We are so excited you found us. Come join us and see why the unraveling of family history is the fastest growing hobby in the land. All members of Idaho Genealogical Society and persons interested in their family history are welcome. The Idaho Genealogical Society meets 11 months out of the year.

18 December 2011

Last Minute Christmas Ideas!!!

Footprints Through Idaho Vol I.
A Centennial Tribute to the Pioneer By Their Descendants
Compiled by  Ruby L. Ewart
Published December1989 by The Idaho Genealogical Society;second printing.
(certificates 1-566) 162 pages

                                                 Footprints Through Idaho Vol. II
                              A Centennial Tribute to Pioneer By Their Descendants
                                                 Compiled by Bill C. Bowman
                                  Published July 1991 by The Idaho Genealogical Society
                                               (certificates 567-999) 241 pages


Footprints Through Idaho Vol. III With Cumulative Index
A Centennial Tribute to Idaho Pioneers By Their Descendants
Compild by J.R. Lockhart-Lawson and Jane Walls Golden
Published Sept 1996 by The Idaho Genealogical Society 
(certificates 1000-1799) 404 pages

                                                                        A Taste of Time
Compiled by Jeanne St. Clair
Edited by Ruby L. Ewart
Published 1990 by The Idaho Genealogical society

For further items available please see the IGS Website at:
Items are available for purchase through Paypal or mail. Shipping is included. Please email us if you would like to arrange a quick delivery in time for the holidays at idahogenealogy@hotmail.com

12 December 2011

A Call for IGS Volunteers for the year 2012

On April 2, 2012 the wait will end for the 1940 U.S. Federal Census.  The National Archives and Records Administration will digitally release the census. The 1940 and later censuses are not available for public use, because of a statutory 72-year restriction on access for privacy reasons. (92 Stat. 915; Public Law 95-416; October 5, 1978). [i]
Information about you or a deceased person from the 1940 or later censuses can be obtained by either filling out Form BC-600 from the Bureau of the Census Age Search Service or writing to: U.S. Census Bureau, National Processing Center, 1201 East 10th St., Jeffersonville, IN 47132.

Because the 1940 U.S. Census does not contain an Index when released April 2012, FamilySearch.org will start a 1940 Indexing Project:  https://www.familysearch.org/1940Census.  FamilySearch.org recently contacted the Idaho Genealogical Society for help in contacting people interested in this worthwhile project.  They want local people to index their own state.

If you are interested in this project, please contact President Juvanne Martin, CG; Idaho Genealogical Society, (208)-461-8866 or email: idahogenealogy@hotmail.com.

The Idaho Genealogical Society also needs help in other areas:
  • People to serve on the Board of Directors. 
  • Quarterly Magazine: Submitting stories and photos help with editing and proofreading, photo resizing; layout and design.
  • Submitting genealogical events throughout Idaho for magazine, newsletter, Facebook, and blog.  
  • Webpage:  Help add links to site, type content material into a Word Document; create a database using Microsoft Access and scan documents.

written by Juvanne Martin, CG

02 December 2011

Great Christmas Gift!

Many of you are probably aware of the Lewis County country school book, which was completed this year.  The Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society would like take this time to remind everyone that this would make a good Christmas present, especially for someone who attended one of these schools. 

Almost 200 stories about what it was like to attend one of the 36 Lewis County country schools were received from former teachers and students.  In addition to the stories, the book includes photos of the school buildings, students, and teachers, as well as lists of all known students and teachers.  The introduction contains 30 pages of general information about country schools of that era.  There is also a map showing the location of these schools.  The book is over 600 pages and includes a surname index.  It has a soft cover, is spiral bound, and is also available on a computer CD.


$25.00 plus $6.00 S/H per book, $8.00 S/H for two books.
CD $12.00 each plus $3.00 S/H
Order from
Ilo-Vollmer Historical Society
Box 61
Craigmont,Idaho 83523
Thank you and Happy Holidays!

28 November 2011

Cyber Monday and Creativecoffins.com

For those of you who spent the entire Cyber Monday on the internet, you may have one more site to see before the night is through:


This UK company designs custom "environmentally sympathetic" coffins- 
for the person on your Christmas list who has it all!
Happy Holidays! 

16 November 2011

DRC Meeting this Saturday - Nov. 19th 10:30 a.m.

The Dead Relative Collectors (DRC) will be meeting Saturday the 19th of November at 10:30 a.m. at the Idaho State Archives; which is located at 2205 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise 83712. DeDe Fogg will be speaking about the Ancestry website and what it can do for you. Please remember to bring a donation towards use of the facility.

See the following link for class overview:

31 October 2011

RootsTech Early Registration

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14 October 2011

BYU-IDAHO Boise Area Fall Family History Conference

Nampa North Stake Center
6111 Birch Lane
Nampa Id
October 15, 2011

9a.m. Welcome and Devotional.  10a.m. classes begin. 4:30 p.m. classes end.
Over 54 classes to choose from!

Can sign up for conference at the door. $11 for entire conference. 

See website for more details.
BYU-ID Family History Conference Details

12 October 2011

“Life on a Lookout: A Vanishing Lifestyle”

October 13, 2011*
“Life on a Lookout: A Vanishing Lifestyle”
Linda de Eulis was a fire-lookout for fourteen years in Central Idaho and has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the Southern Idaho Protective Association. She is Executive Director of Snowden Wildlife Sanctuary, founded in 1989 to rehabilitate wildlife and educate the public in ways to live in harmony with our neighbors. DeEulis is an environmental interpreter at Ponderosa State Park.

