Lewis County, Idaho Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Lewis County Courthouse
Nezperce, ID 83543-0039
Phone: (208) 937-2661
Fax: (208) 937-9234

Quick Facts

Parent County

1911--Lewis County was created 3 March 1911 from Nez Perce County.  County seat: Nezperce [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


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


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


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


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.


Judgment Books





World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Lewis 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.



The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society has 26 volumes of obituary records for Lewis County.



Vital Records


Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Lewis 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 650 marriages, 1911-1930, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

There are 108 Lewis County marriages in the online Idaho Marriages.


Deaths occuring in Lewis County after 1911 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.

The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society has 26 volumes of obituary records for Lewis County.

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.

Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Box 61
Craigmont, ID 83523
Ph. 208-924-5474

Contact -- Shelley Kuther, President
Byron D. Bovey
HCR 1 Box 41
Craigmont, ID 83523
Ph. 208-924-7336
A researcher with the Historical Society

Craigmont City Library
112 W. Main St.
Craigmont, ID 83523
Ph. 208-924-5510

Nezperce City Library
502 Oak St.
Nezperce, ID 83543
Ph. 208-937-2458



  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.