Gem County Veterans Project

Gem County Veterans Project or Janie Schaut

Gem County Sites

Gem County Museum on facebook
Gem County Official Web Site
Gem County Chamber of Commerce
Ola Community Newsletter
Sweet Community site
Gem County at
The Legend of Squaw Butte, a podcast
Messenger-Index newspaper

History - General Interest

Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series Index for Idaho history articles
History Articles at the Idaho Statesman
FARRIT: Finding All Resources Relating to Idaho Topics, Idaho Commission for Libraries.
Council Valley Museum including newspaper abstracts from 1877 to 1950
ITD Historic Markers
Historical Currency Converter
Library of Congress Index page
Historic Glass Bottle Indentification & Information  (Thanks Nick! Looks fun!)
Photography History  
A researcher sent me this link along with scans of Ambrotype photos on glass. (The scans look kind of like tintypes, but more crinkly.) An Ambrotype uses a glass plate negative and egg whites, then put a black cloth behind it & the pic pops out. She was able to "date" the photo by the history on this site. She said the amybrotype looked like dirty glass until she held it up to the light. - smc
History of the Payette River

Civilian Conservation Corps

There were five camps in Gem County
CCC crew working at Black Canyon Dam
Idaho PTV transcript
CCC Legacy

Oregon Trail

The Goodale North Oregon Trail variant passed through Gem County -
"Goodale North" Oregon Trail Variant
ISU Trail Archives (includes journals)
OT at National Park Service
Oregon-California Trail Assoc.
Covered Wagon History


Thunder Mountain Line


Fur trappers passed through here as early as 1818 and Ross explored Squaw Creek in 1824 -
Alexander Ross' Journal, 1824
John Work's Journal, 1830-31

Maps, Geography and Geology

1895 Idaho Map
1897 Map showing old Boise/Canyon county line and Westview Mining District (Pearl). The map was filed in Canyon County Oct. 27, 1897 and certified Nov. 11, 1915 when we became Gem County. (Thanks to "Mapper" John Henderson for verifying the dates!)
1900 Revised Plat of Emmettsville
Letha plat 1910
Sweet original plat
Gem County Maps (present-day)
Idaho State University Digital Atlas
Idaho Geological Survey
USGS index of Geographic Names
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection, general interest and historic maps
idgenweb map links

Neighbors and Places to Visit

Visit Idaho

Genealogy in Gem County

*** Obituaries collections at museum ***

*** Veteran Personal Histories collections at museum ***

Gem County, IDGenWeb genealogy resources including cemetery inventories for Sweet, Ola and Pearl, some obituaries, family stories, family group sheets and additional news articles
GenWeb Archives, Gem County, includes additional submitted records, including WWI Draft Records
Gem County on findagrave (plus Brownlee, Boise Co.)
Rootsweb messageboard, Gem County, to connect with other researchers
1870 Ada Co. census Gem Co. was formed March 1915 from parts of Boise Co. & Canyon Co. The southern portion that had been part of Canyon Co. was part of Ada County in 1870.
1870 & 1880 non-population census at state archives
1880 & 1900 census at ISU
1930 Gross & Pearl precincts
1940 census page images at National Archives
1940 enumeration district maps - Once there select the "State", and go to "County" and then click on "Get ED Map Images" and you will get the entire county
Government Land Office records: Patents (homesteads, cash sale and livestock) & maps - Homestead Records       new GLO site
SS Death Index
BYUI Western States Marriage Index
resources at Idaho State Archives

Local Addresses

Emmett City Hall, 501 E Main Street, Emmett, ID 83617, (208) 365-6050: City Hall has a record of all the burials, as well as the cemetery book, for Emmett-Riverside Cemetery. The sexton at the cemetery has the same info.

Emmett Public Library, 275 S Hayes, Emmett, ID 83617, (208) 365-6057: The library has microfilm of all of the newspapers published in the Emmett Valley since 1893. Its holdings also include many local histories, journals, manuscripts, and several old histories

Gem County Clerk, 415 E Main, Emmett, ID 83617, for public record

LDS Family History Center, 980 W Central Road, Emmett, ID 83617, (208) 365-1168: (entrance on west side of building) The Family History Center's collection includes the three-volume local obituary collection compiled by Edith Scott and others; also, mortuary records from Potter's Funeral Home on microfilm (1910-1956, some to 1983). There are several premium subscription genealogical websites accessible at the FHC.

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