Bonner Research Links

Bonner County was established in 1907 and is one of 44 counties in the state. About 36,000 people live within our borders. The population has been growing steadily and has averaged 7 to 8 percent growth per year in the past five years. Many of the people who relocate there are seeking a better quality of life and easier access to the recreational opportunities the area offers. Business owners, in particular, find it favorable to relocate or start up here because of the availability of commercial land, relatively low taxes and an available labor force.

The county courthouse is always a good place to begin your visit to Bonner County, unless of course it followed a visit to you by one of Bonner County’s hard working police…

Bonner County Courthouse
215 1st Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Bonner County Genealogy Society

Bonner County Historical Society Museum
611 Ella St.
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Research Requests: bchsmuseum@imbris.net

State of Idaho Resources

Idaho Center for Vital Statistics
450 W. State St., 1st Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
(208) 334-5988
Fax: (208) 389-9096

Make personal check or money order payable to Idaho Vital Statistics. Idaho requires a copy of a picture ID, or copies of two forms of ID that have your signature such as a cancelled check and social security card.

For $10.00 extra you can fax the request and pay by credit card. There is an additional $5 for Special Handling. Their hours are 8-5 pm Mountain time (M-F) except Holidays.

Heirloom Birth Certificates are no longer offered.

Birth and Death

$13.00 Since July 1911
For records from 1907 to 1911, write to County Recorder in county where event occurred.

Marriage and Divorce

$13.00 Since May 1947
Earlier records are with County Recorder in county where marriage license was issued or divorce was granted. Fees vary.

  • Western States Marriage Records Index On-line marriage records 1915-1937, total 1,234 records. Over the past decade, the Rexburg, Idaho Family History Center has been extracting pre-1930 marriage information from Idaho counties. Better than 99% of those entries are included in this file. Also, many pre-1930 marriages records from nearly every county in Arizona and Nevada are here; plus selected counties for California, Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, South Western Wyoming and Northern Utah.
  • State of Idaho Death Index
    This is a database created by the State of Idaho that contains all deaths that occurred in Idaho from1911 through 1951 and were filed with the Bureau of Health Policy and Vital Statistics in Boise.
  • Japanese Immigrants to the United States 1887-1924

Photograph Collections