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Genealogy Resources

Library resources and web sites useful for genealogical research

Gallatin County Resources

Bozeman Public Library
220 W. Lamme St.
Bozeman, MT 59715

Bozeman Stake Family History Center
2915 Colter Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715-6142
at S. Third & Henderson
406-586-3880, x15 for appt. 
Tues.-Thur. 10 - 4 & 6 - 9

Gallatin County Historical Society
317 W. Main St.
Bozeman, MT 59725

Geneology & Biography Databases

Print Resources

The library collects materials directed towards courses taught and research done at Montana State University. At times this overlaps with genealogy research and publications. Search the online library catalog by entering a topic such as "genealogy" and choose the "Subject" search.

The local newspapers in Renne Library are listed in this guide, but no court, marriage, birth or death records are held in the library. The census sources are also listed in this guide. Most of the library materials listed below are in the Reference (Ref) area or in Special Collections (Special) on 2nd Floor. A few are found in the open stacks and noted as such.

In the Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections, a limited number of manuscript collections are available, mainly pertaining to Montana agriculture families, and accessible through the online catalog. Photographs form parts of these collections, and a separate photograph collection, which includes an extremely limited number of Montana individuals, is available in Special Collections.

Biographical Sources and More

Biography Web Sites

United States Census

The census rolls (containing actual names and other census schedule information) are released after 72 years, so for Montana 1870-1880, 1900-1930 are available in Special Collections and in Ancestry (see link below). Most of the original 1890 census rolls burned, so are not available anywhere.

The index listed below gives the details of what parts of the 1890 rolls are available. Census population statistics for U.S. and Montana are listed in MSU's online catalog; do a subject search under United State-Census or Montana-Census.

  • Federal Population Censuses 1790-1890 – GS 4.2:P 81/2/790-890-5 in Ref documents
  • Federal Population Census – GS 4.2:P 81/2/900 1900 in Ref documents
  • Federal Population Census – GS 4.2:P 81/2/910 1910 in Ref documents

With these indexes, you can find the appropriate roll for the state, county, and name that you want. Soundex is the card index system by which the surnames from the census schedules are indexed, and it is explained in the appendix of these books. For U.S. Census Information online, see Cyndi's U.S. Census page or CensusFinder for links to census information as early as 1790.