BYU-Idaho Special Collections & Family History contains unique, fragile, and irreplaceable documents, some of which have been digitized and hosted online. The archives section of the Special Collections & Archives appraises, collects, organizes describes, makes available and preserves records of historic value created by Ricks College and its successor BYU-Idaho.


Birth, Death, Marriage

  • Western States Marriage Record Index – The Western States Marriage Record Index is an ongoing project to build a marriage database for 12 western states: Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Alaska.Most of the pre-1900 marriages are included in the index for Arizona, Idaho and Nevada. Many counties for those same states have been extracted into the 1930s and some, much later. A significant number of marriages from selected counties in California, western Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, eastern Washington, and Wyoming are also included. Very early marriages (1700s) in New Mexico are currently being added. For more details, see ‘List of Counties by State.’
  • Idaho State Death Index 1911-1956 – This is a database created by the state of Idaho that contains all deaths that occurred in Idaho from 1911 through 1951 that were filed with the Bureau of Health Policy and Vital Statistics in Boise, Idaho.
  • Eastern Idaho Death Records – This Index contains information collected over the past decade at the Idaho Falls Regional Family History Center. It contains records which are primarily from southeastern Idaho and adjoining areas. Among the information sources are the newspaper obituaries, cemetery records, funeral home records, funeral programs, sexton records, and grave headstones. Information from over 200 cemeteries in southeastern Idaho and western Wyoming are included. This index also includes records of individuals from other localities who have died in this area or whose obituary appeared in local newspapers.
  • Japanese Immigrants to the United States 1887-1924 – Immigrants from Japan began arriving in the United States in the 1880s. At first there was only a trickle of adventurers, but by 1900 the demand for additional mining, railroad, and farm labor brought a stream of young Japanese males to the Western United States. The Japanese Immigration to the United States 1882-1924 website begins the process of creating an available record of these immigrants. The site is organized around the original immigrants, usually male, their wives and children. The initial geographical focus of the site is Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, where information has been collected from manuscript censuses, cemetery records, obituaries, and local historians from the Japanese American community.
  • Idaho Genweb Project – Access to various family history projects in Idaho. Also this project has sub pages for each of the counties in Idaho.
  • Regional Family History Web Sites
  • Idaho Statesman [Boise] Obituary Index – Idaho Statesman Obituary Index contains obituary information from 1977 to present day; provided by the Boise Public Library


Southeast Idaho History

  • Search Manuscript Collections
  • Mormons and Their Neighbors – A collection hosted at BYU in Provo with biographical sketches of about 100,000 who lived in northern Mexico, New Mexico, Arizona, southern California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and southwestern Canada
  • Idaho State Historical Society
  • Japanese Immigrants to the United States 1887-1924 – see write-up above
  • Progressive Men of Southeast Idaho




LDS Church Publications


Personal Histories


BYU-Idaho Publications


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