Idaho Minorities

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It is difficult to define the term "minority" since everyone at one time or another finds themselves in the minority in some way. In genealogy, however, the term usually refers to an ethnic group, race, or religion representing a small percentage of the population in a given locality. Given that definition, Idaho has had, and continues to have, several minorities within its boundaries.

Ethnic Groups in Idaho

  • American Indians -- Several tribes of American Indians have lived or still live within the borders of Idaho. See Indians of Idaho for additional information.
  • Austrians
  • Basques -- There is a sizeable presence of Basques in southwestern Idaho. They have an excellent museum and cultural center in Boise.
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Latin Americans



  • Native American Genealogical Sourcebook. Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research, 1995. (Family History Library book 970.1 B991n.)
  • Smith, Jessie C., editor. Ethnic Genealogy: A Research Guide. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1983. (Family History Library book 973 D27sj.)
  • Thernstrom, Stephen, editor. Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1980. (Family History Library Ref 973 F2ha, fiche 6051321.)