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Owyhee County, Idaho (Map It) was created on December 31, 1863 as an Original County. Owyhee County was named as a corruption of the word Hawaii. Hawaiian fur trappers explored the area in 1819 and 1820. Learn More About State of Idaho History
Owyhee County is bordered by Canyon County (north), Ada County (north), Elmore County (north), Twin Falls County (east), Elko County, Nevada (south), Humboldt County, Nevada (southwest), Malheur County, Oregon (west).
Owyhee County Cities and Towns include Bruneau, Grand View, Homedale, Marsing, Murphy, Riddle, Silver City.
Owyhee County, Idaho Courthouse Records
Owyhee County, ID Courthouse
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Owyhee county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- Owyhee County Clerk, Auditor, Recorders Office has Marriage Records from 1876, Land Records from 1865, Probate Records from 1864 and Court Records from 1873. The Recorder is responsible to keep records of all documents recorded in Adams County. Additionally, the Recorder’s office provides marriage licenses, processes passports and records land documents, including plat maps, surveys, easements, assertions of right-of-way, and some types of liens.
Owyhee County, Idaho Census Records
- Learn More: State of Idaho Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Owyhee County, Idaho Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Idaho Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from July 1911 to present.
- Marriage and Divorce Records: from May 1947 to present.
- Locations: Idaho Office of Vital Statistics, 450 W. State St., 1st Floor, Boise, ID 83720; (208) 334-5988
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth, Marriage, Divorce and Death Certificates Applications.
Owyhee County, Idaho Resources
- Owyhee County Historical Society
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- Owyhee County, Idaho Genealogy Forum
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