Clark County, Idaho Genealogy

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The minute books of the County Commissioners contain interesting tidbits of history about the county as well as the names of individuals appealing to the County Commissioners for action on issues of concern to them. Minutes of those meetings were recorded from the formation of the county, for most counties. Some counties now post the minutes of current meetings online.  
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The [[Idaho_County_Commissioners'_Records|minute books of the County Commissioners]] contain interesting tidbits of history about the county as well as the names of individuals appealing to the County Commissioners for action on issues of concern to them. Minutes of those meetings were recorded from the formation of the county, for most counties. Some counties now post the minutes of current meetings online.  
  
 
Most of these records have been preserved in the county courthouses of the State of Idaho. Few have been microfilmed. Contact the county clerk for information about years covered and availability.
 
Most of these records have been preserved in the county courthouses of the State of Idaho. Few have been microfilmed. Contact the county clerk for information about years covered and availability.

Revision as of 16:43, 22 June 2010

United States  > Idaho > Clark County

Contents

County Courthouse

Clark County Courthouse
Dubois, ID 83423-0007
Phone: (208) 374-5304
Fax: (208) 374-5609

Quick Facts

Parent County

1919--Clark County was created 1 February 1919 from Fremont County. County seat: Dubois [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

This list of places in Clark County, Idaho was compiled from the Lists of Places in Idaho in Wikipedia and from the map of Clark County in Virtual Earth.

Resources

Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Clark County have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and through their family history centers. They are also available at the Idaho State Historical Society's Library in Boise. Details of the county records in these respective institutions can be obtained from their online catalogs or listings. Original records which have been microfilmed and more recent records are in the county courthouse in Dubois[2].

Cemeteries

The following cemeteries of Clark County have been identified and some of their records located. When multiple transcriptions are listed, they may contain discrepant information. The transcriptions may have been made at different times and by different people. Some names may have been mis-read. Some gravestones may have been missed. All transcriptions available for each cemetery should be checked.

Name of cemetery Location Records
Beaver Canyon Cemetery (2 marked graves) past Spencer towards Monida Pass Some records of this cemetery at PARL[3] in Boise; transcription of 8 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Camas Meadows (Bugler Brooks) Gravesite Transcription of 1 gravestone available at USGenWeb site for Clark County; transcription of 1 gravestone available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Clark County Cemetery Transcription of 3 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Dubois Cemetery Dubois Some records of this cemetery at PARL[4] in Boise; transcription of 326 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; 1 photos of gravestone available at idahogravestones.org
Fort Harkness (Glass) Gravesite Transcription of 1 gravestone at USGenWeb site for Clark County
Goddard Cemetery Transcription of 5 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Humphrey Cemetery Humphrey Transcription of 43 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
John Day Cemetery Blue Dome Transcription of 39 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Kilgore Cemetery #1 Kilgore Transcription of 38 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Kilgore Cemetery #2 Kilgore Transcription of 20 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Lidy Hot Springs Cemetery Transcript of 5 gravestones at USGenWeb site for Clark County
Old Kilgore Cemetery 1 m N and .5 m W of Spencer-Kilgore junction Some records of this cemetery at PARL[5] in Boise; transcription of 3 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Reno Family Cemetery (2 graves) Reno Point Some records of this cemetery at PARL[6] in Boise
Second Kilgore Cemetery 1 m W of Spencer-Kilgore junction on road to Spencer Some records of this cemetery at PARL[7] in Boise
Small Cemetery in lower Medicine Lodge Canyon area Some records of this cemetery at PARL[8] in Boise; transcription of 3 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Soldier Grave Highbridge Transcription of 2 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Spencer Cemetery Spencer Some records of this cemetery at PARL[9] in Boise; transcription of 84 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website

Census

For a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see Idaho Census Records.

Church

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

The following are local congregations (wards) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which existed in Clark County, Idaho prior to 1950. Many of the original records of these church units are in the Historical Library in Salt Lake City. Many of the membership records covering these units from the date of their creation to about 1948 have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

  • Camas
  • Kilgore
  • Woodrow

County Commissioners' Records

The minute books of the County Commissioners contain interesting tidbits of history about the county as well as the names of individuals appealing to the County Commissioners for action on issues of concern to them. Minutes of those meetings were recorded from the formation of the county, for most counties. Some counties now post the minutes of current meetings online.

Most of these records have been preserved in the county courthouses of the State of Idaho. Few have been microfilmed. Contact the county clerk for information about years covered and availability.

Court

Judgment Books

History

Land

Maps

Military

Because Clark County was not formed until 1919, those who were of military draft age for World War I were included in the draft registration records of Fremont County, the parent county of Clark.

Miscellaneous Series

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.

Newspapers

Current
Historical

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth

Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in the Clark County area 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.

Marriage
Death

Deaths occuring in Clark 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 mandated 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 used at the Idaho State Historical Society (PARL) Library in Boise, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, BYU-Idaho University Library in Rexburg and several other locations.

A state-wide index to Idaho Deaths, 1911-1956 is available online. Efforts to expand this index to 1960 are underway. Another version is Idaho Death Index 1911-1956.

Deaths from other sources

A significant source of death and related information for eastern Idaho families can be found at the following website Eastern Idaho Death Index.

Societies and Libraries

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.

  • Clark County District Library
    160 W Main St
    Dubois, ID 83423
    Phone: (208) 374-5267
  • Heritage Hall Museum‎
    110 South Reynolds Street, Dubois, ID 83423

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, Counties and County Seats, Reissued July, 1991.
  3. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
  4. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
  5. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
  6. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
  7. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
  8. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.
  9. Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library, Boise Idaho.