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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Idaho Genealogy|Idaho]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Lewis County'''<br>
  
Guide to '''Lewis County Idaho genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Lewis County, Idaho ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>  
[[Image:Lewis& Clark CO., Sawtooth Mountains, Image 629, ( SawtMtns 1023 11) by Peg Owens.jpg|thumb|right|320x230px|<center>Sawtooth Mountains, Lewis & Clark County, Idaho by Peg Owens</center>]]
 
  
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<br>{{Click|Image:ID_ORP.png|Idaho Online Genealogy Records}}  
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[[File:Lewis_CO.,_Landscape_near_Kamiah,_Image_398,_(LandsKamiah_1799_6)_by_Peg_Owens_.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Landscape near Kamiah]]
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'''Quick start:'''
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*[[Lewis County, Idaho#Census|Census]]
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*[[Lewis County, Idaho#Birth|Birth]]
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*[[Lewis County, Idaho#Marriage|Marriage]]
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*[[Lewis County, Idaho#Death|Death]]
  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
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| seat = Nezperce  
 
| seat = Nezperce  
 
| building image = IDlewiscourthouse.jpg
 
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| building address = [http://www.idaho.gov/aboutidaho/county/lewis.html Lewis County Courthouse]<br>602 Lewis  <br>510 Oak Street<br>Nezperce, ID 83543-0039<br>Phone: (208) 937-2661<br>Fax: (208) 937-9234}}  
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| building address = [http://lewiscountyid.us/ Lewis County Courthouse]<br>602 Lewis  <br>510 Oak Street<br>Nezperce, ID 83543-0039<br>Phone: (208) 937-2661<br>Fax: (208) 937-9234}}
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Lewis County, Idaho Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 169-180. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lewis County, Idaho Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lewis County, Idaho Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lewis County, Idaho Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lewis County, Idaho Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Lewis County, Idaho Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lewis County, Idaho Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1911
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://www.idaho.gov/aboutidaho/county/lewis.html Lewis County Courthouse]<br>510 Oak Street<br>Nezperce, ID 83543-0039<br>Phone: (208) 937-2661<br>Fax: (208) 937-9234<br><br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, court and land records from 1911. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lewis, Idaho page 179, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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[http://lewiscountyid.us/ Lewis County Courthouse]<br>510 Oak Street<br>Nezperce, ID 83543-0039<br>Phone: (208) 937-2661<br>Fax: (208) 937-9234<br><br>County Clerk has marriage, divorce, court and land records from 1911. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lewis, Idaho page 179, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== Quick Facts  ==
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=== Quick Facts  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1911--'''Lewis County was created 3 March 1911 from [[Nez Perce County, Idaho|Nez Perce]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Nezperce <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1911--'''Lewis County was created 3 March 1911 from [[Nez Perce County, Idaho Genealogy|Nez Perce]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Nezperce <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
{{Lewis County, Idaho}}  
 
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This list of places in Lewis County, Idaho was compiled from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_places_in_Idaho Lists of Places in Idaho] in Wikipedia and from the map of Lewis County in [http://maps.live.com/ Virtual Earth].  
 
This list of places in Lewis County, Idaho was compiled from the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_places_in_Idaho Lists of Places in Idaho] in Wikipedia and from the map of Lewis County in [http://maps.live.com/ Virtual Earth].  
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Lewis County have been microfilmed and are available at the {{FHL|Idaho%2C+Lewis|subject|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City and through their family history centers. They are also available at the&nbsp;[http://history.idaho.gov/ 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 Nezperce<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, ''Counties and County Seats'', Reissued July, 1991.</ref>.  
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The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to {{PAGENAME}} entries with names, images, or information.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Idaho, Lewis|place|disp={{PAGENAME}}}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Archives_and_Libraries Archives and Libraries].}}
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<br> Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Lewis County have been microfilmed and are available at the {{FHL|Idaho%2C+Lewis|subject|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City and through their family history centers. They are also available at the&nbsp;[http://history.idaho.gov/ 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 Nezperce<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, ''Counties and County Seats'', Reissued July, 1991.</ref>.
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
{{RAOGKcemetery}}There are many cemeteries in Lewis County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to [[Lewia County, Idaho Cemetery Records|Lewis County, Idaho Cemetery Records]].  
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There are many cemeteries in Lewis County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to [[Lewia County, Idaho Cemetery Records|Lewis County, Idaho Cemetery Records]].
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For the cemeteries in or immediately adjacent to the cities, please see the city pages for the cities listed above.
  
