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Genealogy Resources

Montana Genealogy Resources

  • Census, 1860: Bitter Root Valley and Ponderay Mountains Area of Washington Territory, Now in the State of Montana, extracted and indexed by Margery H. Bell, Katherine Schaffer, Dennis Richards, no publication data noted. Includes Index. See also, Montana 1860 Territorial Census Index. Salt Lake City, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1982.
  • Cheyenne Genealogy.  Cheyenne Genealogy is one of our two main areas of research. Today the tribe is divided into two bands. The Southern Cheyenne in Oklahoma and the Northern Cheyenne in Montana. Our research is primarily with the Northern band but we do have information about various families in the Southern band. Currently we have over 8,000 Cheyenne's in our data set.
  • Date and Source Information for the Biography Files in the Montana Room at the Parmly Billings Library, compiled by the Yellowstone Genealogical Forum; editor Patricia K. Miller, microiflm of original card index (about 10,000 cards). Individuals who appeared in issues of several Montana newspapers between 1930 and 1975. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994, 1 roll, FHL film #1307685.
  • General Land Office of the United States, Montana Territory, 1881-1928. Microfilm of original records in State Treasurer, Clerk Recorder Office in Helena, Montana. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2002, 4 rolls, beginning with FHL film #2317967.

  • Hunter, James. Scottish Highlanders, Indian Peoples: Thirty Generations of a Montana Family. Helena, Montana: Montana Historical Society Press, 1996.

  • Montana, Beaverhead County Records, 1862-2009. Images of various record types from the county clerk and recorder offices in Dillon, Montana. Records include voter registration, land and property records, and birth and death records. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.

  • Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009. County record collections from the following record custodians. History Museum in Great Falls: Probate, voter registers, naturalization and immigration records. Great Falls Genealogy Society: Probate case files, # 535-3165, 1903-1926; court orders for dependent children, 1903-1937; old age applications, naturalization records, pre 1945. County Clerk's Office: Deeds from 1880-1941 and index to 1995. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.

  • Montana, Chouteau County Records,1876-2011. Images of Chouteau County records held at various repositories. Records located in the Museum of the Northern Plains (River and Plains Society) include voter registers, school district records, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church records, Riverside Cemetery records and newspapers clippings of births, marriages and deaths. Records held by the Chouteau County Courthouse include birth, death, probate, naturalization, deeds and school census records. This collection is being published as image become available. FamilySearch.

  • Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004. Images of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. The collections consist of registers and certificates from Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Powell and Silver Bow counties. FamilySearch.

  • Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950. Name index and images of Montana county marriage records acquired from local courthouses. FamilySearch.

  • Montana, Death Index, 1860-2007. Index of deaths from the State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Office of Vital Statistics in Helena. Index provided by FamilySearch.

  • Montana, Flathead County Records, 1871-1981. Coroner's records, deed records, divorce records, jail records, and probate records located at Flathead County courthouse, Kalispell, Montana. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.
  • Montana GenWeb Project.

  • Montana, Granite County Records, 1865-2009. Images of probate, land and property, naturalization, divorce and vital records from the County Clerk's Office in Philipsburg. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.
  • Montana Historical Society.  Montana's memory starts here! Established in 1865, the Montana Historical Society is the oldest of its kind west of the Mississippi River. Learn more about Montana's Museum, the Montana Historical Society Press, Montana The Magazine of Western History, the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, the MHS Research Center, and the countless programs we provide.

  • Montana Historical Society Online Resources.

  • Montana, Lake County Records, 1857-2010. Deeds, school census, mining, vital records, probate, and divorce records located at the county courthouse in Polson. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.

  • Montana, Marriages, 1889-1947. Name index to marriage records from the state of Montana. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.  FamilySearch.

  • Montana Memory Project. The Montana Memory Project provides access to digital collections and items relating to Montana's cultural heritage and government.

  • Montana, Rosebud County Records. Land records, vital records, voter lists and probate case files located at Rosebud County courthouse, Forsyth, Montana. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.

  • Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010. Images of county birth, death, marriage, veteran burials, voter, naturalization, land and probate records located in the county courthouse in Thompson Falls. FamilySearch.
  • Montana State Genealogical Society.

  • Montana, Sweet Grass County Records, 1885-2011. Birth, death, coroners, naturalization, probate including estate files and deed records from the Clerk of the District Court, County Clerk, and Recorder's Offices in Big Timber. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.

  • Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011. Images of vital, probate, deeds and discharge records from the county courthouse in Billings. This collection is being published as images become available. FamilySearch.
  • Mountain Men and the Fur TradeThis website is an on-line Research Center devoted to the history, traditions, tools, and mode of living, of the trappers, explorers, and traders known as the Mountain Men.
  • Van Dersal & Conner's Stockgrowers' Directory of Marks and Brands for the State of Montana, 1872 to 1900: Comprising an Alphabetical Lists of Names of all Live stock Companies and ... Also a Complete Classified Directory of Sheep and Wool Growers. Helena, Montana: Dersal and Conner, 1900; Reprint, Glendive, Montana: Review Printing Co.,  Arranged by county and alphabetical by brand owner within the county. Includes brand index.
  • Western States Marriage Record Index.  For more than two decades, the BYU-Idaho (formerly known as Ricks College) Arthur Porter Special Collections area in Rexburg, Idaho has been extracting early marriage records from counties in the western part of the United States. Virtually all of the pre-1900 marriages are included in the index for Arizona , Idaho and Nevada . Many counties for those same states have been extracted into the 1930's and some, much later. A significant number of marriages from selected counties in California , western Colorado , Montana , Oregon , Utah , eastern Washington , and Wyoming are also included.
  • Yellowstone Genealogy Forum.  The YGF is the master Genealogical Resource Center for the History of Persons, Places and Past Events in Montana's Largest Populated County (Yellowstone County), headquartered in Billings, Montana.