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=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
The following cemeteries of Bear Lake County have been identified and some of their records located. When multiple transcriptions are listed, they may contain discrepant information. The transcriptions may have been made at different times and by different people. Some names may have been mis-read. Some gravestones may have been missed. All transcriptions available for each cemetery should be checked. The link to the Eastern Idaho Death Index takes you to the general serach page for that site; do a "new search" and enter the name of the cemetery to obtain the listing for that cemetery.<br>
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There are many cemeteries in Bear Lake County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go the [[Bear Lake County, Idaho Cemetery Records|Bear Lake County, Idaho Cemetery Records]].  
  
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For the cemeteries in or immediately adjacent to the cities, please see the city pages for the cities listed above.
 
 
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| align="center" width="150" valign="middle" | '''Name of Cemetery'''
 
| align="center" width="200" | '''Location'''
 
| align="center" width="300" | '''Records&nbsp;'''
 
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| Bennington Cemetery<br>
 
| South of Bennington
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 384 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=283512&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription of 393 gravestones available through [http://www.interment.net/data/us/id/bearlake/bennington/index.htm Interment.net] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/benningtoncem.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; photo of 2 gravestones available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=81 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Montpelier Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 3</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Bern Cemetery<br>
 
| Bern
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 208 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2161029&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/berncemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; photo of 5 gravestones available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=82 idahogravestones.org]; transcription available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Bloomington Cemetery<br>
 
| Bloomington
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 942 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2167501&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription of 884 tombstones available [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Obit/searchMaster.cfm Eastern Idaho Death Index]; photo of 1 gravestone available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=83 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Montpelier Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 3</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Paris Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 2</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Border Cemetery<br>
 
| In a rancher's field
 
| Up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Chugg Cemetery<br>
 
| Nounan
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 8 tombstones available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/ChuggCemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County
 
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| Dingle Cemetery
 
| Dingle
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 96 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=80447&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/dinglecemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; photo of 1 gravestone available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=85 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Montpelier Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 3</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Eight Mile Cemetery
 
| Nounan
 
| Transcription of 25 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2278042&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website;
 
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| Fish Haven Cemetery
 
| North of Fish Haven
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 227 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=296633&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/fishcemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; photo of 3 gravestones available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=86 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Paris Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 2</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Geneva Cemetery<br>
 
| Geneva
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 219 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=80480&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/genevacemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; photo of 1 gravestone available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=87 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Montpelier Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 3</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Georgetown Cemetery<br>
 
| Georgetown
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 723 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2161725&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/georgetowncemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; photo of 1 gravestone available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=88 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Montpelier Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 3</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Lanark Cemetery<br>
 
| Lanark
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 9 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=80534&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/lanarkcemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; photo of 1 gravestone available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=89 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Paris Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 2</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Liberty Cemetery<br>
 
| Liberty
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 114 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=80542&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/libertycemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; photo of 1 gravestone available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=89 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Paris Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 2</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Montpelier Cemetery<br>
 
| North of Montpelier
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 528 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=294833&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription of 3553 tombstones available at [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Obit/searchMaster.cfm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; an index of the Montpelier cemetery is also at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/cemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; photo of 3 gravestones available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=91 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Montpelier Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 3</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Nounan Cemetery<br>
 
| Nounan
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 4 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=80587&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/nounancemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; transcription available at [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Obit/searchMaster.cfm Eastern Idaho Death Index]; photo of 1 gravestone available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=92 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Montpelier Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 3</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Ovid Cemetery<br>
 
| Ovid
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 86 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=80592&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/ovidcemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; photo of 1 gravestone available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=93 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Paris Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 2</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Paris Cemetery<br>
 
| South of Paris
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 308 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=218957&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription of 1624 tombstone available at [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Obit/searchMaster.cfm Eastern Idaho Death Index]; photo of 3 gravestones available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=94 idahogravestones.org]; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Paris Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 2</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Pegram Cemetery<br>
 
| Pegram
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 11 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2334120&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=1& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription of 10 tombstones available at [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Obit/searchMaster.cfm Eastern Idaho Death Index]; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/pegramcemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Montpelier Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 3</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Raymond Cemetery<br>
 
| Raymond
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 38 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=80617&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=21& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/raymondcemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathew, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Montpelier Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 3</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| St. Charles Cemetery<br>
 
| St. Charles
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 219 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=283520&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=21& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription of 993 tombstones available at [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Obit/searchForm.cfm Eastern Idaho Death Index]; photo of 2 gravestones available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=98 idahogravestones.org]; transcription available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Paris Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 2</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Sharon Cemetery<br>
 
| Sharon
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 4 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2195481&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=21& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/sharoncemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Near Lake County; transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Paris Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 2</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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| Skinner Cemetery<br>
 
| Nounan
 
| Transcription of 32 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=80640&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=21& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription available at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idbearla/skinnercemetery.htm USGenWeb] site for Bear Lake County; photo of 1 gravestone available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=623 idahogravestones.org]
 
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| Wardboro Cemetery<br>
 
| Wardboro
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; Transcription of 177 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2197457&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=649&CSsr=21& Find-a-Grave.com] website; photo of 2 gravestones available at [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=99 idahogravestones.org]; Transcriptions available in book form and on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City <ref>FHL book US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m and FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4</ref><ref>Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Montpelier Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 3</ref><ref>Severson, Donna Cain. Wardboro Cemetery, Bear Lake County, Idaho. FHL Fiche 6005579</ref>; up-to-date records available at Bear Lake Idaho Family History Center in Montpelier, Idaho.
 
