GenealogyBank’s Online Montana Newspaper Archives

Montana—“Big Sky Country”—is also known as “The Treasure State.” Montana officially became our 41st state in 1889, but there were newspapers published in Montana Territory decades before it achieved statehood.

photo of the Sun River in Montana

Photo: Montana’s Sun River. Credit: Wikipedia.

GenealogyBank has coverage of Montana’s newspapers spanning 1866 to Today. Dig in and find the stories about your family as they pioneered early America, including cowboys, miners, teachers and kids. Discover the truth about your Montana ancestry in news articles, obituaries, historical documents and more in GenealogyBank’s vast online newspaper archives.

Use this handy list of Montana newspapers to quickly navigate to your title of interest:

City Newspaper

Coverage

Collection

Anaconda Anaconda Standard

1/2/1898 – 12/31/1922

Newspaper Archives

Big Fork West Shore News

3/24/2009 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Bigfork Bigfork Eagle

7/16/2004 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Billings Billings Gazette

10/2/2009 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Bozeman Bozeman Daily Chronicle

6/4/1996 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Butte Butte Weekly Miner

1/2/1896 – 5/23/1901

Newspaper Archives

Columbia Falls Hungry Horse News

7/13/2004 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Helena Helena Independent

1/1/1898 – 12/31/1900

Newspaper Archives

Helena Montana Herold

5/4/1893 – 7/11/1901

Newspaper Archives

Helena Helena Weekly Herald

11/15/1866 – 11/25/1869

Newspaper Archives

Helena Montana Radiator

1/27/1866 – 10/13/1866

Newspaper Archives

Helena Independent Record

10/2/2009 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Kalispell Daily Inter Lake

9/23/2004 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Libby Western News

8/6/2004 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Missoula NewWest

3/10/2005 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Missoula Missoulian

10/2/2009 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Plains Clark Fork Valley Press

1/8/2008 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Polson Lake County Leader & Advertiser

12/3/2008 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Sidney Sidney Herald

1/12/2001 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Whitefish Whitefish Pilot

7/13/2004 – Current

Recent Obituaries

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Written by Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp

Thomas Jay Kemp is the Director of Genealogy Products at GenealogyBank. Tom Kemp is an internationally known librarian and archivist – he is the author of over 35 genealogy books and hundreds of articles about genealogy and family history.

He previously served as the Chair of the National Council of Library & Information Associations (Washington, DC) and as Library Director of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

An active genealogist, he has been working on his own family history for 47 years. With the rapidly growing online archives at GenealogyBank – it is a great day for genealogy!

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One thought on “GenealogyBank’s Online Montana Newspaper Archives

  1. So glad to know these newspapers will be searchable! My husband’s family has lived in that beautiful state for generations, and this will be a boon to my research there! Thanks for the “News”!

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