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Meets the second Tuesday of the month (September, November, January, March and May) at 7:00 pm at the Missoula Public Library. Please visit our website for program announcements.  
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Guide to Missoula County Montana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Missoula County, Montana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Montana
Location of Montana in the U.S.
Founded February 2, 1865
County Seat Missoula
Address Missoula County Courthouse
200 W Broadway Street
Missoula, MT 59802-4292
Phone: 406.523.4752
Missoula County Website

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes

Record Loss





Church Records

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Missoula
  • Tyler

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups




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.

Land and Property

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.


  • See an interactive map of Missoula County cemeteries and modern-day townships. (Histopolis)



Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Missoula County, Montana Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



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.

Public Records



County Clerk has birth and death from 1895 and land records; Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records[2]

Family History Centers

Introduction to LDS Family History Centers


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.

Electronic Databases:

  • Missoulian Subject Index – covers 25+ years of articles. The index will give you a citation to the article available on microfilm.
  • Montana State Death Index – (1880-2002) includes death records recorded by the state. Mandatory registration began in 1907. This is available in the Audra Browman Room.

Western Montana Genealogical Resources:

  • Index to the Vital Records as Listed in the Daily Missoulian
    1976-1982 (obits only)

  • Cemetery Information:
Missoula County 1869 to date
Sanders County 1894 to date
Mineral County 1893 to date
Lake County 1845 to date
Granite County 1869 to date
Ravalli County 1893 to 1987
Lincoln County 1890 to 1985

  • Bio-Sheets: A compilation from cemetery records, mortuary records, tombstone records, and obituaries
  • Index to the 1910 Missoula County, Montana census
  • Index to the Microfilm Records of the Book of Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths, and Confirmations in the City of Helena, Montana, Archdiocese of Nebraska, from 1866, and in Hellgate and Frenchtown
  • Pre-1900 Index of Vital Records for Missoula Area Newspapers
  • Index of the Upper Swan Valley Homestead Claims, Condon, Montana
  • Index to the 1930 Mineral County, Montana census
  • Mineral County, Montana Death Records Index (to 1896)
  • Index to 1870 Montana Census, Cedar Creek Mines
  • Index to 1880 Montana Census, Dist. 92
  • Index to 1910 Ravalli County, Montana census
  • Vital Statistics extracted from the Northwest Tribune (Ravalli County), 2 v.: 1889-1900, 1901-1910
  • Sanders County Montana Armed Services Personnel, 1917-1949
  • Senyelemen: “gathering” of sacred records of the Sqelix (people), 1910-1960 (Sanders and Lake Counties)
  • Drawing for Homesteads 1909 (Flathead Indian Reservation, Lake County)

Other Montana Resources:

  • First Families of Montana and Early Settlers (2 v.)
  • Montana Data Index: a Reference Guide to Historical and Genealogical Resources (1992 ed.)
  • US Military Personnel Died (including Missing and Captured, Declared Dead) As a Result of the Vietnam Conflict (list of Montanans)
  • Norske i Montana (3 v.) [Norwegians in Montana]
  • Yellowstone County, Montana Marriages 1889-1991
  • Homesteader Names, Liberty County
  • Blackfeet Nation Family History (5 v.) (Glacier County)
  • Riverside Cemetery, Fort Benton (v. 1-2) (Choteau County)
  • County Histories from across Montana

Genealogical queries may be sent to the Missoula Public Library or e-mailed to parpart@montana.lib.us. There is no charge for brief queries.


Meets the second Tuesday of the month (September, November, January, March and May) at 7:00 pm at the Missoula Public Library. Please visit our website for program announcements.


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

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.




Bonner-West Riverside Evaro Orchard Homes
Clinton Frenchtown Seeley Lake
Condon Lolo Wye
East Missoula Missoula

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.


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.