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Guide to '''Jefferson County, Idaho ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>[[Image:Teton Range from Caribou NF.JPG|thumb|right|150px|<center>
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Guide to '''Jefferson County Idaho genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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'''County Quick start:'''
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*[[Jefferson County, Idaho#Census|Census]]
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| building address = [http://www.co.jefferson.id.us/ Jefferson County Courthouse]<br>602 Jefferson <br>134 North Clark Street<br>Rigby, ID 83442-0538<br>Phone: (208) 745-7756<br>Fax: (208) 745-6636}}  
 
| building address = [http://www.co.jefferson.id.us/ Jefferson County Courthouse]<br>602 Jefferson <br>134 North Clark Street<br>Rigby, ID 83442-0538<br>Phone: (208) 745-7756<br>Fax: (208) 745-6636}}  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Jefferson County, Idaho Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 123-139. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
[http://www.co.jefferson.id.us/ Jefferson County Courthouse]<br>134 North Clark Street<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1341599924844_592" /><br>Rigby, ID 83442-0538<br>Phone: (208) 745-7756<br>Fax: (208) 745-6636<br><br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1914. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson, Idaho page 178, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.co.jefferson.id.us/ Jefferson County Courthouse]<br>134 North Clark Street<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1341599924844_592" /><br>Rigby, ID 83442-0538<br>Phone: (208) 745-7756<br>Fax: (208) 745-6636<br><br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1914. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson, Idaho page 178, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== Quick Facts  ==
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=== Quick Facts  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1913--'''Jefferson County was created 18 February 1913 from [[Fremont County, Idaho|Fremont]] County.&nbsp; Named for Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President. A part of the county was taken to create [[Butte County, Idaho|Butte]] County 6 February 1917. '''County seat: '''Rigby <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1913--'''Jefferson County was created 18 February 1913 from [[Fremont County, Idaho Genealogy|Fremont]] County. Named for Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President. A part of the county was taken to create [[Butte County, Idaho Genealogy|Butte]] County 6 February 1917. '''County seat: '''Rigby <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
{{Jefferson County, Idaho}} 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.  
 
{{Jefferson County, Idaho}} 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.  
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This list of places in Jefferson County, Idaho was compiled from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_places_in_Idaho Lists of Places in Idaho] in Wikipedia and from the map of Jefferson County in [http://maps.live.com/ Virtual Earth].  
 
This list of places in Jefferson County, Idaho was compiled from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_places_in_Idaho Lists of Places in Idaho] in Wikipedia and from the map of Jefferson County in [http://maps.live.com/ Virtual Earth].  
  
== Resources  ==
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The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to {{PAGENAME}} entries with names, images, or information.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Idaho, Jefferson|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Archives_and_Libraries Archives and Libraries].}}
  
Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Jefferson County have been microfilmed and are available at the {{FHL|Idaho%2C+Jefferson|subject|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City and through their family history centers. They are also available at the [http://history.idaho.gov/ Idaho State&nbsp;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 Rigby<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, ''Counties and County Seats'', Reissued July, 1991.</ref>.  
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<br> Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Jefferson County have been microfilmed and are available at the {{FHL|Idaho%2C+Jefferson|subject|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City and through their family history centers. They are also available at the [http://history.idaho.gov/archives-collections 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 Rigby<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, ''Counties and County Seats'', Reissued July, 1991.</ref>.
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
{{RAOGKcemetery}}There are many cemeteries in Jefferson County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to [[Jefferson County, Idaho Cemetery Records|Jefferson County, Idaho Cemetery Records]].  
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There are many cemeteries in Jefferson County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to [[Jefferson County, Idaho Cemetery Records|Jefferson 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 the cemeteries in or immediately adjacent to the cities, please see the city pages for the cities listed above.  
  
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Obituaries from all of Eastern Idaho as well as funeral home and cemetery records have been indexed in the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Obit/searchform.cfm Eastern Idaho Death Records Index]. <br>
 
 
Obituaries from all of Eastern Idaho as well as funeral home and cemetery records have been indexed in the Ea[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Obit/searchform.cfm stern Idaho Death Records Index].&nbsp; <br>  
 
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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The 1890 federal census for Idaho was destroyed. However, the Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library is creating a list of [http://www.history.idaho.gov/idaho-1890-reconstructed-census 1890 Idaho residents] by indexing a variety of records, 1885-1894. This reconstructed list will substitute for the destroyed 1890 federal census.
  
