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  • Ada County, Idaho —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 17, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Boise County
    Established:  22-Dec-1864
    County Seat:  Boise, Idaho

    County history - Ada County is named in honor of Ada Riggs, the first pioneer child born in the area and the daughter of H. C. Riggs, a co-founder of Boise.  Note: In 1879, the northwestern part of the county became southern Washington County. In 1891, Ada County was again divided to create Canyon County. The last boundary change for Ada County took place in 1930.

    Ada Courthouse

    Capitol history - The dome of the Idaho State Capitol rises 208 feet into the Boise skyline, a classical architectural form prominent among the city's modern multi-story buildings and landscape's rolling foothills. The Renaissance Revival Capitol is Idaho's most significant historic structure and a building that reflects city and state political, social, and economic history.
             Construction took place in two separate campaigns with work on the central portion beginning in 1905. As constructed in this first phase, the central portion consisted of the rotunda and dome, the north wing housing the Supreme Court, and the offices positioned on either side of the abbreviated east and west corridors. In 1912, the central portion was completed after seven years of construction.
              In 1919 funds were secured for the construction of the east and west wings. Completed the following year, and flanking either side of the central portion.

    Idaho State Capitol

    GHLL Ada County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Ada County, ID Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Treasure Valley Chapter, Idaho Genealogical Society
          325 West State Street
          Boise, ID 83702
          Note:  Address last updated, 4 November 1993

    5. US/IDGenWeb site - Ada County Archives
    6. US/IDGenWeb - Ada County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Ada County Recorder, 650 Main Street, Boise, ID 83702-5960.
               Note:  Some county offices carry vital records, others do not. Many have different offices for handling specific types of vital records and holdings may vary. Use the addresses and phone numbers listed for each county as a starting point.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Boise County (northeast), Elmore County (east), Owyhee County (south),
             Canyon County (west), Gem County (northwest).

        Basque Community - Boise, Idaho

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    Census Information:
        1870 Census (T) - Federal Census Ada County (Text: 8 pages).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Adams County, Idaho —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 12, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Washington County (which had been created from Boise County in 1879).
    Established:  13-Mar-1911
    County Seat:  Council, Idaho

    County history - Adams County is named in honor of John Adams (1735-1826), second President of the United States (1797-1801).

    Adams Courthouse
    1. Adams County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Adams County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Adams County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Adams County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 352
          New Meadows, ID 83654

    4. Adams County - US/IDGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Adams County - US/IDGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Adams County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Adams County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Adams County Vital Records - Adams County Clerk, P.O. Box 48, Council, ID 83612-0048.


  • Bannock County, Idaho —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 9, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Oneida county on 13-Jan-1885.
    Established:  06-Mar-1893
    County Seat:  Pocatello, Idaho

    County history - Bannock County is named in honor of the Bannock tribe of the Northern Paiute are an indigenous people of the Great Basin. Their traditional lands include southeastern Oregon, southeastern Idaho, western Wyoming, and southwestern Montana. Today they are enrolled in the federally recognized Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho, located on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

    Bannock Courthouse
    GHLL Bannock County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Bannock County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Bannock County, ID Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bannock County Historical Museum / Pocatello, ID)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bannock County Historical Museum & Society (FaceBook) / Pocatello, ID)
    7. US/IDGenWeb site - Bannock County Archives
    8. US/IDGenWeb - Bannock County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Bannock County Recorder, Bannock County Courthouse, 624 East Center, Pocatello, Idaho 83201.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Bingham County (north), Caribou County (east), Franklin County (southeast), Oneida
                County
    (southwest), Power County (west).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.

        Genealogy Trails - Bannock County.

        Idaho Indian Reservations - Coeur d'Alene Reservation * Duck Valley Reservation * Fort
             Hall Reservation * Nez Perce Reservation.

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    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Bear Lake County, Idaho —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 31, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Oregon Territory, Indian lands - Shoshone, Ute and Bannock tribes
    Established:  05-Jan-1875
    County Seat:  Paris, Idaho

    County history - Bear Lake County is named in honor of Bear Lake, a 20-mile-long lake half in Idaho, and half in Utah.

    Bear Lake Courthouse
    1. Bear Lake County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Bear Lake County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Bear Lake County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Bear Lake County Historical Society & Museum / Liberty, ID)
    4. Bear Lake County - US/IDGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Bear Lake County - US/IDGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Bear Lake County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Bear Lake County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Bear Lake County Vital Records - Bear Lake County Clerk, 7 East Center Street, Paris, ID 83261.
               Note:  Some county offices carry vital records, others do not. Many have different offices for handling specific types of vital records and holdings may vary. Use the addresses and phone numbers listed for each county as a starting point.

    9. Bear Lake Valley - A brief history

      Census Information:
    10. 1880 Census (T) - ftp files
    11. 1880 Mortality Census (I) - Deceased county citizens from the 1800 Census
    12. 1900 Census (T) - ED 11 (four files)


  • Benewah County, Idaho —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 24, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of of Kootenai County.
    Established:  23-Jan-1915
    County Seat:  St. Maries, Idaho

    County history - Benewah County is named in honor of a chief of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. The Coeur d'Alene /k\rdYČlejn/ are a Native American people who lived in villages along the Coeur d'Alene, St. Joe, Clark Fork and Spokane Rivers; as well as sites on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, Lake Pend Oreille and Hayden Lake, in what is now northern Idaho, eastern Washington and western Montana.

