Lemhi County, Idaho Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Lemhi County Courthouse
Salmon, ID 83467-3943
Phone: (208) 756-2815
Fax: (208) 756-8424

Quick Facts

Parent County

1869--Lemhi County was created 9 January 1869 from Idaho County. County seat: Salmon [1]

Boundary Changes

8 January 1881 -- Custer County created from parts of Alturas and Lemhi Counties

4 March 1893 -- Fremont County created from parts of Bingham and Lemhi Counties

Record Loss

Places/Localities

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

Resources

Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Lemhi 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 Salmon[2].

Cemeteries

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

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

Census

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

Church

A list of current churches in Lemhi County is available on the USGenWeb site for the county.

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 Lemhi 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.

  • Leadore
  • Lemhi
  • Salmon
  • Silver Creek

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

Judgment Book

History

Land

Maps

Military

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Lemhi County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 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.

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.

Newspapers

Current
Historical

Probate

Some Lemhi County probate records have been microfilmed by the Family History Center in Salt Lake City and are available for viewing in Salt Lake or any of its affiliate family history centers.

Taxation

A few taxation records of Lemhi County have been microfilmed by the Family History Library of Salt Lake City and are available for viewing in Salt Lake or any of its affiliate family history centers.

Vital Records

Birth

The Birth Register for Lemhi County, 1907-1911 has been microfilmed and is available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Lemhi 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.

A few (131) birth/christening records for Lemhi County are found in Idaho births and christenings.

Marriage

Nearly 1700 marriages, 1869-1938, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

In the online Idaho marriages are found 135 Lemhi County marriages.

Death

The Death Registers for Lemhi County, 1907-1911, have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. After 1911, deaths occurring in Lemhi 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 mandated 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 in Boise, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, 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 Idaho Death Index 1911-1956.

Found in the Idaho death and burials online are 129 deaths from Lemhi County.

Deaths from other sources

A significant source of death and related information for eastern Idaho families can be found at the following website 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.

  

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.