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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Idaho|Idaho]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Twin Falls County''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Idaho Genealogy|Idaho]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Twin Falls County'''<br>
  
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Guide to '''Twin Falls County, Idaho ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br> [[Image:Twin Falls, Shoshone Falls, 2006.jpg|thumb|right|220px|<center>
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Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho</center>]]
  
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<br>{{Click|Image:ID_ORP.png|Idaho Online Genealogy Records}}<br><br>
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'''Quick start:'''
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*[[Twin Falls County, Idaho#Census|Census]]
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*[[Twin Falls County, Idaho#Birth|Birth]]
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*[[Twin Falls County, Idaho#Marriage|Marriage]]
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*[[Twin Falls County, Idaho#Death|Death]]
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Twin Falls County
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| county_map = TwinFalls faraway.gif
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| state = Idaho
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| founded year = 1907
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| founded date = February 21
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| seat = Twin Falls
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| building address = [http://www.twinfallscounty.org/clerk/ Twin Falls County Courthouse]<br>425 Shoshone Street North<br>Twin Falls, ID 83303-0126<br>Phone: (208) 736-4004<br>Fax: (208) 736-4182}}
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Twin Falls 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" | '''[[Twin Falls County, Idaho Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Twin Falls County, Idaho Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Twin Falls County, Idaho Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Twin Falls County, Idaho Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
 
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
== County Courthouse ==
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[http://www.twinfallscounty.org/clerk/ Twin Falls County Courthouse]<br>425 Shoshone Street North<br>Twin Falls, ID 83303-0126<br>Phone: (208) 736-4004<br>Fax: (208) 736-4182<br><br>County Clerk Recorder has birth and land records from 1907 and military records from 1919. <br>Court Services has divorce, probate and court records from 1907. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Twin Falls, Idaho page 180, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
[[Image:IDtwinfallscourthouse.jpg|thumb|left|300px]] [http://www.idaho.gov/aboutidaho/county/twinfalls.html Twin Falls County Courthouse]<br>425 Shoshone Street North<br>Twin Falls, ID 83303-0126<br>Phone: (208) 736-4004<br>Fax: (208) 736-4182<br><br>County Clerk Recorder has birth and land records from 1907 and military records from 1919. <br>Court Services has divorce, probate and court records from 1907. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Twin Falls, Idaho page 180, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>{{RAOGKcourthouse}}
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=== Quick Facts  ===
 
 
== Quick Facts  ==
 
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1907--'''Twin Falls County was created 21 February 1907 from [[Cassia County, Idaho|Cassia]] County. '''County seat:''' Twin Falls <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1907--'''Twin Falls County was created 21 February 1907 from [[Cassia County, Idaho Genealogy|Cassia]] County. '''County seat:''' Twin Falls <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
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== Places/Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
{{Twin Falls County, Idaho}}  
 
{{Twin Falls County, Idaho}}  
  
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.  
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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 websites. 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 Twin Falls 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 Twin Falls County in Virtual Earth.  
 
This list of places in Twin Falls 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 Twin Falls County in Virtual Earth.  
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
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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.
  
Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Twin Falls County have been microfilmed and are available at the {{FHL|Idaho%2C+Twin+Falls|subject|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City and through their family history centers. They are also available at the [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 Twin Falls<ref>Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series, Number 10, ''Counties and County Seats'', Reissued July, 1991.</ref>.  
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|United States, Idaho, Twin Falls|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 Twin Falls County have been microfilmed and are available at the {{FHL|Idaho%2C+Twin+Falls|subject|disp=Family History Library}} in Salt Lake City and through their family history centers. They are also available at the [http://www.twinfallscounty.org/clerk/ 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 Twin Falls<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 Twin Falls County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to [[Twin Falls County, Idaho Cemetery Records|Twin Falls County, Idaho Cemetery Records]].  
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There are many cemeteries in Twin Falls County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to [[Twin Falls County, Idaho Cemetery Records|Twin Falls County, Idaho Cemetery Records]].  
  
