Billings Gazette Vitals, Indexes, Archives

How to Use These Indexes

In any of the index files, look up the name or subject you are interested in. Make a note of the date and name of the newspaper for that name or subject. Then go either to the online archives that have that newspaper and date, or to the microfilm files at the Library, and look up that newspaper in the archive or on the microfilm. In either format, you can print the article out, or save it to a USB drive, or email it to yourself for attaching to your genealogy files.

Vital Statistics Index

Vital statistics, including births, deaths, marriages, divorces, voter registrations, and others, from early Billings Gazettes, listed alphabetically by last name. Together, the files list over 13,000 names from 1882-1902 listed in local newspapers, including the Billings Gazette, Billings Post, and Billings Herald. 

Billings Gazette: Archived Newspapers

The Advantage Preservation portal stores digital archives of recent editions of the Billings Gazette starting with January 2013. The collection is expanded at quarterly intervals and includes an assortment of early Gazettes from 1929 to 1970.

Chronicling America: Billings Gazette

Search the Billings Gazette’s historic newspaper pages from 1899-1909 at Chronicling America on the Library of Congress website.

Billings Gazette Indexes

These are Billings Gazette Indexes from the 1930s and 1940s, scanned from the original typed indexes. The indexing is not comprehensive. To download a file, RIGHT-click on the file name, then select "Save target as" or "Save link as". The files are exceedingly large and will download slowly, please be patient. 

Billings Gazette Indexes in Bound Hard-Copy or Printouts

These Billings Gazette Indexes are available in hard copy in the Montana Room on the second floor:
  • Incomplete typed in 3-ring binder: 1976
  • Bound hard-copy:
    • 1977
    • 1978
    • 1970
    • 1980
    • 1981
    • 1982
    • 1983
    • 1984
    • 1985
    • 1986
    • 1987
    • 1988
    • 1989
    • 1990
  • Unbound hard-copy (computer print-out), incomplete:
    • 1990
    • 1991
    • 1992
  • Incomplete, hand-typed, no cross-ref, in 3-ring binders, primarily indexes of vital statistics:
    • 1940 through 1949
    • 1930 through 1939
    • 1970
  • Vital statistics indexes; not complete; printouts in report folders:
    • 1882-1889
    • 1891-1893
    • 1900
    • 1927-1938