Kootenai County, Idaho Genealogy

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Kootenai County

History

Parent County

1864--Kootenai County was created 22 December 1864 from Nez Perce County. County seat: Coeur d'Alene [1]

Boundary Changes

21 February 1907 -- Bonner County created from part of Kootenai County

23 January 1915 -- Benewah County created from part of Kootenai County

23 January 1915 -- Boundary County created from parts of Bonner and Kootenai Counties

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

Populated Places

Cities

Coeur d'Alene | Hayden Lake | Post Falls

Other inhabited places

Athol | Atlas | Bayview | Bellgrove | Belmont | Black Lake | Blackwell | Carlin Bay | Cataldo | Chilco | Clarksville | Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation | Coeur d'Alene Junction | Conkling Park | Dalton Gardens | Dudley | East Greenacres | Echo Beach | Eddiville | Eddyville | Excelsior Beach | Feely Spur | Fernan Lake Village | Garwood | Gibbs | Grand Junction | Harrison | Hauser | Haycroft Spur | Haycrop | Hayden | Honeysuckle Hills | Howelltown | Huetter | Lake Creek | Lane | McGuire | Medimont | Mica | Mozart | North Pole | Panhandle Village | Pleasant View | Ramsey | Rathdrum | Rockaway Beach | Rockford Bay | Rose Lake | Setters | Silver Beach | Silver Sands Beach | Spirit Lake | Springston | Squaw Bay | State Line | State Line Village | Sturgeon | Turner Bay | Twin Beaches | Twin Lakes | Twinlow | Wolf Lodge | Worley

Former inhabited places, no longer in existence

Neighboring Counties

 BenewahBonner | Shoshone | Spokane County, WashingtonShoshone County

Resources

Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Kootenai 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 Coeur d'Alene[2].