For the cemeteries in or immediately adjacent to the cities, please see the city pages for the cities listed above.  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=15&GScnty=676&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=15&CScnty=676 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://lewis.idgenweb.org/Cemeteries/Cemetery_main.htm IDGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Lewis+Idaho&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Idaho&county=Lewis&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/id/lewis/lewis.htm IDGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/idaho/lewis.html Tombstone Project]
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=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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The 1890 federal census for Idaho was destroyed. However, the Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library is creating a list of [http://www.history.idaho.gov/idaho-1890-reconstructed-census 1890 Idaho residents] by indexing a variety of records, 1885-1894. This reconstructed list will substitute for the destroyed 1890 federal census.
 
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For a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see [[Idaho Census|Idaho Census Records]].  
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For a summary of census records for the state of Idaho, see [[Idaho Census|Idaho Census Records]].
  
 
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=== Church  ===
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===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)  =====
 
===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)  =====
  
In 1930, Lewis County was part of [[Stake, Idaho LDS Church Wards and Branches|___ Stake]]. (Still looking for LDS info.)
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In 1930, Lewis County was part of [[Stake, Idaho LDS Church Wards and Branches|Northwestern States Mission.]] There were no stake organized in the area at the time.
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*The following are local congregations (wards) which existed in Lewis County, Idaho prior to 1950.  
 
*The following are local congregations (wards) which existed in Lewis County, Idaho prior to 1950.  
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=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
  
Some of the early court records of&nbsp;Lewis County, Idaho have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://history.idaho.gov/County_Records_ISHS_microfilm.pdf Idaho State Archives] in Boise, Idaho. The records filmed include civil suits, divorce papers, judgment dockets, etc. Copies of these microfilmed court records are also available at the {{FHL|731026|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City, Utah or at any of the Library's [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Additional court records and more recent records are housed at the&nbsp;Lewis County courthouse in Nezperce, and can be accessed by making a visit there.  
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Some of the early court records of&nbsp;Lewis County, Idaho have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho. The records filmed include civil suits, divorce papers, judgment dockets, etc. Copies of these microfilmed court records are also available at the {{FHL|731026|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City, Utah or at any of the Library's [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.] Additional court records and more recent records are housed at the Lewis County courthouse in Nez perce, and can be accessed by making a visit there.  
  
Some of the records of the courts of&nbsp;Lewis County that have been microfilmed include:  
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Some of the records of the courts of Lewis County that have been microfilmed include:  
  
 
*Court records, 1911-1932  
 
*Court records, 1911-1932  
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=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
  
Land and Property records are generally recorded in the county courthouse of the county in which the transaction took place. For original records of&nbsp;Lewis County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Nezperce, Idaho.  
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Land and Property records are generally recorded in the county courthouse of the county in which the transaction took place. For original records of Lewis County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Nez Perce, Idaho.  
  
The [http://history.idaho.gov/county_microfilm.html Idaho State Archives] has microfilmed many county records of&nbsp;Lewis County and these can be accessed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.  
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The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed many county records of Lewis County and these can be accessed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.  
  
Some {{FHL|731028|subject-id|disp=Land and property }}records of Lewis County have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and can be read in the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.]  
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Some {{FHL|731028|subject-id|disp=Land and property }}records of Lewis County have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and can be read in the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.]
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
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[[Image:Idlewis.jpg|300px|Idlewis.jpg]]
  
 
*A digital Lewis County Idaho map is [http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas/counties/lewis/lewis.htm available online.]  
 
*A digital Lewis County Idaho map is [http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas/counties/lewis/lewis.htm available online.]  
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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.  
 
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.  
  
