Camas County, Idaho Genealogy
Camas County Courthouse
Fairfield, ID 83327-0430
Phone: (208) 764-2242
Fax: (208) 764-2349
1917 --Camas County was created 6 February 1917 from Blaine County. County seat: Fairfield
Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Camas 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 Archives 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 Fairfield.
There are many cemeteries in Camas County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to Camas County, Idaho Cemetery Records.
For the cemeteries in or immediately adjacent to the cities, please see the city pages for the cities listed above.
For a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see Idaho Census Records.
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 Camas 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.
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.
- A digital Camas County Idaho map is available online.
- Map of Camas County, Idaho is available online.
World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Camas County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm number 1452112) 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.
Wills probated in Camas County (1897-1984) have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and are available for viewing there or at one of their affiliated Family History Centers.
A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Idaho Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.
A number of Camas County marriages (1917-1948) have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and the film is available for viewing in Salt Lake City or in one of its affiliate Family History Centers.
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.
- Camas County District Library
519 1st Street West; P.O. Box 292 , Fairfield, ID 83327
- The Camas County Idaho GenWeb Project, a member of The IDGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project
- Family History Library Catalog
- Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, Counties and County Seats, Reissued July, 1991.