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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.minidoka.id.us/ Minidoka County Minidoka County]
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[[Image:Minidoka County CH.jpg|thumb|right|250px]] {{RAOGKcourthouse}} <br>[http://www.minidoka.id.us/ Minidoka County Courthouse]<br>715 G Street<br>Rupert, ID 83350-0474<br>Phone: (208) 436-9511<br>Fax: (208) 436-0737<br><br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, court and land records from 1913. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minidoka, Idaho page 179, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
== History ==
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== Quick Facts ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
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== Places/Localities  ==
 
== 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.  
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{{Minidoka County, Idaho}}
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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 Minidoka County, Idaho was compiled from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_places_in_Idaho Lists of Places in Idaho] in Wikipedia and from the map of Minidoka County in [http://maps.live.com/ Virtual Earth].  
 
This list of places in Minidoka County, Idaho was compiled from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_places_in_Idaho Lists of Places in Idaho] in Wikipedia and from the map of Minidoka County in [http://maps.live.com/ Virtual Earth].  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
 
*'''Cities:''' Heyburn | Minidoka | Paul | Rupert
 
 
*'''Unincorporated Communities:''' Acequia | Adelaide | Amalga | Budge | Hynes | Max | Myers | Norland | Schow | Travers<br>
 
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
 
[[Blaine County, Idaho|Blaine]] | [[Cassia County, Idaho|Cassia]] | [[Jerome County, Idaho|Jerome]] | [[Lincoln County, Idaho|Lincoln]]
 
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Minidoka County have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=207539&subject_disp=Idaho%2C+Minidoka&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library] in Salt Lake City and through their family history centers. They are also available at the [http://www.idahohistory.net/county_microfilm.html 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 Rupert<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, ''Counties and County Seats'', Reissued July, 1991.</ref>.  
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Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Minidoka County have been microfilmed and are available at the {{FHL|Idaho%2C+Minidoka|subject|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City and through their family history centers. They are also available at the [http://history.idaho.gov/ 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 Rupert<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, ''Counties and County Seats'', Reissued July, 1991.</ref>.  
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
The following cemeteries of Minidoka 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.  
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{{RAOGKcemetery}} There are many cemeteries in Minidoka County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to [[Minidoka County, Idaho Cemetery Records|Minidoka County, Idaho Cemetery Records]].  
  
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For the cemeteries in or immediately adjacent to the cities, please see the city pages for the cities listed above.  
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| Adelaide Congregational Cemetery
 
| 2 m W of Adelaide (only 3 markers still visible)
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise
 
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| Gem Cemetery
 
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| Transcription of 1 gravestone available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2335328&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=679& Find-a-Grave.com] website
 
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| IOOF Cemetery
 
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| Transcription of 1 gravestone available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2348275&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=679& Find-a-Grave.com ]website
 
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| Jackson Cemetery
 
| N of Rupert
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise
 
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| Minidoka - Acequia- Rupert Cem. (MAR Cem.) (Rupert Cem.)
 
| 5 m N of Rupert (moved to present location in 1911)
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; transcription of 2,864 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=80632&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=679& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription of gravestones available through the [http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~heyburn/page1R.htm USGenWeb] site for Minidoka County<br>
 
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| Minidoka Cemetery (obliterated site - now used as a stock corral)
 
| East side of Minidoka on a knoll
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise
 
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| Paul Cemetery
 
| 2 m N of Paul
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; transcription of 812 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=80598&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=679& Find-a-Grave.com] website; photos of 431 gravestones available through [http://idahogravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=515 idahogravestones.org]<br>
 
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| Pleasant View Cemetery
 
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| Transcription of 2 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1980563&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=679& Find-a-Grave.com] website
 
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| Riverside Cemetery
 
| Heyburn
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise; transcription of 1,253 gravestones available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1845218&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=679& Find-a-Grave.com] website; transcription of gravestones available through the [http://freepages.family.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~heyburn/index.html USGenWeb ]site for Minidoka County<br>
 
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| Rosehill Cemetery (obliterated site)
 
| few miles NW of Minidoka
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise
 
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| Trinity Lutheran Church graveyard (obliterated site)
 
| 14 m N of Rupert, .5 m SE of Adelaide siding
 
| Some records of this cemetery at PARL<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.</ref> in Boise
 
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| Walcott Park Cemetery
 
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| Transcription of 1 gravestone available through [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2167232&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=679& Find-a-Grave.com ]website
 
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=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
  
For a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see [[Idaho Census|Idaho Census Records]].  
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| footnote=sources:<ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/id190090.txt census.gov - Idaho population by county, 1900-90] accessed 2009-05-03</ref><ref>[http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/16/16027.html quickfacts.census.gov - Canyon County] accessed 2009-05-03</ref>
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<br>For a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see [[Idaho Census|Idaho Census Records]].  
  
