Links to Free History and Genealogy Sites

Sketches of Inter-Mountain States, including Idaho


Historic Census1
1870 14,999
1880 32,619
1890 88,548
1900 161,772
1910 325,594
1920 431,866
1930 445,032
1940 524,873

1880 & 1900 census at ISU
1870 & 1880 non-population census - searchable indexes at
Census Records at Genealogy Trails
1940 census page images at National Archives
1940 enumeration district maps - Once there select the "State", and go to "County" and then click on "Get ED Map Images" for entire county
Census Finder

Homestead Records and Maps

GLO Records — Government Land Office records: Patents (homesteads, cash sale and livestock) & maps
Historic topo maps

Marriage Records

BYUI Western States Marriage Index

Death Records

Death Records Index 1911 - 1951 at US GenWeb Archives
Find A Grave
Legacy Obituary Finder
SS Death Index search at
VA Gravesite Locator

Geography, geology and map links

1895 Atlas
Historic topo maps
Idaho State University Digital Atlas
Idaho Geological Survey
USGS index of Geographic Names

History Links

Central and Western Idaho, a Resume of the Resources of Four Counties, Ada, Alturas, Boise and Washington Counties, 1886 for other great free resources
FARRIT: Finding All Resources Relating to Idaho Topics, Idaho Commission for Libraries.
History Articles at the Idaho Statesman
Historical Currency Converter
Historical Markers in Idaho
History of Mines at idahogeology
Idaho Post Offices
Idaho State Historical Society
Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series Index for Idaho history articles
Idaho State Historical Society Digital Collection
ISU Trail Archives (includes Oregon Trail journals)
Library of Congress Index page
Mountain Men and the Fur Trade
   Mountain Man Alexander Ross' Journal, 1824
   Mountain Man John Work's Journal, 1830-31
Oregon Trail at National Park Service
Oregon-California Trail Assoc.
Rootsweb Resources:   Idaho
History of Idaho Logging

Digital Collections

Boise State Digital Collection
Idaho State Historical Society Digital Collections
Northwest Historical Postcard Collection, University of Idaho
Stonebraker Collection at University of Idaho, includes Chamberlain Basin, Roosevelt, Thunder Mountain
Idaho Cities Old Main Street Postcards
Mountain West Digital Library

Idaho History Bloggers

Ancestors Live Here
Mary Dexter, by Reba Logue McMillan
Mychel Matthews/Magic Valley
Idaho Meanderings, Idaho from late 1800's/early 1900's, with an emphasis on Gov. Steunenberg
South Fork Companion History Blog
Yellow Pine Times, History

Idaho Newspapers on-line

Library of Congress, Chronicling America, includes Boise News, Caldwell Tribune, Coeur d'Alene Evening Press, Coeur d'Alene Press, Idaho semi-weekly World, The Idaho World, Wood River Times

Bear Lake County Library Digital Archives (1880- 2010) Collection of newspapers published in Bear Lake County, located in the southeastern corner of Idaho, bordering Utah and Wyoming.

Blackfoot Newspapers (1880-1902)

East Bonner County Library Digital Archives (1969- 1987)

Council Valley Museum including newspaper abstracts from 1877 to 1950

Franklin County Library District Digital Archives (1832- 1902, 1905- 1961) Collection of newspapers published in Franklin County, located in southeastern Idaho. Time coverage is scattered for 1832- 1902.

Idaho Falls Newspapers (1906-2012)

Minidoka Irrigator (1942- 1945) This links to the search interface for the Densho Digital Archive of the Japanese-American experience. The Minidoka Irrigator was published by the inmates at the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, from 1942 to 1945. For a non-searchable list of PDF's, go to - The Densho Digital Archive holds more than 700 visual histories (more than 1,400 hours of recorded video interviews) and over 12,000 historic photos, documents, and newspapers. These primary sources document the Japanese American experience from immigration in the early 1900s through redress in the 1980s with a strong focus on the World War II mass incarceration.

Rexburg Newspapers (1909-1921)

Rigby Star (1906-1975), Newspaper of this traditionally Mormon town.

Salmon Public Library Digital Archives (1867, 1886- 1967), Collection of newspapers published in Salmon, Boise, Sweet, Burley, Gowen Field, and "Payette Lake Star" at McCall.

Twin Falls Newspapers (1904-1922)

Valley of the Tetons District Library Digital Archives (1909- 2010)

1The Idaho Blue Book, 2007-2008, published by the Secretary of State's office.

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