Genealogy Research Requests

Our staff will research genealogy questions for a small fee. In your request, please clearly define the information you want us to look for (i.e. a name, event, date, or document) and the sources you would like us to search (i.e. city directory, obituary or census). Vague or poorly defined requests cannot be researched and will be returned.

Important  Genealogy requests must be limited in scope. We cannot compile your family tree, answer requests for "any and all" information, or determine your next steps.

One genealogy search includes up to three of the following:

  • a search for a surname in a local county history for one county
  • a search for a household or individual in a city directory
  • a search for one household in a census
  • a search for one obituary
  • a search for one marriage license

When will I get the results? Research requests are handled in the order they are received. Turnaround time is 15‑20 business days from receipt of payment.

Can I publish the results of the research? If you would like to publish a reproduction of an item in our collections, please see Copies and Reproductions.

If you have questions about research requests, please contact us at 406-444-2681 or email mhslibrary@mt.gov . For technical questions concerning the online payment portal, please contact our online services helpdesk at 406-449-3468 (toll-free 1-866-449-3468).

Submit a Request

Research requests may be submitted online or by mail

Submit a request online

Send a request by mail (PDF)

 

Fax and telephone requests will not be accepted.