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Boone County Research Resources

... research is never completed ... Around the corner lurks another possibility of interview, another book to read, a courthouse to explore, a document to verify.

~
Catherine Drinker Bowen (18971973), U.S. biographer. Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 4 (1959)

Listed below, or linked on the left, you'll find many resources available for researching in Boone County, Indiana. You'll also find here all information for obtaining Boone County vital records and other sources of materials to further your Boone County genealogical research.

Look-ups


Vital Records - Birth & Death Certificates

  • Boone County Health Department, Vital Records Division - Boone County began officially recording births and deaths in 1882.

    Boone County Health Department
    116 W. Washington Street, B-202
    Lebanon, IN 46052
    Telephone: (765) 482-3942
    Fax: (765) 483-4450

    Fees:
    • Genealogy search $3.00 (per name)
    • Certified birth certificate $6.00 (per certificate)
    • Certified death certificate $6.00 (per certificate)
    • Un-certified birth/death certificate $2.00 (per certificate)
    • Amendments for birth certificates $5.00 (per amendment)

    Ordering Guidelines: Send the completed application form, downloadable on the Boone County Recorder's website, along with the fee (check or money order only), copy of your photo ID, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
     

  • Indiana State Department of Health - Certified copies of birth and death certificates are available from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) or available from the local health department in the county where the event occurred. Birth records in the ISDH Vital Records office begin with October 1907. Prior to October 1907, records of birth are filed only with the local health department in the county where the birth actually occurred. Death records in the ISDH Vital Records office begin with 1900. Prior to 1900, records of death are filed only with the local health department in the county where the death actually occurred. For deaths occurring from 1900 to 1917, the city and/or county of death is required in order to locate the record.

    Vital Records Department
    Indiana State Department of Health

    6 West Washington Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    (317) 233-2700
     
  • Vitalrec.com - This website provides information on how to obtain vital records such as, birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses and divorce decrees for each state and county in the United States. You'll find information regarding fees and the addresses for the county or state offices to write to. For rather costly additional fees, the company can provide online ordering of many records.
     
  • Social Security Death Index (SSDI) - Online searchable database at RootsWeb. Clues and facts from the SSDI often can be used to further genealogical research by enabling you to locate a death certificate, find an obituary, discover cemetery records and track down probate records. As marvelous a finding aid as it is, the SSDI does not include the names of everyone, even if they had a Social Security number (SNN). If relatives or the funeral home did not report the death to the Social Security Administration, or if the individual died before 1962 (when the records were computerized) then they probably will not appear in this database. The omission of an individual in this index does not indicate the person is still living, it simply means that there was no report of the person's death to Social Security Administration.
     

Vital Records - Marriage & Divorce

  • Boone County Clerk - The Boone County Clerk's Office has the following records:

    Marriage Records: from 1831
    Divorce Records: from 1830

    Clerk Boone Circuit and Superior Courts
    212 Courthouse Square
    Lebanon Indiana 46052-2195
    Phone: (765) 482-3510
    FAX: (765) 485-0150

    Fees: Court document copies are $1.00 per page. Certified copies are $2.00 per page. Standard copies are 10 cents per page. Send request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. It may be necessary to call the Clerk's Office first to determine if a record is found, the book it's located in, and the page/s it's on.
     
  • Vitalrec.com - This website provides information on how to obtain vital records such as, birth certificates, death records, marriage licenses and divorce decrees for each state and county in the United States. You'll find information regarding fees and the addresses for the county or state offices to write to. For additional and somewhat hefty fees, the company can provide online ordering of many records.
     

Other Marriage Records

  • Indiana State Library - Marriages Through 1850 - The Index to Indiana Marriages Through 1850 began many years ago through a project initiated by Dorothy Riker the late former Editor of The Hoosier Genealogist, which listed the name of the groom in county listings in this publication. Later, brides names were added to the original card set of groom names in the Genealogy Division. Volunteers expanded the card set to include all dates through 1850 for counties where marriage records existed.
     
  • Indiana State Library - Marriages 1993-2000 - This index is public record compiled and provided to the Indiana State Library by the Indiana Department of Health.

Court / Will / Probate Records

  • Boone County Clerk - The Boone County Clerk's Office has the following records:

    Civil Court Records: from 1830
    Probate Records: from 1830

    Clerk Boone Circuit and Superior Courts
    212 Courthouse Square
    Lebanon Indiana 46052-2195
    Phone: (765) 482-3510
    FAX: (765) 485-0150

    Fees: Court document copies are $1.00 per page. Certified copies are $2.00 per page. Standard copies are 10 cents per page. Send request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. It may be necessary to call the Clerk's Office first to determine if a record is found, the book it's located in, and the page/s it's on.

Census Records & Indexes


Land Records

  • Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records (GLO) - Off-site - Search for land patents at the official Federal land records site. You can view and print the actual images, or order certified copies. Survey plats are now in the process of being added to this website.
     
  • Boone County Recorder's Office - Copies of land deeds, plats and surveys can be obtained through the County Recorder's office.

    Boone County Recorder
    212 Courthouse Square
    Lebanon, IN 46052
    Phone: 765-482-3070

Military Records

  • NARA - The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) in St. Louis, MO is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century, WWI and later.

    National Personnel Records Center
    Military Personnel Records
    9700 Page Avenue
    St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
     
  • NARA - The National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. holds military and pension records for service beginning in 1775 and up to WWI.

