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=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
  
[http://www.dioceseofgfb.org/index.phtml?p=home Diocese of Great Falls—Billings] <br>121 23rd Street South<br>P.O. Box 1399 <br>Great Falls, MT 59403-1399 <br>Phone: (406) 727-6683 <br>Fax: (406) 454-3480
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[http://www.dioceseofgfb.org/index.phtml?p=home Diocese of Great Falls—Billings] <br>121 23rd Street South<br>P.O. Box 1399 <br>Great Falls, MT 59403-1399 <br>Phone: (406) 727-6683 <br>Fax: (406) 454-3480  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Big Horn County, Montana|Big Horn]], [[Blaine County, Montana|Blaine]], [[Carbon County, Montana|Carbon]], [[Carter County, Montana|Carter]], [[Cascade County, Montana|Cascade]], [[Chouteau County, Montana|Chouteau]], [[Custer County, Montana|Custer]], [[Daniels County, Montana|Daniels]], [[Dawson County, Montana|Dawson]], [[Fallon County, Montana|Fallon]], [[Fergus County, Montana|Fergus]], [[Garfield County, Montana|Garfield]], [[Golden Valley County, Montana|Golden Valley]], [[Hill County, Montana|Hill]] ,[[Judith Basin County, Montana|Judith Basin]], [[Liberty County, Montana|Liberty]], [[McCone County, Montana|McCone]], [[Musselshell County, Montana|Musselshell]], [[Park County, Montana|Park]], [[Petroleum County, Montana|Petroleum]], [[Phillips County, Montana|Phillips]], [[Powder River County, Montana|Powder River]], [[Prairie County, Montana|Prairie]], [[Richland County, Montana|Richland]], [[Rosebud County, Montana|Rosebud]], [[Roosevelt County, Montana|Roosevelt]], [[Sheridan County, Montana|Sheridan]], [[Stillwater County, Montana|Stillwater]], [[Sweet Grass County, Montana|Sweet Grass]], [[Toole County, Montana|Toole]], [[Treasure County, Montana|Treasure]], [[Valley County, Montana|Valley]], [[Wibaux County, Montana|Wibaux]] and [[Yellowstone County, Montana|Yellowstone]]
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Big Horn County, Montana|Big Horn]], [[Blaine County, Montana|Blaine]], [[Carbon County, Montana|Carbon]], [[Carter County, Montana|Carter]], [[Cascade County, Montana|Cascade]], [[Chouteau County, Montana|Chouteau]], [[Custer County, Montana|Custer]], [[Daniels County, Montana|Daniels]], [[Dawson County, Montana|Dawson]], [[Fallon County, Montana|Fallon]], [[Fergus County, Montana|Fergus]], [[Garfield County, Montana|Garfield]], [[Golden Valley County, Montana|Golden Valley]], [[Hill County, Montana|Hill]] ,[[Judith Basin County, Montana|Judith Basin]], [[Liberty County, Montana|Liberty]], [[McCone County, Montana|McCone]], [[Musselshell County, Montana|Musselshell]], [[Park County, Montana|Park]], [[Petroleum County, Montana|Petroleum]], [[Phillips County, Montana|Phillips]], [[Powder River County, Montana|Powder River]], [[Prairie County, Montana|Prairie]], [[Richland County, Montana|Richland]], [[Rosebud County, Montana|Rosebud]], [[Roosevelt County, Montana|Roosevelt]], [[Sheridan County, Montana|Sheridan]], [[Stillwater County, Montana|Stillwater]], [[Sweet Grass County, Montana|Sweet Grass]], [[Toole County, Montana|Toole]], [[Treasure County, Montana|Treasure]], [[Valley County, Montana|Valley]], [[Wibaux County, Montana|Wibaux]] and [[Yellowstone County, Montana|Yellowstone]]  
  
