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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 Courthouse ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= February 2,  1865
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|county seat= Missoula
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|parent county= Original county<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Clearwater County, Idaho Genealogy|Clearwater (ID)]]
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|county2= [[Flathead County, Montana Genealogy|Flathead]]
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|county3= [[Granite County, Montana Genealogy|Granite]]
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|county4= [[Idaho County, Idaho Genealogy|Idaho (ID)]]
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|county5= [[Lake County, Montana Genealogy|Lake]]
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|county6= [[Mineral County, Montana Genealogy|Mineral]]
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|county7= [[Powell County, Montana Genealogy|Powell]]
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|county8= [[Ravalli County, Montana Genealogy|Ravalli]]
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|county9= [[Sanders County, Montana Genealogy|Sanders]]</br><center>[[Missoula County, Montana Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
[http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/ Missoula County Courthouse]<br>200 W Broadway Street <br>Missoula, MT 59802-4292<br>Phone: 406.523.4752&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death from 1895 and land records<br>Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records<ref name="HB">The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.</ref>
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=== Description ===
  
== History  ==
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Missoula County was founded in 1864. The County Seat is Missoula.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/mon/missoula/ accessed 11/18/2016</ref> Missoula County is located in the west central area of the state. <ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missoula_County,_Montana accessed 11/18/2016</ref>
  
[[Image:Missoula Sunset.jpg|left|Missoula Sunset.jpg]]
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MT Courthouse Intro|Missoula}}
  
==== Local History Links: ====
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'''Missoula County Courthouse'''<br> 200 W Broadway Street <br>Missoula, MT 59802-4292<br>Phone: 406.523.4752<br>[http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/ Missoula County Website]<br><br>
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County Clerk has birth and death from 1895 and land records; <br>Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records<ref>The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 417.</ref>
  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missoula_County,_Montana Missoula County]  
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=== Missoula County, Montana Record Dates  ===
*[http://www.fortmissoulamuseum.org/history.php Fort Missoula Museum]
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{{MT Records Intro}}
*[http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/mt/Missoula/districts.html National Register of Historic Places]
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Missoula County, Montana. Page 417. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Missoula County, Montana Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Missoula County, Montana Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Missoula County, Montana Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Missoula County, Montana Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Missoula County, Montana Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Missoula County, Montana Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Missoula County, Montana Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="13%" align="center" |1895
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| width="13%" align="center" |1865
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| width="13%" align="center" |1895
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| width="13%" align="center" |1865
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| width="13%" align="center" |1865
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| width="13%" align="center" |1865
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| width="13%" align="center" |1860
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| colspan="7" | <center>*State birth and death records began in 1907. <br>Compliance for recording births was 1922 and 1915 for deaths.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 439.</ref></center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MT Boundary Changes Intro|Missoula}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Missoula County was created 2 February 1865 as an original county<br>
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*'''County seat:''' [[Missoula, Missoula County, Montana Genealogy|Missoula]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline"> </span>
  
== Parent County  ==
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MT_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Montana Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]</td></tr></table><br>
  
'''1865--'''Missoula County was created 2 February 1865&nbsp;as an original county.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Missoula <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span style="color: rgb(0,43,184); text-decoration: underline" class="Apple-style-span"> </span>  
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{MT Populated Places Intro|Missoula}}
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The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Missoula County, Montana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missoula_County,_Montana, accessed 8 December 2016.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missoula,_Montana Missoula] (county seat)</div>
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* Greenaugh
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolo_Hot_Springs,_Montana Lolo Hot Springs]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lothrop,_Montana Lothrop]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milltown,_Montana Milltown]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turah,_Montana Turah]</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonner-West_Riverside,_Montana Bonner-West Riverside]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlton,_Montana Carlton]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton,_Montana Clinton]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condon,_Montana Condon]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missoula,_Montana East Missoula]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evaro,_Montana Evaro]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frenchtown,_Montana Frenchtown]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huson,_Montana Huson]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolo,_Montana Lolo]</div>
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchard_Homes,_Montana Orchard Homes]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piltzville,_Montana Piltzville]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seeley_Lake,_Montana Seeley Lake]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wye,_Montana Wye]</div>
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'''''Indian Reservation'''''
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A small piece of the [[Flathead Indian Reservation (Montana)|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.
  