    Benewah Courthouse
    GHLL Benewah County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Benewah County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Benewah County, ID Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Idaho Genealogical Society, Benewah County Branch / Boise, ID)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Idaho Historical Society, Benewah County Branch / Boise, ID)
    7. US/IDGenWeb site - Benewah County Archives
    8. US/IDGenWeb - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    9. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Benewah County (Local Records)  |   St. Maries, ID (County Seat Records).
               Note:  Added comments here.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Kootenai County (north), Shoshone County (east), Latah County (south), Whitman
                County, Washington
    (southwest), Spokane County, Washington (northwest).

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    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report Form, for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Bingham County, Idaho —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 14, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Oneida County.
    Established:  13-Jan-1885
    County Seat:  Blackfoot, Idaho

    County history - Bingham County is named in honor of Henry H. Bingham (1841-1912), American Civil War general and Congressman from Pennsylvania.

    Bingham Courthouse
    1. Bingham County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Bingham County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Bingham County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Bingham County Historical Society
          75 North Broadway Street
          Blackfoot, ID 83221-2707

    4. Bingham County - US/IDGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Bingham County - US/IDGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Bingham County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Bingham County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Bingham County Vital Records - Bingham County Clerk, P.O. Box 1028, 501 North Maple, Blackfoot, ID 83221.


  • Blaine County, Idaho —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 12, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Alturas and Logan Counties, neither of which, exist today.
    Established:  05-Mar-1895
    County Seat:  Hailey, Idaho

    County history - Blaine County is named in honor of James G. Blaine (1830-1893), United States Secretary of State (1881, 1889-1892).

    Blaine Courthouse
    GHLL Blaine County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Blaine County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Blaine County, ID Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Blaine County Historical Society & Museum / Hailey, ID)
    6. US/IDGenWeb site - Blaine County Archives
    7. US/IDGenWeb - Blaine County Genealogy & History
    8. Blaine County Vital Records - Blaine County Clerk, 206 1st Ave. South, Suite 200, Hailey, ID 83333.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Butte County (northeast), Bingham County (east), Power County (southeast), Cassia
                County
    (south), Minidoka County (southwest), Lincoln County (south), Camas County
             (west), Elmore County (northwest), Custer County (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1870 Census (T) - Federal Census, Alturas ( County (Text: 5 pages). Please note:  On March 5, 1895, the state
             legislature combined Alturas and Logan Counties into Blaine County.

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Boise County, Idaho —
    Information Updated for:  May 8, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands [an original County].
    Established:  04-Feb-1864
    County Seat:  Idaho City, Idaho

    County history - Boise County is named for the Boise River, which was named by French-Canadian explorers and trappers.

    Boise Courthouse
    1. Boise County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Boise County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Boise County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Boise County - US/IDGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Boise County - US/IDGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Boise County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Boise County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Boise County Vital Records - Boise County Recorder's Office, P.O. Box 1300, Idaho City, ID 83631.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Idaho State Historical Society / Boise, ID)

      Census Information:
    10. 1870 Census (T) - Federal Census, Boise County, Districts of Beaver Creek, Buena Vista, Gold Hill, Idaho City,
               Payette Valley and Pioneer (Text: 6 pages).


  • Bonner County, Idaho —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 22, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Kootenai County.
    Established:  21-Feb-1907
    County Seat:  Sandpoint, Idaho

    County history - Bonner County is named in honor of Edwin L. Bonner who established a ferry on the Kootenai River in 1864 near present day Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

    Bonner Courthouse
    1. Bonner County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Bonner County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Bonner County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Bonner County Genealogical Society / Sandpoint, ID)
    4. Bonner County - US/IDGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Bonner County - US/IDGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Bonner County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Bonner County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Bonner County Vital Records - Bonner County Clerk, 215 South First Avenue, Sandpoint, ID 83864-1305.
               Note:  Some county offices carry vital records, others do not. Many have different offices for handling specific types of vital records and holdings may vary. Use the addresses and phone numbers listed for each county as a starting point.


  • Bonneville County, Idaho —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 30, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Bingham County.
    Established:  07-Feb-1911
    County Seat:  Idaho Falls, Idaho (originally called Eagle Rock)

    County history - Bonneville County is named in honor of Captain B. L. E. Bonneville (1796-1878), a French-born explorer of the U. S. Army, who explored the Snake River area in the 1830s.

    Bonneville Courthouse
    GHLL Bonneville County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Bonneville County, ID Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bonneville County Historical Society and Museum / Idaho Falls, ID)
    6. US/IDGenWeb site - Bonneville County Archives
    7. US/IDGenWeb - Bonneville County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - County Courthouse, 605 North Capital, Idaho Falls, ID 83402-3582.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Madison County (north), Teton County (north), Teton County, Wyoming (northeast),
             Lincoln County, Wyoming (southeast), Caribou County (south), Bingham County (west),
             Jefferson County (northwest).

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