For the cemeteries in or immediately adjacent to the cities, please see the city pages for the cities listed above.  
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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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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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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=687&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=687 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/id/twinfalls/cemeteries.htm IDGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Twin+Falls+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=Twin%20Falls&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/id/twinfalls/cemeteries.htm IDGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/idaho/twinfalls.html Tombstone Project]
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===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)  =====
 
===== 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 Twin Falls County, Idaho prior to 1950. Many of the original records of these church units are in the [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library 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 [https://familysearch.org/#form=historical_records Family History Library ]in Salt Lake City, and can be ordered though any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers].  
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*List of [[Twin Falls County, Idaho LDS Church Stakes and Wards|Twin Falls County LDS stakes and wards]] to about 1948.
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**For original or later records, check with the [[Church History Library]] in Salt Lake City.  
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**Many of the records to about 1948 are available at the [[Family History Library|FamilySearch Library]] in Salt Lake City and at its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch Centers].
  
 
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=== Court  ===
 
=== Court  ===
  
It appears that none of the earlier Twin Falls County court records have been microfilmed.&nbsp; We suggest you check Cassia County.&nbsp; For more recent records and the records they do have can be viewed at the Twin Falls County courthouse in Twin Falls.  
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It appears that none of the earlier Twin Falls County court records have been microfilmed. We suggest you check Cassia County. For more recent records and the records they do have can be viewed at the Twin Falls County courthouse in Twin Falls.  
  
 
=== Directories  ===
 
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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;Twin Falls&nbsp;County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Twin Falls, Idaho.  
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[[Image:Twin Falls, Shoshone Falls, 2006.jpg|thumb|right|190px]] Land and Property records are generally recorded in the county courthouse of the county in which the transaction took place. For original records of Twin Falls County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Twin Falls, Idaho.  
  
The [http://history.idaho.gov/County_Records_ISHS_microfilm.pdf Idaho State Archives] has microfilmed many county records of Twin Falls County&nbsp;which was formed on&nbsp;21 Feb 1907 from Cassia County, and these can be accessed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.  
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The [http://history.idaho.gov/archives-collections Idaho Idaho State Archives] has microfilmed many county records of Twin Falls County which was formed on 21 Feb 1907 from Cassia County, and these can be accessed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.  
  
 
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has microfilmed some of the Twin Falls County land and property records, and the following can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers: ]  
 
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has microfilmed some of the Twin Falls County land and property records, and the following can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Family History Centers: ]  
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=== Maps  ===
 
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[[Image:Idtwinfalls.jpg|400px|Idtwinfalls.jpg]]
  
 
*A digital Twin Falls County Idaho map is [http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas/counties/twin/twin.htm available online.]  
 
*A digital Twin Falls County Idaho map is [http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas/counties/twin/twin.htm available online.]  
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Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:  
 
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:  
  
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_River Snake River]
 
 
:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map V" in ''Oregon Trail Landmarks'' at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap5.jpg  (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
 
:*[[Oregon Trail]] 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon<ref>Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map V" in ''Oregon Trail Landmarks'' at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap5.jpg  (accessed 18 July 2011).</ref>
  
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=== Naturalization  ===
 
=== Naturalization  ===
  
The original naturalization records of Twin Falls County that have been transferred to the Idaho State Archives in Boise have been indexed in their [http://history.idaho.gov/naturalization.html Index to Naturalizations].  
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The original naturalization records of Twin Falls County that have been transferred to the Idaho State Archives in Boise have been indexed in their [http://www.history.idaho.gov/naturalization Index to Naturalization].
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
{{RAOGKobituary}}
 
  
 
