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Brand History Information


In 2002, the Montana Department of Livestock received a donation from Montana author Ivan Doig and his wife Carol. With this donation, the Department of Livestock and Montana Historical Society joined efforts to have historical brands placed on microfilm.

Ivan Doig said, "Brands are the classical language of the American West."

In Montana, when researching genealogy, brands owned in past generations is a great part of that heritage.

Montana brands from 1873 through 1950 are now available on microfilm.

Since 1911, brands have been rerecorded every ten years. The next rerecord year is 2021.

For all questions regarding the history of brands (1873-1950), please call 1-406-444-2681 or email the Montana Historical Society archives at mhslibrary@mt.gov

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