Local History & Genealogy

Ida Public Library’s Local History & Genealogy Room 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 collection when the Room is open and staffed. Our open hours differ from library hours, so please plan your visit accordingly. If traveling from a long distance, it is advised that you call ahead to check staff availability.

Research Requests:

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

Donations:

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.

Local History

Contact: 815-544-3838 Localhistory@idapubliclibrary.org  

Hours: Monday Closed
Tuesday 1 pm-8 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am-4:30 pm

Thursday 1 pm- 8 pm
Friday 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Saturday 10 am-5 pm (2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month)

Click here for Local History/ Genealogy Research Websites

 

 

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