Also more [[Missoula, Missoula County, Montana|here]].
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== Resources ==
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{{MT Resources Intro}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MT Bible Intro|Missoula}}
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{MT Biographies Intro|Missoula}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MT Business Records Intro|Missoula}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MT Cemeteries Intro|Missoula}}
  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonner-West_Riverside,_Montana Bonner-West Riverside]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Missoula County, Montana''' online and in print</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evaro,_Montana Evaro]
 
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchard_Homes,_Montana Orchard Homes]
 
 
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clinton,_Montana Clinton]  
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| {{FHL|Montana%2C+Missoula%2C+Frenchtown|subject|disp=Frenchtown}}
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seeley_Lake,_Montana Seeley Lake]
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=28&GScnty=1625&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmissou/cemeteries.htm MTGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mt/missoula/missoula.htm MTGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/202/Interment-Registry Missoula City]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/mt/missoula.htm Montana Interment]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/ Billion Graves]
 
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Condon,_Montana Condon]
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolo,_Montana Lolo]
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wye,_Montana Wye]
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* {{FHL|469597|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Missoula+Montana&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missoula,_Montana East Missoula]  
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Montana&county=Missoula&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Montana Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missoula%2C_Montana#Demographics]
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|1870 |400
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|1880 |347
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|1890 |3426
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|1900 |4366
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|1910 |12896
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|1920 |12668
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|1930 |14657
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|1940 |18449
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|1950 |22485
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|1960 |27090
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|1970 |29497
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|1980 |33388
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|1990 |42918
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|2000 |57053
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|2010 |66788
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{{MT Census Intro|Missoula}}
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==== Territory and State Censuses ====
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana was included in the 1860 Washington and Nebraska Territory Censuses
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
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*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Montana Territory Census
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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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]].
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=== Church Records ===
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{{MT Church Intro|Missoula}}
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'''Online Church Records'''<br>
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''Lutheran Church''<br>
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*'''1875-1940''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60722 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
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'''Other Church Records'''<br>
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''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ward and Branch Records''<br>
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*Missoula
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*Tyler
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MT Court Intro|Missoula}}
  
A small piece of the [[Flathead Indian Reservation (Montana)|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.
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=== Directories ===
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{{MT Directories Intro|Missoula}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{MT Emigration Intro}}
  
*[[Clearwater County, Idaho|Clearwater County, Idaho]]
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
*[[Flathead County, Montana|Flathead]]
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{{MT Ethnic Groups Intro}}
*[[Granite County, Montana|Granite<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1229620906671_766" />]]
 
*[[Idaho County, Idaho|Idaho County, Idaho]]
 
*[[Lake County, Montana|Lake]]
 
*[[Mineral County, Montana|Mineral]]
 
*[[Powell County, Montana|Powell]]
 
*[[Ravalli County, Montana|Ravalli]]
 
*[[Sanders County, Montana|Sanders]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{MT Funeral Homes Intro|Missoula}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{MT Genealogies Intro|Missoula}}
  
*Web site to locate and to addresses of [http://missoulamt.localguides.com/ypcyellow/cemeteries.html Cemeteries]
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=== Guardianship ===
*[http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/index.aspx?NID=202 Missoula Cemetery online search] now available through the City of Missoula's website.
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{{MT Guardianship Intro|Missoula}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MT Land Intro|Missoula}}
  
[[LDS Church Records|LDS Ward and Branch Records]]  
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
  
*Missoula  
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=== Local Histories ===
*Tyler
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{{MT Histories Intro|Missoula}}
  
==== Court  ====
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{{MT History Intro}}
  
