Idaho, Clark County, Historical Photograph Collection (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Clark, Idaho, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Photographs
Collection years 1865-1990
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What is in the Collection?

The Clark County Idaho Historical Photograph Collection consists of 5,000 images that depict people, events and locations from the early history and subsequent development of Clark County, Idaho. The collection spans the years mostly from the 1890’s to the 1990’s. The Clark County Historical Society collected the photographs for the book it published in 1990 for the Idaho Centennial called "Settlers of the Silver Sage."

The collection includes all the photographs that the Historical Society had collected from donors throughout the area, including many photos which were not used in the publication. The collection is housed at Brigham Young University Idaho in Rexburg. This index does not include every photograph in the collection but is limited to those containing individuals who have been identified by the record custodian. The entire collection, as well as a more detailed description of each photograph, can be found on the BYU (Provo) Library website.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Idaho, Clark County, Historical Photograph Collection, 1865-1990.

Collection Content

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The records generally contain the following:

  • Contractor's name - usually refers to the family name associated with the photograph
  • Date photograph was taken
  • Description of the content of the photograph

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • The person’s name or the family name
  • The approximate date the photo was taken or the dates the family lived in the area

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page

For tips about searching on-line collections see the wiki article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate the birth date to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, and death records.
  • Use the probate date as a substitute death date.
  • Use the name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery to find funeral and cemetery records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Idaho, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Idaho Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

“Idaho, Clark County, Historical Photograph Collection, 1865-1990.” Database. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Clark County Historical Society photo collection, MSII94; BYU Idaho, David O. McKay Library, Special Collections, Rexburg.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record will be available with each record once the collection is published.

How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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