Missoula County, Montana Genealogy

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Guide to Missoula County, Montana ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Missoula
Organized: February 2, 1865
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clearwater (ID)  • Flathead  • Granite  • Idaho (ID)  • Lake  • Mineral  • Powell  • Ravalli  • Sanders
See County Maps
Missoula county courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Missoula County is located in the west central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Missoula County Courthouse
200 W Broadway Street
Missoula, MT 59802-4292
Phone: 406.523.4752
Missoula County Website

County Clerk has birth and death from 1895 and land records;
Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records[3]

Missoula County, Montana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1895 1865 1895 1865 1865 1865 1860
*State birth and death records began in 1907.
Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.[5]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • Parent County: Missoula County was created 2 February 1865 as an original county
  • County seat: Missoula [6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Indian Reservation
A small piece of the Flathead Indian Reservation is in Missoula County. The major part of the reservation is in Lake County. Other small portions are also in Flathead and Sanders Counties.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Missoula County. To find more resources, go to the Montana Bible Records page.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Missoula County, Montana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Montana Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 2,554
1880 2,537 −0.7%
1890 14,427 468.7%
1900 13,964 −3.2%
1910 23,596 69.0%
1920 24,041 1.9%
1930 21,782 −9.4%
1940 29,038 33.3%
1950 35,493 22.2%
1960 44,663 25.8%
1970 58,263 30.5%
1980 76,016 30.5%
1990 78,687 3.5%
2000 95,802 21.8%
2010 109,426 14.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Before Montana was a state in 1889, the western portion of Montana was included in the 1860 Washington Territory and the eastern was in the unorganized parts of 1860 Nebraska Territory. The 1870 and 1880 Federal Censuses included Montana Territory. No state censuses have been taken.[8] See links listed below.

Territory and State Censuses[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of Montana starting in 1890, although no records survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal Census indexes, see Montana Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Montana denominations, view the Montana Church Records wiki page.

Online Church Records
Lutheran Church

Other Church Records
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ward and Branch Records

  • Missoula
  • Tyler

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

  • 1890 Wright and Woodward's Missoula City Directory, 1890. 1891. Missoula, MT: Wright and Woodward. Online at: Ancestry — index ($)
  • 1903-1904 Missoula and Hamilton City and Ravalli County Directory. 1904. Helena, Montana: R.L. Polk and Co. Online at: Ancestry — index ($)
  • 1915-1916 Missoula and Hamilton City Directory and Missoula, Ravalli and Sanders County Directory: A Classified Business Directory, The Buyers' Guide 1915. Helena, MT: R.L Polk & Co. at FamilySearch Catalog — images (*)

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Montana Land and Property for additional information about early Montana land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Missoula County, Montana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Montana Local Histories.

  • Men and Trade On The Northwest Frontier As Shown By The Fort Owen Ledger. c1955. by George F. Weisel. Missoula, MT: Montana State University. Online at: Hathitrust — index & images.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Missoula CountyLake CountySanders CountyMineral CountyPowell CountyGranite CountyRavalli CountyIdaho County, IdahoClearwater County, IdahoMT Missoula.png
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

These collections are unique to Montana. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Montana Military Records.
Civil War

World War I

World War II

For further information see Montana Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Please see the Montana Naturalization and Citizenship page for state-wide information.

Online Naturalization Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see Montana Newspapers.

Montana Newspapers Online

Montana Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

See also United States Obituaries for more about finding United States obituaries.

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Montana, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, inventories, claim registers, inheritance records, probate packets, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Montana, Missoula - Probate records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Montana tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most birth and death original records can be purchased from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. For information about marriages, divorces, and requirements for obtaining any vital records, see the CDC Where to Write website.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Voting Records[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Missoula County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Montana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Missoula County. For state-wide library facilities, see Montana Archives and Libraries.

Missoula Public Library
455 E Main Street
Missoula, Montana 59802
Telephone: 406-721-2665
Email: [1]

Montana Genealogical Resources in the Missoula Public Library: The Missoula Public Library genealogy collection contains information on Missoula, Lake, Granite, Mineral, Sanders, and Ravalli counties, and to a lesser degree, Lincoln County. Genealogists may also refer to the extensive Montana Collection, located in the Audra Browman Room.

Museums[edit | edit source]

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
3400 Captain Rawn Way
Missoula, MT 59804-7207
E-mail: fortmissoula@missoulacounty.us

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Missoula County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Montana Societies.

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
3400 Captain Rawn Way
Missoula, MT 59804-7207
E-mail: fortmissoula@missoulacounty.us

Western Montana Genealogical Society
PO Box 2714
Missoula, MT 59806-2714
Email: wmgs@outlook.com

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Missoula County at Cyndi's List — a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Missoula County at Genealogy Trails — volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Missoula County at Montana USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Missoula County at Montana USGenWeb Archives - free online data for genealogical research
  • Missoula County, Montana at Linkpendium - genealogy and family history
  • Missoula County, Montana Genealogy at LDSGenealogy.com - collection of links by state, county, city, and record type
  • FamilySearch Catalog The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection. Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missoula_County,_Montana accessed 11/18/2016
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Missoula County, Montana. Page 417. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 407.
  5. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 439.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Missoula County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missoula_County,_Montana, accessed 8 December 2016.
  8. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 409. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.