Idaho, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Idaho, United States
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Location of Idaho
Record Description
Record Type Marriage
Collection years 1864-1950
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of a name index and images of Idaho county marriages acquired from local courthouses for the years 1864 to 1950. Currently the collection includes the following counties: Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Payette, Power, Shoshone, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley, and Washington. The collection also includes records for the towns of Ashton and Marysville. Bannock County marriages are not currently apart of this collection.

About half the records are single page records or registers and another half are packet style with packet cover and related documents. Included in this collection are marriage licenses, certificates, applications, docket books, and affidavits. The collection may also include some loose documents. The first laws in Idaho Territory concerning marriages were enacted in 1864. The first Territorial Legislative Assembly made provisions for books in which to record certificates issued by the person performing the marriage ceremony, as well as contracts made by individuals. Although some early Idaho Territorial marriage contracts were recorded, most were not. Pre-1895 records located in the county courthouses of Idaho are certificates issued by the person performing the marriage ceremony.  County recorders have records of marriages since the date each county was organized. In addition to the register, most counties will also have the original marriage applications. These are especially valuable if one or both marriage parties are under legal age as permission from the parent or guardian is included. No licenses were required before 11 March 1895.  Civil marriage records were created to legalize marital relationships and to safeguard the interests of the wife and other heirs.  The date and place of marriage and the name of the presiding official are quite reliable. Other information depends upon the knowledge and reliability of the informants, usually the bride and groom.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Idaho County Marriages, 1864-1950.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information found in most Idaho marriage records may include:

  • Names of the groom and bride
  • Current county and state of their residence
  • Date and place license was issued
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Names of witnesses
  • Presiding official

Collection Content

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Idaho marriages, click here.

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the bride and groom
  • The date of the event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


What Do I Do Next?

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the Idaho, United States Genealogy.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the Citing This Collection section.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in the United States Census Records. Search the state censuses as well.
  • Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index.
  • If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records as well.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. County Courthouses, Idaho.

Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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