Idaho County, Idaho Genealogy

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Guide to Idaho County, Idaho genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Idaho County, Idaho
Map of Idaho highlighting Idaho 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 February 4, 1864
County Seat Grangeville
Address 320 West Main St.
Grangeville, ID 83530

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for a steamer called Idaho that was launched on the Columbia River . The County Seat is Grangeville and was founded February 4, 1864. It is located in the north central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1868 1907 1888 1862 1865 1870
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance in the 1920s.

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Idaho County, Idaho

An excellent History of Idaho County is available on the official website of the county.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

4 February 1864: Idaho County was created as an original county. [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

9 January 1869: Lemhi County created from part of Idaho County

26 February 1917: Valley County created from parts of Boise and Idaho 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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

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.

A list of places in Idaho County can be found on List of Idaho Towns.

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 Idaho County, Idaho Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Idaho 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 Grangeville[5].

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Idaho, 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 Idaho County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to Idaho 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.

Churches[edit | edit source]

  • St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
    (208) 983-0403
  • United Methodist Church of Grangeville
    (208) 983-0310
  • Saint Catherine of Siena Parish
    (208) 935-2130
  • Church of the Nazarene
    (208) 983-0552
  • Grangeville Seventh Day Adventist Church
    (208) 935-0388
    [ Grangeville Church]
  • Trinity Lutheran Church of Grangeville
    (208) 983-0562
    Grangeville Lutheran
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.

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    (208) 983-2110

In 1930, Idaho County was part of Northwestern States Mission

  • The following are local congregations (wards) which existed in Idaho County, Idaho prior to 1950.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

County Commissioners' Records[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.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Some of the early court records of Idaho 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 Idaho County courthouse in Grangeville, and can be accessed by making a visit there.

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

  • Power of attorney, 1878-1958; index, 1878-1895
  • Separate property of married women, 1898-1903; index, 1898-1903
Judgment Books[edit | edit source]
  • Judgments, 1870-1930; index, ca. 1870-1900

History[edit | edit source]

The official Idaho County website includes an "Our History" page.

The digitized book An illustrated history of north Idaho embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone counties, state of Idaho is available online at is an excellent resource for locating published and archival materials on the history of Idaho County. Books include:

  • Pioneer days in Idaho County, by M Alfreda Elsensohn; Eugene F Hoy
  • Idaho County voices : a people's history from the pioneers to the present, by Zona Chedsey; Carolyn Frei
  • Major Fenn's country, by Neal Parsell
  • Idaho County newspaper items, 1886-1903, by Carol Anglen
  • River & prairie "news", 1904-1913 : (Idaho County's brides, babies, burials n' bullets), by Carol Anglen
  • Times past : a photographic history of Idaho County, by the Idaho County Free Press
  • Over a century of murder in Idaho County, 1861-1994, by Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum

Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Many other works exist. WorldCat lists materials on history, biography, ethnic and religious groups, and other features of Idaho County.

Land[edit | edit source]

Included with the standard county land records are Indian patents, 1895-1909, mostly for some of the Nez Perce Indians.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Idaho County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452216) 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 Idaho County. The originals are held in the Idaho County courthouse in Grangeville, 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[edit | edit source]

The original naturalization records of Idaho County that have been transferred to the Idaho State Archives in Boise have been indexed in their Index to Naturalizations.

Online Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Current[edit | edit source]
Historical[edit | edit source]

Boise News- 1863:9:29-1864:10:22 Idaho mountaineer - 1941:5:15-1958:6:26 Idaho patriot - 1864:10:9 Idaho times - 1866:11:2 Idaho world, 1864 - 1864:10:29-1918:11:1 Idaho world, 1958 - 958:1:2-9999 Ladies mite - 864:7:10

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Pension Records[edit | edit source]

Mothers' Pensions were provided by the State of Idaho for widows and/or orphans, under certain conditions. Petitions for those pensions were filed with the probate court in each county. The original papers for several counties have been transferred to the Idaho State Archives in Boise and have been indexed. Idaho County Mothers' Pensions are included in that index.

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Generally speaking, probate records are kept at the county level and can be accessed at the county courthouse in the county in which the transaction took place. This would be Grangeville in Idaho County.

There are copies of some early probate records available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake or at one of its family history centers.

The Idaho State Archives has also made microfilm copies of some of the earlier Idaho County probate records, and these can be viewed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Records

The birth registers for Idaho County, 1907-1911 have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Idaho County 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 Idaho Vital Records section under the subject Idaho for more details.

In the Idaho Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records records, there are 152 births or christenings listed for Idaho County.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Over 2800 marriages, 1862-1929, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

There are 4558 marriages from Idaho County online at Idaho Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records.

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Records

The Death Registers for Idaho County, 1907-1911, have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. After 1911, deaths occurring in Idaho 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 mandated by the State of Idaho. See the Vital Records section under Idaho Vital Records for details.

Copies of death certificates from 1911-1954 are on microfilm and can be used at the Idaho State Archives (PARL) in Boise, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, 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 Idaho Death Index 1911-1956. See:

There are also 563 Idaho County death records online at Death Records and Burials

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.

  • Idaho Historical Society Facebook Page Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Idaho County, Idaho Genealogy and History”,
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Idaho 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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "idaho County, Idaho," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Idaho#Communities, accessed 4 June 2019.
  5. Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, Counties and County Seats, Reissued July, 1991.
  6. - Idaho population by county, 1900-90 accessed 2009-05-03
  7. - Canyon County accessed 2009-05-03