<br> For a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see [[Idaho Census|Idaho Census Records]].  
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<br> For a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see [[Idaho Census|Idaho Census Records]].
  
 
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*List of [[Jefferson County, Idaho LDS Church Stakes and Wards|Jefferson County stakes and wards]] to about 1948.
 
*List of [[Jefferson County, Idaho LDS Church Stakes and Wards|Jefferson County stakes and wards]] to about 1948.
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*The following are local congregations (wards) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which existed in Jefferson County, Idaho prior to 1950. Many of the original records of these church units are in the [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library 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 [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library] in Salt Lake City. An entire set of the Idaho local LDS church records are at [http://www.lib.byui.edu/ BYU-Idaho Library] and the Idaho Falls Regional Family History Center.
 
*The following are local congregations (wards) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which existed in Jefferson County, Idaho prior to 1950. Many of the original records of these church units are in the [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library 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 [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library] in Salt Lake City. An entire set of the Idaho local LDS church records are at [http://www.lib.byui.edu/ BYU-Idaho Library] and the Idaho Falls Regional Family History Center.
  
*'''Stakes:''' [[ Stake, Idaho LDS Church Wards and Branches|'''Stake, Idaho''']]
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=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
  
Some of the early court records of Jefferson County, Idaho have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://history.idaho.gov/County_Records_ISHS_microfilm.pdf 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 {{FHL|364805|title-id|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City, Utah or at any of the Library's [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Additional court records and more recent records are housed at the Jefferson County courthouse in Rigby, and can be accessed by making a visit there.  
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Some of the early court records of Jefferson County, Idaho have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://history.idaho.gov/archives-collections 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 {{FHL|364805|title-id|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City, Utah or at any of the Library's [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Additional court records and more recent records are housed at the Jefferson County courthouse in Rigby, and can be accessed by making a visit there.  
  
 
Some of the records of the courts of Jefferson County that have been microfilmed include:  
 
Some of the records of the courts of Jefferson County that have been microfilmed include:  
 
 
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===== Judgment Books  =====
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*Judgments, 1891-1936; index, 1914-1986
 
*Judgments, 1891-1936; index, 1914-1986
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*Jefferson County, by Patricia Lyn Scott and Marjorie J Scott<br>  
 
*Jefferson County, by Patricia Lyn Scott and Marjorie J Scott<br>  
 
*Centennial farm families, by Louis J Clements<br>  
 
*Centennial farm families, by Louis J Clements<br>  
*Settlement of Idaho by Utah pioneers&nbsp;: Bingham and Jefferson Counties, by Lou Jean S Wiggins<br>  
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*Settlement of Idaho by Utah pioneers: Bingham and Jefferson Counties, by Lou Jean S Wiggins<br>  
 
*History of Grant Ward, by the Jefferson County Historical Society<br>  
 
*History of Grant Ward, by the Jefferson County Historical Society<br>  
 
*Mud Lake memories, by Mildred R Staley et al.<br>  
 
*Mud Lake memories, by Mildred R Staley et al.<br>  
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== 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&nbsp;Jefferson County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Rigby, Idaho. You may also want to check Fremont County from which Jefferson was created in 1913.  
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Land and Property records are generally recorded in the county courthouse of the county in which the transaction took place. For original records of Jefferson County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Rigby, Idaho. You may also want to check Fremont County from which Jefferson was created in 1913.  
  
At this time, there do not appear to be any microfilmed land and property records for Jefferson County, either in the Idaho State Archives or the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library] in Salt Lake City, Utah and at its branch [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers].&nbsp; Once again, it may be wise to check records in Fremont County.  
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At this time, there do not appear to be any microfilmed land and property records for Jefferson County, either in the Idaho State Archives or the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library] in Salt Lake City, Utah and at its branch [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers]. Once again, it may be wise to check records in Fremont County.  
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
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[[Image:Idjefferson.jpg|300px|Idjefferson.jpg]]
  
 
*A digital Jefferson County Idaho map is [http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas/counties/jeffer/jeffer.htm available online.]  
 
*A digital Jefferson County Idaho map is [http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas/counties/jeffer/jeffer.htm available online.]  
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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.  
 
