IDAHO NEWSPAPERS AT LIBRARIES
Public Libraries usually keep copies of their local newspapers, and many own microfilmed collections. Contact individual libraries for more information. The Idaho State Archives owns the state's largest collection of Idaho newspapers on microfilm. It loans its microfilms (exceptThe Idaho Statesman) to other libraries through inter-library loan. A list of holdings is available online. The University of Idaho Library maintains a large collection of Idaho newspapers on microfilm. It is the only library that loans The Idaho Statesman on microfilm to other libraries. McCall Public Library keeps clippings of obituaries from Valley, Adams, Washington, and Latah counties.
THE IDAHO STATESMAN ON MICROFILM
The following libraries each own copies of the Idaho Statesman newspaper on microfilm:
- Boise State University (1864 July 26 - present)
- Boise Public Library (1864 July 26 - present) Boise Public Library also subscribes to the Newsbank database (1864 July 26 - 1942 December 31)
- College of Idaho (1961 - 2006)
- Idaho Commission for Libraries (Latest 7 issues only)
- Idaho State Archives (1864 July 26 - present)
- Idaho State Law Library (Latest 2 months only)
- Idaho State University (1864 July 26 - present)
- Lewis-Clark State College (1864 July 26 - present)
- North Idaho College (1864 July 26 - present)
- The University of Idaho (1864 July 26 - present)
- University of Idaho Law Library (1983 June 4 - present)
IDAHO NEWSPAPERS ONLINE
Several newspapers publish current obituaries online as well as, in some cases, an online archive:
- Challis Messenger (Challis)
- Clearwater Tribune (Orofino)
- Coeur d'Alene Press (Coeur d'Alene)
- Emmett Messenger-Index (Emmett)
- Idaho County Free Press (Grangeville)
- Idaho Mountain Express (Ketchum)
- Idaho Press-Tribune (Nampa)
- Idaho State Journal (Pocatello)
- Idaho Statesman (Boise)
- Idaho Unido
- Island Park News (Island Park)
- Latah Eagle (Potlach)
- Lewiston Tribune (Lewiston)
- Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Moscow)
- Mountain Home News (Mountain Home)
- News-Examiner (Montpelier)
- Post Register (Idaho Falls)
- Saint Maries Gazette-Record (Saint Maries)
- Sandpoint Online (Sandpoint)
- Spokesman Review (Coeur d'Alene)
- Star-News (McCall)
- Times-News (Twin Falls)
- Weiser Signal American (Weiser)
FINDING A DATE OF DEATH
- 1907-1911 June: The County Recorder's office in the county where the person died will have the death record if it is from between 1907 and June of 1911.
- 1907-1911 June: County death records on microfilm (Idaho State Archives)
- 1911-1937: Idaho death certificates on microfilm. (Idaho State Archives)
- 1911-1956: The Idaho State Death Index produced by the Center for Vital Statistics is available for searching on the Web courtesy BYU-Idaho's Family History Center Resources.
- 1911 and after: The Center for Vital Statistics and Health Policy in Boise can provide a death certificate.
- Eastern Idaho Death Records can also be searched at the same BYU-Idaho link.
- Cemetery records can often provide dates that will help determine death dates (Idaho State Archives)
- The Social Security Death Index, hosted by Ancestry.com, supplies birth dates, death dates, and last known addresses for over 63 million deceased individuals who had Social Security numbers and whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration.
1865 to 1919: The Idaho State Archives owns several obituary indexes covering a wide range of dates and newspapers, including an index to obituaries that appeared in The Idaho Statesman and other selected Idaho newspapers from 1865 to 1919. None of these indexes are available online; patrons must call or go to the library.
1957-present: Boise Public Library maintains an index to obituaries and death notices that appeared in The Idaho Statesman from 1957 to the present. It is arranged alphabetically by last name and includes the date the obituary or death notice appeared in the newspaper.
1893 to 1912: The Idaho State University's Oboler Library keeps an index to marriage, birth, and death notices that appeared in the Pocatello Tribune from 1893 to 1912.
McCall Public Library keeps clippings of obituaries from Valley, Adams, Washington, and Latah counties. The library currently owns about 1300 clippings.
OBITUARY SEARCH SERVICES
Some libraries will search their local newspapers to find obituaries for patrons. Each library's policy varies - some charge fees - so you'll have to contact the library directly for specific information regarding policy. Libraries need to know the full name of the deceased before they can search for an obituary.
The Boise Public Library provides an obituary search service to the general public.
Idaho State Archives will provide obituary search services for people living outside the Boise area.
Find a library using the Idaho Library Directory.