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Gooding County

or any other Idaho county. Contact the State Coordinator.

Or visit our "Volunteer" page for detailed information on how to become a County Coordinator.


Main towns include:
Bliss, Gooding (county seat), Hagerman and Wendell.

ISU Atlas for Gooding County.

Gooding County was created in 1913 from Lincoln County. The area was originally part of Alturas County, which no longer exists.  The County seat is Gooding, which was named for pioneer sheep rancher and US Senator Frank Robert Gooding. It is bounded on the south by the Snake River. The Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is in this county.

The Malad River was trapped in the early 1800's by mountain men and fur trappers. The rich agricultural lands of Hagerman Valley attracted settlers in the 1860's. Sheep and cattle ranchers were established about the beginning of the 20th century and the North Side Canal opened much land to irrigation. The Oregon Short Line was built through the county in 1883 with a station at Bliss.

On-site Resources
History Index Gooding County Historical Society
GenWeb Resources
Gooding County Message Board
GenWeb Archives, Gooding Co.
includes Cemetery Records, Lincoln County Carey Act Certificates & Patents 1909-1911 & 1916-1917, Marriage Records, Obituaries, Photographs, World War I Draft Registrations
GenWeb Archives, Statewide Records -  includes Idaho Death Records Index 1911-1951
Idaho Penny Postcards
Rootsweb Mailing List USGenWeb Kidz Project
1880 & 1900 census at ISU 1870 & 1880 non-population census
Census Finder
Other Resources
BYUI Western States Marriage Index
Family Search
includes 1880 census transcription, extracted marriage records, submitted family sheets, new wiki
Idaho Family Group Sheets Surname Helper
Social Security Death Index Idaho Vital Records Information
Government Land Office records Patents (homesteads, cash sale and livestock) & maps
Other Links
The National Register Idaho State Historical Society
ITD Historic Markers Idaho Post Offices
Census Quick Facts Gooding County - Idaho Government
Gooding Chamber of Commerce

Neighboring Counties
Camas Co. |  Lincoln Co. |  Jerome Co. |  Twin Falls Co. |  Elmore Co.

We would like to thank Sally Walker for all the work she did on this site.

Updated September 2011

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