Jefferson County, Idaho Genealogy

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Jefferson County

History

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 [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

The following 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.

Populated Places

Cities

Hamer | Lewisville | Menan | Mud Lake | Rigby | Ririe | Roberts

Unincorporated Communities

Annis | Barlow | Bassett | Camas | Garfield | Grant | Hawgood | Heise | Labelle | Level | Lorenzo | Midway | Monteview | Rudy | Sage Junction | Shelton | Terreton

Former inhabited places, no longer in existence

Neighboring Counties

Bingham | Bonneville | Butte | Clark | Fremont | Madison

Resources

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 Historical Society's Library 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[2].

Cemeteries

Jefferson county Idaho Cemeteries

Central Cemetery (Grant) c/o Roger Prestwich 165 N. 330 E. Rigby, Idaho 83442 208-754-4309

Lewisville Cemetery c/o Janeal Nield P.O. Box 249 Lewisville, Idaho 83431 208-4282 or 208-745-6653

Little Butte Cemetery (Annis) c/o Keith Nelson 3883 E. Menan Lorenzo Hwy. Rigby, Idaho 83442 208-754-8447

Pioneer Cemetery (Rigby) c/o Gaye Rolfe P.O. Box 76 Rigby, Idaho 83442 208-745-6345

Roberts Cemetery

       c/o Glenna Gilchrist
       727 N. 2700 E.
       Roberts, Idaho 83444
       208-228-6163

Shelton Cemetery

       c/o Leni Moncur
       P.O. box 223
       Ririe, Idaho 83443
       208-538-7905

West Jefferson Cemetery

       c/o Candie Reyes
       1052 E. 1510 N.
       Terreton, Idaho 83450
       208-663-4653

You can also go the following site and see an index of Eastern Idaho burials

    http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/index.cfm

The following cemeteries of Jefferson County have been identified and some of their records located. When multiple transcriptions are listed, they may contain discrepant information. The transcriptions may have been made at different times and by different people. Some names may have been mis-read. Some gravestones may have been missed. All transcriptions available for each cemetery should be checked.

Name of cemetery Location Records
Adams Cemetery near Roberts Some records of this cemetery at PARL[3] in Boise
Annis Cemetery (Little Butte Cemetery) Annis Some records of this cemetery at PARL[4] in Boise; transcription of 1,100 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; photos of 2 gravestones available at idahogravestones.org
Cedar Butte Cemetery Transcription of 5 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Central Cemetery Grant Transcription of 569 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Chokecherry Cemetery Heise Transcription of 2 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Earl D. Jones graves (Market Lake Wildlife Management Area Cemetery
4 m N of Roberts Some records of this cemetery at PARL[5] in Boise; transcription of 2 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Grant Cemetery on Lewisville Hwy 5.5 m N of Idaho Falls Some records of this cemetery at PARL[6] in Boise; photos of 11 gravestones available at idahogravestones.org
Hot Springs Cemetery Heise Transcription of 5 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Jones Family Cemetery 2 m N of Roberts Some records of this cemetery at PARL[7] in Boise
Lewisville Cemetery Lewisville Some records of this cemetery at PARL[8] in Boise; transcription of 1,126 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Market Lake Cemetery (Patrie Cemetery) Roberts Some records of this cemetery at PARL[9] in Boise; transcription of 88 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Market Lake Wildlife Management Area Cemetery Transcription of 2 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Milo Cemetery Rigby Some records of this cemetery at PARL[10] in Boise
McMurtrey Family Cemetery Transcription of 1 gravestone available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Mud Lake Cemetery Mud Lake Transcription of 5 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
North Camas Cemetery N of Camas Some records of this cemetery at PARL[11] in Boise
Rigby Pioneer Cemetery Rigby Some records of this cemetery at PARL[12] in Boise; transcription of 1,243 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; photos of 12 gravestones available at idahogravestones.org
Roberts Cemetery Roberts Some records of this cemetery at PARL[13] in Boise; transcription of 101 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Shelton Cemetery Ririe Some records of this cemetery at PARL[14] in Boise; transcription of 30 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
West Jefferson Memorial Cemetery Terreton Transcription of 201 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website

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.

  • 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

Court

Judgment Books

History

Land

Maps

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

Newspapers

Current
  • Jefferson Star
Historical

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Births

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

All of the early marriage records for Jefferson County have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library 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.

Deaths

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 for details.

Copies of death certificates from 1911-1954 are on microfilm and can be used at the Idaho State Historical Society Library, 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.

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








Web Sites

References

  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.
  3. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
  4. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
  5. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
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  8. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
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  10. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
  11. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
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  13. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
  14. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.