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&path=Idaho.Boise+City Boise City]. The original cards are maintained in the Southeast Regional Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in East Point, Georgia and have been microfilmed by the National Archives as their Microcopy M1509.
Often overlooked by the genealogist, this group of volumes may contain affidavits for citizenship, final disposition of estates, divorce decrees, and many other types of valuable documents. The content varies from county to county, year to year and from clerk to clerk. When the estate case files, civil or criminal files are not available or have been destroyed, you may find key documents recorded here. Most counties will have an index to this series and it is a must search if the information you are seeking is not found elsewhere.
Among the records which have been microfilmed are:
- Index vol. 1-2 1890-1928
- Miscellaneous records vol. 1-10 1891-1926
Naturalization and Citizenship
Records of the naturalization of people born outside of the United States were often kept in the county courthouses of the respective counties of Idaho. Three volumes of Ada County naturalization records are included in a Naturalization Index at the Idaho State Archives in Boise, and available online.
Also in the holdings of the Idaho State Archives and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah or at any of the Library's Family History Centers are the following microfilmed naturalization records for Ada County:
- Declaration of Intent (to become a naturalized citizen), 1906-1939
- Petition and Record for Naturalization, 1903-1935
- Certificates of Naturalization, 1909-1926
- Admission to Citizenship and Records, 1891-1906
The following newspapers are currently being published in Ada County:
- Idaho Statesman -- published in Boise
- Kuna Melba News -- published in Kuna
- The Valley Times -- published online; serving Meridian, Eagle, and Star
Copies of many newspapers published in Ada County, 1867 to present, are part of the collections of the Idaho State Archives in Boise. Included are newspapers from the following cities in Ada County:
- Boise -- many titles -- 1867 to present
- Eagle -- 4 titles -- 1926, 1958-1960, 1982, 1988-1989
- Garden City -- 4 titles -- 1954-1968, 1980-1981
- Kuna -- 3 titles -- 1914-1968, 1978-present
- Meridian -- 7 titles -- 1909-1974, 1976-1996
- Star -- 2 titles -- 1908, 1919-1920
Mothers' Pensions were provided by the State of Idaho for widows and/or orphans, under certain conditions. Petitions for those pensions were filed with the probate court in each county. The original papers for several counties have been transferred to the Idaho State Archives in Boise and have been indexed. Ada County Mothers' Pensions are included in that index.
Old Age Pensions were also provided by the State of Idaho from 1931 to 1936. The original records for these pensions in the Idaho State Archives have also been indexed. Ada County Old Age Pensions are included in that index.
Some probate records for Ada County have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah or in any of the Library's Family History Centers. Other probate files remain with the county courthouse in Boise. Included among the records that have been microfilmed are:
- Wills, 1869-1973
- Probate Letters, 1899-1932
- Probate Record Books, v. B-W, 1873-1927
- Guardianship Records, v. B-F, 1892-1932
- and other miscellaneous estate records, 1867-1908
The tax assessment rolls, 1865-1890, and the delinquent tax lists, 1878-1890, for Ada County have been microfilmed. Copies are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Original tax records for Ada County for additional years may be in the county courthouse in Boise or at the Idaho State Archives.
The birth registers for Ada County, 1907-1911 have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Ada County are included in and recorded at the state level. These records are restricted for a period of one hundred years from the time of the individual's birth but can be obtained by following the guidelines as issued by the State of Idaho. See the Vital Records section under the subject Idaho for more details.
The Family History Library has made available online Idaho Births and Christenings, 1856-1965, and Ada County has 11,044 births recorded there.
- Marriage Records Books, v. 1-20, 1865-1928
- Index to Marriage Records, 1864-1928
- Ministers' Marriage Register, 1907-1943
- Marriage Licenses, 1895-1905
- Marriage Certificates, 1865-1894
The Family History Library has also made available online Idaho Marriages, 1878-1898, 1903-1942, and there are 21,691 Ada County marriages therein.
Marriages from other sources. Over 21,000 marriages for Ada County residents from 1864-1949, are available on the Western States Marriage Index
After 1911, deaths occuring in Ada County are included in the state-wide registration program. These records are restricted for a period of fifty years from the time of the individual's death but can be obtained by following the guidelines as issued by the State of Idaho. See the Vital Records section under Idaho for details.
Copies of death certificates from 1911-1954 are on microfilm and can be viewed at the Idaho State Archives, the Family History Library, BYU-Idaho University Library in Rexburg and several other locations.
The Family History Library has also made available online Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907-1965, and there are 1069 Ada County deaths listed.
Deaths from other sources.
Idaho Statesman Obituary Index, 1967 to present.(2011)
Societies, Libraries and Museums
Many public libraries provide internet access to sites of value to the family historian. Some have special collections of historical and cultural interest, as well. The following libraries may have some resources of value, but use of some or all of them may require a visit to the library.
- Idaho State Archives -- definitely needed, it is linked from most county and state pages, but all right to have it here, too
- National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Boise Chapter
- The Idaho Welsh Society -- excellent cultural and historical site
- Ada County Historic Preservation Council
- Boise Public Library -- has some significant genealogy collections
- The Basque Center
There are several Family History Centers in the Boise area. The largest is just off Overland and near the Boise Temple. It has a large collection of books and microfilm plus they can assist patrons as they order and use microfilm from the main library in Salt Lake City. They maintain a large collection of local records for research purposes.
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1430
The Albertson Library at Boise State has several special collections of local history.
Family History Centers
- Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
- Boise Idaho Family History Center
- Eagle Idaho Family History Center
- Idaho State Correctional Facility Family History Center
- Kuna Idaho Family History Center
- Meridian Idaho Amity Family History Center
- Meridian Idaho East Family History Center
- Meridian Idaho West Family History Center
- The Ada County ID GenWeb Project, a member of The IDGenWeb Project
- The USGenWeb Archives Project
- The USGenWeb Archives Project (backup site)
- Ada County, Idaho Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- FamilySearch.org Family History Library Catalog for Ada County.