First Families & Early Settlers of Montana

The Montana State Genealogical Society issues First Families of Montana certificates to descendants of residents who arrived before statehood on 8 November 1889.

The Montana State Genealogical Society issues Early Settlers of Montana certificates to descendants who arrived between 9 November 1889 and 31 December 1929.

Family descendant certificates will also be issued to those who provide satisfactory proof that a sister or brother of a direct descendant meets the qualifications of either a First Family or Early Settler of Montana.

Successful applications that were approved before March 2020 are included in Volume V of our series “First Families and Early Settlers of Montana” that is now available.

Download the Order Sheet to order Printed Volumes I, II, III and V. We have sold out of Volume IV.


MSGS will continue to accept applications, but the publication of a Volume VI is not guaranteed.

To Submit an Ancestor: (* Required Forms for Application)

Eligibility & Instructions

The Application * (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required)

Pedigree Chart * (Adobe Acrobat Reader Required)

Sample Certificate * Please show us how you would like your name spelled on the certificate.

Send Applications to:

First Families of Montana Applications
PO Box 1012
Condon MT 59826

Combined Index for Volumes I, II, III, IV, and V is now available:

Contact Us

Montana State Genealogical Society
PO Box 5313
Helena MT 59604