Missoula Public Library | 301 East Main Missoula MT 59802 | (406) 721-2665 | M-W 10am-9pm | Th-Sa 10am-6pm | Su 1-5pm

Visit Missoula Public Library every Thursday in October for a weekly series of genealogy classes in honor of Family History Month. Learn how you can get started in genealogy or advance your own research and discover all the extensive resources that MPL has to offer.

Getting Started in Genealogy - Thursday, 10/3, 3-4, LMR

In this introductory session, we will go over five basic steps for successful family history research. We will talk about the Genealogical Proof Standard and how it helps researchers do their very best work. Next we will tour the library and its website to get you familiar with all the genealogy resources available from MPL. We will finish up by going over some standard forms and discussing strategies for staying organized.

Online Resources - Thursday, 10/10, 3-4, LMR

Hobbies can be expensive, and genealogy is no exception. Come to this Family History Month workshop to learn about online genealogy resources that you can use for free in the library. We will also talk about free online resources that you can use in the comfort of your own home.

Newspapers - Thursday, 10/17, 3-4, LMR

Newspapers are a rich source of genealogical information, and they can help flesh out the lives of our ancestors. In this workshop, we will talk about the library’s collection of Missoulian newspapers on microfilm and the finding aids that will help you use it. We will also review several digitized newspaper collections that are free to use online.

Land and Maps - Thursday, 10/24, 3-4, LMR

Migration patterns, homesteads and property transactions provide a wealth of information about our predecessors. Learn where to find property records and how to use maps to visualize information.

Cemeteries and Obituaries - Thursday, 10/31, 3-4, LMR

Sure, it’s Halloween, but there’s nothing spooky about this session! Learn how to find cemetery and headstone information for free online. We will also discuss the library’s extensive collection of burial information for Missoula, Flathead, Granite, Lake, Mineral, Ravalli and Sanders Counties.