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Census of the Blackfeet, Montana, 1897-1898164
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U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
Montana, Birth Records, 1897-19883,307,652
Montana, State Deaths, 1907-20163,184,432
Montana, County Marriages, 1865-19872,559,706
Montana, County Marriage Records, 1865-19931,922,643
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U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942Updated15,293,445
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U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)Free5,823,338
U.S., Index to Alien Arrivals at Canadian Atlantic and Pacific Seaports, 1904-19444,355,887
Montana, County Naturalization Records, 1867-1970134,878
Montana, Federal Naturalization Records, 1870-199973,267
Allen-Isham genealogy : Jirah Isham Allen, Montana pioneer, government scout, guide, interpreter and famous hunter179
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U.S., Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963315,594
U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Membership Records, 1856-1970210,144
U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Vital Records, 1856-197052,945
A Directory of churches & religious organizations in Montana, 1941133
Inventory of the vital statistics records of churches and religious organizations in Montana, 1942122
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Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009614,563
Montana, Chouteau County Records, 1876-2011241,430
Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011124,478
Montana, Rosebud County Records97,864
Montana, Lake County Records, 1857-201094,699
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History of Dakota Territory5,248
U.S., Women of the West, 1928Free4,669
Montana, History and Biography2,782
Montana, its story and biography : a history of aboriginal and territorial Montana and three decades of statehood2,759
Montana : the land and the people2,544
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A Genealogical History

Montana in brief

Statehood: November 8, 1889
Capital: Helena
Largest City: Billings
Counties: 56
State motto: Oro y Plata (Gold and Silver)
State nickname: Big Sky Country, Treasure State
Neighboring states: Idaho, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota
 


Post office and Great Hill, Butte, Montana, 1905

Interesting Facts

  • Roughly 60 percent of Montana falls in the Great Plains, whereas the other 40 percent is within the Rocky Mountains. While it is the fourth largest state, it is third from the last when it comes to population density.
  • Native American tribes native to Montana include the Arapaho, Arikara, Assiniboin, Bannock, Cheyenne, Chippewa, Cree, Crow, Dakota, Hidatsa, Kalispel, Kiowa, Kootenai, Mandan, Nez Percé, Piegan, and Salish.
  • In 1862 gold was discovered in Montana, bringing waves of prospectors from the East, as well as from western states like California. Later, large deposits of copper were discovered and the smelters and mills drew more workers to the state.

Featured Montana Data Collections

U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
Montana, Divorce Records, 1943-1988274,724
Montana, Marriage Records, 1943-19881,863,913
Montana, Birth Records, 1897-19883,307,652
U.S., Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963315,594

Famous People

Help and Advice

Resources

Montana Census Research

Federal censuses for the state of Montana began in 1870; however, some parts of Montana were included other Federal census records. In 1860, people living in the area of Montana east of the Continental Divide were enumerated in the unorganized part of Nebraska Territory. The only exceptions to this were two trading posts, Fort Alexander and Fort Union, which were enumerated with unorganized Dakota.

The area of Montana west of the Continental Divide was enumerated as the Bitterroot Valley and the Ponderay Mountains in Spokane County, Washington Territory. Yellowstone National Park was created in 1872, and all residents of the area were enumerated in the Wyoming census for 1880.

A “census” of miners taken during 1862–63 can be found in “List of Early Settlers: A List of All Persons (Except Indians) Who Were in What is Now Montana During the Winter of 1862–63, Which Was the First Winter After the Gold Mines of This Region Had Become Noised Abroad,” Contributions to the Historical Society of Montana, vol. 1 (Helena: Rocky Mountain Publishing Co., 1876).

 

Montana Vital Records
Although Montana began recording births and deaths in 1907, it was not until about 1915 that mandatory registration of births became more complete. By 1922, compliance was about 90 percent.

 

Montana Research Resources

The organizations listed below provide information about Montana history and genealogy. In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when researching.