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The registration of births and deaths on the county level in Idaho was not required until 1907. Prior to that time, the only birth and death records were kept by churches, midwives, mortuaries, and physicians. The law governing the registration of births and deaths was changed in 1911, at which time the county recorder was relieved of this responsibility. After 1911 all births and deaths were registered directly with the state. Early marriages were fragmentary at best. Ricks College in Rexburg has an index to all pre-1900 marriages recorded in Idaho.
For births and deaths from 1911 and marriage records from 1947, write:
State of Idaho, Department of Health and Welfare, Vital Statistics Unit, 450 West State Street, Boise, ID 83720-9990

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Idaho Research Sources

An Illustrated History of the State of Idaho: Containing a History of the State of Idaho from the Earliest Period of Its Discovery to the Present Time, Together With Glimpses of Its Auspicious Futures; Illustrations...and Biographical Mention of Many Pioneers and Prominent Citizens of Today. 4 vols. in 2. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1899. (This two-volume set covers the history of Idaho and contains biographical sketches.)
Hawley, James H., ed. History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains. 4 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1920. (Vol. 1 is a standard history of the state, while the other volumes consist of biographical sketches.)
Defenbach, Byron. Idaho, the Place and Its People: A History of the Gem State from Prehistoric to Present Days. 3 vols. Chicago: American Historical Society, Inc., 1933. (Vol. 1 covers the history of the state, and vols. 2 and 3 contain biographical sketches.)

Idaho State Historical Library and Archives

2205 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID 83712

Idaho State Library
325 W. State St.
Boise, ID, 83702
Tel: (208) 334-2150

Idaho Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 1854
Boise, Idaho 83701-1854



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