Shoshone County, Idaho Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Shoshone County Courthouse
700 Bank Street
Wallace, ID 83873
Phone: (208) 752-1264
Fax: (208) 753-2711

Quick Facts

Parent County

1864--Shoshone County was created 4 February 1864 as an original county. County seat: Wallace [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 Shoshone County, Idaho was compiled from the Lists of Places in Idaho in Wikipedia and from the map of Shoshone County in Virtual Earth.


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


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

  • Kellogg-Wallace

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 Book


The Idaho State Archives has in its collections copies of many city, county, state and regional directories.





World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Shoshone County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm numbers 1452221 and 1452222) and are also available online at, 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.



Shoshone News - Press
401 Main Street
Kellogg, ID 83837
Ph. 208-783-1107
email -


Copies of many Idaho Newspapers are in the collections of the Idaho State Archives.



Vital Records


The birth registers for Shoshone 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, Utah. Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Shoshone 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.

There are 711 Shoshone County births and christenings in the online Idaho Births and Christenings.


Over 5300 marriages, 1868-1934, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

There are 4470 Shoshone County marriages listed online at Idaho Marriages.


The Death Registers for Shoshone 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 Shoshone 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 topic 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.

There are also 1493 Shoshone County deaths recorded on the online Idaho Deaths and Burials.

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.

  • Clarkia District Library
    377 Poplar St
    Clarkia, ID 83812
    Phone: (208) 245-2908
  • Mullan Public Library
    117 Hunter Ave
    Mullan, ID 83846
    Phone: (208) 744-1220
  • Osburn Public Library
    921 Mullan Ave
    Osburn, ID 83849
    Phone: (208) 752-9711
  • Wallace Public Library
    415 River St
    Wallace, ID 83873
    Phone: (208) 752-4571
  • Kellogg Public Library
    16 W Market Ave
    Kellogg, ID 83837
    Phone: (208) 786-7231
  • Hughes House Historical Society‎
    538 Main Avenue, Saint Maries, ID 83861-2061
    (208) 245-1501‎

Web Sites


  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.