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.

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.

 

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