FIRST FAMILIES & EARLY SETTLERS of MONTANA
To qualify for a First Family or Early Settler certificate,
the applicant must prove direct descent: your ancestor need not have been born
in Montana, may not have stayed here, but you must clearly prove they were once
here, prior to 8th November 1889 for First Families or 31st December 1929
for Early Settlers.
Applicant need not be a resident of Montana, nor have ever lived in Montana, and
anyone may apply. A separate certificate will be issued for each ancestor or
each married couple proven. Proof of descent needs to be sent only once, but if
you make subsequent requests for certificates using the same pioneer, you must
be sure to complete additional applications and refer to the proofs previously
Each certificate issued is $10.00. If you order multiple
certificates at one time, please issue just one check for the total amount due.
- Print and fill in the
Application to the best of your ability & send, with pedigree chart,
copies of proofs and sample certificate, to address below with check.
- Print and complete the
Pedigree Chart, starting at top of page with yourself as #1 and going
back generation by generation.
- Make COPIES of your acceptable source of proof.
- Please indicate address to which you wish the
certificate(s) to be mailed if different from your own, otherwise they will
automatically be sent to address of applicant.
- Please allow up to several weeks for delivery of
certificate. (You may wish to receive the certificate at the state
- Make check payable to: Montana State Genealogical
Society, First Families of Montana, P.O. Box 1012 Condon, MT 59826. (Do
not send cash through the mail.)
- If photo available, please send now. Don't send an
original, but rather a clear, concise copy reproduced on a color laser
copier. (Hint: Check a Photograph shop in your area for machines that can
scan and print your photo.)
Always use maiden names of females. Attach one COPY of
document per generation to prove lineage. Family group sheets and pedigree
charts are not proof unless accompanied by documented evidence.
- Census: Need year, county, state. Photocopy or hand
- Land records: or plat books with complete dates and
- Birth: baptism certificate, church record, bible
- Death: certificate, cemetery record, tombstone
- Marriage: certificate, newspaper (named) & notice with
- Tax or school records: with dates and places.
- Immigration or Naturalization papers.
- News clippings if dated, published family histories,
county histories, personal papers, diaries, letters, journals. Must have
dates and places noted.
Thanks for participating in this project of the Montana
State Genealogical Society. If you have any questions about this project that
aren't answered in these pages, please contact
First Families of Montana