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Our Genealogy Helper for Missoula ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Missoula (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Missoula. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Missoula is located in Missoula County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of Montana's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Missoula County: Clearwater (ID), Idaho (ID), Flathead, Granite, Lake, Mineral, Powell, Ravalli & Sanders.

Below are the counties that are near Missoula. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Missoula:

  • Missoula County     (The home county of Missoula)
    • Travois Village [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Travois Village
      • Travois Village [Missoula County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Travois Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Travois Village
    • Orchard Homes [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Orchard Homes
      • Orchard Homes [Missoula County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Orchard Homes have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Orchard Homes
    • East Missoula [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Missoula
      • East Missoula [Missoula County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the east of Missoula
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Missoula
    • Milltown [Missoula County]
    • Bonner [Missoula County]
    • Piltzville [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Piltzville
      • Piltzville [Missoula County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Missoula
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Piltzville
    • Wye [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wye
      • Wye [Missoula County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wye have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wye
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wye<3>
    • Lolo [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lolo
      • Lolo [Missoula County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lolo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lolo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lolo<3>
    • Evaro [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evaro
      • Evaro [Missoula County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evaro have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evaro
    • Frenchtown [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frenchtown
      • Frenchtown [Missoula County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frenchtown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frenchtown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Frenchtown<3>
    • Clinton [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clinton
      • Clinton [Missoula County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clinton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clinton<3>
    • Huson [Missoula County]
  • Lake County
    • Arlee [Lake County]
    • Ravalli [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ravalli
      • Ravalli [Lake County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ravalli have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ravalli
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ravalli<3>
    • Saint Ignatius [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Ignatius
      • Saint Ignatius [Lake County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the north of Missoula
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 842 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Saint Ignatius have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Ignatius
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Ignatius<3>
    • Moiese [Lake County]
    • Charlo [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charlo
      • Charlo [Lake County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the north of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Charlo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charlo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Charlo<3>
  • Mineral County
    • Alberton [Mineral County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alberton
      • Alberton [Mineral County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Missoula
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 464 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alberton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alberton<3>
  • Ravalli County
    • Florence [Ravalli County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Florence
      • Florence [Ravalli County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Florence have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Florence
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Florence<3>
    • Stevensville [Ravalli County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Stevensville
      • Stevensville [Ravalli County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the south of Missoula
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,138 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stevensville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stevensville<3>
    • Cinnabar Court [Ravalli County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cinnabar Court
      • Cinnabar Court [Ravalli County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the south of Missoula
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cinnabar Court
    • Bing [Ravalli County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bing
      • Bing [Ravalli County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Missoula
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bing
    • Victor [Ravalli County]
    • Corvallis [Ravalli County]
    • Pinesdale [Ravalli County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinesdale
      • Pinesdale [Ravalli County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the south of Missoula
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,038 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pinesdale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pinesdale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pinesdale<3>
  • Sanders County
    • Dixon [Sanders County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dixon
      • Dixon [Sanders County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Missoula
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dixon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dixon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dixon<3>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Missoula, see our County-by-County Page for Missoula.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Missoula ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 63 newspapers that have been published in the area around Missoula.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Missoula. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Missoula and those printed in the larger area surrounding Missoula.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 38 miles [61.2 km] of Missoula.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Missoula:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Montana

Cemeteries Near Missoula ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Missoula.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Missoula covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Missoula Cemetery
  • St. Mary Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Mary Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Mary Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Mary Cemetery
  • St. Mary Cemetery
  • Post Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Post Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Post Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Post Cemetery
  • Sunset Memorial Gardens
  • Florence - Carlton Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Florence - Carlton Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Florence - Carlton Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Florence - Carlton Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Missoula.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Florence - Carlton Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Frenchtown Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Frenchtown Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Frenchtown Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Frenchtown Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Missoula.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frenchtown Cemetery
    • Woodman Pioneer Cemetery
    • St. Joseph's Cemetery
    • Jocko Valley Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Jocko Valley Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Jocko Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jocko Valley Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the north of Missoula.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jocko Valley Cemetery
    • Sunnyside Cemetery
    • Maplewood Cemetery
    • St. Marys Cemetery
    • Riverview Cemetery
    • Sand Park Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sand Park Cemetery
      • Sand Park Cemetery lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of Missoula.
      • Sand Park Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Coloma Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sand Park Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Missoula had a population of 3,426 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Missoula had a population of 76,848 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Missoula, with the one closest to Missoula listed first.

  • Missoula [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Missoula
    • Missoula [Missoula County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Missoula
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 3,426 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 76,848 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Missoula had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Missoula have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Missoula
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Missoula<3>
  • Bonner [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonner
    • Bonner [Missoula County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Missoula
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 62 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bonner had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonner
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bonner<3>
  • De Smet [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for De Smet
    • De Smet [Missoula County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Missoula
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, De Smet had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for De Smet have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on De Smet
  • Grass Valley [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grass Valley
    • Grass Valley [Missoula County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Missoula
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 27 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Grass Valley had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grass Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grass Valley
  • Lolo [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lolo
    • Lolo [Missoula County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Missoula
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lolo had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lolo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lolo
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lolo<3>
  • Evaro [Missoula County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Evaro
    • Evaro [Missoula County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Missoula
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Evaro had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Evaro have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Evaro
  • Continue List ...
    • Carlton [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carlton
      • Carlton [Missoula County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Missoula
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Carlton had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carlton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carlton
    • Frenchtown [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frenchtown
      • Frenchtown [Missoula County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Missoula
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 216 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Frenchtown had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Frenchtown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frenchtown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Frenchtown<3>
    • Clinton [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clinton
      • Clinton [Missoula County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Missoula
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Clinton had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clinton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clinton<3>
    • Huson [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huson
      • Huson [Missoula County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of Missoula
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Huson had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Huson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Huson<3>
    • Arlee [Lake County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arlee
      • Arlee [Lake County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Missoula
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 49 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Arlee had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arlee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arlee<3>
    • Bitter Root [Ravalli County] - Historic
      • While Bitter Root was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bitter Root
      • Bitter Root [Ravalli County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the south of Missoula
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Bitter Root had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bitter Root have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Potomac [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Potomac
      • Potomac [Missoula County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the east of Missoula
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Potomac had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Potomac have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Potomac
    • Ninemile [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ninemile
      • Ninemile [Missoula County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Missoula
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ninemile had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ninemile have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ninemile
    • Lothrop [Missoula County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lothrop
      • Lothrop [Missoula County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the west of Missoula
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Lothrop had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lothrop have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lothrop

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Missoula. See our List of 1890's Communities around Missoula.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Missoula ...

While our initial data about Missoula came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Missoula in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Missoula.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Missoula:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Rand McNally Map of Montana (1925)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Shell Oil Map of Montana (1951)

Published by Shell Oil Company

We have found Missoula in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Missoula for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Missoula. See our Misc Page for Missoula for more information.

Railroad Mentions for Missoula:

Our notes show that we found a railroad map (origin and date unknown) that showed the location of Missoula. We'll be adding more detail later.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Montana

About Missoula County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Missoula: www.ci.missoula.mt.us/

The official website for Missoula County: www.co.missoula.mt.us/

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Missoula) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Missoula. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MissoulaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Missoula. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.8706, Longitude: -114.0086       In this case, the coordinates for Missoula have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Missoula, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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