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===== Bibliography  =====
 
 
 
*Bear Lake County, Idaho cemetery records of the following towns: Bennington, Bern, Dingle, Geneva, Georgetown, Montpelier, Nounan, Pegram, Raymond, Wardboro. FHL US/CAN Book 979.644 V3m. FHL US/CAN Film 1321455 Item 4
 
*Martin, Phyllis J. Bear Lake County, Idaho, cemeteries.
 
*Mathews, Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Montpelier Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 3
 
*Mathews. Dorothy H., ed. and comp. Paris Idaho Stake cemeteries (burials). FHL Film 982442 Item 2
 
*Severson, Donna Cain. FHL Fiche 6005579
 
 
 
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Revision as of 05:11, 20 June 2010

United States Gotoarrow.png Idaho Gotoarrow.png Bear Lake County

County Courthouse

Bear Lake County Courthouse
7 E. Center
P.O. Box 190
Paris, ID 83261

Quick Facts

Parent County

5 January 1875: Bear Lake County, Idaho was created from Oneida County. County seat: Paris [1]

Boundary Changes

6 March 1893: A part of the county was taken to create Bannock County.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

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.

Resources

Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Bear Lake County have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and at the Idaho State Historical Society's Library 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 Paris. [2]

Cemeteries

There are many cemeteries in Bear Lake County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go the Bear Lake 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

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

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. Bear Lake County is included in this reconstructed census.

Church History and Records

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

The following are local congregations (wards) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which existed in Bear Lake County, Idaho prior to 1950. Many of the original records of these church units are in the Historical Library in Salt Lake City. Many of the membership records covering these units from the date of their creation to about 1948 have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

  • Alton
  • Bear Lake Stake
  • Bennington
  • Bern
  • Bloomington
  • Cokeville
  • Dingle
  • Fish Haven
  • Garden City
  • Geneva
  • Georgetown
  • Lade town
  • Lanark
  • Liberty
  • Meadowville
  • Montpelier
  • Montpelier 1
  • Montpilier 2
  • Montpelier 3
  • Montpelier 4
  • Montpelier 5
  • Mt. Sherman
  • Nounan
  • Ovid
  • Paris 1
  • Paris 2
  • Pegram
  • Raymond
  • Round Valley
  • St. Charles
  • Sharon
  • Wardboro

County Commissioners' Records

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

Judgment Books

History

A Brief History of the Bear Lake Valley is available on the official website for the county.

Another History of Bear Lake Valley is available on the website of the Bear Lake Valley Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

Land and Property

Maps

Military History and Records

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Bear Lake County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452108) 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

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.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Records of the naturalization of people born outside of the United States were often kept in the county courthouses of the respective counties of Idaho. Six volumes of Bear Lake County naturalization records are included in a Naturalization Index at the Idaho State Historical Library in Boise, available online.

Newspapers

Current

Pension Records

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 Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library (PARL) in Boise. Those at PARL have been indexed. Bear Lake County Mothers' Pensions are included in that index.

Probate Records

Early estate case files have been transferred to the Idaho State Archives in Boise.

Taxation

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

Vital Records

Birth

The Birth Register for Bear Lake County, 1907-1911, has been microfilmed and is available at the Idaho State Historical Society Library in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Bear Lake 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.

Marriage

2,489 marriages of Bear Lake County, 6 Mar 1866 to 16 Apr 1935, are available on the Western States Marriage Index.

Early marriage records for Bear Lake County have also been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Included are:

  • Marriage Records Books, 1887-1935
  • Index to Marriage Records, 1875-1966
  • Register of Marriages, 1907-1923
Deaths

The Death Register for Bear Lake County, 1907-1911, has been microfilmed and is available at the Idaho State Historical Society Library in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. After 1911, deaths occuring in Bear Lake 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 for details.

Copies of death certificates from 1911-1954 are on microfilm and can be used at the Idaho State Historical Society (PARL) Library 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,

Deaths from other sources

A significant source of death and related information for eastern Idaho families can be found at the following website Eastern Idaho Death Index.

Societies, Libraries and Museums

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.

Bear Lake County Public Library

Websites

Reference

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, Counties and County Seats, Reissued July, 1991.