Boundary County, Idaho Genealogy
Guide to Boundary County, Idaho ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Boundary County, Idaho|
Location in the state of Idaho
Location of Idaho in the U.S.
|Founded||January 23, 1915|
|County Seat||Bonners Ferry|
|Address||Boundary County Courthouse|
P.O. Box 419
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-0419
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 Quick Facts
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Populated Places
- 6 Resources
- 7 Cemeteries
- 8 Census
- 9 Church
- 10 County Commissioners' Records
- 11 Court Records
- 12 History
- 13 Land and Property
- 14 Maps
- 15 Military
- 16 Miscellaneous Series
- 17 Newspapers
- 18 Obituaries
- 19 Pension Records
- 20 Probate
- 21 Taxation
- 22 Vital Records
- 23 Societies and Libraries
- 24 Websites
- 25 References
County Information[edit | edit source]
Description[edit | edit source]
The county was named because it borders Canada in the north, Washington on the west, and Montana on the east as well as Bonner County on the south. The County Seat is Bonners Ferry and was founded January 23, 1915. It is located in the northwest tip area of the state.
Boundary County, Idaho Record Dates[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Boundary County Courthouse
6452 Kootenai St, #22
PO Box 419
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-0419
Boundary County Website
County Clerk has marriage, land, probate and court records, some birth, death, divorce and military records. 
Quick Facts[edit | edit source]
Parent County[edit | edit source]
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Places/Localities[edit | edit source]
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.
Populated Places[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:
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 Boundary County, Idaho Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.
|Don't overlook Boundary County, Idaho Genealogy items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Archives and Libraries.|
Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Boundary County have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and 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 Bonners Ferry. 
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|See Idaho Cemeteries for more information.|
There are many cemeteries in Boundary County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to Boundary 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]
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]
1915--Boundary County, Idaho was created 23 January 1915 from parts of Bonner and Kootenai Counties. It was named because it borders on Canada. County seat: Bonners Ferry 
In 1930, Boundary County was part of Northwestern States Mission. There were no stake organized in the area at the time.
- The following are local congregations (wards) which existed in Boundary County, Idaho prior to 1950.
- Bonner's Ferry
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 Boundary 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'sFamily History Centers. Additional court records and more recent records are housed at the Boundary County courthouse in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, and can be accessed by making a visit there.
Some of the court records of Boundary County that have been microfilmed are:
- Court records, 1911-1940
- Power of attorney, 1883-1936
Judgment Books[edit | edit source]
- Judgment records, 1891-1936; index, 1884-1960
Miscellaneous records are outlined in the Miscellaneous Series below
History[edit | edit source]
In 1988 the Boundary County Historical Society published the History of Boundary County, Idaho which can be found in the Boundary County Library, as well as many other libraries nationwide.
Online County Histories
- Index, history of Boundary County, Idaho. c1988. By Twyla J. Stone. Sandpoint, Idaho : Keokee Co. Pub.. Online at: At various libraries(WorldCat).
- The Faces Of History; Portraits Of The Men And Women Who Shaped Life In Boundary County, Idaho. c1996. By Stan DeHart. Bonners Ferry, Idaho : T.J. Stone. Online at: At various libraries(WorldCat).
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 Boundary County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed some early county records of Boundary County and these can be accessed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has microfilmed the following records pertaining to Boundary County land and property records, and they can be viewed in the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its Family History Centers:
- Deeds, 1886-1906; patents, 1899-1927; index, 1888-1988
- Estates, 1907-1946
Maps[edit | edit source]
- A digital Boundary County Idaho map is available online.
- Map of Boundary County, Idaho is available online.
- Boundary County road map
Military[edit | edit source]
World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Boundary County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452111) and are also available online at Ancestry.com, 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.
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 Boundary County. The originals are held in the Boundary County courthouse in Bonners Ferry, 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.