 
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=== County Commissioners' Records ===
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=== County Commissioners' Records ===
  
=== Court  ===
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The [[Idaho County Commissioners' Records|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.
  
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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.
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=== Court Records  ===
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Some of the early court records of&nbsp;Minidoka County, Idaho have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://history.idaho.gov/County_Records_ISHS_microfilm.pdf Idaho State Archives] in Boise, Idaho. The records filmed include civil suits, divorce papers, judgment dockets, etc. Copies of these microfilmed court records are also available at the {{FHL|730750|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City, Utah or at any of the Library's[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:Family_History_Centers Family History Centers]. Additional court records and more recent records are housed at the&nbsp;Minidoka County courthouse in Rupert, and can be accessed by making a visit there.
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Some of the records of the courts of&nbsp;Minidoka County that have been microfilmed include:
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*Court minutes, 1913-1947
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*Power of attorney, v. 1, 1912-1958
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<u>Judgment Books</u>
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*<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1287406172781_109">Judgment records, 1913-1935 </span>
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=== Directories  ===
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The Idaho State Archives has a collection of city, county, state and regional [http://history.idaho.gov/directories.html directories].
  
 
=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
  
=== Land  ===
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=== Land and Property ===
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Land and Property records are generally recorded in the county courthouse of the county in which the transaction took place. For original records of&nbsp;Minidoka County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Rupert, Idaho. It is suggested too that one search Lincoln County from which Minidoka was formed.
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The [http://history.idaho.gov/county_microfilm.html Idaho State Archives] has microfilmed many&nbsp;county records of Minidoka County&nbsp;and these can be accessed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.
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The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has microfilmed originals of the following records found in the&nbsp;Minidoka County Courthouse in Rupert, Idaho (though from the Probate Court they contain land and property information), which can be accessed at the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:Family_History_Centers Family History Centers]:
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*{{FHL|672166|title-id|disp=Fee book, 1913-1929}}
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*{{FHL|672160|title-id|disp=Inventory and appraisement, 1912-1925}}
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
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=== Military  ===
 
=== Military  ===
  
World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Minidoka County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=746974&disp=Idaho%2C+World+War+I+Selective+Service+S++ microfilm number 1452219]) and are also [http://content.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&path=Idaho.Minidoka+County 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.  
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World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Minidoka County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their {{FHL|746974|title-id|disp=microfilm number 1452219}}) and are also [http://content.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&path=Idaho.Minidoka+County 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.  
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The [http://files.usgwarchives.net/id/minidoka/military/ww1/abe.txt Minidoka County USGenWeb ]has listed the World War I draft registration cards for Minidoka County and the information on the cards is available on their website.
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=== Miscellaneous Series  ===
  
=== Miscellaneous Series ===
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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.
  
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.
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Both the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah have copies of the miscellaneous record of&nbsp;Minidoka County. The originals are held in the&nbsp;Minidoka County courthouse in Rupert, Idaho and can be accessed by visiting there. Copies in the [http://history.idaho.gov/County_Records_ISHS_microfilm.pdf Idaho State Archives] are available for viewing in Boise. Those held by the {{FHL|672063|title-id|disp=Family History Library}} can be viewed either at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of its[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:Family_History_Centers Family History Centers.]
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
  
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===== Historical  =====
  
===== Historical =====
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Copies of issues of many [http://history.idaho.gov/library_collections.html#anchor562626 Idaho newspapers] are in the collections of the Idaho State Archives.
  
 
=== Pension Records  ===
 
=== Pension Records  ===
  
[http://idahohistory.net/pension.html Mothers' Pensions] were provided by the State of Idaho for widows and/or orphans, under certain conditions. Petitions for those pensions were filed with the probate court in each county. 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. Minidoka County Mothers' Pensions are included in that index.  
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[http://history.idaho.gov/pension.html Mothers' Pensions] were provided by the State of Idaho for widows and/or orphans, under certain conditions. Petitions for those pensions were filed with the probate court in each county. The original papers for several counties have been transferred to the Idaho State Archives in Boise and have been indexed. Minidoka County Mothers' Pensions are included in that index.  
  
