Clark County, Idaho Genealogy
County CourthouseClark County Courthouse
Dubois, ID 83423-0007
Phone: (208) 374-5304
Fax: (208) 374-5609
Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Clark County have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through their family history centers. They are also available 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 Dubois.
There are many cemeteries in Clark County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to Clark County, Idaho Cemetery Records.
For the cemeteries in or immediately adjacent to the cities, please see the city pages for the cities listed above.
For a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see Idaho Census Records.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
The following are local congregations (wards) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which existed in Clark 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 and at its branch Family History Centers.
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.
Some of the early court records of Clark 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's Family History Centers. Additional court records and more recent records are housed at the Clark County courthouse in Dubois, Idaho, and can be accessed by making a visit there.
Some of the records of the courts of Clark County that have been microfilmed include:
- Power of attorney, 1890-1962
- Judgment book, 1893-1965; index, 1919-1986
Also see "Miscellaneous" section below.
Two published works are Settlers of the Silver Sage by Bonnie Stoddard (Clark County Historical Society) and Settlement of Idaho by Utah Pioneers: Clark, Fremont, and Teton Counties, by Mary N. P. Harris.
The Clark County, Idaho Historical Photographs collection has 5,000 photos online.
Land and Property
Land and Property records are generally recorded in the county courthouse of the county in which the transaction took place. For original records of Clark County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Dubois, Idaho.
The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed some early county records of Clark County and these can be accessed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has microfilmed Homestead records (1894-1966) and Land Office Patent Records (1890-1919) of Clark County which can be viewed in the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its Family History Centers.
- A digital Clark County Idaho map is available online.
- Map of Clark County, Idaho is available online.
Because Clark County was not formed until 1919, those who were of military draft age for World War I were included in the draft registration records of Fremont County, the parent county of Clark.
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 Clark County. The originals are held in the Clark County courthouse in Dubois, 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.
The Idaho State Archives has online records of Naturalization in Idaho.
The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed the following Clark County newspapers:
Clark County Enterprise, 1921: 1921:11:17-1922:10:26
Clark County Enterprise, 1959: 1959:7:24-1970:12:31
Clark County Enterprise, Misc: 1919:5:15, 1922:6:29, 1954:2:26
Clark County Enterprise-Banner: 1924:5:8 -1959:
Dubois Banner: 1917:6:1-1918:6:29
Dubois Enterprise,1914: 1914:8:27-1928:6:29
Dubois Enterprise,1919: 1919:02:20
The existing original Clark County probate records should be in the county courthouse in Dubois, Idaho and can be accessed by visiting there.
The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed some of the earlier Clark County probate records which are available for viewing at the Archives in Boise, Idaho.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah also has microfilms of some of the early Clark County probate records. The following are available for viewing at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of its Family History Centers:
Any existing tax assessment rolls for Clark County should be in the courthouse in Dubois and would need to be accessed by visiting there.
Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in the Clark County area 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.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has microfilmed marriage records of Clark County from 1919-1982 which can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of its Family History Centers. This record is also available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho and can be accessed by visiting the Archives.
Clark County is included in the online collection of Idaho County marriages 1864-1950.
Deaths occurring in Clark 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 Archives in Boise, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, BYU-Idaho University Library in Rexburg and several other locations.
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 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.
- Clark County District Library
160 W Main St
Dubois, ID 83423
Phone: (208) 374-5267
- Heritage Hall Museum
110 South Reynolds Street, Dubois, ID 83423
Family History Centers
- The Clark County Idaho GenWeb Project, a member of The IDGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project
- Family History Library Catalog
- Clark County, Idaho Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- 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