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&nbsp;Jefferson County. The originals are held in the&nbsp;Jefferson County courthouse in Rigby, Idaho and can be accessed by visiting there. Copies in the [http://history.idaho.gov/County_Records_ISHS_microfilm.pdf Idaho State Archives] are available for viewing in Boise. Those held by the {{FHL|364782|title-id|disp=Family History Library}} can be viewed either at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.]  
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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 Jefferson County. The originals are held in the Jefferson County courthouse in Rigby, Idaho and can be accessed by visiting there. Copies in the [http://history.idaho.gov/archives-collections Idaho State Archives] are available for viewing in Boise. Those held by the {{FHL|364782|title-id|disp=Family History Library}} can be viewed either at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.]
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
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*Jefferson Star
 
*Jefferson Star
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===== Historical  =====
 
===== Historical  =====
  
The [http://history.idaho.gov/newspapers_n-r.html Idaho State Archives] has microfilmed a number of earlier Jefferson County newspapers, and these can be viewed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.&nbsp; (Check Rigby and Roberts)  
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The [http://history.idaho.gov/digital-newspapers Idaho State Archives] has microfilmed a number of earlier Jefferson County newspapers, and these can be viewed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho. (Check Rigby and Roberts)
  
=== Probate Records  ===
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=== Obituaries ===
  
The existing original probate records for Jefferson County should be available in the county courthouse at Rigby, Idaho, and can be viewed by visiting there.
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*'''1943-2013''' - {{RecordSearch|2290243|Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943-2013}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
The [http://history.idaho.gov/County_Records_ISHS_microfilm.pdf Idaho State Archives] has microfilmed some of the earlier Jefferson County probate records, and these can be viewed at the Archives in Boise, Idaho.
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=== Probate Records  ===
  
The {{FHL|533941|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City, Utah has made microfilm copies of some of Jefferson County probate records.&nbsp; Microfilm copies are available in Salt Lake City&nbsp; and in any of the [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History&nbsp; Centers.]&nbsp; Some of the records on microfilm for Jefferson County are:
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
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*'''1857-1989''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9047 Idaho Wills and Probate Records 1857-1989] at  Ancestry.com $
 
*Probate register, 1914-1940  
 
*Probate register, 1914-1940  
 
*Wills, 1901-1961  
 
*Wills, 1901-1961  
 
*{{FHL|364898|title-id|disp=Decrees of distribution, 1920-1941}}
 
*{{FHL|364898|title-id|disp=Decrees of distribution, 1920-1941}}
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The existing original probate records for Jefferson County should be available in the county courthouse at Rigby, Idaho, and can be viewed by visiting there.
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The [http://history.idaho.gov/archives-collections Idaho State Archives] has microfilmed some of the earlier Jefferson County probate records, and these can be viewed at the Archives in Boise, Idaho.
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The {{FHL|533941|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City, Utah has made microfilm copies of some of Jefferson County probate records. Microfilm copies are available in Salt Lake City and in any of the [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Some of the records on microfilm for Jefferson County are:
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
  
Any existing tax assessment rolls for&nbsp;Jefferson County should be in the courthouse in&nbsp;Rigby and would need to be accessed by visiting there.  
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Any existing tax assessment rolls for Jefferson County should be in the courthouse in Rigby and would need to be accessed by visiting there.  
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
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===== Births  =====
 
===== Births  =====
  
Birth records, 1914 to present, for individuals born in&nbsp;Jefferson County 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 '''[[Idaho Vital Records|Vital Records]]''' section under the subject [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Death/searchForm.cfm Idaho] for more details. <br>  
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*'''1861-1911''' - {{RecordSearch|2110744|Idaho, Birth Index, 1861-1911}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1883-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1951759|Idaho County Birth and Death Records 1883-1929}} at FamilySearch
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Birth records, 1914 to present, for individuals born in Jefferson County 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 '''[[Idaho Vital Records|Vital Records]]''' section under the subject [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Death/searchForm.cfm Idaho] for more details. <br>
  
 
===== Marriages  =====
 
===== Marriages  =====
  
All of the early marriage records for&nbsp;Jefferson County have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State&nbsp;Archives in Boise (PARL), the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and the BYU-Idaho Library in Rexburg. Included are:  
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*'''1864-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|2549611|Idaho Church Marriages, 1864-1976}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1864-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1662500|Idaho County Marriages, 1864-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1878-1898; 1903-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|1674817|Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898; 1903-1942}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1947-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|2106101|Idaho Marriage Index, 1947-1961}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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All of the early marriage records for Jefferson County have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise (PARL), the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and the BYU-Idaho Library in Rexburg. Included are:  
  
 
• Marriage Records Books, 1914-1932 • Index to Marriage Records, 1914-1932.  
 
