Idaho Research Tips and Strategies

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Purpose of Research Tips and Strategies Wiki Page

The Idaho Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for Idaho. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.

Idaho Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Idaho

Idaho Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in Idaho.

  • Birth information: Idaho statewide registration of births began in 1911 with general compliance by the 1920s. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: In 1911 the state of Idaho began requiring statewide registration of deaths. Previous to this time the counties were required to keep records from 1907 to 1911. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search Idaho death records
  • Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.

Idaho Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see Idaho Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information

Maiden name

Immigration date


Physical description

Further Idaho Research[edit | edit source]