Family History



Learning to read old handwriting

A problem that often confronts people trying to read letters and diaries from the past is that handwriting has changed over the years. Most of us experience difficulties trying to decipher manuscripts written in earlier centuries.

The National Archives has created a set of short lessons to help learn how to read English handwriting from 1500 to 1800.


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Family history conference Sept 7-10

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and the Utah Genealogical Association are pleased to announce the FGS/UGA Conference to be held 7-10 September 2005 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Family History Centers in Montana

Family History Centers are branch facilities of the huge Family History Library in Salt Lake City that is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). Each local Family History Center provides access to most of the microfilms and microfiche that are available in Salt Lake City. In fact, you can access all these genealogical treasures without calling your travel agent.

Even the smallest local Center has access to almost all the millions of microfilms and microfiche. Best of all, there are more than 3,400 centers worldwide. You probably can find one near you.

While obviously not large enough to locally store the millions of rolls of microfilm and sheets of microfiche that can be found in Salt Lake City, each local Center serves as a “catalog order store” for the Family History Library. You can visit a local Center and order rolls of microfilm and sheets of microfiche. You pay a modest fee for the rentals, typically around $3.00 per reel of microfilm. The order is sent to Salt Lake City; the materials are then pulled from the shelves and shipped to the local Center. A couple of weeks later, you return to the local Family History Center to view the material, using the local Center’s readers. You cannot remove the microfilm and microfiche from the premises. The Center holds the rented films for a period of time and returns them to Salt Lake City a few weeks after you order them.

Most Centers are located in meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often referred to as the LDS Church) although there are numerous exceptions. One near me used to operate in a storefront at a suburban strip mall. Others are located in larger libraries. The local Centers are open to all, regardless of religious affiliation. I have seen statistics in the past that indicate that the majority of Family History Center visitors are non-Mormons.

When entering an LDS-owned location, you will be asked to sign a guest book and to indicate whether or not you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you are not, you are never asked for your own religious affiliation. Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, atheists, and agnostics are all welcome. You will never be approached or recruited by anyone discussing religion, nor will you be handed religious material. (However, such material may be available if you choose to pick it up.) During my 100 or so visits to local Family History Centers, the only time anyone ever discussed religion with me was after I asked about it.

Each local Family History Center is staffed by volunteers who may or may not be members of the LDS church. Staff members will not do research for you; however, they can give you an orientation about the center, answer some research questions (research expertise in each center varies), help you use center resources, and order microfilms and microfiche from the Family History Library. Many local Centers also offer training classes on a variety of genealogical research topics. In addition, the Family History Center volunteers also are aware of other institutions in the area that can help you.

To find your nearest Family History Center, go to http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp.

Each center determines its own hours. Hours may vary from time to time or during certain seasons. The online listing may not be up-to-date, so you probably will want to first contact the center to verify when it is open.

If you have not yet visited a local Family History Center, I would strongly encourage you to do so. I suspect you will be very impressed with the materials available from all over the world.

Post copied from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter


Family History Centers in Montana

Belt Montana
U. S. Highway 87
Belt, Cascade County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-277-4442
Hours: Th 7pm-9pm

Billings Montana
1711 6th St W
Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-252-3763
Hours: M 10am-2pm; T ,W,Th 10am-8pm; F,S 10am-2pm

Billings Montana East
1000 Wicks Lane
Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-259-3348
Hours: T, Th 9am-9pm; W 1pm-9pm; Sat 1pm-5pm.

Boulder Montana
501 N Jackson St
Boulder, Jefferson County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-225-3963

Bozeman Montana
2915 Colter Ave
Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-587-0402
Hours: T-Th 10am-4pm, 6pm-9pm

Butte Montana
3400 East Four Mile Road
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-494-2413
Hours: T, Th 9am-12pm, 6:30pm-9pm; W 10am-4pm, 6:30pm-9pm; F 9am-3pm.
Closed: Closed the last two weeks of December .

Chester Montana
580 West Jefferson
Chester, Liberty County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-759-5390
Hours: T 9am-5pm; Evenings by appointment

Chinook Montana
4th & Ohio Street
Chinook, Blaine County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-357-2652
Hours: W 1pm-4pm, 8pm-10pm; Th 1pm-4pm
Attention: Does not have film circulation.

Choteau Montana
1000 1st St NE
Choteau, Teton County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-466-2725
Hours: T (By Appointment 9am-7pm); W 9am-4pm & (By Appointment 6pm-9pm).

Colstrip Montana
115 Cherry Street
Colstrip, Rosebud County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-748-2039
Hours: T, W 6:30-8:30pm

Conrad Montana
416 S Kansas
Conrad, Pondera County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-278-5484
Hours: T, W 7pm-9pm

Cut Bank Montana
414- 6th Avenue SE
Cutbank, Glacier County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-873-2806
Hours: W 7pm-9pm: Th 10am-12pm; By appointment

Deer Lodge Montana
1205 Texas Ave
Deer Lodge, Powell County, Montana, United States

Dillon Montana
525 Barrett Street
Dillon, Beaverhead County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-683-2033
Hours: M, W 1pm-4pm; T-W 1pm-4pm, 7:30pm-9pm.
Closed: Two weeks at Christmas & August

Ekalaka Montana
118 Mormon Ave
Ekalaka, Carter County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-775-6583
Hours: W 3pm-6pm

Ennis Montana
131 Montana Highway 287
Ennis, Madison County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-682-4911
Hours: T 6pm-8pm or by appointment

Eureka Montana
1005 Osloski Road
Eureka, Lincoln County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-296-3461
Hours: W 10am-5pm

Fort Benton Montana
2201 St. Charles
Fort Benton, Chouteau County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-622-3662
Hours: W 3pm-8pm.