• Marriage Records Books, 1914-1932 • Index to Marriage Records, 1914-1932.  
  
'''Marriages from other sources'''.&nbsp;<br>Over 2200 marriages from 1914-1952, are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].  
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'''Marriages from other sources'''. <br>Over 2200 marriages from 1914-1952, are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
  
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===== Divorce =====
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1947-1963''' - {{RecordSearch|2106102|Idaho Divorce Index, 1947-1963}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
After 1914, deaths occuring in Jefferson 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 Vital Records|Idaho]] for details.  
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===== Deaths =====
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1883-1929''' - {{RecordSearch|1951759|Idaho County Birth and Death Records 1883-1929}} at FamilySearch
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*'''1938-1961''' - {{RecordSearch|2612577|Idaho Death Certificates, 1938-1961}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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After 1914, deaths occurring in Jefferson 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 Vital Records|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.  
 
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.  
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A state-wide index to Idaho Deaths, 1911-1956 is [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Death/searchForm.cfm available online]. Efforts to expand this index to 1960 are underway.  
 
A state-wide index to Idaho Deaths, 1911-1956 is [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Death/searchForm.cfm available online]. Efforts to expand this index to 1960 are underway.  
  
'''Deaths from other sources.'''<br>There&nbsp;is one other significant&nbsp;source for death information for this county.&nbsp; It is the&nbsp;[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Obit/searchForm.cfm Eastern Idaho Death Index].  
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'''Deaths from other sources.'''<br>There is one other significant source for death information for this county. It is the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Obit/searchForm.cfm Eastern Idaho Death Index].
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== 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.  
 
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.  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*[[Terreton Idaho Family History Center]]
 
*[[Terreton Idaho Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Websites ===
  
 
*[http://jefferson.idgenweb.org/ The Jefferson County ID GenWeb Project], a member of [[IDGenWeb|The IDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]]  
 
*[http://jefferson.idgenweb.org/ The Jefferson County ID GenWeb Project], a member of [[IDGenWeb|The IDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]]  
*{{FHL|Idaho%2C+Jefferson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Idaho%2C+Jefferson|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ID/Jefferson/ Jefferson County, Idaho Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ID/Jefferson/ Jefferson County, Idaho Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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Latest revision as of 20:00, 23 August 2017

United States
Idaho
Jefferson County
Guide to Jefferson County, Idaho ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Teton Range, Jefferson County, Idaho


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Jefferson County, Idaho
Map
Map of Idaho highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Idaho
Map of the U.S. highlighting Idaho
Location of Idaho in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1913
County Seat Rigby
Courthouse
IDjeffersoncourthouse.jpg
Address Jefferson County Courthouse
602 Jefferson
134 North Clark Street
Rigby, ID 83442-0538
Phone: (208) 745-7756
Fax: (208) 745-6636


County Information

Jefferson County, Idaho Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1914 1870 1913 1901

County Courthouse

Jefferson County Courthouse
134 North Clark Street
Rigby, ID 83442-0538
Phone: (208) 745-7756
Fax: (208) 745-6636

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1914. [2]

Quick Facts

Parent County

1913--Jefferson County was created 18 February 1913 from Fremont County. Named for Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President. A part of the county was taken to create Butte County 6 February 1917. County seat: Rigby [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

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 Jefferson County, Idaho was compiled from the Lists of Places in Idaho in Wikipedia and from the map of Jefferson County in Virtual Earth.

Resources

The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to Jefferson County, Idaho Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.


Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Jefferson 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 Rigby[4].

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
IDGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
IDGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Idaho Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Idaho Cemeteries for more information.

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

For the cemeteries in or immediately adjacent to the cities, please see the city pages for the cities listed above.

Obituaries from all of Eastern Idaho as well as funeral home and cemetery records have been indexed in the Eastern Idaho Death Records Index.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 9,441
1930 9,171 −2.9%
1940 10,762 17.3%
1950 10,495 −2.5%
1960 11,672 11.2%
1970 11,619 −0.5%
1980 15,304 31.7%
1990 16,543 8.1%
2000 19,155 15.8%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.


The 1890 federal census for Idaho was destroyed. However, the Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library is creating a list of 1890 Idaho residents by indexing a variety of records, 1885-1894. This reconstructed list will substitute for the destroyed 1890 federal census.


For a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see Idaho Census Records.