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
Current[edit | edit source]
Bonners Ferry Herald
P.O. Box 539
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kootenai Valley Times
Historical[edit | edit source]
The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed several Boundary County newspapers which can be accessed by visiting their facility in Boise, Idaho:
Barter Times: 1978:6:22 -1979:7:19
Bonners Ferry Herald: 1904: 12:31-9999
Boundary County Tribune: 1970:4:14-1970:6:9
Kootenai Herald: 1891:4: 4-1904: 12: 24
Kootenai Herald: 1900:11:02
Kootenai Valley Sentinel & Bonners Ferry Times: 1933:5:29: -1937:4:29
Kootenai Valley Times: 1989:5:3-9999
Port Hill News: 1916:04:01
Obituaries[edit | edit source]
- 1943-2013 - Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943-2013 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1891-2018 - Boundary County at IdGenWeb - Obituary Index at IdGenWeb — index and images
Pension Records[edit | edit source]
Old Age Pensions were provided by the State of Idaho from 1931 to 1936. The original papers for several counties have been transferred to the Idaho State Archives in Boise and have been indexed. Boundary County Old Age Pensions are included in that index.
Probate[edit | edit source]
Online Probate Records
The existing original probate records of Boundary County should be at the county courthouse in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho and can be accessed by visiting there.
The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed many of the earlier records of Boundary County, and these are available for viewing by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has some of the early probate records of Boundary County on microfilm. The following can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its Family History Centers:
- Administrators journal, 1915-1933
- Bond records, 1907-1947
- Decree of Settlement and Distribution 1910-1948
- Inventory and appraisement, 1907-1934
- Journal, 1892-1933; index, 1892-1933
- Letters of administration testamentary and will, 1907-1930
- Power of attorney, 1883-1936
Taxation[edit | edit source]
Any existing tax assessment rolls for Boundary County should be in the courthouse in Bonners Ferry and would need to be accessed by visiting there.
Vital Records[edit | edit source]
Births[edit | edit source]
- 1861-1911 - Idaho, Birth Index, 1861-1911 at FamilySearch — index
- 1883-1929 - Idaho County Birth and Death Records 1883-1929 at FamilySearch — index and images
Birth records, 1915 to present, for individuals born in Boundary 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 Vital Records section under the subject Idaho for more details. There are 216 births in Boundary County in this record.
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Many of the early marriage records for Boundary County have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. There are 740 marriage from Boundary County in the Family History Library online collection. Included are:
Marriage license [and certificates] v. 1 1915-1930.
- 1800-1987 - Idaho, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
- 1864-1976 - Idaho Church Marriages, 1864-1976 at FamilySearch — index
- 1864-1950 - Idaho County Marriages, 1864-1950 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1878-1898; 1903-1942 - Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898; 1903-1942 at FamilySearch — index
- 1947-1963 - Idaho Marriage Index, 1947-1961 at FamilySearch — index
Marriages from other sources.
Over 600 marriages, 1915-1930, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]
- 1883-1929 - Idaho County Birth and Death Records 1883-1929 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1938-1961 - Idaho Death Certificates, 1938-1961 at FamilySearch — index
Deaths occurring after 1915 in Boundary 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 and several other locations. The Family History Library has 536 Boundary County deaths in their online collection.
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 USGenWeb Idaho Death Index 1911-1956.
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.
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]
Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.
Websites[edit | edit source]
- The Boundary County ID GenWeb Project, a member of The IDGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Boundary County, Idaho Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
References[edit | edit source]
- Genealogy Trails History Group, “Boundary County, Idaho Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ida/boundary/
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Boundary 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.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Boundary, Idaho page 177, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Boundary County, Idaho," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boundary_County, Idaho, accessed 6 April 2019.
- Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, Counties and County Seats, Reissued July, 1991.
- census.gov - Idaho population by county, 1900-90 accessed 2009-05-03
- quickfacts.census.gov - Canyon County accessed 2009-05-03