Gooding County, Idaho Genealogy

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County Courthouse

County Courthouse
Gooding, ID 83330-0417
Phone: (208) 934-4221
Fax: (208) 934-4408

Quick Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Gooding County, Idaho

Parent County

28 January 1913: Gooding County, Idaho was created from Lincoln County. [1]

Boundary Changes

8 February 1919: Jerome County created from parts of Gooding and Lincoln Counties

Record Loss


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.

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


Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Gooding 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 Gooding[2].


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

  • Gooding
  • Hagerman
  • Wendell

County Commissioners' Minutes

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.


Judgment Books





World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Gooding County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452215) and are also available online at, 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



Existing original probate records of Gooding County should be found at the Gooding County courthouse located in Gooding.  These can be viewed by visiting the courthouse.

The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed some of the earlier probate records of Gooding County, and these can be viewed by visiting their Archives in Boise, Idaho.


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

Vital Records


Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Gooding 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.

There are 134 Gooding County Idaho births/christenings in this database--Idaho births.


Nearly 1500 marriages, 1913-1938, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Gooding County marriages from 1913-1933 have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake or in any of its affiliate family history centers.


After 1911, deaths occurring in Gooding 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, 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 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.

  • Gooding Public Library
    306 Fifth Ave W
    Gooding, ID 83330
    Phone: (208) 934-4089
  • Hagerman Public Library
    290 S State St
    Hagerman, ID 83332
    Phone: (208) 837-6520
  • Sherburn Smith Memorial Library
    375 1st Ave E
    Wendell, ID 83355
    Phone: (208) 536-6195
  • Gooding County Historical Society
  • Hagerman Valley Historical‎
    100 North State Street, Hagerman, ID 83332
    (208) 837-6288‎
  • Gooding County Historical Museum‎
    Euskadi Ln, Gooding, ID 83330
    (208) 934-5135‎

Web Sites


  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.