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Revision as of 22:10, 22 June 2010

United States  > Idaho > Power County

Contents

County Courthouse

Power County Courthouse
543 Bannock
American Falls, ID 83211-1200
Phone: (208) 226-7611
Fax: (208) 226-7612

Quick Facts

Parent County

1913--Power County was created 30 January 1913 from Bingham, Blaine, and Oneida Counties.
County seat: American Falls [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 Power County, Idaho was compiled from the Lists of Places in Idaho in Wikipedia and from the map of Power County in Virtual Earth.

Populated Places

Cities

American Falls | Rockland

Other inhabited places

Arbon | Arbon Valley | Bannock | Borah | Crystal | Don | Fairview | Fort Hall Indian Reservation | Lone Rock | Michaud | Neeley | Pauline | Pocatello | Quigley | Roy | Schiller

Former inhabited places, no longer in existence

Neighboring Counties

Bannock | Bingham | Blaine | Cassia | Oneida

Resources

Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Power 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 American Falls[2].

Cemeteries

The following cemeteries of Power 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
American Falls Reservoir American Falls Transcription of 10 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Arbon Valley Cemetery Arbon Valley Some records of this cemetery at PARL[3] in Boise
Davis-Rose Mortuary American Falls Transcription of 2 records available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Fairview Cemetery American Falls Transcription of 2 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Fairview Cemetery Rockland Some records of this cemetery at PARL[4] in Boise; transcription of 251 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Falls View Cemetery American Falls, W of Hwy 30 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[5] in Boise; transcription of 572 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of gravestones at USGenWeb site for Power County; photos of 2 gravestones available at idahogravestones.org
Homestead Cemetery Aberdeen Transcription of 1 gravestone available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Indian Cemetery Transcription of 7 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Neeley Cemetery Neely on Hwy 30 Some records of this cemetery at PARL[6] in Boise; transcription of 46 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website; transcription of gravestones at USGenWeb site for Power County
Pauline Cemetery Transcription of 2 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Rockland Cemetery Rockland Transcription of 47 gravestones available through Find-a-Grave.com website
Valley View Cemetery Rockland Transcription of 96 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 Power 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.

  • American Falls
  • Arbon
  • Crystal
  • Meadow
  • Neeley
  • Neeleyville
  • Rockland

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

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Power County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452221) 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
  • Aberdeen Times
  • Power County Press
Historical

Pension Records

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 Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library (PARL) in Boise. Those at PARL have been indexed. Power County Mothers' Pensions are included in that index.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage

Over 1200 marriages, 1913-1941, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Death

Deaths occuring in Power 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.

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.

  • American Falls District
    308 Roosevelt St
    American Falls, ID 83211
    Phone: (208) 226-2335
  • Rockland School/Community
    321 E Center
    Rockland, ID 83271
    Phone: (208) 548-2222
    Website

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.