'''Historian Archivist'''<br>Diocese of Helena <br>515 North Ewing <br>P.O. Box 1729 <br>Helena, MT 59624 <br>Telephone: 406-442-5820 <br>Fax: 406-442-5191
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[http://www.diocesehelena.org/offices/archives/accessing-archives.html#geneological Diocese of Helena Archive]<br>515 North Ewing <br>P.O. Box 1729 <br>Helena, MT 59624-1729 <br>Phone: (406) 442-5820
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Beaverhead County, Montana|Beaverhead]], [[Broadwater County, Montana|Broadwater]], [[Deer Lodge County, Montana|Deer Lodge]], [[Flathead County, Montana|Flathead]], [[Gallatin County, Montana|Gallatin]], [[Glacier County, Montana|Glacier]], [[Granite County, Montana|Granite]], [[Jefferson County, Montana|Jefferson]], [[Lake County, Montana|Lake]], [[Lewis and Clark County, Montana|Lewis and Clark]], [[Lincoln County, Montana|Lincoln]], [[Madison County, Montana|Madison]], [[Meagher County, Montana|Meagher]], [[Mineral County, Montana|Mineral]], [[Missoula County, Montana|Missoula]], [[Pondera County, Montana|Pondera]], [[Powell County, Montana|Powell]], [[Ravalli County, Montana|Ravalli]], [[Sanders County, Montana|Sanders]], [[Silver Bow County, Montana|Silver Bow]], [[Teton County, Montana|Teton]], [[Wheatland County, Montana|Wheatland]]
  
 
The following guides may help you find church records:  
 
The following guides may help you find church records:  

Revision as of 18:18, 24 November 2010

Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Montana were the Roman Catholic, Methodist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches. Each group arrived during the territorial period to proselyte among the Indians and the miners.

Contents

Missions

  • St. Francis Xavier Mission Jesuit mission 1887-1960
  • Holy Family Mission Jesuit mission 1890-1914  - Guide to records
  • Ignatius Mission 1854 Catholic on Flathead Reservation
  • St. Paul's Mission 1887 Catholic on Fort Belknap Reservation
  • St. Mary's Mission Jesuit 1841-1908
  • St. Paul's Mission Catholic 1887
  • St. Peter's Mission Jesuit 1859-1898

The Family History Library has a few church records for Montana. The collection also includes histories of the United Methodists, United Brethren, and Roman Catholics.

Many denominations have gathered their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.

Methodist

Montana Methodist Historical Society
Paul M. Adams Memorial Library
Rocky Mountain College
1511 Poly Drive
Billings, MT 59102
Telephone: 406-657-1000
800-877-6259
Fax: 406-259-9751
http://library.rocky.edu/

Presbyterian

Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the United States
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516
Telephone: 215-627-1852
Fax: 215-627-0509

http://www.history.pcusa.org/

[mailto: refdesk@history.pcusa.org refdesk@history.pcusa.org]

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Great Falls—Billings
121 23rd Street South
P.O. Box 1399
Great Falls, MT 59403-1399
Phone: (406) 727-6683
Fax: (406) 454-3480

The diocese includes the counties of: Big Horn, Blaine, Carbon, Carter, Cascade, Chouteau, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley, Hill ,Judith Basin, Liberty, McCone, Musselshell, Park, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Rosebud, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Toole, Treasure, Valley, Wibaux and Yellowstone

Diocese of Helena Archive
515 North Ewing
P.O. Box 1729
Helena, MT 59624-1729
Phone: (406) 442-5820

The diocese includes the counties of: Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Flathead, Gallatin, Glacier, Granite, Jefferson, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Lincoln, Madison, Meagher, Mineral, Missoula, Pondera, Powell, Ravalli, Sanders, Silver Bow, Teton, Wheatland

The following guides may help you find church records:

  • A Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations in Montana. Bozeman, Montana: Historical Records Survey, 1941. (Family History Library book 978.6 K24h; film 908039 item 8.)
  • Inventory of the Vital Statistics Records of Church and Religious Organizations in Montana. Bozeman, Montana: Historical Records Survey, 1942. (Family History Library book 978.6 V2hi; film 1036415 item 3; fiche 6046711.) This gives the types of records available in 1942 and the years covered by the records.
A list of pre-1910 churches, their addresses, and dates they began keeping records is in Montana's Genealogical and Local History Records (see Montana For Further Reading.