Marriage records are available in many places online, too. Ancestry.com has a searchable database covering 1842 to 1996. Search 180,000-plus pre-1900 Idaho marriage records in the Western States Marriage Index. Results will tell you when and where the wedding took place, as well as the couples place of residence.
Pearls of wisdom
Ancestors proving elusive? Try these additional tips and resources:
- Tax records and newspapers may provide clues. The FHL and ISHS hold microfilmed county tax records dating back to 1865. County courthouses also might hold these records. Ancestry.com has a searchable database of Idaho County newspaper tax lists (1886 to 1893), too. ISHS maintains microfilmed newspapers back to the 1860s; at Ancestry.com, youll find scans of the Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman and eight other newspapers back to 1864.
- Because boundaries shifted early on, consult the Idaho GenWeb Projects Idaho County Selection table, which lists county formation dates, parent counties and more.
- From 1913 to 1930, Idaho gave small monthly pensions to mothers whose husbands were dead, jailed or in a mental institution, and orphans under age 15. ISHS has a downloadable index to these records. You can order copies of the records for a fee. Whether your Idaho kin were pensioners, pioneers or potato farmers, all these Gem State resources will surely translate into genealogical discoveries.
See our Fast Facts and Key Resources for researching Idaho ancestors.
From the March 2009 Family Tree Magazine