Missoula County, Montana Genealogy

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County Courthouse


Local History Links:

Parent County

1865--Missoula County was created 2 February 1865 as an original county.  County seat: Missoula [1]

Also more [Missoula, Missoula County, Montana|here].

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

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.

Neighboring Counties




LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Missoula
  • Tyler



Local Histories


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





Vital Records

For marriages from 1868-1897 see Western States Marriage Index.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Missoula Public Library

  • Missoula Public Library at MPL

301 E Main Street
Missoula, Montana 59802

  • Phone: (406) 721-2665
    Fax: (406) 728-5900
  • Historic Collections at collection

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 as well as the …

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, & Obits
  •  Index to the 1910 Missoula County, Montana census
  •  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
  •  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.

Western Montana Genealogical Society

The Western Montana Genealogical Society
PO Box 2714
Missoula, MT 59806

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.

Web Sites


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