Yellowstone Genealogy Forum
Billings, Montana 1960s Sambos at Ponderosa Inn 1910 Stapleton Building

Yellowstone Genealogy Forum (YGF)

Yellowstone Genealogy Forum (YGF) 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 1711 6th Street West (6th Street West and Avenue D).  Enter building through door from parking lot.
 
Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with an informative program 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.
 
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 2016 - August 2017


Elected Officers
President: PJ Smith
Program Coordinator: Kay Cahill
Recording Secretary: Mick McFarland
Corresponding Secretary: Bobbie Meyers
Treasurer: Laura Haefer
 
Chairman of Committees
Book Acquisition Committee: Irene Nelson
Calling Committee: Bernice Mowat
Gen Room Library Committee: Irene Nelson
Genbug-Newsletter: Ellen Booth
Membership: Shawna Valentine
Nominating Committee: Vacant
Publicity Committee: George Mowat
Research Committee: Anita Smith
Sales Committee: Bobbie Meyers
Webmaster: Jason Herman
 
GENEALOGY COLLECTION
 
The Genealogy Library is located on the 2nd floor of the Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, and is open during library hours.  The room is occasionally attended by volunteer members, but when locked the access key is obtainable from the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor.  A sign-in sheet in the Gen-Room is provided for reporting usage.  
 
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 or browse the shelves to locate what you need to further your research.  The collections are owned by YGF.
 
Research Materials in the Genealogy Library include about 1,100 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.
 
OTHER RECORDS WE HAVE:
 
CEMETERY RECORDS
 
Mountview Cemetery, Billings
Yellowstone County Cemeteries
Carbon County Cemeteries
 
OBITUARY FILES
 
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.  Obituaries from 1955 - 1969 and 1982 - 2004 will be scanned and indexed and available via the Internet. 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.  
 
MARRIAGE INDEX
 
Yellowstone County 1881-1899

ANNUAL DUES OF THE SOCIETY

Individual Membership: $15.00
Family Membership: $20.00 


PUBLICATIONS

The society publishes a newsletter (The Genbug) three 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 Genbug Editor at $2.00 a issue.

YOU CAN HELP

If you want to help your Society in any capacity, please contact P.J. Smith, President, at president@yellowstonegenealogy.org.
 
RESEARCH QUESTIONS
 
Research questions should be directed to YGF Researcher Anita Smith at queries@yellowstonegenealogy.org or use the form found in the Research Requests section of this website.