Church

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 Jefferson 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. An entire set of the Idaho local LDS church records are at BYU-Idaho Library and the Idaho Falls Regional Family History Center.
  • Stakes:


  • Annis
  • Beaver Creek
  • Bybee
  • Clark
  • Garfield
  • Grant
  • Hamer
  • Labelle
  • Lewisville
  • Lorenzo
  • Melba
  • Menan
  • Menan 1
  • Menan 2
  • Milo
  • Perry
  • Poplar
  • Rigby 1
  • Rigby 2
  • Rigby 3
  • Rigby 4
  • Ririe
  • Ririe 1
  • Ririe 2
  • Roberts
  • Rudy
  • Terreton

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.

Court Records

Some of the early court records of Jefferson 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 Jefferson County courthouse in Rigby, and can be accessed by making a visit there.

Some of the records of the courts of Jefferson County that have been microfilmed include:

Judgment Books
  • Judgments, 1891-1936; index, 1914-1986

History


WorldCat.org is an excellent resource for locating published and archival materials on the history of Jefferson County. Books include:

  • 100 years of Jefferson County progress, by Willard Adams
  • Jefferson County, by Patricia Lyn Scott and Marjorie J Scott
  • Centennial farm families, by Louis J Clements
  • Settlement of Idaho by Utah pioneers: Bingham and Jefferson Counties, by Lou Jean S Wiggins
  • History of Grant Ward, by the Jefferson County Historical Society
  • Mud Lake memories, by Mildred R Staley et al.
  • The Rigby Stake bicentennial history, by the Rigby Stake Bicentennial Committee

Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Many other works exist. WorldCat lists materials on history, biography, ethnic and religious groups, as well as other features of Jefferson County.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah also has:

Memories of Market Lake: a history of Beaver Canyon, Camas, Dubois, Gilmore, Humphrey, Lidy's, Medicine Lodge, Monida, Nicholia, Roberts, Spencer and the pioneers of Yore, plus many other early south-eastern Idaho settlements...by Wm. Stibal Pettite

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 Jefferson County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Rigby, Idaho. You may also want to check Fremont County from which Jefferson was created in 1913.

At this time, there do not appear to be any microfilmed land and property records for Jefferson County, either in the Idaho State Archives or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and at its branch Family History Centers. Once again, it may be wise to check records in Fremont County.

Maps

Idjefferson.jpg

Military

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Jefferson County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452216) and are also available online at Ancestry.com, 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

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 Jefferson County. The originals are held in the Jefferson County courthouse in Rigby, 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.

Newspapers

Current
  • Jefferson Star
Historical

The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed a number of earlier Jefferson County newspapers, and these can be viewed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho. (Check Rigby and Roberts)

Obituaries

Probate Records

Online Probate Records

The existing original probate records for Jefferson County should be available in the county courthouse at Rigby, Idaho, and can be viewed by visiting there.

The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed some of the earlier Jefferson County probate records, and these can be viewed at the Archives in Boise, Idaho.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has made microfilm copies of some of Jefferson County probate records. Microfilm copies are available in Salt Lake City and in any of the Family History Centers. Some of the records on microfilm for Jefferson County are:

Taxation

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

Vital Records

Births

Online Records


Birth records, 1914 to present, for individuals born in Jefferson County 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.

Marriages

Online Records

All of the early marriage records for Jefferson County have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise (PARL), the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and the BYU-Idaho Library in Rexburg. Included are:

• Marriage Records Books, 1914-1932 • Index to Marriage Records, 1914-1932.

Marriages from other sources.
Over 2200 marriages from 1914-1952, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Divorce

Online Records

Deaths

Online Records


After 1914, deaths occurring in Jefferson 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.

Deaths from other sources.
There is one other significant source for death information for this county. It is the 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.

  • Lewisville Public Library
    3453 E 480 N
    Lewisville, ID 83431
    Phone: (208) 754-8608
  • Jefferson County District Library
    623a N 3500 E
    Menan, ID 83434
    Phone: (208) 754-0021
  • Ririe Public Library
    464 Main St
    Ririe, ID 83443
    Phone: (208) 538-7974
  • Rigby Public LIbrary
    110 N State St
    Rigby, ID 83442
    Phone: (208) 745-8231
    Website
  • Roberts Public Library
    650 N 2870 E
    Roberts, ID 83444
    Phone: (208) 228-2210
    Website
  • Museum Jefferson County Historical Society‎
    118 West 1st South, Rigby, ID 83442-1303
    (208) 745-8423‎

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 123-139. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson, Idaho page 178, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, Counties and County Seats, Reissued July, 1991.