Idaho Genealogy & LDS Family History Centers

In Idaho, genealogy has become a popular hobby for many residents. There is nothing like tracing a family tree to bring all kinds of interesting skeletons out of the closet, but the process can be easier said than done. To get your genealogy project started off on the right foot, check out the resources available at an Idaho family history center. These facilities are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City - the largest of its kind in the world. The offices are operated by the Idaho LDS Church and a team of skilled volunteers that are prepared to answer your questions and guide you through the genealogy research process.

If you have any questions or comments about family history centers, please send a message to [email protected].

Meridian Amity Stake Family History Center
12040 W Amity Rd
Boise, Idaho 83704
(208) 362-2638
Tues 9am-12pm,1pm-4pm, 7pm-9pm, Wed 9am-1pm, Thu 9am-12pm, 7pm-9pm, 1st & 3rd Saturdays 9am-noon

Bonners Ferry Family History Center
Alderson Ln, PO Box 428
Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805
(208) 267-3813
Tue & Thur Noon-8:00, Wed 6:30-8:30pm

Emmett Idaho Family History Center
980 W Central Rd
Emmett, Idaho 83617
(208) 365-6142
Tues and Thurs 9 AM - 4 PM 6 PM - 9 PM
Notes: Closed 2nd Tues evenings of each month

Fruitland Idaho Family History Center
320 N Pennsylvania Ave
Fruitland, Idaho 83619
(208) 452-4345
Mon & Wed 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, Fri 9:00 am - 12:30 pm, Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Idaho Falls Idaho South Stake FHC
2051 S Emerson Ave
Idahoaho Falls, Idaho 83404
(208) 524-1991
From 1:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Mon.-Sat. Sunday by Appointment
Notes: Call (208) 522-8249 for Appointment E-Mail [email protected]

Idaho Falls Family History Center
750 W Elva
Idahoaho Falls, Idaho 83402
(208) 524-5291
Mon, Sat 9AM-5PM, Tue-Fri 9AM-9PM (8PM Memorial-Labor Days)
Notes: A Multiregional Family History center

Lewiston Idaho Family History Center
9th & Preston
Lewiston, Idaho 83501
(208) 746-6910
Tues 9-3, 7-9, Wed 9-4 Thurs. 9-5, 7-9 Fri 9-12

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Kellogg Ward
902 S Divisiion
Pinehurst, Idaho 83850
(208) 682-2911
10am-3pm Tue-Thur 5pm-9pm Wed

Pocatello Family History Center
156 1/2 S 6th
Pocatello, Idaho 83201
(208) 232-9262
M & Saturday 9A.M.-5P.M. Tues-Friday 9A.M-9P.M
Notes: Center Web site

Priest River Ward Family History Center
W Albeni Rd (Hwy 2)
Priest River, Idaho 83856
(208) 437-2474
es. 10am-8pm, Wed. 6pm-9pm, Thurs. 2pm-8pm, Fri. 2pm-6pm

Idaho Genealogy Resources

Interested in exploring Idaho? You're not alone. Famous explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark first entered Idaho at Lemhi Pass in 1805. Migrants passed through there in the 1840s and 1850s on the way to the fields of gold in California. The Oregon Trail was established in Idaho in 1848. Five years later (in 1848), Idaho became part of the Oregon Territory, then part of the Washington Territory in 1859. In 1860, Mormons from Utah founded the first permanent settlement in Franklins. Along with them, prospectors and Confederate refugees helped increase the population as the area became known as the Idaho Territory in 1863, and was later admitted to statehood in 1890. With a little bit of digging, you too can make plenty of discoveries of your own in this "Gem" state. Statewide registrations of birth and deaths started in 1911, and marriages in 1947. Vital and military records, city directories, newspapers, and a reconstructed 1890 census (the original was lost in a fire), among other genealogical gems will help you dig up those priceless family records.

Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics
Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
(208) 334-5988

Idaho Division of Tourism Development
700 West State Street
Boise, ID 83720
(208) 334-2470

Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture
611 Grove St.
Boise, ID 83702

Idaho State Historical Society Library and Archives
2205 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID 83712
(208) 334-3356

Idaho State University
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Eli M. Oboler Library, Room B36, 850 S. Ninth Ave.
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-3249

National Archives and Records Administration
Pacific-Alaska Region
6125 Sand Point Way, NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 336-5115

Idaho Genealogy Websites

1895 US Atlas: Idaho

Ancestor Hunt--Idaho

Basque Americans in the Columbia River Basin

The Basque Community of Boise, Idaho

Cyndi's List--Idaho

FamilySearch Wiki--Idaho

Idaho, 1890: A Reconstructed Census

Idaho: A Portrait

Idaho Biographical Index

Idaho Genealogy Links

Idaho GenWeb Project

Idaho State Historical Society

Idaho State Penitentiary Inmate Files Index, 1864-1975

Kate and Sue McBeth: Missionary Teachers to Nez Perc´┐Ż

Linkpendium: Idaho Genealogy and Family History

Naturalization Records at the Idaho Public Archives and Research Library

State of Idaho Death Index

Idaho Record Collections

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