Yellowstone Genealogy Forum
Billings, Montana 1905 Southside School 1910 Stapleton Building

Yellowstone Genealogy Forum (Forum)

Yellowstone Genealogy Forum (Forum) promotes the preservation of historical records and assists in the instructional training for various forms of genealogical resources.  
General meetings are held monthly, except December, on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2929 Belvedere Drive, (across from Will James Middle School).  Enter building from back parking lot. Meeting room is along hallway to right.
An informative program begins at 7:00 p.m., lasting about two hours.  There is no meeting in December.  The meetings are open to all persons interested in the various facets of genealogical research.
Program meetings and board meetings are available via Zoom.
The Executive Board meets at least four times a year on the second Tuesday of the scheduled month.
The Forum is a non-profit society consisting of an operating executive board, standing committees, and general membership. The Forum was founded in 1977.

Operating Year: September 2023 - August 2024

Elected Officers
President: PJ Smith
Program Coordinator: Kay Cahill
Recording Secretary: Mary Pickett Parker
Corresponding Secretary: Jennye (Jennifer) Broderick
Treasurer: Laura Haefer
Chairperson of Committees
Book Acquisition Committee: Irene Nelson
Gen Room Library Committee: Irene Nelson
Gen-Bug-Newsletter: Irene Nelson
Membership: Shawna Valentine
MSGS Liasion: Vacant
Nominating Committee: Sydney Gabel
Publicity Committee: Steve Baum
Research Committee: Bobbie Meyers
Sales Committee: Bobbie Meyers
Webmaster: Jason C. Herman
The Genealogy Room is located on the 2nd floor of the Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway.  The collection is available any time the library is open. The room is staffed by volunteer members Monday through Friday from 1 to 3 pm. At other times, please ask a librarian to unlock the room for you.
A sign-in sheet in the Gen-Room is provided for reporting usage.  If you want help with research and want to schedule an appointment, send a message through
Genealogy books and all other materials may NOT be checked out.  Books are identified in accordance with the Dewey Decimal System.  Consult the card catalog on this website or browse the shelves to locate what you need to further your research.  The collection is owned by the Forum.
Research Materials in the Genealogy Library include over 1,700 books on various states and countries, Mayflower Descendants, Daughters of the American Revolution books, as well as reference works.  Some collections we have are The Official Record of the War of the Rebellion, Germans from Russia periodicals, P. William Filby Passenger & Immigration Books, and numerous family history books.   Donations of genealogy reference books, family history books, or locality research books may be made to expand our collection.
Beth Aaron Cemetery, Billings
Mountview Cemetery, Billings
Yellowstone County Cemeteries
Carbon County Cemeteries
Obituaries provide valuable information such as date of birth, location of birth, death, marriage, spouse, parents and children.  The collection of obituaries on cards is no longer available in the Genealogy Library.  An obituary index from 2005 - present is available on the computer in the Genealogy Library.  The corresponding microfilm may be viewed next door in the Montana Room.  
Yellowstone County 1881-1899

Individual Membership: $15.00
Family Membership:      $20.00 

The society publishes a newsletter (The Gen-Bug) four times a year which can be found in the Members Only Section for current issues, and past issues can be found in the Public Download area of the website. Back issues may also be obtained by contacting the Gen-Bug Editor at $2.00 a issue.

If you want to help this organization in any capacity, please contact P.J. Smith at
Research questions should be directed to Forum Researcher at or use the form found in the Research Requests section of this website.  Pre-payment of $15 may be done by PayPal.