 
=== Probate  ===
 
=== Probate  ===
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Probate records are generally found at the county level.&nbsp; The Minidoka County courthouse is located in Rupert, Idaho and original records should be available for viewing by visiting in Rupert.
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Some of the earlier probate records of Minidoka County have been microfilmed by the [http://history.idaho.gov/County_Records_ISHS_microfilm.pdf Idaho State Archives] and are available for viewing at the Archives facility in Boise, Idaho.
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The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;has also microfilmed some Minidoka County probate records, and these copies can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:Family_History_Centers Family History Centers].&nbsp; Those available are as follows:
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*{{FHL|672138|title-id|disp=Letters of Administration}} 1920-1923
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*{{FHL|672126|title-id|disp=Probate Bonds}} 1913-1949
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*{{FHL|672079|title-id|disp=Probate Minutes }}1913-1931
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*{{FHL|672094|title-id|disp=Wills}} 1911-1957
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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Any existing tax assessment rolls for&nbsp;Minidoka County should be in the courthouse in Rupert and would need to be accessed by visiting there.
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
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Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in the Minidoka County area 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 '''[http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/idaho.htm Vital Records]''' section under the subject Idaho for more details.
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There are 713 [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/idaho.htm Birth/Christening] records listed for Minidoka County in the online [[Idaho Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Idaho Births]].
  
Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in the Minidoka County area 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.
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===== Marriage  =====
  
===== Marriage =====
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There are 314 [[Idaho Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Marriage records]] listed for Minidoka County in the online Idaho Marriages.
  
 
===== Deaths  =====
 
===== Deaths  =====
  
Deaths occuring in Minidoka 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.  
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Deaths occurring in Minidoka 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.
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Copies of death certificates from 1911-1954 are on microfilm and can be used at the Idaho State Archives, the Family History Library, BYU-Idaho University Library in Rexburg and several other locations.  
  
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.  
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A state-wide index to Idaho Deaths, 1911-1956 is [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Death/searchForm.cfm available online]. Efforts to expand this index to 1960 are underway. Another version is the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idgenweb/deaths/search.htm US Genweb Idaho Death Index] 1911-1956.  
  
A state-wide index to Idaho Deaths, 1911-1956 is [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Death/searchForm.cfm available online]. Efforts to expand this index to 1960 are underway. Another version is the US Genweb Idaho Death Index 1911-1956.  
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There are 417 [[Idaho Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minidoka County&nbsp;deaths]] listed in the online Idaho Deaths/Burials.  
  
 
'''Deaths from other sources.'''  
 
'''Deaths from other sources.'''  
  
A significant source of death and related information for eastern Idaho families can be found at the following website http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Death/searchForm.cfm[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Death/searchForm.cfm]
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A significant source of death and related information can be found at [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriages].Also [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/famhist/Death/searchForm.cfm in BYU Special Collections].
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== 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.
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*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.  
*Demary Memorial Library<br>417 7th St<br>Rupert, ID 83350<br>Phone: (208) 436-3874<br>[http://demary.lili.org/ Website]
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*Demary Memorial Library<br>417 7th St<br>Rupert, ID 83350<br>Phone: 208-436-3874<br>[http://demary.lili.org/ Website]  
*[http://www.minidoka.id.us/historical-society/default.htm Minidoka County Historical Society and Museum]
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*[http://www.minidoka.id.us/historical-society/default.htm Minidoka County Historical Society and Museum]<br>99 East Baselin<br>Rupert, ID 83350
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~idminido/ The Minidoka County ID GenWeb Project], a member of [[IDGenWeb|The IDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]]  
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*[http://minidoka.idgenweb.org/ The Minidoka County ID GenWeb Project], a member of [[IDGenWeb|The IDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]]  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=207539&subject_disp=Idaho%2C+Minidoka&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*{{FHL|Idaho%2C+Minidoka|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ID/Minidoka/ Minidoka County, Idaho Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
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[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Idaho,_Minidoka_County_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Idaho, Minidoka County Records (FamilySearch Historiacal Records)]  
  
 
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County Courthouse

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Minidoka County Courthouse
715 G Street
Rupert, ID 83350-0474
Phone: (208) 436-9511
Fax: (208) 436-0737

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, court and land records from 1913. [1]

Quick Facts

Parent County

1913--Minidoka County was created 28 January 1913 from Lincoln County. County seat: Rupert [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Resources

Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Minidoka 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 Rupert[3].

