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State Resources — Montana

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has birth and death records since late 1907, marriage and divorce records since July 1943. Some items may be verified. Certified copies of marriage and divorce records are not available from the state office.

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

On the Internet: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
Call (406) 444-2685 for information on record lookup fees.
Write to:
Montana Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 4210
111 N. Sanders
Helena, MT 59604-4210
For county marriage records, contact the Clerk of District Court in the county where the license was issued. Cost will vary.
For county divorce records, contact the court in the county where the divorce was granted.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have newspapers, city directory records, 1860-1920 census records, large community and county history books, Montana history books, family histories, a list of dead and wounded from World War I and World War II, rosters of World War I and the Spanish American War, a photo archive, maps, old diaries, manuscripts, very few property records, a few naturalization records, marriage indexes and certificates, the 1864 poll list for their first territorial election, and the Sacred List -- a list of settlers in Montana in the winter of 1862-1863.

Write to:
Montana Historical Society
Memorial Building
P.O. Box 201201
225 North Roberts Street
Helena, MT 59620-1201
Telephone: (406) 444-2694
Hours:(Summer) Monday-Friday 8:00-6:00, Weekends and Holidays 9:00-5:00
(Winter) Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00, Sat 9:00-5:00, Closed Sundays and Holidays

  Missoula Public Library
301 E. Main
Missoula, MT 59802-4799
Telephone: (406) 721-2665
The Missoula Public Library has an extensive genealogical collection.

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
Montana State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 555
Chester, MT 59522
  Publication: Grains of Research

  Montana Historical Society Foundation
P.O. Box 863
Helena, MT 59624
Telephone: (406) 449-3770

  Yellowstone Genealogy Forum
c/o Parmly Billings Library
510 North Broadway
Billings, MT 59101
Telephone: (406) 657-8258
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