type the death state that was recorded.

If the death state was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance by pressing Ctrl+F. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written as part of the place-name.

If the death state or country was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Montana

Certificate Number

Certificate Number

If the image contains a certificate-type record, type the certificate number as it was written, stamped, or printed on the record. The number is usually located at the top of the page.

There are many different death certificate forms found in this project and the certificate number may be difficult to determine. The certificate number to be indexed is the local file or certificate number. Do not index the state file number. to see an example of where to find the certificate number on different forms.

If a certificate number was not recorded, press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: 013193

Death County

Death County

Type the name of the death county.

If the death county was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance by pressing Ctrl+F. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written as part of the place-name.

If the death county was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an exampleLake

Death City or Town

Death City or Town

Type the name of the death city or town. If a city or town was not recorded but a village was, index the village in this field. If a city, town, or village was not recorded but a township was, index it in this field.

Do not include directional or locality terms in this field such as “near” or “by.”

If the death city or town was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance by pressing Ctrl+F. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written as part of the place-name.

If the death city or town was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Arlee

Given Names

Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the given names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as baby or Jr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not type punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Ernest George

Surname

Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the given names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as baby or Jr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname of the principal is not included, do not assume a surname based on the parents' surnames.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an exampleBeagles

Titles and Terms

Titles and Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Jr, baby, or infant, that were recorded with the name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Gender

Gender

Type either (male) or F (female).

Index the gender only if it was specifically recorded or you can tell what the gender is from relationship terms, such as "son" or "daughter," or other indicators in the language. Do not assume a gender based on given names.

If the gender was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an exampleM

Death Month

Death Month

Type the first three letters of the month: JanFeb, Mar, etc.

If a death month was not recorded, type the burial month in place of the death month.

If the month was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an exampleFeb

Death Day

Death Day

Type the one- or two-digit number for the day.

If a death date was not recorded, type the burial date in place of the death date.

If the day was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example21

Death Year

Death Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If a death year was not recorded, type the burial year in place of the death year.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Click here to see an example2008

Age

Age

Index only full years. If fractions of years were recorded, round down to the nearest full year. If less than one year was recorded or a child was stillborn, index the age as (zero).

If the age was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example99

Spouse's Given Names

Spouse's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the given names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mrs or Ms, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Jacqueline

Spouse's Surname

Spouse's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the given names field.

Maiden surnames are considered as surnames and should be typed in the surname field before the married surname.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mrs or Ms, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an exampleMc Knight

Spouse's Titles and Terms

Spouse's Titles and Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Mrs or Ms, that were recorded with the name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Father's Given Names

Father's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the given names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Mr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an exampleAllen

Father's Surname

Father's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the given names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Sr or Mr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an exampleStubsjoen

Father's Titles and Terms

Father's Titles and Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Sr or Mr, that were recorded with the name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Mother's Given Names

Mother's Given Names

The given names may be written either before or after the surname. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the given names field.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mrs or Ms, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an exampleAlta

Mother's Surname

Mother's Surname

The surname may be written either before or after the given names. Be sure to type the names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the given names field.

Maiden surnames are considered as surnames and should be typed in the surname field before the married surname.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Mrs or Ms, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Cox

Mother's Titles and Terms

Mother's Titles and Terms

Type titles or terms, such as Mrs or Ms, that were recorded with the name.

If a title or term was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation.

If titles or terms were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.