Gem County Sites

Gem County Museum on facebook
The City of Emmett has mapped the cemetery. The tutorial at the site with help you locate the grave for which you're searching.
Gem County Official Web Site
Gem County Chamber of Commerce
Ola Community Newsletter
Gem County at
Messenger-Index newspaper (archived),Gem Co. Natural Disasters
"The Emmett Index," 1893-1925, is available on-line at Library of Congress/Chronicling America

Free Gem County Genealogy Resources

Obituaries collections at museum and Veteran Personal Histories collections at museum . To participate, contact Gem County Veterans Project or Janie Schaut

index to Nellie Ireton Mills -- All Along the River/Territorial and Pioneer Days on the Payette. Privately printed for Payette Radio Limited, 1963. - this is just one of the many resources available for use at the museum's library

Gem County, AHGP including cemetery inventories for Sweet, Ola and Pearl and additional articles

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.
1880 & 1900 census transcripts by ISU (archived site)
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


Boise County newspaper death notices 1863 - 1918 at Genweb Archives (Gem Co. was originally part of Boise Co.)
Legacy Obituary Finder
Potter Chapel

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.
The City of Emmett has mapped the cemetery. The tutorial at the site with help you locate the grave for which you're searching.
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.

History - General Interest

American History & Genealogy Project/Idaho
History Articles at the Idaho Statesman
FARRIT: Finding All Resources Relating to Idaho Topics, Idaho Commission for Libraries.

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

Payette River

History of the Payette River
"The Payette River is beautiful but deadly" by Arthur Hart
Payette River Log Drives," "River Tales of Idaho" by Darcy Williamson, Caxton Printers, Caldwell, Idaho, 1997 (google books)
Payette River National Scenic Byway Plan
History at Boise National Forest

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
OT at National Park Service
Oregon-California Trail Assoc.


Thunder Mountain Line


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

Maps, Geography and Geology

1895 Idaho Map
Historic topo maps
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 Series

Neighbors and Places to Visit

Visit Idaho

Newspapers on-line

Boise County Sentinel at Salmon Public Library, 1912 & 1916, published at Sweet; plus other publications
Council Valley Museum includes newspaper abstracts from 1877 to 1950

Library of Congress, Chronicling America, includes Boise News, Caldwell Tribune, Coeur d'Alene Evening Press, Coeur d'Alene Press, Idaho semi-weekly World, The Idaho World, Wood River Times

Bear Lake County Library Digital Archives (1880- 2010) Collection of newspapers published in Bear Lake County, located in the southeastern corner of Idaho, bordering Utah and Wyoming.

Blackfoot Newspapers (1880-1902)

East Bonner County Library Digital Archives (1969- 1987)

Council Valley Museum including newspaper abstracts from 1877 to 1950

Franklin County Library District Digital Archives (1832- 1902, 1905- 1961) Collection of newspapers published in Franklin County, located in southeastern Idaho. Time coverage is scattered for 1832- 1902.

Idaho Falls Newspapers (1906-2012)

Minidoka Irrigator (1942- 1945) This links to the search interface for the Densho Digital Archive of the Japanese-American experience. The Minidoka Irrigator was published by the inmates at the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, from 1942 to 1945. For a non-searchable list of PDF's, go to - The Densho Digital Archive holds more than 700 visual histories (more than 1,400 hours of recorded video interviews) and over 12,000 historic photos, documents, and newspapers. These primary sources document the Japanese American experience from immigration in the early 1900s through redress in the 1980s with a strong focus on the World War II mass incarceration.

Rexburg Newspapers (1909-1921)

Rigby Star (1906-1975), Newspaper of this traditionally Mormon town.

Salmon Public Library Digital Archives (1867, 1886- 1967), Collection of newspapers published in Salmon, Boise, Sweet, Burley, Gowen Field, and Payette Lake.

Twin Falls Newspapers (1904-1922)

Valley of the Tetons District Library Digital Archives (1909- 2010)

Digital Photo Collections around the state

History of Idaho Collection, "The Mike Fritz Collection" of Idaho postcards, maps, documents
Boise State Digital Collection
Idaho State Historical Society Digital Collection  ::   Idaho State Historical Society Reference Series

Idaho Cities Old Main Street Postcards
Northwest Historical Postcard Collection, University of Idaho
Mountain West Digital Library
Stonebraker Collection at University of Idaho, includes Chamberlain Basin, Roosevelt, Thunder Mountain

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