The Local History Room’s Indexes & Materials page includes indexes and links for research resources located in the Local History & Genealogy Room. Click on the text in bold to access PDFs of the records. To request copies of any record from the indexes, or for more information on these records, you can contact the Local History Room at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at 815-544-3838. Many of our books, archival collections, and research materials are also searchable through the Ida Public Library catalog.
Archival Finding Aids
Click here to see detailed finding aids of the Local History Room’s archival collections.
Boone County Birth Certificate & Death Certificate Indexes
All copies of vital records listed here are available in the History Room. Please contact us for more information.
- Boone County Birth Certificate Index, 1877-1907- All birth certificates in this index are available on microfilm in the Local History & Genealogy Room.Click here for an introduction and guide to the Birth Certificate Index.
- Boone County Death Certificate Index 1877-1915- All death certificates in this index are available on microfilm in the Local History & Genealogy Room.
- Boone County Death Certificate Index 1916-1955- All death certificates in this index are available on microfilm in the Local History & Genealogy Room.
- Belvidere Illustrated, published 1896- The entire book is available through Google Books
- The Past and Present of Boone County IL, published 1877- The entire book is available through Google Books
- Portrait & Biographical Record of Winnebago & Boone Counties IL, published 1892- The entire book is available through Google Books
- First Presbyterian Church of Belvidere member list, 1839-1853 -from the Manual for Communicants of the Presbyterian Church, published 1853. Original document is at the Local History Room.
- Long Prairie Lutheran Church Confirmation Classes name index, 1854-1933- from Long Prairie Lutheran Church (now Capron Lutheran Church). Confirmation booklet published in 1933, compiled by Rev. Melvin P. Kaatrud. Original document is at the Local History Room.
- Indexes to Church Records on Microfilm
- Jefferson Prairie Index 1 (1846-1855) and Index 2 (1840s-1890)- Clinton, Wisconsin
- Long Prairie Lutheran Church Index 1 (1845-1891), Index 2 (1846-1856), and Index 3 (1846-1924)- Capron, Illinois
- Sacred Heart Parish- Marengo, Illinois
- St. James Catholic Church- Belvidere, Illinois
- Swedish Covenant Church (Evangelical Covenant Church)- Belvidere, Illinois
- Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church (Zion Lutheran Church)- Belvidere, Illinois
- Willow Creek Presbyterian Church- Argyle, Illinois
Local History Room Files
- Family Name Index- a surname index to four Family History Collections, which contain information and material on Boone County family names and significant people
- Local History Room Research Files- an index to the research files in the Local History Room, containing articles and other documents relating to Boone County history.
- Picture Name Index- an index of pictures of individual people in Boone County history, collected and compiled from ten published history books and maps
- Map Index- index of Boone County, Belvidere, and Illinois maps and atlases in the Local History & Genealogy Room
Microfilm Collection Indexes
- Census Records
- Church Records
- Land Records
- Military Records
- Miscellaneous Microfilm Records- includes some records for neighboring counties
- Newspapers- includes newspapers for Boone County and several other towns in Illinois
- Vital Records for Boone County- includes dates of the birth, marriage, and death certificates available at the Local History Room
- Vital Records for Winnebago County- includes dates of the birth, marriage, and death certificates available at the Local History Room