==== Land ====
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*''Missoula Valley History.'' c1991. By Jo Rainbolt. Dallas, Texas : Curtis Media.  {{WorldCat|866158473|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''The Missoulian Souvenir of The National Irrigation Congress: Historic and Scenic Missoula and Ravalli Counties, Montana.'' c1968. By Wagner and Sevigne. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. {{WorldCat|865957292|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
  
==== Local Histories ====
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''Online County Histories''<br>
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*''Men and Trade On The Northwest Frontier As Shown By The Fort Owen Ledger.'' c1955. by George F. Weisel. Missoula, Montana : Montana State University.  Online at [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015018020084;view=2up;seq=18 Hathitrust]; {{WorldCat|3794234|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''Missoula The Way It Was: A Portrait of an Early Western Town.'' c1972. By Lenora Koelbel. Missoula, Montana : Gateway Printing. Online at: [https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B441LIdaUDNSdnphUkd3a1M1MVk/edit Google Books]; {{WorldCat|865837151|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*[http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/mt/Missoula/districts.html National Register of Historic Places]
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MT Maps Intro}}
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[[Image:Mtmissoula.jpg|thumb|right|240px|<center>Missoula County</center>]]
  
 
*See an [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MT/Missoula_County interactive map] of Missoula County cemeteries and modern-day townships. (Histopolis)
 
*See an [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MT/Missoula_County interactive map] of Missoula County cemeteries and modern-day townships. (Histopolis)
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/montana/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Montana] - shows boundary changes for Montana Counties
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/Montana/ Historical Maps and Atlases of Montana] - maps and atlases of Montana
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=== Migration ===
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{{MT Migration Intro}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{MT Military Intro}}
  
==== Military  ====
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to Montana. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Montana Military Records|Montana Military Records]].<br>
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''Civil War''<br>
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].— index
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*'''1890 - 1918''' [http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll34/ Montana Military Enlistments] at Montana Memory Project
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''World War I''<br>
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*'''1917 - 1918''' {{RecordSearch|1968530|U.S. WW I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — Index and images
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/mt/statewide/military/mtwwi.txt Soldiers of the Great War from the State of Montana] at USGenWeb.
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*[http://mtmemory.org/cdm/search/collection/p16013coll36/ Military Enlistments Montana World War I] at Montana Memory Project
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''World War II''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/montana.html WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualties for Montana] - Index only<br>
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For further information see [[Montana Military Records]].
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{MT Naturalization Intro}}
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'''Online Naturalization Records'''
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*'''1791-1992''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1629 U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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*'''1870-1999''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61204 Montana, Federal Naturalization Records, 1870-1999] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($), index only<br>
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*'''1953-1993''' [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=9JKL-GP6%3A1018436201%3Fcc%3D2173973 Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999] – Browseable images only; U.S. Circuit Court covering Missoula County containing various naturalization records from 1953-1993.
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{MT Newspapers Intro|Missoula}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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'' Montana Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/montana GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/montana/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Montana newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Montana newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Montana Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ 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
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MT Obituaries Intro|Missoula}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times] - large obituary index from newspapers across the United States.
  
For marriages from 1868-1897 see [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].  
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See also [[United States Obituaries]] for more about finding United States obituaries.
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Other Records ===
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{{MT Other Records Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MT Periodicals Intro|Missoula}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Probate Records ===
*[[Missoula Montana Family History Center]]
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{{MT Probate Intro|Missoula}}
*[[Seeley Lake Montana Family History Center]]
 
  
==== Missoula Public Library  ====
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''Online Probate Records
  
*Missoula Public Library [http://www.missoulapubliclibrary.org/ at MPL]
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*''1831 – 1952'' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9072 Montana Wills and Probate Records 1831-1952] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
301 E Main Street<br> Missoula, Montana 59802<br>
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=== School Records ===
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{{MT Schools Intro}}
  
*Phone: (406) 721-2665<br>Fax: (406) 728-5900<br>
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=== Tax Records ===
*Historic Collections at [http://www.missoulapubliclibrary.org/montana-collection collection]
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{{MT Tax Intro|Missoula}}
  
