Family history–also known as Genealogy–is the fastest growing hobby in the United States. The Genealogy Room of the Butte Public Library has useful resources for anyone interested in learning about their family’s history. We give special emphasis on Butte information, as well as Irish genealogy.
Materials that are invaluable to family historians include city directories: the Montana Territory on microfilm from 1868-1880, early city directories on microfilm from 1884-1949, and physical copies of the Butte City Directory from 1916-present are located in the Genealogy Room. These are wonderful for identifying when your ancestor was in town, their address, usually their occupation, and possibly identifying other members of the family. We also have many old city telephone directories.
If you have not been able to locate your ancestor in an online federal census for Butte and want to research further, we have Soundex and census films from 1860-1930.
Microfilms of the local newspaper since its inception as the Butte Miner in 1876 to almost current are on file, as well as physical copies of the most recent editions. Information found in the microfilmed papers can be printed with a digital reader-printer.
Free online access to Ancestry.com is provided, and guidance to other free online resources such as Familysearch.org, Findagrave, Montana State Death Index, Chronicling America, BLM/GLO Records, as well as paid informational sites.
Staff can give you a tour of Genealogy Room resources and assist you with your initial research upon request. Guidance books to help you get started are also available, along with unique maps of the area.