The presentation will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Johanna Room at Spirit Center, behind the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude. For information call 962-2050 or visit www.HistoricalMuseumatStGertrude.org.

05 October 2011

IGS Annual Conference October 3, 2011

Craigmont, Idaho      3 October 2011     IGS Annual Conference

Thank you kindly to Shelley Kuther, President of the Ilo-Vollmer Genealogical Society,  and the IVGS who kindly hosted our annual event.  We had two wonderful speakers, a 2011 Esto Perpetua award winner gave an amazing lecture about his bountiful knowledge in necrogeographical studies. We were amazed at his research and appreciated his humorous and informative stories. Who knew why some people were buried facing west, or why older cemeteries could possibly contain a ton of arsenic if tested? Steve Branting's lecture alone made the drive north well worth the trip.

We also had the wonderful Jean Timmermeister, President of the Kootenai County Genealogical Society, give us some tips as to what makes an organization thrive. As you probably already know... it's the people. She showered kindness on those she served with and amongst.  As many of us know, genealogy is truly about the relationships you build, past, present, and future. Thank you Jean for coming! You inspired us all to take, just one thing, if anything, and use it to inspire us in our genealogy endeavors.

Our wonderful newly voted-in President of the Idaho Genealogical Society, Juvanne Martin, introduced us to the 1940 U.S. Census that will be released to the public in a few months.   A short film from the National Archives & YouTube was shown. See one of  the videos at :


Genealady (aka Dana) reviewed our IGS Annual Conference on her blog!
Catch Genealadies full review  of our IGS Annual Meeting at:

Hopefully Genealady can give us a few tips to help our blog grow and thrive!

We hope to see you all next year!!!

27 September 2011

Idaho, Clark County Records, 1884-1998

FamilySearch.org is posting that they have recently (as of 26 Sept) added or updated images for the collection of "Idaho, Clark County Records, 1884-1994."  There are currently 19,976 images on file. The collection details are as follows:

"Clark County marriage affidavits, naturalization records, declarations of intention, deeds, patents, brands and marks, mining records, probate records, and estate files located at the Clark County courthouse. Time period varies by record type. Additional records will be added to this collection as they become available."

12 September 2011

Lewis County Historical Society - Steamboats on the Clearwater and Snake Rivers



The general public is invited to a meeting of the Lewis County Historical Society on Sept. 19 at 1:00 P.M. in Nezperce, Idaho, at the Nezperce Community Center located at 602 -4th Ave. Participants will hear Carole Simon-Smolinski share her information on early steamboats plying the Clearwater and Snake Rivers. She is also the author of the book “Hells Canyon and the Middle Snake River. Anyone with an interest in the history of our local area and steam boats is urged to attend. There is no admission cost.

The presentation will be followed by the regular meeting of the Lewis County Historical Society. The Society is an umbrella organization of the historical societies in Kamiah, Nezperce, Craigmont, and Winchester. A presentation of each museum’s activities will be presented. Other agenda items include each museum’s participation in the 100th Birthday celebration of Lewis County during the annual Lewis County Fair to be held on Sept. 29, 30, and Oct 1; the selection of a nomination committed to nominate new officers for the next year. The election will be at the next meeting on Nov. 21.

Basque Seminar Oct 14-15

The Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture in Boise is bringing to Boise for Oct 14-15 two specialists from the Ecclesiastical Archive of Bizkaia (the Basque territory), as well as Dr. George Ryskamp from BYU (to be confirmed), and specialists from the BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy. This seminar is free and open to the public.

The seminar is on Oct. 14th 6:30-9:00pm and 15th 9:30am-4:00pm. All presentations will be in English and some private help in Spanish for those who understand it.

Questions? Contact:

Dr. Gloria Totoricag├╝ena - Director

Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture


2011 Esto Perpetua Award Recipients

Congratulations to Dick Southern (Craigmont) and Steve Branting (Lewiston) as this year’s recipients of the Idaho State Historical Society's Esto Perpetua award.

Read a press release from the Idaho Statesman at: 

10 September 2011


If you haven’t checked out this site, it might be worth taking a look at. It doesn’t have any Idaho papers, but sometimes Idaho items show up in Washington papers. This site appears to be free.


07 September 2011

Idaho- Cassia Co. & Teton Co. @ FamilySearch

New Browsable Image Collections added 09/07/2011 for Cassia and Teton County, Idaho at www.familysearch.org

U.S., Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879–1960
"Marriage, probate, soldier discharge, school census, deeds, patents, homesteads, mining location, coroners, and mothers pension records located at the county courthouse located in Burley. This collection is being published as images become available." Over 50,805 images

U.S., Idaho, Teton County Records, 1948–1959
"Marriage and land and property records located at the county courthouse in Driggs, Idaho. This collection is being published as images become available." Over 11,148 images

01 September 2011

Going Bloggers!

The Idaho Genealogical Society, in an attempt to keep up with the advances of technology, is going online with a Blog. We hope you enjoy it. Please contribute to our blog and be forgiving as we get started! We hope to create an online atmosphere that will inspire us all to learn more about our ancestors; especially our Idahoan ancestors!