'''Montana Genealogical Resources in the Missoula Public Library'''
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MT Vital Intro|Missoula}}
  
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.
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==== Birth ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Birth Intro|Missoula}}
  
'''Electronic Databases''':  
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*'''1840 - 2004''' {{RecordSearch|1930397|Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1840 - 2004''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60061 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
  
*&nbsp;Missoulian Subject Index – covers 25+ years of articles. The index will give you a citation to the article available on microfilm.
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==== Marriage ====
*&nbsp;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 as well as the …
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{{MT Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Missoula}}
  
'''Western Montana Genealogical Resources'''  
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*'''1865 - 1950''' {{RecordSearch|1609797|Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1865 - 1950''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60062 Montana, County Marriages, 1865 - 1950] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' {{RecordSearch|1675397|Montana Marriages, 1889 - 1947}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1889 - 1947''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60065 Montana Select Marriages 1889 - 1947] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm list of counties included]
  
*&nbsp;'''Index to the Vital Records as Listed in the Daily Missoulian'''
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==== Death ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Death Intro|Missoula}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1870-1942<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1976-1982 (obits only)<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1982-1999
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*'''1840 - 2004''' {{RecordSearch|1930397|Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1840 - 2004''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60061 Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840 - 2004] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''1860 - 2007''' {{RecordSearch|1941331|Montana Death Index, 1860 - 2007}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1868 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5437 Montana, Death Index, 1868 - 2011] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) — index
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*'''pre 1954 - 2002''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmsgs/death_records.htm?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978&o_sch=Affiliate+External Montana State Death Registry Index Pre 1954 & 1954 - 2002] at Montana State Genealogical Society — index
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*'''1954 - 2011''' [http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/montana-death-records Montana Death Records] at FindMyPast ($) — index
  
*&nbsp;'''Cemetery Information'''
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MT Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Missoula}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Missoula County (1869 to date)
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MT Research Facilities Intro|Missoula}}
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sanders County (1894 to date)<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Mineral County (1893 to date)<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Lake County (1845 to date)<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Granite County (1869 to date)<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ravalli County (1893 to 1987)<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Lincoln County 1890 to 1985)
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=== Archives ===
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{{MT Archives Intro}}
  
*&nbsp;'''Bio-Sheets''': A compilation from Cemetery records, Mortuary records, Tombstone records, &amp; Obits
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=== Family History Centers ===
*&nbsp;'''Index to the 1910 Missoula County, Montana census'''
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
*&nbsp;'''Index to the Microfilm Record 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'''
 
*&nbsp;'''Pre-1900 Index of Vital Records for Missoula Area Newspapers'''
 
*&nbsp;'''Index of the Upper Swan Valley Homestead Claims, Condon, Montana'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Index to the 1930 Mineral County, Montana census'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Mineral County, Montana Death Records Index (to 1896)'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Index to 1870 Montana Census, Cedar Creek Mines'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Index to 1880 Montana Census, Dist. 92'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Index to 1910 Ravalli County, Montana census'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Vital Statistics extracted from the Northwest Tribune (Ravalli County) (2 v.: 1889-1900, 1901-1910)'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Sanders County Montana Armed Services Personnel, 1917-1949'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Senyelemen: “gathering” of sacred records of the Sqelix (people), 1910-1960 (Sanders and Lake Counties)'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Drawing for Homesteads 1909 (Flathead Indian Reservation – Lake County''')
 
  
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:*[[Missoula Montana Family History Center]]
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:*[[Seeley Lake Montana Family History Center]]
  
'''Other Montana Resources'''
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MT Libraries Intro|Missoula}}
  
