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Local History Collection
Historic preservation at the Lewiston City Library is reflected in the small but significant collections in our holdings, and in efforts to preserve and make them available to the public.

Collections contain bound copies of the Lewiston Teller dating in the late 19th century, some minor correspondence of H.L. Talkington, various pamphlets on the early history of the city which were designed to draw people to settle here, etc.  Also included are several plat maps of early Lewiston, which are mounted and framed for display in the library Genealogy area.  The originals have been scanned and are now stored in an archival storage container for safe keeping.  The scanned image copies are now being displayed and preservation photocopies are also available for patron use.  The assistance of Eloise Young, our volunteer preservation specialist, has been invaluable.

The Lewiston City Library is also participating in the Idaho State Historic Documents project.  We have two projects in the database: The Fred Nordgaard Barbershop Quartet Scrapbooks and Early Lewiston Images.  The Library obtained the scrapbooks of Fred Nordgaard, a leader in the Confluence of Note barbershop quartet, in 2005.  The images of early Lewiston in the database are primarily from the Engstrom Studio Collection, with a few others.

Local History Collections:

Genealogy Collection
The Collection contains over 300 books and census records in print and on microfilm, cemetery records from the area, and miscellaneous items such as Official Records of Union & Confederate Soldiers and Complete Collection of Battle Maps. It also includes Purple & Gold and The Bengal yearbooks and state and local directories.

Genealogy Resources
Ancestry Library Edition (in-library use only)
Genealogical information and records including the U.S., Canadian and U.K. Census and the Social Security Death Index. 

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Search America's historic newspapers from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to over 260,000 genealogical research sites online. 

A unique collection of databases and innovative search tools, original articles from experienced genealogists and a marketplace with an extensive catalog of products for building your family tree.

Aims to serve as a "virtual reference library" of genealogical information 
relevant to the UK & Ireland. Noncommercial, and provided by an ever-growing group of volunteers in cooperation with the Federation of Family History Societies and its member societies.

Resources for German Genealogy.

The IDGenWeb Project is a genealogical and resource collection from the State of Idaho and its counties. The project is managed by volunteers dedicated to promote free genealogical and research resources. Visit USGenWeb Project to access genealogy information for other states. 

The National Archives provides many finding aids and research tools for genealogists. Start your family research, browse popular topics or read genealogy-related articles. 

The Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) is the largest provider of professional family history research services in Ireland. The site has a unique set of Irish family history records including birth, death, marriage and gravestone records.

RootsWeb
The Internet's oldest and largest free genealogy community. 

Twin River Genealogy Society 
Serving Lewiston, Clarkston and the surrounding areas, Twin River Genealogy Society helps others research their families in Nez Perce and Asotin counties.