Boone County, Iowa Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Boone
Organized: 1 Oct 1849[1]
Parent County(s): Unorganized territory[2]
Neighboring Counties
Dallas  • Greene  • Hamilton  • Polk  • Story  • Webster
See County Maps
Iowa, Boone County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Iowa Boone Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Boone county was named for Nathan Boone and is located in central Iowa.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Boone County Courthouse
201 State St
Boone, IA 50036
Phone: 515-433-0561
Boone County Website

Boone County, Iowa 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
1880 1850 1880 1851 1849 1850 1847
* Statewide registration started for births in July 1880 and for deaths January 1891. General compliance by 1924.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Unincorporated communities
  • Zenorsville

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • The county was attached to Polk and Linn Counties.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Boone County. To find more resources, go to the Iowa Bible Records page.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Iowa recorded not only federal, but state censuses for several in-between years as well. For more information, see the very informative Iowa Census article.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 735
1860 4,232 475.8%
1870 14,584 244.6%
1880 20,838 42.9%
1890 23,772 14.1%
1900 28,200 18.6%
1910 27,626 −2.0%
1920 29,892 8.2%
1930 29,271 −2.1%
1940 29,782 1.7%
1950 28,139 −5.5%
1960 28,037 −0.4%
1970 26,470 −5.6%
1980 26,184 −1.1%
1990 25,186 −3.8%
2000 26,224 4.1%
2010 26,306 0.3%
Source: "".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.

List of Churches and Church Parishes


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

  • The Simon Yeager (1811) family and associated Hoffman families of Boone County, Iowa. 1987. Eldon P. Cartwright. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library

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. They include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Iowa Land and Property for information about early Iowa land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, transactions were usually recorded and housed at the county courthouse.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

  • A Biographical record of Boone County, Iowa. 1902. Chicago, Illinois: T.S. Clarke Pub. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Ancestry — index and images, ($)
  • Iowa Indexes at — Select the county.
  • History of Boone County Iowa. 1914. by N.E. Goldthwait, Ed. Chicago, Illinois: Pioneer Publishing. Online at Vol I and Vol II FamilySearch Digital Library; Vol I and Vol II HathiTrust; Vol 1 and Vol II Internet Archive;
  • The History of Boone County, A History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, Etc. 1880. Des Moines: Union Historical Company. Online at: Internet Archive; Google Books;

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

County and state maps, historical and more current, are valuable research tools. For online maps and collections in libraries and societies, see Iowa Maps. Historical maps may be especially useful.

Webster CountyHamilton CountyGreene CountyStory CountyDallas CountyPolk CountyIA BOONE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War service men in Boone County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed here:

- 10th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Companies D and K
- 32nd Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company D
- 44th Regiment, Iowa Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Please see the Iowa Naturalization and Citizenship page for state-wide information.

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Iowa, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Iowa tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. Iowa's unique Old Age Assistance tax gives names, addresses and birth years. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.

Online Tax Indexes and Records

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded by civil officials on registers, certificates, and other documents. Copies or extracts may be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office. See also Iowa 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 library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 library facilities, see Iowa Archives and Libraries.

Ericson Public Library
702 Greene St
Boone, IA 50036

Woodward Public Library
118 S Main
Box 510
Woodward, IA 50276

Museums[edit | edit source]

Madrid Historical Society & Museum
124 S State St
Madrid, IA 50156

Boone History Center
602 Story St
PO Box 172
Boone, IA 50036

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Boone County Iowa Genealogical Society
PO Box 453
Boone, IA 50036

Boone County Iowa Historical Society
602 Story St
Boone, IA 50036

Madrid Historical Society
109 W Second St
PO Box 105
Madrid, IA 50156

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Boone County at Cyndi's List - a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Boone County at Genealogy Trails - volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Boone County at Iowa USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Boone County at Iowa USGenWeb Archives - free online data for genealogical research
  • State Historical Society of Iowa — select from research collection topics
  • State Library of Iowa — electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies
  • The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection — digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed (date here).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Boone, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Iowa.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Iowa Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed (4/21/2021).
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iowa.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Boone County, Iowa," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Iowa#Communities, accessed 22 August 2019.