Visit our Genealogy Services page to find out more about Missoula Public Library's in-house resources.
American Local History Network
A central point of entry into independent, genealogical and historical web sites.
Search the world's largest online family history collection. Includes census records, social security index, military and immigration records, directories, and more. (Currently available from inside our building only)
Find free online genealogical resources by topic, location, religion, ethnicity, occupation, records and more in this cross-referenced portal for family research on the Internet.
Browse U.S. census records from 1790-1930, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records, family history articles, and more.
Visit Heritage Quest from inside Missoula Public Library
Visit Heritage Quest from home (You will need to enter a library card number if you are outside our building)
Home Advisor provides a basic explanation of genealogy as well as some resources to get started.
Missoulian Newspaper Index*
Archived with the help of volunteers at MPL, the Missoulian Newspaper Index covers articles from 1978 to today. The original articles are available on microfilm in the Montana Collection.
Vital Records Index*
Find articles such as birth and death announcements in Montana newspapers. For a full listing of events indexed click on the exact search screen in the database. Currently contains records from the Missoulian and the Missoula Republic with records going back to the early 1890s. While coverage is incomplete, records are continually being added. For more information contact the Reference Desk.
Montana State Death Records
Search Montana death records from 1880 to 2002.
Montana Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals and Departures
This collection contains manifests of vessels arriving at Chief Mountain, Cut Bank, Del Bonita, Gateway, Great Falls, and Roosvile, Montana, 1923-1956, and of departures from Great Falls, Montana, 1944-1945. The records usually include the person’s name, gender, age, marital status, citizenship, race, place of last permanent residence, and destination, how long they intend to remain in the U.S., and whether they intend to become a U.S. citizen. These records correspond with NARA publication A3447 and were filmed at the NARA facility in College Park, Maryland.
* Taxpayer-funded subscription database. Requires Missoula Public Library card number outside of the library.