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County Courthouse

History

Parent County

1911--Lewis County was created 3 March 1911 from Nez Perce County.  County seat: Nezperce [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

The following 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 Lewis County, Idaho was compiled from the Lists of Places in Idaho in Wikipedia and from the map of Lewis County in Virtual Earth.

Populated Places

Cities

Craigmont | Kamiah | Nezperce | Winchester

Other inhabited places

Clicks | Craig Junction | Fletcher | Forest | Harris Siding | Kippen | Mohler | Morrow | Nez Perce Indian Reservation | Nucrag | Reubens | Slickpoo | Suckpoo

Former inhabited places, no longer in existence

Ilo and Vollmer (combined to form Craigmont)

Neighboring Counties

Clearwater | Idaho | Nez Perce |

Resources

Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Lewis 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 Nezperce[2].

Cemeteries

The following cemeteries of Lewis 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.

As indicated in the following table, copies of many of the cemetery records for Lewis County are maintained at the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society and are up-dated annually.

Name of cemetery Location Records
Central Ridge Cemetery T35N, R1E, Sec 15 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[3] in Boise; transcription of 6 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Charlotte McDermont grave T32N, R3W, Sec 7 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[4] in Boise
Cold Springs - Bailey Cemetery abt 3.5 m W of Ruebens, T34N, R2W, Sec 22 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[5] in Boise; transcription of 77 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Craigmont Cemetery Craigmont Transcription of 14 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website
Craigmont I.O.O.F. Cemetery 1.5 m SW of Craigmont Some records of this cemetery at PARL[6] in Boise; transcription of 51 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Evergreen (Golden Ridge) Cemetery Golden Ridge, abt 4 m NW of Winchester Some records of this cemetery at PARL[7] in Boise; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
First Church Cemetery Indian cemetery at Kamiah (technically in Idaho County) Records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Fletcher Cemetery abt .5 m NE of Fletcher townsite, between Craigmont and Nezperce Some records of this cemetery at PARL[8] in Boise; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Gilbert Cemetery (Russell Catholic Cemetery) Russell Ridge near Nez Perce Some records of this cemetery at PARL[9] in Boise; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Golden Ridge (Evergreen) Cemetery near Winchester Transcription of 58 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website
Harry Jewell grave 2 m N of Winchester T33N, R2W, Sec 17 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[10] in Boise
Huckaby/ Risdon graves Forest townsite Some records of this cemetery at PARL[11] in Boise
Kamiah Cemetery Kamiah Transcription of 853 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website
Kamiah I.O.O.F. Cemetery Kamiah Some records of this cemetery at PARL[12] in Boise; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society; photo of 1 gravestone available through idahogravestones.org
Melinda S. Wilson grave just outside of the SW corner of Talmax Some records of this cemetery at PARL[13] in Boise
Melrose Cemetery Transcription of 1 gravestone available through Find-A-Grave.com website
Mohler Cemetery near Nezperce Records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Morrow Town Cemetery S of Morrow townsite Some records of this cemetery at PARL[14] in Boise; transcription of 8 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery near Nezperce Transcription of 1 gravestone available through Find-A-Grave.com website; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Nezperce City Cemetery .5 m S of Nez Perce on Hwy 7 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[15] in Boise; transcription of 31 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Old Forest Cemetery abt 2 m SE of Forest townsite T32N, R2W, Sec 7 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[16] in Boise; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Otelia & Charity Ladd graves T32N, R3W, Sec 7 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[17] in Boise
Pine City Cemetery 2 m S of Ruebens on Ruebens Highway Some records of this cemetery at PARL[18] in Boise; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Ruebens Cemetery W edge of Ruebens Some records of this cemetery at PARL[19] in Boise; transcription of 11 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Russell Cemetery Transcription of 1 gravestone available through Find-A-Grave.com website
Second Indian Presbyterian Church Cemetery Kamiah Some records of this cemetery at PARL[20] in Boise; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Slickpoo Mission Cemetery T34N, R3W, Sec 4 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[21] in Boise; transcription of 134 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Woodlawn Cemetery  (Missouri Ridge Cemetery) NW of Winchester Some records of this cemetery at PARL[22] in Boise; transcription of 32 gravestones available through Find-A-Grave.com website; records accessible by writing to the Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society

Census

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

Church

County Commissioners' Records

Court

Judgment Books

History

Land

Maps

Military

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Lewis County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452218) and are also available online at Ancestry.com, for a subscription fee. 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.

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

The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society has 26 volumes of obituary records for Lewis County.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth

Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Lewis 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.

Marriage

Over 650 marriages, 1911-1930, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Deaths

Deaths occuring in Lewis County after 1911 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 used at the Idaho State Historical Society Library, the Family History Library, 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 the US Genweb Idaho Death Index 1911-1956.

Deaths from other sources.

The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society has 26 volumes of obituary records for Lewis County.

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.

Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Box 61
Craigmont, ID 83523
Ph. 208-924-5474

Contact -- Shelley Kuther, President
or
Byron D. Bovey
HCR 1 Box 41
Craigmont, ID 83523
Ph. 208-924-7336
A researcher with the Historical Society



Craigmont City Library
112 W. Main St.
Craigmont, ID 83523
Ph. 208-924-5510



Nezperce City Library
502 Oak St.
Nezperce, ID 83543
Ph. 208-937-2458

Websites


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.
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