Boundary County, Idaho Genealogy

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County Courthouse

History

Parent County

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 [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

The following 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.

This list of places in Boundary County, Idaho was compiled from the Lists of Places in Idaho in Wikipedia and from the map of Boundary County in Virtual Earth.

Populated Places

  • Cities: Bonners Ferry | Moyie Springs
  • Unincorporated Communities: Addie | Allens Spur | Boulder City | Burns | Copeland | Crossport | Curley Creek | Deep Creek | Deer Park | Eastport | Eatonville | Eileen | Good Grief | Katka | Kootenai Indian Reservation | Leonia | McArthur | Meadow Creek | Moravia | Naples | Porthill | Ritz | Round Prairie | Saddler | Schnoors | Seelovers Spur | Shiloh | Sinclair | Smith Creek | Snyder | Threemile Corner

Neighboring Counties

Bonner | Lincoln County, Montana | Pend Oreille County, Washington | Alberta, Canada

Resources

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 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 Bonners Ferry. [2]

Cemeteries

The following cemeteries of Boundary 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.

Name of cemetery Location Records
Atkins Family Cemetery Bonner’s Ferry SE of town Some records of this cemetery at PARL[3] in Boise; transcription of 5 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; transcription at USGenWeb site for Boundary County
Ball Family Cemetery about 8 m NW of Bonners Ferry Some records of this cemetery at PARL[4] in Boise
Bonners Ferry Cemetery Transcription of 4 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website
Boulder Creek Cemetery Transcription of 12 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website
Copeland Cemetery 2.3 m N on Hwy 1 towards Porthill from Hwy 95

Some records of this cemetery at PARL[5] in Boise; transcription of 17 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; transcription at USGenWeb site for Boundary County

Crossport Chinese Cemetery Near Bonners Ferry (no records available) Some records of this cemetery at PARL[6] in Boise
Gabriel Hooker grave Sheridan School Some records of this cemetery at PARL[7] in Boise; transcription at USGenWeb site for Boundary County
Grandview Cemetery Bonner’s Ferry Some records of this cemetery at PARL[8] in Boise; transcription of 3,906 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; photos of 2 gravestones available at idahogravestones.org; transcription at USGenWeb site for Boundary County
Kootenai Indian Mission Cemetery 1 m. SW of Bonners Ferry Transcription at USGenWeb site for Boundary County
Leonia Cemetery (Boulder Creek Cemetery) Boulder Creek Some records of this cemetery at PARL[9] in Boise; transcription of 12 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; transcription at USGenWeb site for Boundary County
McArthur Cemetery 1.7 m N of county line E of Hwy 95 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[10] in Boise; transcription of 84 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; transcription at USGenWeb site for Boundary County
Mountain View Mennonite Cemetery 3.5 m N of Bonners Ferry on Hwy 95 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[11] in Boise; transcription of 3 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website
Moravia Cemetery Moravia Some records of this cemetery at PARL[12] in Boise; transcription of 167 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; transcription at USGenWeb site for Boundary County
Paradise Valley Cemetery 4 m E of Bonners Ferry Some records of this cemetery at PARL[13] in Boise; transcription of 43 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; transcription at USGenWeb site for Boundary County
Parker Family Cemetery Cow Creek Some records of this cemetery at PARL[14] in Boise; transcription of 16 gravestones available throughFind-A-Grave.com website; transcription at USGenWeb site for Boundary County
Porthill & Catholic Cemeteries Porthill Some records of this cemetery at PARL[15] in Boise; transcription of 9 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; transcription at USGenWeb site for Boundary County
Smith Creek Grave Some records of this cemetery at PARL[16] in Boise
St. Michael's Indian Cemetery Mission Hill, Bonners Ferry Some records of this cemetery at PARL[17] in Boise; transcription of 2 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website
White Family Cemetery Transcription of 2 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website

The burials of some residents or former residents of Boundary County, outside of the county boundaries, have been identified on the USGenWeb site for Boundary County.

Census

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

Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)

The following local congregation (ward) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints existed in Boundary County, Idaho prior to 1950. Many of the original records of 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.

  • Bonner's Ferry

County Commissioners' Records

Court

Judgment Books

History

Land

Maps

Military

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

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.

Newspapers

Current
  • Bonners Ferry Herald
  • Kootenai Valley Times
Historical

Pension Records

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 Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library (PARL) in Boise. Those at PARL have been indexed. Boundary County Old Age Pensions are included in that index.

Probate

Taxation

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

Birth
Marriage

Nearly 600 marriages, 1915-1930, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Deaths

Deaths occuring 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 Historical Society Library, the Family History Library 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 the US Genweb Idaho Death Index 1911-1956.

Societies and Libraries

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.

  • Boundary County
    Public Library
    6370 Kootenai Street
    P.O. Box Y
    Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805
    (208) 267-3750
    Website
  • East Bonner County Library District
    1407 Cedar Street
    Sandpoint, ID 83864
    (208) 263-6930

    Website

  • Bonner County Historical Society & Museum‎
    611 South Ella Avenue, Sandpoint, ID 83864-1100
    (208) 263-2344‎
    Website

Web Sites

References

  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.
  3. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
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