Washington County, Idaho Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse
256 East Court
Weiser, ID 83672-0670

Quick Facts

Wikipedia

Named for George Washington, first President of the United States of America.

Parent County

20 February 1879: Washington County was created from Boise County. [1]

Boundary Changes

3 March 1911:  Adams County created from part of Washington County

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

Populated Places

Cities

Cambridge | Midvale | Weiser

Other inhabited places

Barton | Cobb | Concrete | Crystal | Diamond | Eaton | Feltham | Jonathan | Mineral | Presley | Rebecca | Rock Island

Former inhabited places, no longer in existence

Neighboring Counties

Adams | Gem | Payette | Oregon counties: Baker | Malheur

Resources

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

Cemeteries

The following cemeteries of Washington 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
Cambridge Cemetery Cambridge Some records of this cemetery at PARL[3] in Boise; transcription of 705 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County
Cow Creek Cemetery Transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County
East Side Cemetery Midvale Some records of this cemetery at PARL[4] in Boise; transcription of 1,093 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County
Galloway Pioneer Cemetery abt 4 m E of Weiser on the Kerner farm Some records of this cemetery at PARL[5] in Boise; transcription of 69 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County
Goodrich Cemetery Goodrich Transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County
Hillcrest Cemetery Weiser Transcription of 7,631 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County
Keithly Creek Cemetery Midvale Some records of this cemetery at PARL[6] in Boise; transcription of 159 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County
Mann’s Creek Cemetery Weiser Some records of this cemetery at PARL[7] in Boise; transcription of 337 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County; photo of 1 gravestone available at idahogravestones.org
Mineral Cemetery Mineral Transcription of 15 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Old Monroe Creek Cemetery Weiser Transcription of 15 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County
Reed Family Cemetery (3 graves) near Midvale Some records of this cemetery at PARL[8] in Boise; transcription of 2 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Salubria Cemetery 2.5 m NE of Cambridge Some records of this cemetery at PARL[9] in Boise; transcription of 450 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County
Stith Family plot (2 graves) near Midvale Some records of this cemetery at PARL[10] in Boise
Walker Cemetery (Big Flat Cemetery) near Midvale Some records of this cemetery at PARL[11] in Boise; transcription of 22 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County
Weiser Cemetery (Hillcrest Cemetery) Weiser Some records of this cemetery at PARL[12] in Boise
West Plaines Cemetery Transcription of 1 gravestone available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Zittercobb Family burials near Midvale on N side of Crane Creek Reservoir Some records of this cemetery at PARL[13] in Boise; transcription available at USGenWeb site for Washington County

Census

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 Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library 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. Washington County is included in this reconstructed census.

Church History and Records (Rural)

Please refer to the cities for local churches.

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

Judgment Book

History

A Washington County History by Judge Frank Harris is available online.

Land

Maps

Military

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Washington County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452223) 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

Newspapers

Current
  • Upper County Reporter
  • Weiser Signal - American
Historical

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth

The Birth Registers for Washington 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. Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Washington 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

NOTICE: Familysearch Indexing, a division of the Family History Library has begun indexing the marriage volumes for this county. When finished researchers will be able to search by name of bride or groom and be linked to an image of the actual page from the registers. You are invited to join their team of volunteers as they work to make additional vital records available on the Web. For details google Familysearch Indexing.

In the meantime, nearly 13,200 marriages, 1879-1969, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Death

The Death Registers for Washington 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. After 1911, deaths occuring in Washington 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 section under Idaho for details Idaho Vital Records.

Copies of death certificates from 1911-1954 are on microfilm and can be used at the Idaho State Historical Society (PARL) Library 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.

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.

  • Cambridge District Library
    120 N Superior St
    Cambridge, ID 83610
    Phone: (208) 257-3434
  • Midvale District Library
    70 E Bridge St
    Midvale, ID 83645
    Phone: (208) 355-2213
    Website
  • Weiser Public Library
    628 E 1st St
    Weiser, ID 83672
    Phone: (208) 549-1243

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 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.
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