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===== Historical  =====
 
===== Historical  =====
  
Copies of issues of many [http://history.idaho.gov/library_collections.html#anchor566425 Idaho newspapers] are in the collections of the Idaho State Archives.  
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Copies of issues of many [http://history.idaho.gov/digital-newspapers Idaho newspapers] are in the collections of the Idaho State Archives.
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'''Twin Falls Public Library Newspaper Archive''
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[http://newspaper.twinfallspubliclibrary.org/ http://newspaper.twinfallspubliclibrary.org/]
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The Twin Falls Public Library Newspaper Archive includes issues from&nbsp;
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*Twin Falls Weekly News (1904-1927)
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*The Twin Falls Times (1908-1916)
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*Twin Falls Times News (1910)
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*Twin Falls Weekly Times (1915-1916)
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*Twin Falls Daily News (1918-1936)
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*Twin Falls Daily Times (1918-1936)
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*Twin Falls Chronicle (1919-1920)
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*The Idaho Citizen (1927-1930)
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*Idaho Evening Twin Falls Times (1929-1930)
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*Twin Falls Times (1931-1940)
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*Idaho Evening Times (1936-1942)
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*Twin Falls News (1941)
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*Times News (1942-October 2013)
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The Home page contains a link with an Index of missing issues.
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The search engine isn't as robust as some. &nbsp;After using the search option, it would be a good idea to browse specific issues for information such as an obituary if not found in the search results list.
  
 
=== Pension Records  ===
 
=== Pension Records  ===
  
[http://history.idaho.gov/pension.html 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 Archives in Boise and have been indexed. Twin Falls County Mothers' Pensions are included in that index.  
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[http://www.history.idaho.gov/mothers-pension 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 Archives in Boise and have been indexed. Twin Falls County Mothers' Pensions are included in that index.  
  
[http://history.idaho.gov/oldage_pension.html Old Age Pensions] were also provided by the State of Idaho from 1931 to 1936. The original records for these pensions in the Idaho State Archives and have also been indexed. Twin Falls County Old Age Pensions are included in that index.  
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[http://www.history.idaho.gov/old-age-pension-records Old Age Pensions] were also provided by the State of Idaho from 1931 to 1936. The original records for these pensions in the Idaho State Archives and have also been indexed. Twin Falls County Old Age Pensions are included in that index.
  
 
=== Probate  ===
 
=== Probate  ===
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*'''1857 – 1989''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9047 Idaho Wills and Probate Records 1857-1989] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
The [http://history.idaho.gov/archives-collections Idaho State Archives] has microfilmed some of the earlier probate records of Twin Falls County (it was Cassia County before 1907), and these films can be viewed at their facility in Boise.  
 
The [http://history.idaho.gov/archives-collections Idaho State Archives] has microfilmed some of the earlier probate records of Twin Falls County (it was Cassia County before 1907), and these films can be viewed at their facility in Boise.  
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=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
  
Any existing tax assessment rolls for&nbsp;Twin Falls&nbsp;County should be in the courthouse in Twin Falls and would need to be accessed by visiting there.  
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Any existing tax assessment rolls for Twin Falls County should be in the courthouse in Twin Falls and would need to be accessed by visiting there.  
  
 
=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
 
===== Births  =====
 
===== Births  =====
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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 [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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The Birth Registers for Twin Falls County, 1907-1911, have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Twin Falls 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 Vital Records|Idaho]] for more details.  
 
The Birth Registers for Twin Falls County, 1907-1911, have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Twin Falls 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 Vital Records|Idaho]] for more details.  
  
There are 214 Twin Falls County births and christenings in the online [[Idaho Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Idaho Births and Christenings]].  
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There are 214 Twin Falls County births and christenings in the online [[Idaho Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Idaho Births and Christenings]].
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
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===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
There are 969 Twin Falls County deaths and burials in the online [[Idaho Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Idaho Deaths and Burials]].  
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1883 - 1929''' {{RecordSearch|1951759|Idaho, County Birth and Death Records 1883-1929}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1938 - 1961''' {{RecordSearch|2612577|Idaho Death Certificates, 1938-1961}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
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There are 969 Twin Falls County deaths and burials in the online [[Idaho Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Idaho Deaths and Burials]].
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
{{RAOGKlibrary}}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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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.  
  
