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History[edit | edit source]

The first African Americans to settle in Idaho arrived in the early 1860s after the discovery of gold and silver. Many migrated to Idaho to take part in mining, homestead farming, or the railroad. The population of African Americans in Idaho was never particularly large, but they did play an important role in Idaho's history.[1] To learn more about African Americans in Idaho, see "Idaho Ebony: The African American Presence in Idaho State History" on JSTOR.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • Elvina Moulton
Elvina Moulton was considered to be the first African American woman in Idaho. She arrived around 1867 and was one of the original members of the First Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. For more information and to see a photograph of Elvina, visit Washington State University's Digital Collections.
Includes short biographies of various African Americans who lived in Idaho

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Emancipation Records[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Plantation[edit | edit source]

Oral Histories[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Reconstruction Records[edit | edit source]

Freedman’s Bank[edit | edit source]

Freedmen's Bureau[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]

Slavery Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

  • Idaho, Marriage Records, 1863-1967 ($) - information can include the name, residence, age, race, marital status, and birthplace of the bride and groom and the marriage date and place

Death[edit | edit source]

  • Idaho, Death Records, 1890-1967 ($) - lists name, death date and place, burial date and place, residence, cause of death, race, gender, spouse, marital status, age, occupation, parents and their birthplaces
  • Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937 - lists name, death date and place, gender, race, marital status, birth date and place, age, occupation, cause of death, parents and their birthplaces, and burial date and place

Divorce[edit | edit source]

  • Idaho, Divorce Records, 1947-1967 ($) - lists the name, residence, race, age, birthplace, and occupation of the husband and wife; date and place of marriage; date of separation; date of petition filing; date of the decree; cause or ground of divorce; number of children in the marriage; and the plaintiff

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Idaho State Archives
2205 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, Idaho 83712
Phone: (208) 334-2620
Website: Idaho State Archives

The Idaho State Archives holds some collections pertaining to African Americans, such a collection of oral histories of African Americans in southeast Idaho.

Societies[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Oliver, Mamie O. "Idaho Ebony: The African American Presence in Idaho State History", The Journal of African American History, vol. 91, no. 1 (Winter 2006): 41-54.



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