Latah County, Idaho Genealogy
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 Quick Facts
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 4.1 Cemeteries
- 4.2 Census
- 4.3 Church
- 4.4 County Commissioners' Records
- 4.5 Court
- 4.6 History
- 4.7 Land
- 4.8 Maps
- 4.9 Military
- 4.10 Miscellaneous Series
- 4.11 Newspapers
- 4.12 Probate
- 4.13 Taxation
- 4.14 Vital Records
- 5 Societies, Libraries and Museums
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Latah County Courthouse
522 S. Adams
P.O. Box 8068
Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: (208) 882-8580 ext. 3379
Fax: (208) 883-7203
Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Latah 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 Moscow.
There are many cemeteries in Latah County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to Latah 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 a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see Idaho Census Records.
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. Latah County is included in this reconstructed census.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
The following is the only local congregation (ward) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which existed in Latah County, Idaho prior to 1950. Many of the original records of 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.
County Commissioners' Records
A brief history of the county and of several towns within the county are available online on the Latah County Historical Society's website.
- An 1895 map of Latah and surrounding counties is available online.
- A digital Latah County Idaho map is available online.
- Map of Latah County, Idaho is available online.
World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Latah County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm numbers 1452217 and 1452218) 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.
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.
The Birth Registers for Latah 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 Latah 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.
Over 7800 marriages, 1868-1942, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.
The death registers for Latah 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 Latah 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.
Societies, Libraries and Museums
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.
- Latah County District Library
110 S Jefferson St
Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: (208) 882-3925
- Historical Society
313 South Main Street, Moscow, ID 83843-2972
- Latah County Historical Society and the McConnell Museum
327 East Second Street
Moscow, ID 83843
- McConnell Mansion Museum
110 South Adams Street, Moscow, ID 83843-2829
- The Latah County ID GenWeb Project, a member of The IDGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project
- Family History Library Catalog
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, Counties and County Seats, Reissued July, 1991.