Local History & Genealogy

Ida Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy collection is the best place to start your Boone County and Belvidere genealogy and local history research. 

Planning Your Visit:

Visitors are welcome to come and use the local history and obituary collection, however not all materials are available without staff assistance.  If you are traveling from a long distance or need research help, it is advised that you call ahead to check staff availability.

Research Requests:

If you cannot visit the library, our staff is willing to assist you with your local history and genealogy research questions. You can contact us by mail, phone, or email.


We are always looking for donations of records relating to Boone County history and families. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Local History staff.

Our Collection Includes:

Boone County Resources

Resources for Neighboring Counties

DeKalb County

  • Cemetery Indexes
  • Local history books

McHenry County

  • Cemetery Indexes
  • Local history books
  • Marriage Index: 1837-1899
  • Naturalization Index: 1851-1906
  • Probate Index: 1840s-1980s

Winnebago County

  • Cemetery Indexes
  • Indexes of deaths and marriages from the Rockford papers
  • Local history books
  • Vital Records

Many more resources are available, so please contact us for more information.