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Idaho: Local History & Genealogy Resource Guide

Vital Records

Based on the date of the vital event (birth, death, marriage, divorce), determine whether you are seeking a state, territory, county, or parish level record. If the record you are seeking has been digitized, you can access it online, through the projects described below. If it has not been digitized or if you need a certified copy, contact the appropriate state or county office to view the record.

Birth Records
  • Before 1907: Look for records created by churches, midwives, mortuaries, and physicians.
  • County Level, 1907: County Recorder
  • State Level, 1911 to present: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Note: It is possible to change incorrect information on a birth certificate by filing the correct form with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Also Note: Delayed birth certificates for births after one year can be issued for a fee upon request in writing to the Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics in Boise.

Death Records
  • Before 1907: Look for records created by any clergyman, physician, coroner, or undertaker who cared for the deceased during the last sickness or arranged for the burial and reported to the County Recorder.
  • County Level, 1907: County Recorder
  • State Level, 1911 to present: Department of Health and Welfare

Note: Idaho registers deaths, stillbirths and miscarriages upon request. These records are confidential for 50 years.

Marriage Records
  • 1895-1947: Records may be found in county courthouses. Also check with local churches.
  • State Level, 1947 to present: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Vital Statistics Unit, Boise
Divorce Records
  • 1864: District Courts
  • State Level, 1947: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Vital Statistics Unit, Boise

Note: Check for church records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for marriages and divorces that were adjudicated by LDS Bishops. Check other church records, as appropriate.

Online Resources for Vital Records

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Using Ancestry Library Edition for Idaho

Begin your search through Ancestry's vast collections, by viewing the list designated as Idaho records External.

Using FamilySearch for Idaho

FamilySearch provides useful state and county wikis that make excellent starting points for research. The Idaho Wiki External includes links to each of its counties.

FamilySearch has digitized many of its microfilms containing county courthouse records including birth, death, and marriage. Not all records have been indexed yet, so search engine results may NOT show you the full range of FamilySearch data. You must browse the FamilySearch catalog External listings for each county to view the full set of records available. The vast amount of accessible original records is well worth your time to explore.

There is no fee to use FamilySearch, but you must create a free, personal account to access the databases and digital records.

Vital records that have been indexed and centralized into a database include:

Obtaining Copies of Vital Records

Contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Vital Statistics Unit to learn more about accessing state-level records and explore additional options for obtaining copies.

Published Vital Records

Below are selected print publications for statewide vital records. The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

To locate additional published materials, go to the Print Resources section of this guide for search tips on locating published county courthouse records, abstracts, and indexes that may aide you in locating original records at the county level.