Valley County, Idaho Genealogy
Cascade, ID 83611-0737
Phone: (208) 382-4297
Fax: (208) 382-4955
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.
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 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 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.
Some of the early court records of Valley 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's Family History Centers. Additional court records and more recent records are housed at the Washington County courthouse in Cascade, and can be accessed by making a visit there.
Some of the records of the courts of Valley County that have been microfilmed include:
- County records, 1917-1937 Idaho. District Court (Valley County)
- Register of action, 1917-1934 Idaho. Probate Court (Valley County)
- Judgment index Idaho. County Court (Valley County)
- Judgment record, 1892-1925 Idaho. District Court (Valley County)
The Idaho State Archives has in its collections copies of city, county, state and regional directories.
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 Valley County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Cascade, Idaho.
The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed many deeds, homestead records, etc., of Valley County , and these can be accessed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.
- 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.
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 following Valley County records have been microfilmed and are available for viewing at the Valley County courthouse in Cascade, Idaho or at the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho:
- Index to Misc. Records, Book 1 1879-1973 Court
- Transcribed Miscellaneous Records, Idaho County, Book 1, pp 1-149 (con't on Valley-2/1) 1888-1903 Court
- Transcribed Miscellaneous Records, Idaho County, Book 1, pp 150-472 (con't from Valley-1/5) 1901-1903 Court
- Miscellaneous Record, Book 1 1879-1917 Court
- Miscellaneous Record, Book 2 1917-1925 Court
- Miscellaneous Record, Book 3 1917-1924 Court
- Miscellaneous Record, Book 4
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah also has microfilmed copies of these Miscellaneous records which can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City and at any of its Family History Centers.
- Cascade Advocate
- Star - News
The Idaho State Archives has issues of many Idaho Newspapers in its collections.
Some early Probate records for Valley County have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are available for viewing at their Library in Salt Lake or at any of their Family History Centers. The Idaho State Archives has also made copies of early Valley County records which can be viewed at their facility.
For more recent probate records, it is suggested that you visit the Valley County courthouse in Cascade.
Any existing tax assessment rolls for Valley County should be in the courthouse in Cascade and would need to be accessed by visiting there.
There is more detailed information on where to access Idaho birth records at this website.
See also Idaho Vital Records.
Over 600 marriages, 1917-1939, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.
See also Idaho Vital Records
See also Idaho Vital Records
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
- Valley County, Idaho Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- 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.