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Boone County, Indiana
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Facts
Founded January 29, 1830
County Seat Lebanon
Courthouse
Address Boone County Courthouse
212 Courthouse Square
Lebanon, IN 46052-2150
Phone: 765.482.3510
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
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.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 29 January 1830 from Wabash New Purchase (Hendricks)/Adams New Purchase (Hendricks/Marion) [2]
  • County Seat: Lebanon [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of Daniel Boone. Its county seat is Lebanon and was founded April 1, 1830.[4] It is located in the Mid-central area of the state.[5]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Clinton  • Hamilton  • Hendricks  • Marion  • Montgomery

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Mts. Run Baptist Cemetery is near Labanon, Boone, Indiana, USA.

The following cemeteries have indexes courtesy of the Lebanon Public Library:

  • Beck Cemetery
  • Bethel Cemetery
  • Cason Cemetery
  • Dover Cemetery - Veterans
  • Moore Cemetery
  • Jones-Parr Cemetery
  • Old Eagle/Cox Cemetery
  • Pitzer Cemetery
  • Pleasant View Cemetery
  • Richardson (Big Spings) Cemetery

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

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.


Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Boone County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

  • History of Boone County - Linkpendium
  • WPA Index of Names of Persons and Firms: Boone County, Indiana (in various local histories and legal documents) at Lebanon Public Library (links to some digital books and documents are included as well as the index)

Online County Histories

For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.

Land and Property[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.

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


See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.


Finding More Land Records[edit source]

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Maps[edit | edit source]

Clinton CountyHamilton CountyMarion CountyHendricks CountyMontgomery CountyIN BOONE.PNG
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Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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. Internet Archive; FHL US/CAN Film 934898 Items 3-4 FHL Collection.
-Commissioned Officers, pages 179-80: Internet Archive
-List of Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates, pages 181-202: Internet Archive
-Roll Of Honor, pages 208-209: Internet Archive


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; Internet Archive; Other Libraries.
  • Boone County Biographies of Civil War Veterans - Genealogy Trails History Group
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918[edit | edit source]
World War II, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[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 county courthouse.


Online Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]

Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Boone County Courthouse
212 Courthouse Square
Lebanon, IN 46052-2150
Phone: 765.482.3510

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. [6]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
  • Lebanon Public Library
    Heritage Center
    104 East Washington Street
    Lebanon, IN 46052
    Phone: 765-482-3460
    Website: Heritage Center
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Boone County Historical Society
    404 W. Main Street
    PO Box 141
    Lebanon, IN 46052-941
    Website
  • Boone County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 83
    Thorntown, IN 46071
  • Sullivan Museum and Genealogy Library
    225 West Hawthorne Street
    Zionsville, IN
    Website
  • Jackson Township Historical Society
    PO Box 297
    41 W. Main St.
    Jamestown, IN 46147
    Phone: 765-676-5114
  • Sugar Creek Historical Society
    PO Box 23
    Thorntown, IN 46071-0023
    Phone: 765-436-2202
  • Zionsville Historical Society
    635 W. Pine St.
    Zionsville, IN 46077-1637
    Phone: 317-873-2547
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the family history center directory.

Taxation[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.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

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. See also How to order Indiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage licenses were required by counties beginning in 1800. Original marriage records are held at the office of the Boone County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

The following Marriage Notices are courtesy of the Lebanon Public Library (from the Lebanon Reporter Indices):

Death Records[edit | edit source]
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Websites[edit | edit source]

Places[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Boone County, Indiana. Page 211-218 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 208-211.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Lebanon, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanon,_Indiana.
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Boone County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ind/boone/ accessed 3/01/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Boone County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boone_County,_Indiana accessed 3/01/2017.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Boone County, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/9/91/Igiindiana.pdf.