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In 1911 the state of Idaho began requiring statewide registration of deaths. Previous to this time the counties were required to keep records from 1907 to 1911. Some counties may have earlier death records.

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Early to 1911

Idaho began requiring registration of deaths by the county recorders in 1907 and by 1911 registration was required directly to the state. The death certificates from 1907 to July 1911 are kept in the county records. Some counties may have records prior to 1907.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

For deaths that exist during this time period, try the following database.

Idaho Deaths Databases - Includes Digital Images

Try:


1907-1920 at FamilySearch Historical Records Free; Not indexed, browse images of Idaho Death Certificates from 1907 to 1920; limited counties
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

To obtain a copy of the original death record contact the county recorder's office in the county where the death occurred.

If you are uable to locate a record of the death you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
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1911 to Present

In 1911 the state of Idaho began requiring statewide registration of deaths. All death for this time period are housed on the state level. Some older records have been made public and are available online.

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below try searching for death information in other records.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

For deaths that exist during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Idaho Deaths Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images

Try:


1911-1937 at FamilySearch Historical Records Free; Name index and images of Idaho Death Certificates from 1911 to 1937
Idaho Deaths Databases - Includes Index Only

Try:


1911-1956 State of Idaho Death Index Free; Name index and extracted data from death records 1911 to 1956 compiled by BYU Idaho Special Collections 
Or Try:


1911-1951 Idaho Death Index Ancestry.com ($); Ancestry.com Idaho Death Index 1911-1951; index contains death date, birth date, county and city of death and certificate number. Certificates can be ordered for a fee.
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

PART A: You know the exact date of death

If the image was not included in the index entry above, you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following location:

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

See list of restrictions for ordering death records

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.

PART B: You don't know the exact date of death

Try:
Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
1937 to present at Genealogy Bank Free; most current version; few records before 1962; gives place where the last benefit was sent
Or try:
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will conduct a five year search on either side of the date you provide. If no certificate is located they will provide you with a list of years searched. No refund if certificate is not found.
Don't want to order the death record? Search other records with death information

See list of restrictions for ordering death records

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Restrictions for Obtaining Death Records

To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:

  • The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
  • The spouse of the person on the certificate
  • The child or grandchild of the person on the certificate
  • The sibling of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who can provide documentation showing it is needed for their property right
  • Legal representative of the above
NOTE: A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.



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