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Record Description

This collection includes images of homestead patents, deeds, marriage licenses, naturalizations and probate records from the county clerk and recorder's office in Emmett for the years 1905 to 1920.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Idaho, Gem County Records, 1877-1950.

Coverage Table

Gem county was formed in 1915. Some of the records in this collection are transcriptions from records in the parent counties. The Coverage Table shows the record type and volume number, the time periods covered and the counties where the records came from.

Record Type and Volume Number Time Periods Covered Parent County
Deed record, vol 1 1915-1916 Gem County
Deed record, vol 2 1866-1901 Ada County, Canyon County
Deed record, vol 3 1892-1902 Ada County, Canyon County
Deed record, vol 4 1902-1904 Canyon County
Deed record, vol 5 1904-1909 Canyon County
Deed record, vol 6 1907-1909 Ada County, Canyon County
Deed record, vol 7 1908-1911 Ada County, Canyon County
Deed record, vol 8 1911-1913 Ada County, Canyon County
Deed record, vol 9 1908-1915 Boise County, Canyon County
Deed record, vol 10 1906-1925 Canyon County, Gem County
Deed record, vol 11 1912-1918 Gem County
Deed record, vol 12 1916-1919 Ada County, Gem County
Deed record, vol 13 1919-1920 Gem County
Deed record, vol 14 1920-1922 Gem County
Deed record, vol A 1906-1916 Ada County, Boise County, Canyon County, Sweet County
Deed record, vol B 1907-1916 Boise County
Deed record, vol C 1892-1916 Boise County
Deed record, vol D 1901-1917 Ada County, Gem County
Homestead patents, vol 1 1877-1952 Adams County, Canyon County, Gem County, Payette County, Washington County
Homestead patents, vol A 1877-1952 Boise County, Gem County

Record Content

The record content varies by record type. It may include any of the following pieces of information:

  • Name of primary individual
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Names of parents
  • Biographical information about parents such as date and place of birth
  • Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Names of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
  • Description and value of property or land
  • Occupation

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The place where the event occurred
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page:
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record" category
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type, Record Description, and Year Range" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • Use the parent’s birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.

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Citations for This Collection

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Collection Citation:

“Idaho, Gem County Records, 1877-1950.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2013. Citing County Clerk and Recorder's Office, Emmett, Idaho.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Idaho, Gem County Records, 1877-1950.



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