FIRST FAMILIES & EARLY SETTLERS
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 one of the two deadline dates stated in the above paragraph. 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
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
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 six weeks for delivery.
Make check payable to: Montana State Genealogical Society, First Families
of Montana, 44 Wonder Road, Clancy, MT 59634. (Do not send cash through
If photo available, please send now. Don't send an original, but
rather a clear, consise copy reporducted on a color laser copier.
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.
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 Al Stoner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Census: Need year, county, state. Photocopy or hand written.
Land records: or plat books with complete dates and places.
Birth: baptism certificate, church record, bible entry.
Death: certificate, cemetery record, tombstone picture, obituary.
Marriage: certificate, newspaper (named) & notice with date.
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
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