Lincoln County, Idaho Genealogy

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County Courthouse

History

Parent County

1895--Lincoln County was created 18 March 1895 from Alturas and Blaine Counties. County seat: Shoshone [1]

Boundary Changes

28 January 1913 -- Gooding County created from part of Lincoln County

28 January 1913 -- Minidoka County created from part of Lincoln County

8 February 1919 -- Jerome County created from parts of Gooding and Lincoln 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 Lincoln County, Idaho was compiled from the Lists of Places in Idaho in Wikipedia and from the map of Lincoln County in Virtual Earth.

Populated Places

Cities

Richfield | Shoshone

Other inhabited places

Besslen | Burmah | Dietrick | Kimama | Lone Star | Owinza | Pagari | Rawson | Senter | Tunupa

Former inhabited places, no longer in existence

Neighboring Counties

Blaine | Camas | Gooding | Jerome | Minidoka

Resources

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

Cemeteries

The following cemeteries of Lincoln 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
Freedom Cemetery Transcription of 3 gravestones available online through Find-A-Grave.com website
Richfield Cemetery Some records of this cemetery at PARL[3] in Boise; transcription of 757 gravestones available online through Find-A-Grave.com website; transcription of 718 gravestones made in 2002 available online through Interment.net website; an index to those buried in this cemetery is available on the USGenWeb website for Lincoln County, Idaho; photos of 2 gravestones available at idahogravestones.org
Shoshone Alturus County Cemetery Shoshone Transcription of 2 gravestones available online through Find-A-Grave.com website
Shoshone Cemetery Shoshone Some records of this cemetery at PARL[4] in Boise; Transcription of 235 gravestones available online through Find-A-Grave.com website; an index to those buried in this cemetery is available on the USGenWeb website for Lincoln County, Idaho; photos of 8 gravestones available at idahogravestones.org

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 Lincoln 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.

  • Dietrich
  • Richfield

County Commissioners' Records

Court

Judgment Books

History

Land

Maps

Military

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Lincoln 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

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth

The Birth Registers for Lincoln 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.

Transcription of birth records, 1907-1911, available on the USGenWeb site for Lincoln County.

Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Lincoln 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

An alphabetical listing of marriage records, 1907-1912 is available on the USGenWeb site for Lincoln County

Nearly 1800 marriages, 1886-1942, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Death

Index to Lincoln County Death Records, 1907-1911 are available in the USGenWeb site for Lincoln 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.

  • Richfield District Library
    205 South Main
    Richfield, ID 83349
    Phone: (208) 487-1242
  • Shoshone Public Library
    211 South Rail St W
    Shoshone, ID 83352
    Phone: (208) 886-2843
    Website

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.