This database contains a history of the state of Montana. Items covered in this work include exploration, the fur trade era, settlement, gold discoveries and mining, pioneers, towns and cities, Indians, statehood, education, county histories, and so on. The history presented here is a record of the state's struggles, achievements, progress, and growth. Historical works such as this contain valuable information that can be a great addition to your genealogical research. Although historical works will generally not mention your ancestors specifically (unless they were prominent individuals in the community), they do provide information on the time and place in which your ancestors lived, which in turn will help you place your ancestors in a historical context.