Montana Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—Montana

Explore research in Montana.


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Goal 1: Learn about Montana research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Montana ancestors.

  1. Learn about basic Montana research strategies.
    FS—Basic Montana Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Montana research on Ancestry.
    AC—Montana Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Montana research.
    AC—Montana State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Montana Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—Montana Record Finder


Goal 2: Learn about Montana archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Montana archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about Montana archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Montana Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Montana state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Montana.
  4. Explore Montana Historical Society collection.
  5. Explore the Books We Own site for Montana genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.

B. Learn about Montana city directories.

  1. Learn about Montana city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Directories
  2. Explore Montana city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Montana city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Montana historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about Montana vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Montana vital records.

  1. Learn about Montana vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Montana Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Montana Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Montana vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore links for vital records on the Montana Public Health site.
  5. Explore Montana birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.

B. Explore Montana marriage and death records.

  1. Explore links for Montana marriage records.
  2. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Montana death records.
  3. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Montana obituaries.
  4. Explore Montana death records, indexes, and obituaries.

C. Explore Montana census and voter records.

  1. Get an overview of Montana censuses in this article.
    FS—Montana Census
  2. Learn about Montana census records.
    Census Records for Montana
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Montana state and county census records.
  4. Explore Montana census records on the AccessGenealogy site.


Goal 4: Learn about Montana church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Montana church records.

  1. Get an overview of Montana church records in this article.
    FS—Montana Church Records
  2. Learn about Montana church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Montana Church Records

B. Explore Montana cemetery records.

  1. Explore Montana cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Montana Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Montana cemetery records.
  3. Search for Montana cemetery records online.
  4. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  5. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  6. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.


Goal 5: Learn about Montana emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Montana emigration and immigration.

  1. Learn about Montana emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Montana migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Migration


Goal 6: Learn about Montana military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Montana military records.

  1. Get an introduction to Missouri military records.
    Missouri Military Records
  2. Learn about Montana military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Military Records
  3. Explore Montana military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Montana probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Montana probate, land and court records.

  1. Learn about Montana probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Montana Probate Records
  2. Learn about Montana land and property records.
    FS—Montana Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Montana land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Montana Land Records

B. Learn about Montana court records.

  1. Learn about Montana court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Court Records
  2. Learn about Montana court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Montana Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Montana maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Montana maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about Montana maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Maps
  2. Learn about Montana maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Montana Maps
  3. Learn about Montana gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Gazetteers

B. Explore Montana maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Montana maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Montana.
  3. Explore historical Montana maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Montana maps.


Goal 9: Learn about Montana newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Montana newspapers.

  1. Learn about Montana newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Newspapers
  2. Learn about Montana newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Montana Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Montana newspapers.

  1. Search for Montana historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Montana newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Montana newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Montana newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Montana newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Montana research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.


Goal 11: Search records from Montana.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Montana County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Montana.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Montana Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Montana research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Montana Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Montana Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the U.S. West Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  4. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Montana.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Montana research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Montana research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Montana research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Montana research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Montana research.

C. Learn about Montana genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Montana in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Montana Societies
  2. Explore the Montana State Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore the Montana Historical Society site.
  4. Explore Montana genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Montana Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Beaverhead    A    L Big Horn    L Blaine    A    L Broadwater    L Carbon    L Carter    L
Cascade    A    L Chouteau    A    L Custer    L Daniels    L Dawson    L Deer Lodge    A    L
Fallon    L Fergus    L Flathead    A    L Gallatin    A    L Garfield    L Glacier    L
Golden Valley    L Granite    L Hill    A    L Jefferson    L Judith Basin    L Lake    L
Lewis and C.    A    L Liberty    L Lincoln    L
Madison    L McCone    L Meagher    L Mineral    L Missoula    A    L Musselshell    L
Park    L Petroleum    L Phillips    L Pondera    A    L Powder River    L Powell    L
Prairie    L Ravalli    L Richland    L Roosevelt    L Rosebud    A    L Sanders    L
Sheridan    L Silver Bow    A    L Stillwater    L Sweet Grass    L Teton    L Toole    L
Treasure    L Valley    L Wheatland    L Wibaux    L Yellowstone    A    L