*&nbsp;'''First Families of Montana and Early Settlers (2 v.)'''  
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'''Missoula Public Library'''<br> 301 E Main Street<br> Missoula, Montana 59802<br>Telephone: (406) 721-2665<br>Fax: (406) 728-5900<br>[http://www.missoulapubliclibrary.org/ Website]<br>[http://www.missoulapubliclibrary.org/montana-collection Historic Collections]<br><br>
*'''&nbsp;Montana Data Index: a Reference Guide to Historical and Genealogical Resources (1992 ed.)'''
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'''[http://missoulapubliclibrary.org/genealogy 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.
*'''&nbsp;US Military Personnel Died (including Missing and Captured, Declared Dead) As a Result of the Vietnam Conflict (list of Montanans)'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Norske i Montana (3 v.) [Norwegians in Montana]'''  
 
*'''&nbsp;Yellowstone County, Montana Marriages 1889-1991'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Homesteader Names, Liberty County'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Blackfeet Nation Family History (5 v.) (Glacier County)'''
 
*'''&nbsp;Riverside Cemetery, Fort Benton (v. 1-2) (Choteau County)'''
 
*'''&nbsp;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.<br>
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=== Museums ===
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{{MT Museums Intro}}
  
== Western Montana Genealogical Society  ==
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:*[http://www.fortmissoulamuseum.org/history.php Fort Missoula Museum]<br>
  
The Western Montana Genealogical Society <br>http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtwmgs/<br>PO Box 2714<br>Missoula, MT 59806<br>
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== Societies ==
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{{MT Societies Intro|Missoula}}
  
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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'''Western Montana Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 2714<br>Missoula, MT 59806<br>[http://wmgsmissoula.wixsite.com/wmgsmissoula Website]<br>
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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.<br>
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{MT Websites Intro|Missoula}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|205067|Montana|Missoula}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
*{{FHL|Montana%2C+Missoula|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
 
*[http://www.censusfinder.com/montana.htm Montana Census Records at Census Finder]
 
*[http://www.censusfinder.com/montana.htm Montana Census Records at Census Finder]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mtmissou/ USGenWeb Missoula County, Montana]May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{MT Research Guides Intro}}
  
<references />{{Montana|Montana}} {{Montana-stub}}
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Missoula_County,_Montana]]
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{{Montana|Montana}}
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[[Category:Missoula County, Montana]][[Category:Montana_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 05:50, 5 August 2017

United States
Montana
Missoula County

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

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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
Courthouse
Missoula county courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map of Montana highlighting Missoula County.svg.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

Missoula County was founded in 1864. The County Seat is Missoula.[2] Missoula County is located in the west central area of the state. [3]

County Courthouse

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[4]

Missoula County, Montana Record Dates

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[5]
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.[6]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • Parent County: Missoula County was created 2 February 1865 as an original county
  • County seat: Missoula [7]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county from Wikipedia: [8]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
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

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 400
1880 347 −13.3%
1890 3,426 887.3%
1900 4,366 27.4%
1910 12,896 195.4%
1920 12,668 −1.8%
1930 14,657 15.7%
1940 18,449 25.9%
1950 22,485 21.9%
1960 27,090 20.5%
1970 29,497 8.9%
1980 33,388 13.2%
1990 42,918 28.5%
2000 57,053 32.9%
2010 66,788 17.1%
Source: [1]


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.[9] See links listed below.

Territory and State Censuses

Federal Census Records

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

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

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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

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.

  • Missoula Valley History. c1991. By Jo Rainbolt. Dallas, Texas : Curtis Media. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • The Missoulian Souvenir of The National Irrigation Congress: Historic and Scenic Missoula and Ravalli Counties, Montana. c1968. By Wagner and Sevigne. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. At various libraries(WorldCat).

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

Missoula County

Migration

Military Records

Online Collections

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

Online Naturalization Records

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

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

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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 Records

School Records

Tax Records

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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Missoula Public Library
301 E Main Street
Missoula, Montana 59802
Telephone: (406) 721-2665
Fax: (406) 728-5900
Website
Historic Collections

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

Societies

Western Montana Genealogical Society
PO Box 2714
Missoula, MT 59806
Website
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.

Websites

Research Guides

References

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