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Genealogy Resources

Bozeman Public Library has a variety of resources that are helpful to genealogical research.

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

We have a complete microfilm collection of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (from 1891 to the present).  

Patrons are welcome to use our microfilm and printer reader any time the library is open.  The Library's staff can look up a limited number of names/dates in the Chronicle if you are unable to do it yourself. There is no copy fee for the first 5 pages, thereafter, we charge 20 cents/page.

Early Bozeman Newspapers Index (9/1871-12/1910)

Genealogy Databases and Internet Resources

The Library subscribes to two main Genealogy Databases: HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library. HeritageQuest is available in the Library and at home using your library card number. HeritageQuest includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses. It offers more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more. Ancestry Library is available only from within the Library. Ancestry Library has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index; Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage; The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index; WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. In addition to these databases, there are many useful genealogy websites available on the Internet. Click on the link below to access HeritageQuest, Ancestry Library, and other genealogy websites.

Genealogy Internet Resources

The Gallatin County Genealogical Society

The Gallatin County Genealogical Society was founded in 2012 as a non-profit educational and research organization. Their mission is to promote and encourage the protection and preservation of ancestral knowledge in Gallatin County and beyond. They encourage the compilation of accurate and complete genealogies, and the collection and preservation of genealogical records. Additionally, the Society fosters education and training in genealogy through mini-workshops, classes, and instruction.

The Society holds monthly meetings, which are free and open to the public, the second Saturday of each month at the Bozeman Public Library from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Montana Genealogy Internet Resources

Cemetery and Mortuary Records
The Sunset Hills Cemetery Interactive Map provides access to current information from the the cemetery's local archives. You will find records including “Interred” and “Date of Burial” as well as “Space Ownership” and “Space Availability”.The indexes listed below are resources that are intended to be used with their original volumes which are located in the Montana Room. Please see a Reference Librarian for assistance.

Sunset Hills Cemetery Interactive Map

Old Tombstone Records in Gallatin County 1957 Index

Dokken-Nelson Mortuary Records 1900-1938 Index




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