    National Archives and Records Administration
    700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20408-0001

Boone County Libraries

  • Lebanon Public Library - This library houses the Ralph W. Stark Heritage Room that holds a large genealogy collection for Boone County. They'll perform limited research and do obituary look-ups for a small fee. The contents of their collection and their research policies and fee information can be found on their website. You can also find a database online of an obituary index for the years 1986-2004.

    Lebanon Public Library
    104 East Washington St.
    Lebanon, IN 46052
    Phone: (765) 482-3460
    Fax: (317) 873-5059

    Current Library Hours:
    Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
     
  • Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library - Their collection includes Past Times, a series of articles appearing in the Zionsville Times Sentinel between 1986 and present on the history of Zionsville.

    Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library
    250 North Fifth Street
    Zionsville, IN 46077
    Phone: (317) 873-3149
    Hours: M, T, W 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. - TH, F, S 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sun (Except Jun, Jul, Aug) 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
     
  • Sullivan Museum and Genealogy Library - Per their website, "The Sullivan Room of the library, within the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, boasts the largest selection of reference material and community archival material in Boone County. In addition, the 4,000 volumes gracing its shelves are one of the largest collections housed in a privately funded genealogy library in the region." Assistance is available by the full time genealogist on staff or a trained volunteer. Inquiries regarding research requests or other services that the library has to offer can be directed by email to Marianne Doyle, the Director, or by phone at (317) 873-4900."

    Sullivan Museum and Genealogy Library
    225 West Hawthorne Street
    Zionsville, IN 46077
    (317) 873-4900
    Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 4:00
    Thursday - 10:00 - 8:00
     
  • Thorntown Public Library - The genealogy collection includes materials relating to local history and genealogy, funeral registers, plot maps, newspapers and obituaries. The Thorntown Library is home to the Guinn Local History/Genealogy Center where you'll find numerous searchable databases online.

    Thorntown Public Library
    124 N. Market St.,
    Thorntown, IN 46071
    Phone: (765) 436-7348
    Fax: (765) 436-7011
     
  • Tri-Area Library - The Tri-Area Library is an all-volunteer library and does not receive tax funding. The library serves portions of Boone, Hendricks, and Montgomery Counties.

    Tri-Area Library
    2 West Main Street
    Jamestown, IN 46147
    Phone: (765) 676-6190

USGenWeb


Genealogical & Historical Societies

  • Boone County Historical Society - They offer a large assortment of Boone County genealogical reference and record books for sale in their online bookstore. They are also found on a secondary website.

    Boone County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 141
    404 W. Main Street
    Lebanon, IN 46052-0141
    Phone: (765) 483-9414
     
  • Boone County Genealogical Society, Inc. - Basic services of the Boone County Genealogical Society include helping people learn how to start tracing family lineage; how to write oral histories of their families and autobiographies; writing about family events; and what documents and mementos are meaningful. They have a list of Boone County cemeteries and a few genealogical items online.

    Boone County Genealogical Society, Inc.
    P.O. Box 83
    Thorntown, IN 46071
    Contact Linda White for more information about the Society at (765) 436-7498.
     
  • Zionsville Historical Society
    40 Staten Place
    Zionsville, IN 46077
    President: Martha Renzi
     
  • Sugar Creek Historical Society - The Sugar Creek Historical Society sponsors the Thorntown Heritage Museum.

    Sugar Creek Historical Society & Thorntown Heritage Museum
    124 West Main Street
    Thorntown, Indiana 46071
    Email
     
  • Jackson Township Historical Society, Inc.

    P.O. Box 297
    41 West Main Street
    Jamestown, IN 46147
    Email
    Phone: (765) 676-5891

Newspapers


Mortuaries

  • Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center - 105 W. Pine St., Zionsville, IN (317) 387-7000
     
  • Myers Mortuary - 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, IN (765) 482-0620
     
  • Robert G. Porter Funeral Home - 315 W. Main St., Jamestown, IN (765) 676-5441
     
  • Russell & Hitch Funeral Home - 116 W. Plum St., Thorntown, IN (765) 436-7474
     
  • Russell & Hitch Funeral Home - 223 N. Meridian St., Lebanon, IN (765) 482-1900

Native American - Miami Indians


Boone County Books, Maps & Plats

  • Indiana State Library - Large selection of Boone County genealogy resources, reference books and materials including birth, death, marriage, census, estate and court records. They also hold many Boone County maps, atlases and plat books.
     
  • Boone County Books by Marilyn Walker - Many Boone County reference books have been written by Marilyn Walker and her late co-author Rosemary Peterman. They include cemetery, funeral home records, will, estate and divorce. Marilyn says her new Boone County Will Book IV is now available, but not listed on her website yet.

Indiana Resources

  • Indiana State Library - Genealogy Division - They have a large holding of genealogical materials for the State of Indiana and numerous online resources. They also have a page dedicated to the research materials and records they have available for Boone County.
     
  • Allen County Public Library - The Genealogy Division of this library has one of the most extensive holdings of genealogical records and materials in the country.
     
  • Cyndi's List - Indiana - The most comprehensive list of links for all genealogical research in Indiana and everywhere else, for that matter. There's really no reason to post a long list of links, as Cyndi's List has links to every genealogical site you'll ever need, and all in one place! If you are a beginner to genealogy, or just want to brush up, be sure and check out this category.

Boone County Visitor

  • Boone County Convention & Visitors Bureau - The site to check if you are planning a genealogy research trip to Boone County and require information about lodging, restaurants, maps, visitor guides, etc.

    Boone County
    Convention & Visitors Bureau

    PO Box 293
    Lebanon, IN 46052