 
*Buhl Public Library<br>215 Broadway N<br>Buhl, ID 83316<br>Phone: (208) 543-6500<br>[http://buhl.lili.org/ Website]  
 
*Buhl Public Library<br>215 Broadway N<br>Buhl, ID 83316<br>Phone: (208) 543-6500<br>[http://buhl.lili.org/ Website]  
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Twin Falls Idaho Family History Center]]<br>
 
*[[Twin Falls Idaho Family History Center]]<br>
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~idtwinfa/ The Twin Falls County ID GenWeb Project], a member of [[IDGenWeb|The IDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~idtwinfa/ The Twin Falls County ID GenWeb Project], a member of [[IDGenWeb|The IDGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]]  
*{{FHL|Idaho%2C+Twin+Falls|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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Guide to Twin Falls County, Idaho ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Idaho


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Twin Falls County, Idaho
Map
Map of Idaho highlighting Twin Falls County
Location in the state of Idaho
Map of the U.S. highlighting Idaho
Location of Idaho in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 21, 1907
County Seat Twin Falls
Courthouse
IDtwinfallscourthouse.jpg
Address Twin Falls County Courthouse
425 Shoshone Street North
Twin Falls, ID 83303-0126
Phone: (208) 736-4004
Fax: (208) 736-4182


County Information

Twin Falls County, Idaho Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1907 1907 1907 1870 1880 1907

County Courthouse

Twin Falls County Courthouse
425 Shoshone Street North
Twin Falls, ID 83303-0126
Phone: (208) 736-4004
Fax: (208) 736-4182

County Clerk Recorder has birth and land records from 1907 and military records from 1919.
Court Services has divorce, probate and court records from 1907. [2]

Quick Facts

Parent County

1907--Twin Falls County was created 21 February 1907 from Cassia County. County seat: Twin Falls [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 websites. 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 Twin Falls County, Idaho was compiled from the Lists of Places in Idaho in Wikipedia and from the map of Twin Falls 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 Twin Falls County, Idaho Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.


Many of the older court, land, naturalization, probate, pension, and vital records for Twin Falls 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 Twin Falls[4].

Cemeteries

There are many cemeteries in Twin Falls County. For a list of those that have been identified, and links to transcriptions and/or photographs of tombstones, go to Twin Falls 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.
19105,258
19208,32458.3%
19308,7875.6%
194011,85134.9%
195017,60048.5%
196020,12614.4%
197021,9148.9%
198026,20919.6%
199027,5915.3%
200034,46924.9%
sources:[5][6]


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)
  • Buhl
  • Bliss
  • Castleford
  • Filer
  • Hollister
  • Kimberly
  • Murtaugh
  • Roseworth
  • Twin Falls
  • Twin Falls 1
  • Twin Falls 2
  • Twin Falls 3
  • Twin Falls 4

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 Twin Falls county clerk for information about years covered and availability of such records in Twin Falls County.

Court

It appears that none of the earlier Twin Falls County court records have been microfilmed. We suggest you check Cassia County. For more recent records and the records they do have can be viewed at the Twin Falls County courthouse in Twin Falls.

Directories

The Idaho State Archives has in its collections city, county, state and regional directories.

City Directories

Farm Directories

The Gem State Rural's 1916-17 Farm Directory of Twin Falls County, Idaho is available at the College of Southern Idaho and the Twin Falls Public Library. It lists landowners by town, including those owning land in these two counties, but residing elsewhere. The size of the family, amount of acreage owned, the location of the land, and a list of crops and livestock raised on each farm is also included.

