Boone County, Indiana Genealogy

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Guide to Boone County, Indiana ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Lebanon
Organized: January 29, 1830
Parent County(s): Original County
Neighboring Counties
Clinton  • Hamilton  • Hendricks  • Marion  • Montgomery
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Boone County was named in honor of Daniel Boone.[1] It is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Boone County Courthouse
212 Courthouse Square
Lebanon, IN 46052-2150
Phone: 765-482-3510
County Website

Boone County Health Department
116 West Washington Street, Suite B202
Lebanon, IN, 46052
Health Officer: Herschell Servies Jr, MD
Phone Number: 765-482-3942
Fax: 765-483-4450
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage records from 1831, divorce, probate and court records from 1830.
County Health Department has birth and death records.
County recorder has land records. [3] Health Department has birth records and death records filed.
Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Boone County, Indiana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1831 1882 1830 1856 1830 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

October 1856 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns
  • Ratsburg

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Boone County, Indiana online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Boone County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 621
1840 8,121 1207.7%
1850 11,631 43.2%
1860 16,753 44.0%
1870 22,593 34.9%
1880 25,922 14.7%
1890 26,572 2.5%
1900 26,321 −0.9%
1910 24,673 −6.3%
1920 23,575 −4.5%
1930 22,290 −5.5%
1940 22,081 −0.9%
1950 23,993 8.7%
1960 27,543 14.8%
1970 30,870 12.1%
1980 36,446 18.1%
1990 38,147 4.7%
2000 46,107 20.9%
2010 56,640 22.8%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

  • Works Progress Administration (WPA) Index of Names of Persons and Firms: Boone County, Indiana (in various local histories and legal documents) at Lebanon Public Library

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents. See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the Boone County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Boone County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Boone County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Boone County.

Boone County men in The Civil War:

  • "Military History", Chapter 8 in Crist, L. M., History of Boone County, Indiana: With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Old Families. Indianapolis, Ind: A.W. Bowen, 2008. FamilySearch Digital Book; FHL Collection.
  • Civil War Soldiers, Officers & Regiment - Boone County Genealogy (INGenWeb)

Civil War Books:

  • "Military History", Chapter 8 in Crist, L. M. History of Boone County, Indiana: With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Old Families. Indianapolis, Ind: A.W. Bowen, 2008. Pages 175-211. Name, Regiment, Company listed. FHL US/CAN Film 934898 Items 3-4 FHL Collection; FamilySearch Digital Book.
  • Boone County Biographies of Civil War Veterans - Genealogy Trails History Group

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Indiana newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the Boone County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Boone County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Boone County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library
250 North 5th Street
Zionsville, IN 4607
Phone: 317-873-31497

Lebanon Public Library
Heritage Center
104 East Washington Street
Lebanon, IN 46052
Phone: 765-482-3460

Thornton Public Library
124 N Market Street
Thorntown, IN 46071
Phone: 765-436-7348

Museums[edit | edit source]

Sullivan Museum and Genealogy Library
225 West Hawthorne Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
Phone: 317-873-4900

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Boone County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Societies.

Boone County Genealogical Society
PO Box 495
Lebanon, IN 46052

Boone County Historical Society
PO Box 141
Cragun House: 404 W. Main St.
Lebanon, IN 46052
Phone: 765-483-9414

Jackson Township Historical Society
PO Box 297
41 W. Main St.
Jamestown, IN 46147-0297
Phone: 317-379-8434

Sugar Creek Historical Society
C/O Thorntown Public Library
124 N. Market St.
Thorntown, IN 46071-0023
Phone: 765-436-7348

Zionsville Historical Society
C/O Lynne Manning, President
8810 Stonewick Way
Zionsville, IN 46077-1637
Phone: 317-873-2547

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Boone County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/01/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Boone County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana accessed 3/01/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Lebanon, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at International Genealogical Index