Valley County, Idaho Genealogy
Cascade, ID 83611-0737
Phone: (208) 382-4297
Fax: (208) 382-4955
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.
Other inhabited places
Alpha | Archabal | Arling | Belvedere | Big Creek | Cabarton | Eagle Nest | Edwardsburg | Fritser Ford | Lake Fork | Landmark | Lardo | Lawman Ford | Midnight | Norwood | Old Fort | Roseberry | Silver Creek Plunge | Smiths Ferry | Stibnite | Warm Lake | West Mountain | Yellow Pine
Former inhabited places, no longer in existence
Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Valley 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 Cascade.
There are many cemeteries in Valley County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to Valley 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.
- A digital Valley County Idaho map is available online.
- Map of Valley County, Idaho is available online.
World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Valley County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452224) 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.
- Cascade Advocate
- Star - News
Over 600 marriages, 1917-1939, are listed on the Western States Marriage 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.
- Cascade Public Library
105 N Front St
Cascade, ID 83611
Phone: (208) 382-4757
- Mccall Public Library
218 E Park St
Mccall, ID 83638
Phone: (208) 634-5522
- Valley County Genealogy Society and Cascade Public Library
- Central Idaho Historical Museum
1001 State Street, Mccall, ID 83638-3705
- Valley County Museum
13131 Farm to Market Road, Donnelly, ID 83615
- The Valley County ID GenWeb Project, a member of The IDGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project
- Family History Library Catalog
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, Counties and County Seats, Reissued July, 1991.