Cemeteries

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
19209,035
19308,403−7.0%
19409,87017.5%
19509,785−0.9%
196014,39447.1%
197015,7319.3%
198019,71825.3%
199019,361−1.8%
200020,1744.2%
sources:[4][5]


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

Church

The following are local congregations (wards) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which existed in Minidoka 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.

  • Acequia
  • Emerson
  • Heyburn
  • Heyburn 1
  • Heyburn 2
  • Paul
  • Rupert
  • Rupert 1
  • Rupert 2
  • Rupert 3

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 Records

Some of the early court records of Minidoka County, Idaho have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho. The records filmed include civil suits, divorce papers, judgment dockets, etc. Copies of these microfilmed court records are also available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah or at any of the Library'sFamily History Centers. Additional court records and more recent records are housed at the Minidoka County courthouse in Rupert, and can be accessed by making a visit there.

Some of the records of the courts of Minidoka County that have been microfilmed include:

  • Court minutes, 1913-1947
  • Power of attorney, v. 1, 1912-1958

Judgment Books

  • Judgment records, 1913-1935

Directories

The Idaho State Archives has a collection of city, county, state and regional directories.

History

Land and Property

Land and Property records are generally recorded in the county courthouse of the county in which the transaction took place. For original records of Minidoka County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Rupert, Idaho. It is suggested too that one search Lincoln County from which Minidoka was formed.

The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed many county records of Minidoka County and these can be accessed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has microfilmed originals of the following records found in the Minidoka County Courthouse in Rupert, Idaho (though from the Probate Court they contain land and property information), which can be accessed at the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its Family History Centers:

Maps

Military

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Minidoka County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452219) 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.

The Minidoka County USGenWeb has listed the World War I draft registration cards for Minidoka County and the information on the cards is available on their website.

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.

Both the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah have copies of the miscellaneous record of Minidoka County. The originals are held in the Minidoka County courthouse in Rupert, Idaho and can be accessed by visiting there. Copies in the Idaho State Archives are available for viewing in Boise. Those held by the Family History Library can be viewed either at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of itsFamily History Centers.

Newspapers

Current
Historical

Copies of issues of many Idaho newspapers are in the collections of the Idaho State Archives.

Pension Records

Mothers' Pensions were provided by the State of Idaho for widows and/or orphans, under certain conditions. Petitions for those pensions were filed with the probate court in each county. The original papers for several counties have been transferred to the Idaho State Archives in Boise and have been indexed. Minidoka County Mothers' Pensions are included in that index.

Probate

Probate records are generally found at the county level.  The Minidoka County courthouse is located in Rupert, Idaho and original records should be available for viewing by visiting in Rupert.

Some of the earlier probate records of Minidoka County have been microfilmed by the Idaho State Archives and are available for viewing at the Archives facility in Boise, Idaho.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has also microfilmed some Minidoka County probate records, and these copies can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of its Family History Centers.  Those available are as follows:

Taxation

Any existing tax assessment rolls for Minidoka County should be in the courthouse in Rupert and would need to be accessed by visiting there.

Vital Records

Birth

Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in the Minidoka County area 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.

There are 713 Birth/Christening records listed for Minidoka County in the online Idaho Births.

Marriage

There are 314 Marriage records listed for Minidoka County in the online Idaho Marriages.

Deaths

Deaths occurring in Minidoka 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 Archives, 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.

There are 417 Minidoka County deaths listed in the online Idaho Deaths/Burials.

Deaths from other sources.

A significant source of death and related information can be found at Western States Marriages.Also in BYU Special Collections.

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.
  • Demary Memorial Library
    417 7th St
    Rupert, ID 83350
    Phone: 208-436-3874
    Website
  • Minidoka County Historical Society and Museum
    99 East Baselin
    Rupert, ID 83350

Family History Centers

Web Sites

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Idaho, Minidoka County Records (FamilySearch Historiacal Records)

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minidoka, Idaho page 179, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, Counties and County Seats, Reissued July, 1991.
  4. census.gov - Idaho population by county, 1900-90 accessed 2009-05-03
  5. quickfacts.census.gov - Canyon County accessed 2009-05-03