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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 the Directory of Churches and Religious Organizations of Idaho (Boise, Idaho: Historical Records Survey, 1940; Family History Library book 979.6 K24d; film 1036585 item 7; fiche 6046931).

The Idaho State Historical Society has a significant collection of Episcopal church records. They also have an index to Catholic records. The Family History Library and the LDS Church Archives 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)

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

Note to researchers:  Will be closed from 20 April 2009 until 22 June 2009 and will reopen in a new facility.


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


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

Roman Catholic

Chancery Office
Diocese of Boise
303 Federal Way
Boise, ID 83705
Telephone: 208-342-1311
Fax: 208-342-0224


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