History

Land and Property

Twin Falls, Shoshone Falls, 2006.jpg
Land and Property records are generally recorded in the county courthouse of the county in which the transaction took place. For original records of Twin Falls County, Idaho, one may visit the courthouse in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The Idaho Idaho State Archives has microfilmed many county records of Twin Falls County which was formed on 21 Feb 1907 from Cassia County, and these can be accessed by visiting the Archives in Boise, Idaho.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has microfilmed some of the Twin Falls County land and property records, and the following can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its Family History Centers:

Maps

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Twin Falls County, Idaho Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:

  • Oregon Trail 1830s to 1890s from western Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon[7]

Military

World War I draft registration cards, 1917-1918, for Twin Falls County have been microfilmed. Copies of these records are available at the Family History Library (their microfilm numbers 1452222 and 1452224) 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.

Naturalization

The original naturalization records of Twin Falls County that have been transferred to the Idaho State Archives in Boise have been indexed in their Index to Naturalization.

Newspapers

Current
Historical

Copies of issues of many Idaho newspapers are in the collections of the Idaho State Archives.


'Twin Falls Public Library Newspaper Archive

http://newspaper.twinfallspubliclibrary.org/

The Twin Falls Public Library Newspaper Archive includes issues from 

  • Twin Falls Weekly News (1904-1927)
  • The Twin Falls Times (1908-1916)
  • Twin Falls Times News (1910)
  • Twin Falls Weekly Times (1915-1916)
  • Twin Falls Daily News (1918-1936)
  • Twin Falls Daily Times (1918-1936)
  • Twin Falls Chronicle (1919-1920)
  • The Idaho Citizen (1927-1930)
  • Idaho Evening Twin Falls Times (1929-1930)
  • Twin Falls Times (1931-1940)
  • Idaho Evening Times (1936-1942)
  • Twin Falls News (1941)
  • Times News (1942-October 2013)

The Home page contains a link with an Index of missing issues.

The search engine isn't as robust as some.  After using the search option, it would be a good idea to browse specific issues for information such as an obituary if not found in the search results list.

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 Archives in Boise and have been indexed. Twin Falls County Mothers' Pensions are included in that index.

Old Age Pensions were also provided by the State of Idaho from 1931 to 1936. The original records for these pensions in the Idaho State Archives and have also been indexed. Twin Falls County Old Age Pensions are included in that index.

Probate

Online Probate Records

The Idaho State Archives has microfilmed some of the earlier probate records of Twin Falls County (it was Cassia County before 1907), and these films can be viewed at their facility in Boise.

For more recent probate records which may exist, it is recommended that you contact the Twin Falls County courthouse in Twin Falls.

Taxation

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

Vital Records

Births

Online Records


The Birth Registers for Twin Falls County, 1907-1911, have been microfilmed and are available at the Idaho State Archives in Boise and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Birth records, 1911 to present, for individuals born in Twin Falls 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.

There are 214 Twin Falls County births and christenings in the online Idaho Births and Christenings.

Marriage

Nearly 6400 marriages, 1907-1942, are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

There are 5139 Twin Falls County marriages in the online Idaho Marriages.

Death

Online Records


There are 969 Twin Falls County deaths and burials in the online Idaho Deaths and Burials.

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.

  • Buhl Public Library
    215 Broadway N
    Buhl, ID 83316
    Phone: (208) 543-6500
    Website
  • Filer Public Library
    219 Main St
    Filer, ID 83328
    Phone: (208) 326-4143
  • Hansen District Library
    120 W Maple Ave
    Hansen, ID 83334
    Phone: (208) 423-4122
    Website
  • Kimberly Public Library
    120 Madison St W
    Kimberly, ID 83341
    Phone: (208) 423-4556
  • Twin Falls Public Library
    201 Fourth Ave E
    Twin Falls, ID 83301
    Phone: (208) 733-2964
    Website
  • Twin Falls County Historical Museum Filer, Idaho
  • Twin Falls County Museum
    ‎21337a U.S. 30, Filer, ID 83328
    (208) 736-4675‎

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.


Web Sites

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), Twin Falls, Idaho page 180, 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
  7. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map V" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap5.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).