Montana Family History
Societies (A-B)

This section lists the state-wide associations from Central to Western.  It then lists the association of Beaver giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional Societies

County Societies

Central Montana Genealogy Society

The society is based in Lewiston Public Library.  Located on the upper floor of the library, they have many archives, including:

  • Births
  • Cemetery and Mortuary Records
  • Church Registers
  • Federal and State Census Returns
  • Local Histories
  • Marriages
  • Newspapers on Microfilm

Montana State Genealogical Society

The Society issues Early Settlers certificates to descendants of residents who arrived before 8 November 1889.

Many archives are available in their library, for which an online catalogue is available online. 

Numerous databases are accessible on their site, which include the 1930 Federal Census (Index), Marriages and Naturalisations.

They also provide access to the State Death Index, which incorporates:

  • Civil War Veterans
  • Deaths 1954-2002
  • Deaths Recorded in the Workman Newsletter March 1892 - February 1899
  • Earliest Deaths through 1953

Montana State Historical Society

The society was established in 1865. Many resources are available in their Research Centre, which inorporate Manuscripts, Government Records, Books, Maps and Photographs. 

If you wish to find out more about archives held, an on-line catalogue is available.


Western Montana Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1980.  Their aims are to promote and encourage the study of genealogy, to collect and preserve genealogical records, to compile genealogies and to locate genealogical materials and make these available to the public.

Many publications are available for sale, including:

  • Missoula City Cemetery Records
  • Other Cemetery Transcripts
  • Vital Records Announcements in Eleven Missoula area Newspapers 1870-1899
  • Vital Records published in Daily Missoulian 1900-1914

County Societies

Beaver Head Hunters Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1992.  Many indexes are available on the site, which include:

  • 1880, 1910 and 1930 Federal Census Returns
  • Marriages
  • Naturalisation Records
  • Obituaries
  • School Census

For payment of a fee, Members are able to carry out Research on your behalf in:

  • 1870, 1880, 1910 and 1930 Federal Census Returns
  • County Marriage Index 1867-2003
  • Dillon City Burial Registers 1888-1999
  • Obituaries of Dillon Area 1881-Present
  • Tombstone Inscriptions 1862-1992

Numerous publications are also available for sale, which include:

  • Beaverhead County 1910 Census Index
  • Dillon Tribune Obituary Index 1881-2010
  • Marriages 1867-2003
  • Tombstone Inscriptions 1862-1992

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  3. Montana Family History Societies (A-B)