You'll love this if…
- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Montana
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Montana brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Montana —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your Montana ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Montana’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Montana research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- descriptions of the top historic sites for learning about your ancestors' lives and times, including visitor information
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Montana guide:
- Mid-19th century ore strikes made gold, copper and silver mines flourish, and mining camps such as Bannack, Diamond City and Virginia City spread across the territory.
- State-level birth and death registration began in 1907, but full compliance didn’t happen until the 1920s or later. Contact the state vital statistics office (see the Fast Facts box) for death certificates and uncertified copies of birth certificates at least 30 years old.
- Your immigrant ancestors could have applied for naturalization at any court level—a good place to start looking is their county courthouse.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.