Both the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah have copies of the miscellaneous record of&nbsp;Lewis County. The originals are held in the&nbsp;Lewis County courthouse in Nez Perce, Idaho and can be accessed by visiting there. Copies in the [http://history.idaho.gov/County_Records_ISHS_microfilm.pdf Idaho State Archives] are available for viewing in Boise. Those held by the {{FHL|673978|title-id|disp=Family History Library}} can be viewed either at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers].  
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Both the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah have copies of the miscellaneous record of&nbsp;Lewis County. The originals are held in the&nbsp;Lewis County courthouse in Nez Perce, Idaho and can be accessed by visiting there. Copies in the Idaho State Archives are available for viewing in Boise. Those held by the {{FHL|673978|title-id|disp=Family History Library}} can be viewed either at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers].
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
{{RAOGKobituary}}
 
  
 
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===== Historical  =====
 
===== Historical  =====
  
The Idaho State Archives has a collection of [http://history.idaho.gov/library_collections.html#anchor562626 Idaho newspapers]  
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=== Obituaries  ===
 
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=== Probate  ===
 
=== Probate  ===
  
Probate records are generally housed at the county courthouse in the county where the transaction took place, so existing Probate records&nbsp;of Lewis County&nbsp;should be available in Nezperce by visiting there.  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1857 – 1989''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9047 Idaho Wills and Probate Records 1857-1989] at  Ancestry.com $
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Probate records are generally housed at the county courthouse in the county where the transaction took place, so existing Probate records of Lewis County should be available in Nez Perce by visiting there.  
  
 
Some older {{FHL|731027|subject-id|disp=Probate records}} of Lewis County have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.]  
 
Some older {{FHL|731027|subject-id|disp=Probate records}} of Lewis County have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers.]  
  
The [http://history.idaho.gov/County_Records_ISHS_microfilm.pdf Idaho State Archives] has also microfilmed records from Lewis County which can be accessed at the Archives in Boise, Idaho.  
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The Idaho State Archives has also microfilmed records from Lewis County which can be accessed at the Archives in Boise, Idaho.
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
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===== Birth  =====
 
===== 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 [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/idaho.htm Vital Records] section under the subject Idaho for more details.  
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861 - 1911''' {{RecordSearch|2110744|Idaho, Birth Index, 1861-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1883 - 1929''' {{RecordSearch|1951759|Idaho County Birth and Death Records 1883-1929}} at FamilySearch.
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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 [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/idaho.htm Vital Records] section under the subject Idaho for more details.
  
 
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1883 - 1929''' {{RecordSearch|1951759|Idaho County Birth and Death Records 1883-1929}} at FamilySearch.
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*'''1938 - 1961''' {{RecordSearch|2612577|Idaho Death Certificates, 1938-1961}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
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Deaths occurring 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 [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/idaho.htm Vital Records] section under Idaho for details.  
 
Deaths occurring 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 [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/idaho.htm Vital Records] section under Idaho for details.  
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'''Deaths from other sources.'''  
 
'''Deaths from other sources.'''  
  
The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society has 26 volumes of obituary records for Lewis County. This Society can be reached at PO Box 61, Craigmont, ID 83523.  
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The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society has 26 volumes of obituary records for Lewis County. This Society can be reached at PO Box 61, Craigmont, ID 83523.
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== 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.  
 
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.  
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Websites  ==
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=== Websites  ===
  
 
*[http://lewis.idgenweb.org/ The Lewis County ID GenWeb Project], a member of [[IDGenWeb|The IDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]]  
 
*[http://lewis.idgenweb.org/ The Lewis County ID GenWeb Project], a member of [[IDGenWeb|The IDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]]  
*{{FHL|207521|subject-id|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|207521|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ID/Lewis/ Lewis County, Idaho Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ID/Lewis/ Lewis County, Idaho Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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<references />{{Idaho|Idaho}}  
 
<references />{{Idaho|Idaho}}  
  
[[Category:Lewis_County,_Idaho]] [[Category:Idaho_Counties]]
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[[Category:Lewis_County,_Idaho]] [[Category:Idaho Counties]]

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Guide to Lewis County, Idaho ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Lewis County, Idaho
Map
Map of Idaho highlighting Lewis County
Location in the state of Idaho
Map of the U.S. highlighting Idaho
Location of Idaho in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 3, 1911
County Seat Nezperce
Courthouse
IDlewiscourthouse.jpg
Address Lewis County Courthouse
602 Lewis
510 Oak Street
Nezperce, ID 83543-0039
Phone: (208) 937-2661
Fax: (208) 937-9234


County Information

Lewis County, Idaho Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1911 1870 1868 1911

County Courthouse

Lewis County Courthouse
510 Oak Street
Nezperce, ID 83543-0039
Phone: (208) 937-2661
Fax: (208) 937-9234

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, court and land records from 1911. [2]

Quick Facts

Parent County

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

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

The above 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.