Glasgow Montana
800 4th Avenue North
Glasgow, Valley County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-228-2382
Hours: T 10am-1pm; W-Th 6pm-9pm; F 1pm-5pm

Glendive Montana
1900 N Anderson Avenue
Glendive, Dawson County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-365-2124
Hours: W 6:30pm-8:30pm

Great Falls Montana
2104 5th St. NW
Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-453-1625
Hours: T-Th 9am-4pm, W, Th 6pm-9pm; Sat 10am-1pm.
Closed: Closed the last two weeks of December .

Great Falls Montana East
4601 3rd Ave S
Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-452-3085
Hours: By apmt only.

Hardin Montana
Corner of 9th & Cody
Hardin, Big Horn County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-665-3909
Hours: T, W 6pm-9pm

Havre Montana
1315 Washington Avenue
Havre, Hill County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-265-4994
Hours: M,F 1am-4pm; T,Th 7pm-9pm; W 1pm-4pm, 7pm-9pm: Sat 10am-4pm.

Helena Montana
1610 E. 6th Avenue
East Helena, Lewis & Clark County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-443-0716
Hours: M 9am-3:30pm; T-Th 9am-3:30pm, 6:30-9:30pm; F 6:30-9:30pm; Sat 9am-12pm.
Closed: Closed for Christmas and New Year’s.

Jordan Montana
East Marguerite Street
Jordan, Garfield County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-557-2307

Kalispell Montana
1380 Whitefish Stage Road
Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-752-5446
Hours: T-Th 9am-9pm, F 9am-5pm

Lewistown Montana
900 Casino Creek Drive
Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-538-9058
Hours: T 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm; W 6pm-9pm; Th 1pm-9pm

Libby Montana
2056 U.S. HWY 2 South
Libby, Lincoln County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-293-4757
Hours: T, W 10am-3pm, 6pm-8pm; Th 10am-3pm.

Lima Montana
31 N Harrison St
Lima, Dillon County, Montana, United States
Hours: 1st T & 1st Th. Call ahead

Livingston Montana
110 W Summit Street
Livingston, Park County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-222-3570
Hours: T 10am-12pm, 7pm-9pm; W 10am-12pm; Th 7pm-9pm.

Malta Montana
611 S 4th St East
Malta, Phillips County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-654-1207
Hours: W 7pm-9pm

Miles City Montana
825 Moorehead
Miles City, Custer County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-232-1487
Hours: W 9am-2pm; Sat 1pm-4pm
Closed: As posted

Missoula Montana
3201 Bancroft Street
Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-543-6148
Hours: T, Th 9am-4pm,7pm-9:30pm; Sat 9am-1pm

Polson Montana
4th Ave HWY 93
Polson, Lake County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-883-2565
Hours: T,Th 1pm-9pm; W,F 1pm-5pm.

Seeley Lake Montana
Redwood Lane
Seeley Lake, Missoula County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-677-2575
Hours: W 11am-3pm.

Sheridan Montana
3560 Hwy 287
Sheridan, Madison County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-842-5860
Hours: T 1pm-4pm; W 7pm-9pm; Th 10am-12pm and by appointment.

Sidney Montana
1215 5th SW
Sidney, Richland County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-482-3250
Hours: T 6:30pm-9pm; W 6pm-9pm
Closed: Closed in August

Stevensville Montana
Eastside HWY & Middle Burnt Rd
Stevensville, Ravalli County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-777-5018
Hours: M, F 12pm-4pm; T 9am-4pm, 7pm-9:30pm; W-Th 12pm-4pm, 7pm-9:30pm; Sat 10am-2pm.
Closed: Closed Christmas through New Years Day

Superior Montana
10 Moats Lane
Superior, Mineral County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-822-4758
Hours: T 9am-12pm; Th 7pm-10pm
Closed: Christmas holidays

Thompson Falls Montana
110 Golf Street
Thompson Falls, Sanders County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-827-9757
Hours: W Sat 9am-12pm.

Three Forks Montana
Corner of Main & Grove
Three Forks, Gallatin County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-285-3755
Hours: T 7pm-8:30pm; W 8pm-8:30pm.

Townsend Montana
916 Broadway
Townsend, Broadwater County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-266-4258
Hours: T,W,Th 6pm-9pm

West Yellowstone Montana
310-320 Gibbon Ave
West Yellowstone, Gallatin County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-646-9357

Yellowstone North Montana
12 White Lane
Gardiner, Yellowstone County, Montana, United States
Phone: 406-848-7509
Hours: W, Th 7pm-9pm or by appointment.


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