Gooding County, Idaho Genealogy

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Guide to Gooding County, Idaho ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Gooding County, Idaho
Map of Idaho highlighting Gooding County
Location in the state of Idaho, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Idaho
Location of Idaho in the U.S.
Founded March 15, 1915
County Seat Emmett
Address Gooding County Courthouse
624 Main Street
PO Box 417
Gooding, ID 83330-0417
Phone: (208) 934-4221 or 4841
Fax: (208) 934-4408

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Frank R. Gooding, pioneer sheep rancher, early mayor of the city of Gooding, later Idaho Governor and U. S. Senator. The County Seat is Emmett and was founded January 28, 1913. It is located in the south central area of the state.[1]

Gooding County, Idaho Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1911 1913 1911 1913 1913 1913 1870
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance in the 1920s.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Gooding County Courthouse
624 Main Street, PO Box 417
Gooding, ID 83330-0417
Phone: (208) 934-4221 or 4841
Fax: (208) 934-4408

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1913. [3]

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Gooding County, Idaho

Parent County[edit | edit source]

28 January 1913: Gooding County, Idaho was created from Lincoln County. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

8 February 1919: Jerome County created from parts of Gooding and Lincoln Counties

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]


The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

This list of places in Gooding County, Idaho was compiled from the Lists of Places in Idaho in Wikipedia and from the map of Gooding County in Virtual Earth.

Resources[edit | edit source]

The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to Gooding County, Idaho Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Gooding County have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through their family history centers. They are also available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise. Details of the county records in these respective institutions can be obtained from their online catalogs or listings. Original records which have been microfilmed and more recent records are in the county courthouse in Gooding[6].

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Gooding, Idaho online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Idaho Cemeteries for more information

There are many cemeteries in Gooding County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to Gooding County, Idaho Cemetery Records.

For the cemeteries in or immediately adjacent to the cities, please see the city pages for the cities listed above.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.

The 1890 federal census for Idaho was destroyed. However, the Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library is creating a list of 1890 Idaho residents by indexing a variety of records, 1885-1894. This reconstructed list will substitute for the destroyed 1890 federal census.

For a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see Idaho Census Records.

Church[edit | edit source]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)[edit | edit source]
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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.

Stakes: Blaine Stake, Idaho

  • Fairfield
  • Gooding
  • Hagerman
  • Wendell

List of Churches and Church Parishes

County Commissioners' Minutes[edit | edit source]

The minute books of the County Commissioners contain interesting tidbits of history about the county as well as the names of individuals appealing to the County Commissioners for action on issues of concern to them. Minutes of those meetings were recorded from the formation of the county, for most counties. Some counties now post the minutes of current meetings online.

Most of these records have been preserved in the county courthouses of the State of Idaho. Few have been microfilmed. Contact the county clerk for information about years covered and availability.

Online County Records

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Some of the early court records of Gooding County, Idaho have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho. The records filmed include civil suits, divorce papers, judgment dockets, etc. Copies of these microfilmed court records are also available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah or at any of the Library's Family History Centers. Additional court records and more recent records are housed at the Gooding County courthouse in Gooding, Idaho, and can be accessed by making a visit there.

Some of the records of the courts of Gooding County that have been microfilmed include:

Judgment Books[edit | edit source]
  • Judgments, 1913-1931; general index, 1913-1940

See also the Miscellaneous Series for Gooding County.

History[edit | edit source]

The Gooding County Historical Society has a brief history at their website, as does the official Gooding County website. is an excellent resource for locating published and archival materials on the history of Gooding County. Works include:

  • Settlement of Oregon and western Idaho by Utah pioneers, by Mary N Porter Harris
  • Gooding County roots and branches, 1989, by the History Book Committee
  • Gooding County roots and branches : pictorial 1990, by History Book Committee
  • A centennial history of Bliss, Idaho, by Lorna Hobdey Falkner
  • Bliss : historical points of interest on Clover Creek, by Lorna Bard

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and Property records are generally recorded in the county courthouse of the county in which the transaction took place. For original records of Gooding County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Gooding, Idaho. One might also look at Lincoln County from which Gooding was created in 1911.

It appears that at this time there are no microfilm copies of land and property records from Gooding County at either the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Remember to check Lincoln County for records earlier than 1911.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Gooding County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452215) and are also at, for a subscription fee. The original cards are maintained in the Southeast Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in East Point, Georgia and have been microfilmed by the National Archives as their Microcopy M1509.

