No matter your skill level, we can help with your family history research. Our collection includes a wide variety of general genealogy works and focuses on genealogy information for western Montana.

Genealogy Book Group

New to MPL! Join fellow history enthusiasts, genealogists, and those curious about their roots in an exciting exploration of genealogy through books.

View upcoming titles on the Book Groups page.

Family History Writing Contest

Calling all family historians! Enter genealogical writing about your Montana ancestors in MPL’s first annual Family History Writing Contest starting Oct 1. Entries accepted until March 1, 2024 via Submittable.

More details and rules on the Family History Writing Contest page.

Learn basic genealogy research skills and discover family history resources you can use to build your family tree.
View a list of genealogy classes offered at MPL



Ancestry: Library Edition

Search the world's largest online family history collection. With 4 billion records available, discovering your family's story is easier than ever. (Currently available from inside our building only)

Vital Records Index

Vital Records Index

An index of birth, marriage, death, etc. announcements from a variety of Montana newspapers. Staff and volunteers add records to this database every day.


Heritage Quest

A genealogy database to help you research your family history. Search census records, Freedman's Bank and Revolutionary War records, books, articles, and more.

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Western Montana Genealogical Society Newsletters Archive

This collection includes newsletters of the Western Montana Genealogical Society from September 1980 through December 1998. The newsletters provide a detailed record of the Society’s development as well as a fascinating glimpse into what it was like to conduct genealogy research in the 1980s and 1990s.


Missoulian Newspaper Subject Index

Librarians and volunteers have been indexing articles from the Missoulian newspaper since 1978. Use the index to identify articles of interest, and then find the full-text articles in our microfilm collection.

Missoula City Cemetery

Read about the lives of some of the prominent citizens and colorful characters buried in Missoula City Cemetery.

Missoula Burial Sites

Learn more about current and historical burial sites throughout Missoula.

Montana State Death Records

Montana State Death Records – Search Montana death records from 1880 to 2002.


Print Collection

Housed in the Tony Veazey Montana Room, this collection is the most developed in the state for genealogy information on western Montana. We offer genealogy books on a wide variety of topics, and we subscribe to a number of genealogy periodicals.

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