Mountain States Resources: Idaho


Claire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS, AG®

When conducting research in Idaho one can’t but stop and admire the landscape wherever you go, it is breathtaking. Originally it was part of the Oregon Territory and became a state in 1890. There are 44 counties and four Indian reservations, the Coeur d’Alene, Duck Valley, Nez Perce and Fort Hall. Idaho is one of the states included in the Mountain States Region for testing.

With most of the 1890 US census destroyed in 1921 by fire, The Idaho State Historical Society reconstructed the Idaho 1890 Census. According to their website, “The Idaho State Archives holds both the only original hard-copies and copies on microfilm of the 1870 and 1880 Agricultural, Industrial, Mortality, Prison, Social Statistical and Supplemental Schedules for Idaho.” Additional collections available from the Idaho State Historical Society are Biographical Index, Civil War Veterans Index, Inmate Catalog, Naturalization Records, Mothers’ Pension Records and Old Age Pension Records.

Special Collections at BYU-Idaho contains an index of the Japanese Immigrants to Utah, Idaho and Wyoming from 1887-1924, the Western States Marriage Record Index, Idaho State Death Index 1911-1956, Eastern Idaho Death Records, Progressive Men of Southeast Idaho, and Upper Snake River Valley Histories.

The IdahoGenWeb Project also contributes with additional resources. Their Idaho Mysteries are where unsolved events, incidents, and family stories can be located, additional resources are found by the county of residence. For those Black Sheep that show up or disappear in your tree, check out, this site also includes those who were institutionalized for a wide variety of things.

Additional research tips and strategies can be found on the FamilySearch Research Wiki, Cyndi’s List and Facebook groups. There are many other Facebook groups listed either by the area and Family History or Genealogy, they are easy to find. Each of these groups help one another through various research problems.

Enjoy these resources as you search for your ancestors from Idaho.

“Genealogy as a Profession” offered at IGHR

IGHRWe like to share educational opportunites we think would be of interest to our Accredited Genealogist® professionals, or anyone who strives for excellence as a genealogist, and here is one that seems especially appropriate.  The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), sponsored by the Georgia Genealogical Society, is offering a course in “Genealogy as a Profession” this year, and they have shared some information about it with us:

“Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, nationally renowned speaker on methodology, professional development, and society management, will be teaching and coordinating the course Genealogy as a Profession at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR),23 – 28 July 2017, in Athens, Georgia at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel. You can view the daily schedule and register for this course on the IGHR website

In Genealogy as a Profession, the aspiring or practicing professional genealogist will benefit from practical knowledge of three components that make for a successful career: management and growth of the business, client communications, and professional opportunities. Students will also be introduced to various genealogy specialties from experts in those fields and provided hands-on activities and products to take home and use in their business. Additional instructors for this course include Carla Cegielski; Melanie D. Holtz, CG; Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA; Kelvin L. Meyers, Benjamin B. Spratling, JD; and Karen Stanbary, CG. This course is not taught every year, so interested persons are encouraged to register for Genealogy as a Profession by the 30 June 2017 deadline.

Comments from the last course evaluation: “Well worth my time and money” “This was my first IGHR attendance. I truly look forward to next year!” “It should be renamed as it is beneficial to hobbyists or professionals! Couldn’t be more pleased for my time and money. Thanks!” “Curriculum was well thought out and each presenter was fantastic. It was a nice mix of instructor styles and topics. I would recommend this course to current Pros as well as anyone considering becoming a professional.” “I gained so much information from just this week long class! Really has helped me focus and make some well thought out decisions about my future! Stupendous job!”

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL is the co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and Professional Genealogy Course Coordinator at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). She was an instructor and module creator for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program 2008-2016 and the course co-coordinator of the AG/CG Preparation Course at the 2010 and 2013 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Powell was a Trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists for nine years, their President (2012-2014), and past Outreach Committee Chairperson. She was a Director for the Association of Professional Genealogists for six years, and she is a contributing author to many publications including the NGS Quarterly and the APG Quarterly.

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study in eleven courses led by nationally renowned genealogical educators. Students choose one course that lasts throughout the week. Classrooms, food, and accommodations are under one roof and parking is adjacent to the venue.

In addition to excellent courses and opportunities to network with fellow genealogists, IGHR attendees benefit from access to the outstanding libraries of the University of Georgia including the Main Library with its worldwide collection of historical and genealogical material, maps, and government documents; Alexander Campbell King Law Library; and the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, one of the Special Collections Libraries in the Richard B. Russell Building. Researchers may also enjoy making the short drive to Morrow, GA to visit the National Archives at Atlanta (NARA’s southeast region facility) and the Georgia Archives. For more information about IGHR, now hosted by the Georgia Genealogical Society, please visit our website and follow us on social media.”

A Premier Credential for Family Historians & Genealogists throughout the World!

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