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Missions were established by religious denominations to serve the Indians.

  • Cataldo Mission
  • Sacred Heart Mission (Jesuit) 1842-1960
  • St Joseph's Mission (Jesuit) 1874-1958

Denominations in Idaho

Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Idaho were The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), the Roman Catholic, the Methodist Episcopal, and the Presbyterian churches.

To locate church records see:

  • Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations of Idaho (Boise, Idaho: Historical Records Survey, 1940; FHL Collection book 979.6 K24d; film 1036585 item 7; fiche 6046931

The Idaho State Archives has a significant collection of Episcopal church records. They also have an index to Catholic records. The Family History Library and the LDS Church History Library have records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Idaho as well as a few records of other churches. You can write to the following addresses to learn where church records are located:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) 

Early, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for Idaho Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be located through the FamilySearch Catalog, or by referring to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

LDS Church History Library (Archives)
50 East North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Telephone: (801) 240-2272
Fax: (801) 240-1845


United Methodist Archives Center
Drew University Library
P.O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (215) 408-3189
Fax: (201) 408-3909


Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in U.S.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 627-1852
Fax: (215) 627-0509

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Boise
303 Federal Way
Boise, ID 83705
Phone: (208) 342-1311
Fax: (208) 342-0224

History of the Diocese of Boise.

Parishes in the Diocese of Boise, listed by city.

The diocese includes the counties of: Ada, Adams, Bannock, Bear Lake, Benewah, Bingham, Blaine, Boise, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Clark, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Payette, Power, Shoshone, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington

Society of Friends (Quaker)

Local congregations of the Society of Friends are members of the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. A concentration of their churches exist in the Boise Valley, with some in Northern Idaho. Each of the local churches maintain records of births, marriages, deaths, transfers of memberships, and memorials, often compiled by a Recording Clerk or someone appointed by the local church. For an explanation of the local governance of the congregations of the Society of Friends in this Yearly Meeting, see their website.

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