Idaho Death Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Idaho Death Certificates,1911-1937  and Idaho Death Certificates, 1938-1961
This article describes a collection of records at
State, Idaho, United States
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Location of Idaho
Record Description
Record Type Death Certificates
Collection years 1911-1961
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Department of Health and Welfare, Boise

What is in This Collection?

This collection consists of Idaho Death Certificates from 1911 to 1937, and an index only of Idaho Death Certificates from 1938 - 1961, as well as a name index and images to Idaho Death Certificates from 1860-1960. The 1911-1937 certificates are arranged numerically by file number, with a rough chronological arrangement by date of death. The records were acquired from the Department of Health & Welfare in Boise. The 1911 to 1937 collection also includes 38 certificates from the years 1890-1910.

Statewide registration of deaths was required by law in 1911. The records are held at the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Earlier death records that may exist are held at the county level. Statewide registration of deaths began in 1911, and was generally complied with by the early 1920’s.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Idaho Death Certificates,1911-1937.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information found in most Idaho death records may include:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of burial
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Parent's names
  • Parent's birth place
  • Genealogical Society of Utah microfilm number
  • Volume, page, and certificate number

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • The date and place of death

Search the Index

Idaho Death Certificates, 1938-1961

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Filing Number and Year Range to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Search for obituaries or cemetery records
  • Use the information found in the record to find family members in census records
  • Search the state censuses as well
  • Search for death or burial information in BillionGraves Index

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching a nearby locality
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Record Finder

Consult the Idaho Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search other records

Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
"Idaho, Death Certificates, 1911-1937" Database with images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Department of Health and Welfare, Boise.
Collection Citation
"Idaho Death Certificates, 1938-1961." Database. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Department of Health and Welfare, Boise.
Record Citation:
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