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- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Montana
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Montana brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Montana
- a how-to article detailing Montana’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Montana research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- Mid-19th century ore strikes made gold, copper and silver mines flourish, and mining camps such as Bannack, Diamond City and Virginia City spread across the territory.
- State-level birth and death registration began in 1907, but full compliance didn’t happen until the 1920s or later. Contact the state vital statistics office (see the Fast Facts box) for death certificates and uncertified copies of birth certificates at least 30 years old.
- Your immigrant ancestors could have applied for naturalization at any court level—a good place to start looking is their county courthouse.