Idaho, United States Genealogy

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ID News & Events

A Family History Conference will be held in Boise on October 16, 2010. More information about this conference may be obtained from the BYU-Idaho Division of Continuing Education web site.

Information about several events of interest to family historians is available on the Idaho State Archives Outreach page.

ID Topics

United States > Idaho

Origin of Idaho

Idaho began as part of Oregon Territory. It became a separate territory in 1863, then encompassing most of what became Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Idaho was the 43rd state admitted to the Union, which occurred 3 July 1890.


Did you know

The Idaho State Archives (formerly the Idaho State History Society Public Archives and Research Library or PARL) is located at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road in Boise. They have a large collection of newspapers, photographs, and manuscripts relating to Idaho. The Research Center for the Archives is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their web site gives more information about their holdings. 

You can find your villainous Idaho ancestors at Idaho Blacksheep Ancestors?

Research Tools

Idaho counties

Extinct or Renamed Counties[1]:


  1. Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, "Counties Which No Longer Exist", Number 11 available online

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