Cemeteries

The following cemeteries of Kootenai 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
Athol Cemetery see Mountain View Cemetery
Bestland Cemetery Coeur d'Alene Transcription of 14 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Bill Moore grave Deception Ridge Rd., Coeur d'Alene National Forest Some records of this cemetery at PARL[3] in Boise
Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens (Restlawn Cemetery) N of Coeur d'Alene on Government Way Some records of this cemetery at PARL[4] in Boise; transcription of 990 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; photo of 1 gravestone available at idahogravestones.org
Dahlgren Family Cemetery on Gotham Bay Rd., W of Burma Rd. Some records of this cemetery at PARL[5] in Boise
Evergreen Cemetery (Post Falls Cemetery) Post Falls Some records of this cemetery at PARL[6] in Boise; transcription of 257 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 1,953 gravestones available through Interment.net website
Ford Cemetery Harrison Transcription of 3 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 3 gravestones available through Interment.net website
Forest Cemetery Coeur d'Alene Transcription of 1,475 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 3,714 gravestones available through Interment.net website
Ft. Sherman Cemetery (Forest Cemetery) Coeur d’Alene Some records of this cemetery at PARL[7] in Boise; photo of 343 gravestones available at idahogravestones.org
Ft. Sherman Post Cemetery (remains re-interred Ft. George Wright, Spokane, 1901) Some records of this cemetery at PARL[8] in Boise
Greenwood Cemetery Spirit Lake Some records of this cemetery at PARL[9] in Boise; transcription of 1,045 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 898 gravestones available through Interment.net website; another transcription of 962 gravestones available through Interment.net website; transcription of gravestones available at USGenWeb site for Kootenai County; photo of 1 gravestone available at idahogravestones.org
Harrison Cemetery Harrison Some records of this cemetery at PARL[10] in Boise; transcription of 317 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Heneley Areodrome burials 16.5 m N of Coeur d'Alene, Hwy 95 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[11] in Boise
Hope (Best Family) Cemetery 7th & Gilbert Ave, Coeur d'Alene Some records of this cemetery at PARL[12] in Boise; transcription of 14 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 9 gravestones available through Interment.net website; transcription of gravestones available at USGenWeb site for Kootenai County
Ingar Molstead grave T50N, R3W, Sec 35 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[13] in Boise
Johnson Family Cemetery 2.7 m S of Coeur d'Alene, Hwy 95 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[14] in Boise
Kootenai County Cemetery Seltice Way, Coeur d'Alene Some records of this cemetery at PARL[15] in Boise; transcription of 50 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of gravestones available at USGenWeb site for Kootenai County
Lane Cemetery Lane Some records of this cemetery at PARL[16] in Boise; transcription of 63 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 56 gravestones available through Interment.net website
Loffs Bay Cemetery Kootenai County Some records of this cemetery at PARL[17] in Boise
Medimont Cemetery Medimont Some records of this cemetery at PARL[18] in Boise; transcription of 72 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 72 gravestones available through Interment.net website; another transcription of 74 gravestones available through Interment.net website
Mission of the Sacred Heart Cemetery Cataldo, Exit 39, I-90 east of Coeur d'Alene Some records of this cemetery at PARL[19] in Boise
Mount Calvary Cemetery Rathdrum Transcription of 3 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Mountain View (Athol) Cemetery Athol Some records of this cemetery at PARL[20] in Boise; transcription of 431 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 376 gravestones available through Interment.net website; another transcription of 365 gravestones available through Interment.net website; transcription of gravestones (surnames A-L; M-Z) available at USGenWeb site for Kootenai County
Old Cataldo Mission Cemetery near Cataldo Transcription of 42 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 52 gravestones available through Interment.net website
Pine Grove Cemetery Rathdrum Some records of this cemetery at PARL[21] in Boise; transcription of 1,963 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 1,738 gravestones available through Interment.net website; transcription of gravestones available at USGenWeb site for Kootenai County
Pleasant View Cemetery Post Falls Some records of this cemetery at PARL[22] in Boise; transcription of 511 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 499 gravestones available through Interment.net website
Prairie View Cemetery Coeur d'Alene Transcription of 70 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of gravestones available at USGenWeb site for Kootenai County
Ramsey Road Cemetery (Prairie View, 7th Day Adventist) Coeur d’Alene Some records of this cemetery at PARL[23] in Boise
Restlawn Cemetery Transcription of 3 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Rimrock Cemetery (Garwood Cemetery) Garwood Some records of this cemetery at PARL[24] in Boise; transcription of 107 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 102 gravestones available through Interment.net website
River View Cemetery Coeur d’Alene Some records of this cemetery at PARL[25] in Boise; transcription of 67 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Rose Lake Cemetery Doyle Road, Rose Lake Some records of this cemetery at PARL[26] in Boise; transcription of 224 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 231 gravestones available through Interment.net website
St. Michael’s Cemetery (Worley Indian Cemetery) Worley Some records of this cemetery at PARL[27] in Boise; transcription of 179 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 175 gravestones available through Interment.net website
St. Thomas Cemetery E. Sherman Ave & 22nd St, Coeur d'Alene Some records of this cemetery at PARL[28] in Boise; transcription of 415 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Squaw Bay School Cemetery Transcription of 2 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Worley Cemetery 1.3 m N of Worley grain elevators Some records of this cemetery at PARL[29] in Boise; transcription of 194 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of 209 gravestones available through Interment.net 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 Kootenai 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.

  • Athol
  • Coeur D'Alene

County Commissioners' Records

Court

Judgment Books

History

Land

Maps

Military

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Kootenai County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm numbers 1452216 and 1452217) 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.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Records of the naturalization of people born outside of the United States were often kept in the county courthouses of the respective counties of Idaho. Kootenai County naturalization records, 1882-1939, are included in a Naturalization Index at the Idaho State Historical Library in Boise, available online.

Newspapers

Current
Historical

Pension Records

Old Age Pensions were provided by the State of Idaho from 1931 to 1936. The original papers for several counties have been transferred to the Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library (PARL) in Boise. Those at PARL have been indexed. Kootenai County Old Age Pensions are included in that index.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Births

The Birth Registers for Kootenai County, 1907-1911, have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Historical Society Library in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Kootenai 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.

Marriage

Nearly 13,500 marriages, 1881-1938, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Deaths

The death registers for Kootenai County, 1907-1911 have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Historical Society Library (PARL) in Boise and at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

After 1911, deaths occuring in Kootenai 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 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.

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.

  • Coeur D'Alene Public Library
    702 E Front Ave
    Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814
    Phone: (208) 769-2315
    Website
  • Post Falls Public Library
    821 N Spokane
    Post Falls, ID 83854
    Phone: (208) 773-1506
    Website
  • Kootenai-Shoshone District Library
    8385 N Government Wy
    Hayden, ID 83835
    Phone: (208) 772-5612
    Website
  • Kootenai County Genealogical Society
  • Museum of North Idaho
    P.O. Box 812
    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83816-0812
    208-664-3448

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.
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