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous Series[edit | edit source]

Often overlooked by the genealogist, this group of volumes may contain affidavits for citizenship, final disposition of estates, divorce decrees, and many other types of valuable documents. The content varies from county to county, year to year and from clerk to clerk. When the estate case files, civil or criminal files are not available or have been destroyed, you may find key documents recorded here. Most counties will have an index to this series and it is a must search if the information you are seeking is not found elsewhere.

Both the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah have copies of the miscellaneous record of Gooding County. The originals are held in the Gooding County courthouse in Gooding, Idaho and can be accessed by visiting there. Copies in the Idaho State Archives are available for viewing in Boise. Those held by the Family History Library can be viewed either at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of its Family History Centers.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

The Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho has copies of the following Gooding County newspapers which can be viewed by visiting the Archives:

Enterprise Of Southern Idaho: 1977:5:26-1983:11:3
Gooding County Leader: 1969:4:3-1995:12:27
Gooding Independent: 1936:1:23-1939:12:28
Gooding Leader, 1921: 1921:1:20-1927:6:30
Gooding Leader, 1933: 1933:1:5-1975:1:30
Hagerman Valley Sun: 1911:06:16
Hub City Irrigationist: 1909:4:15-1912:6:14
Hub City Voice: 1974:12:18-1975:8:28
Idaho Leader: 1908:12:23-1921:1:13
Idaho Leader: 1909:6:11, 11:12
Wendell Irrigationist: 1912:8:9-1970:6:25

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Existing original probate records of Gooding County should be found at the Gooding County courthouse located in Gooding. These can be viewed by visiting the courthouse.

The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed some of the earlier probate records of Gooding County, and these can be viewed by visiting their Archives in Boise, Idaho.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Any existing tax assessment rolls for Gooding County should be in the courthouse in Gooding and would need to be accessed by visiting there.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Gooding County area are included in and recorded at the state level. These records are restricted for a period of one hundred years from the time of the individual's birth but can be obtained by following the guidelines as issued by the State of Idaho. See the Vital Records section under the subject Idaho for more details.

There are 134 Gooding County Idaho births/christenings in this database--Idaho births.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Nearly 1500 marriages, 1913-1938, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Gooding County marriages from 1913-1933 have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake or in any of its affiliate family history centers.

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Records

After 1911, deaths occurring in Gooding County are included in the state-wide registration program. These records are restricted for a period of fifty years from the time of the individual's death but can be obtained by following the guidelines as issued by the State of Idaho. See the Vital Records section under Idaho for details.

Copies of death certificates from 1911-1954 are on microfilm and can be used at the Idaho State Archives, the Family History Library, BYU-Idaho University Library in Rexburg and several other locations.

A state-wide index to Idaho Deaths, 1911-1956 is available online. Efforts to expand this index to 1960 are underway. Another version is the US Genweb Idaho Death Index 1911-1956.

Courtesy of the Gooding County Historical Society: Obituary Index for 1946, 1947, 1980-2011

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Many public libraries provide internet access to sites of value to the family historian. Some have special collections of historical and cultural interest, as well. The following libraries may have some resources of value, but use of some or all of them may require a visit to the library.

  • Gooding Public Library
    306 Fifth Ave W
    Gooding, ID 83330
    Phone: (208) 934-4089
  • Hagerman Public Library
    441 S State St
    Hagerman, ID 83332
    Phone: (208) 837-6520
  • Wendell Public Library
    395 1st Ave E
    Wendell, ID 83355
    Phone: (208) 536-6195
  • Gooding County Historical Society
    385 Euskadi Ln
    Gooding, ID 83330
    Facebook Page
  • Hagerman Valley Historical‎
    100 North State Street, Hagerman, ID 83332
    (208) 837-6288
  • Gooding County Historical Museum‎
    Euskadi Ln, Gooding, ID 83330
    (208) 934-5135
  • State Historical Society
    2205 Old Penitentiary Rd
    Boise, Idaho
  • Idaho Historical Society Facebook Page Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Gooding County, Idaho Genealogy and History”,
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gooding County, Idaho. Page 177-180 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 180-181.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gooding, Idaho page 178, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Gooding County, Idaho," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Idaho#Communities, accessed 4 June 2019.
  6. Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, Counties and County Seats, Reissued July, 1991.
  7. - Idaho population by county, 1900-90 accessed 2009-05-03
  8. - Canyon County accessed 2009-05-03