- Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1878
- Birth, marriage, and death records have been recorded by the state government from 1907 to the present
- Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1860
- State, territorial, and colonial censuses were recorded every 10 years from 1860 through 1890
- Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
- Probate records were kept by the local courts from 1864 to the present
- Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Military records
- Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
- Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts since 1800s
- Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas
Our Montana genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Montana, including:
- The Montana Historical Society
Primarily government documents, also printed manuscript sources, including histories and reference materials
- University of Montana, Mansfield Library
25,000 books about Western Montana and its people, over 800 manuscripts, over 7,000 regional and historic maps, nearly 100,000 historic images (1860s-present) on the people, places and activities in western Montana, 2,500 oral histories
- Montana State University, Renne Library
Over 34,000 volumes on Montana, original papers and documents, publications, maps, photographs, videotapes
Mansfield Library at University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.
This archive contains 25,000 books about western Montana and its people, 800 manuscripts, over 7,000 regional and historic maps, nearly 100,000 historic images (1860s-present) on the people, places, and activities in western Montana, and 2,500 oral histories.
Renne Library at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.
This archive contains over 34,000 volumes on Montana, original papers and documents, publications, maps, photographs, and videotapes
Our genealogists can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.
If you would like to learn how our genealogists can further your research, request a research quote.
Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Montana include: