Idaho Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Idaho, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1856-1965
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1856 to 1965. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Idaho Births and Christenings, 1856-1965.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records in this collection may contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Date of christening
  • Place of christening
  • Parents' names
  • Race
  • Names of other family members

Collection Content

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1856-1965 Marriages, 1878-1898; 1903-1942 Deaths and Burials, 1907-1965
Ada 11,044 21,691 1,069
Bannock 1,588 943 1,076
Bear Lake 511 5,543 0
Benewah 572 231 314
Bingham 676 6,144 732
Blaine 1,315 2,563 247
Bonner 430 514 0
Bonneville 320 3,372 3,085
Boundary 216 740 536
Canyon 0 870 574
Cassia 0 2,951 124
Custer 0 365 0
Fremont 0 111 0
Gem 0 190 0
Gooding 134 0 0
Idaho 152 4,558 563
Idaho (state) 52,527 5,501 15,945
Jerome 423 189 0
Kootenai 3,227 11,931 948
Latah 254 2,128 408
Lemhi 131 135 129
Lewis 0 108 0
Lincoln 0 1,623 136
Minidoka 713 314 427
Nez Perce 143 4,051 2,004
Oneida 0 1,826 0
Payette 0 143 0
Power 137 0 0
Shoshone 711 4,470 1,493
Teton 0 0 0
Twin Falls 214 5,139 969
Washington 443 244 474
Total 75,881 88,588 31,253

How Do I Search the Collection?

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  • Name of the person
  • The name of a parent or date of the event

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Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
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I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and death records
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

"Idaho, Births and Christenings, 1856-1965" Database. FamilySearch. Website: accessed 2017. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Idaho Births and Christenings, 1856-1965.


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