Montana Church Records
Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Montana were the Roman Catholic, Methodist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches. Each group arrived during the territorial period to proselyte among the Indians and the miners.
St. Francis Xavier Mission Jesuit mission 1887-1960
Holy Family Mission Jesuit mission 1890-1914
St. Ignatius Mission 1854 Catholic on Flathead Reservation
St. Paul's Mission 1887 Catholic on Fort Belknap Reservation
St. Mary's Mission Jesuit 1841-1908
St. Paul's Mission Catholic 1887
St. Peter's Mission Jesuit 1859-1898
The Family History Library has a few church records for Montana. The collection also includes histories of the United Methodists, United Brethren, and Roman Catholics.
Many denominations have gathered their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.
Montana Methodist Historical Society
Paul M. Adams Memorial Library
Rocky Mountain College
1511 Poly Drive
Billings, MT 59102
Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the United States
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516
[mailto: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org]
Archives of the Diocese of Great Falls—Billings
121 23rd Street South
P.O. Box 1399
Great Falls, MT 59403-1399
Diocese of Helena
515 North Ewing
P.O. Box 1729
Helena, MT 59624
The following guides may help you find church records:
- A Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in Montana. Bozeman, Montana: Historical Records Survey, 1941. (Family History Library book 978.6 K24h; film 908039 item 8.)
- Inventory of the Vital Statistics Records of Church and Religious Organizations in Montana. Bozeman, Montana: Historical Records Survey, 1942. (Family History Library book 978.6 V2hi; film 1036415 item 3; fiche 6046711.) This gives the types of records available in 1942 and the years covered by the records.
A list of pre-1910 churches, their addresses, and dates they began keeping records is in Montana's Genealogical and Local History Records (see the "For Further Reading" section of this outline).