Resources

The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to Lewis County, Idaho Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.


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 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 Nezperce[4].

Cemeteries

There are many cemeteries in Lewis County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to Lewis County, Idaho Cemetery Records.

For the cemeteries in or immediately adjacent to the cities, please see the city pages for the cities listed above.


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
IDGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
IDGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Idaho Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Idaho Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
19205,851
19305,238−10.5%
19404,666−10.9%
19504,208−9.8%
19604,4235.1%
19703,867−12.6%
19804,1186.5%
19903,516−14.6%
20003,7476.6%
sources:[5][6]

The 1890 federal census for Idaho was destroyed. However, the Idaho State Historical Society Public Archives and Research Library is creating a list of 1890 Idaho residents by indexing a variety of records, 1885-1894. This reconstructed list will substitute for the destroyed 1890 federal 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)

In 1930, Lewis County was part of Northwestern States Mission. There were no stake organized in the area at the time.


  • The following are local congregations (wards) which existed in Lewis County, Idaho prior to 1950.

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 Records

Some of the early court records of Lewis County, Idaho have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho. The records filmed include civil suits, divorce papers, judgment dockets, etc. Copies of these microfilmed court records are also available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah or at any of the Library's Family History Centers. Additional court records and more recent records are housed at the Lewis County courthouse in Nez perce, and can be accessed by making a visit there.

Some of the records of the courts of Lewis County that have been microfilmed include:

  • Court records, 1911-1932
  • Power of attorney, 1883-1964; index, 1890-1986
Judgment Books
  • Judgment record, 1895-1946; index, 1895-1986

Directories

The Idaho State Archives has a collection of city, county, state and regional directories.

History

Land and Property

Land and Property records are generally recorded in the county courthouse of the county in which the transaction took place. For original records of Lewis County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Nez Perce, Idaho.

The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed many county records of Lewis County and these can be accessed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.

Some Land and propertyrecords of Lewis County have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and can be read in the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its Family History Centers.

Maps

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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.

Both the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah have copies of the miscellaneous record of Lewis County. The originals are held in the Lewis County courthouse in Nez Perce, Idaho and can be accessed by visiting there. Copies in the Idaho State Archives are available for viewing in Boise. Those held by the Family History Library can be viewed either at the Library in Salt Lake City or at any of its Family History Centers.

Newspapers

Current
Historical

The Idaho State Archives has a collection of Idaho newspapers


Obituaries

The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society has 26 volumes of obituary records for Lewis County. This Society can be reached at PO Box 61, Craigmont, ID 83523

Probate

Online Probate Records

Probate records are generally housed at the county courthouse in the county where the transaction took place, so existing Probate records of Lewis County should be available in Nez Perce by visiting there.

Some older Probate records of Lewis County have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its Family History Centers.

The Idaho State Archives has also microfilmed records from Lewis County which can be accessed at the Archives in Boise, Idaho.

Taxation

Any existing tax assessment rolls for Lewis County should be in the courthouse in Nezperce and would need to be accessed by visiting there.

Vital Records

Birth

Online Records

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.

There are 108 Lewis County marriages in the online Idaho Marriages.

Deaths

Online Records


Deaths occurring 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 Archives, 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.

Idaho Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records) gives details about this collection that covers 1907-1965.

Deaths from other sources.

The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society has 26 volumes of obituary records for Lewis County. This Society can be reached at PO Box 61, Craigmont, ID 83523.

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

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 169-180. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lewis, Idaho page 179, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, Counties and County Seats, Reissued July, 1991.
  5. census.gov - Idaho population by county, 1900-90 accessed 2009-05-03
  6. quickfacts.census.gov - Canyon County accessed 2009-05-03