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Genealogy Indexes

On-going projects in the Boone County Historical Museum Research Center


Abstracts Index-contains name, location and the book number in our files. There are over 9,000 names currently with about 100 more abstracts to complete. Online index is added to on the second weekend of the month.

Announcements can be found in a-z binders that contain articles and announcements on Boone County people index includes Name, type of article and page number. Most are indexed we just have a few more to go. Online index is added to on the third weekend of the month.

World War 1914-1919 (aka WWI) Honor Roll of Boone County index cards. These cards are indexed by name and date of birth. Each card holds a wealth of information and a sample card is on the bottom of the index. Many of these cards also have a photo.

Birth-Death-Marriage Certificates and indexes on microfilm in the Research Center can be obtained for genealogy purposes only and will be stamped as such.

Obituaries are constantly being added and our files currently contain over 25,000 obits. We have been working on filling in gaps as well as fixing wrong dates and unknown dates as well as adding names that were missed in the inital indexing. If you are looking for an obit that is not listed please feel free to contact us. It is our hope that this project is complete by years end. We add 200-300 obits to our online index the first weekend of the month

Looking for a Civil War photo? The following Civil War/GAR framed photos are located in the Military Room of the Boone County Historical Museum. Names are listed from left to right
and top to bottom. Index complied by Martin W Johnson

List of those who served in 95th Illinois Volunteer Infantry from Boone County, Illinois

The research center has the complete set of Adjutant General Record Muster Rolls for Illinois Regiments in Civil War on microfilm

Index to Helen Maxwell Williams genealogy collection *updated to reflect new additions

Index to Family Histories and transcribed letters and diaries including Civil War and WWI & WWII that can be found in the research center.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us with these projects. If you are interested in assisting with the data entry please call the Research Center at 815-544-2580.

*Index to Scrapbooks containing Engagements, Marriages and Anniversaries of Boone County residents from Dale Studio, a one time Photography Studio in Belvidere.

*Index to a collection of stories by Elaine Burstatte titled "Our Town." This is Index by subject and by people.

*Index to a scrapbook of various clippings related to Belvidere and Garden Prairie

*Index to a collection of Railroad maps.

*Index to a collection of stories and photographs by Bud Hines

*Index to a binder of different articles.

*Index to items available on microfiche.

* Index to newspapers available on microfilm.

* List of Boone County Cemeteries w/ locations

* If Wall Could Talk Index. This was a weekly column that was featured in the BDR in the early 1990's and features the history of some of the homes in Belvidere

* Boone County Military Deaths Index. This was compiled by Frank Crawford and features all wars. It was last updated in July of 2010

The following books have been added to the Research Center

Wisconsin Pre-1907 Marriage Indexes for Walworth & Rock Counties. These books contain many names from Boone County. Compiled by Judy Vezzetti

Illinois G.A.R. Civil War transcripts of the death rolls 1879-1947

Bibliography of County Histories in 50 States in 1961 by Ex. Lient. Clarence Stewart Peterson, M.A.

Illinois Place Names by James N. Adams

The following have been completed by Marty Johnson.

1877-1902 Boone County Birth Index

1902-1916 Boone County Birth Index

1916-1948 Boone County Birth Index

1857-1878 Boone County Marriage Index

1877-1907 Boone County Marriage Index

1907-1923 Boone County Marriage Index

1877-1909 Boone County Death Index

1916-1955 Boone County Death Index

Boone County Probate, 1839-1962 Guardian, Executor, Conservator, Administrator, Heirship Proof Index

Boone County Deeds Books A-E Index

Boone County Land Purchases before 1845-one mile strip of land in disputed Western Boone Co claimed by Winnebago County

Boone County German and French Families in 1870 Boone Co Census Index

1919-1981 Boone County Veterans Discharge Index

1866-1905 Boone County Naturalization Declarations Index

Elgin ISHFTI 1885-1932

1914-1940's Index of Boone County Residents who were taken to Homes

1880 Boone County Census

1900 Boone County Census

North Belvidere High School Alumni as of 1912 or 1915

1896-1897 Belvidere City Directory & each Township a-z in back

1910-1911 Belvidere City Directory & County a-z in back

1917 McHenry and Boone County Farmers Directory

1919-1920 Belvidere City Directory & County a-z in back

1927-1928 Belvidere City Directory

1st Presbyterian Church of Belvidere April 1853 Manual Index

1889 1st Presbyterian Church of Belvidere 50 year history Index

1906 1st Baptist Church of Belvidere 70 year history index of pictures

German Evangelical Church of Belvidere Index

Immanuel German Evangelical Luthern Church Family Registry

St. Johns United Church of Christ Record Book 1901 Index

1906 Blaine and Hunter Historical Recorder

1877 Boone County Past & Present by H.F. Kett

1892 Portrait & Biographical Record of Winnebago and Boone Co. Index

1892 Portrait & Biographical Record of Winnebago and Boone Co

1896 Belvidere Illustrated by Belvidere Daily Republican Index

1896 Belvidere Illustrated by Belvidere Daily Republican

1909 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Volume II by Richard Carpenter Index

1909 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois Volume II by Richard Carpenter

1985 Belvidere Cemetery 2nd Walk Thru with added inscriptions

Newspapers on microfilm at Northern Illinois University Library

Foreign Telephone Books located at University of Wisconsin and Rockford Public Library

1855-1931 Winnebago County Births Index

1836-1956 Winnebago County Marriges Index-Bride

1836-1956 Winnebago County Marriages Index-Groom

1844-1981 Winnebago County Deaths Index


Genealogy Links

The following are popular Genealogy Links and we thank Marty Johnson for this list. This list is very useful when searching Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. We sincerely hope that you find them useful in your search for your ancestors. If you should have and problems with the links please let us know. Happy Hunting!


www.familyhistory101.com  contains many databases and printable forms.
http://idapubliclibrary.org/index.htm  use your Belvidere Library card to access Heritage Quest and the many databases and online books (follow the database link on the left side of the Library home page).
www.rootsweb.com/~ilwbcgs  Winnebage & Boone County Illinois Genealogical Society website. 
www.bchmuseum.org Boone County Obituary index, old Belvidere & Boone County farmers wall maps and indexes all on line as well as many other indexes and much more.
www.cherryvalley.lib.il.us  containsmany Winnebago & Boone County history books and indexes online
www.rootsweb.com/~ilwinneb/rkdpublb.htm  this is Rockford Public Library's local history room collection description.
www.sos.state.il.us  contains many Illinois databases. To use, click on departmant then archives followed by databases.   
www.mollx.com here you can get copies of Illinois death certificates for the years 1916--1948 for $5
www.birthdates.com/query.php this website has files of birth dates from internet sources www.mcigs.org/indices  McHenry County, Illinois Genealogical Society website. This site has a great 1880 McHenry County Census index as well as newspaper obituraries and marriage indexes   
www.mchsonline.org this is the McHenry County Historical Museum & Library. Their site has an obiturary index online along with other McHenry County information.   
www.usgwarchives.org this site has many indexes and are organized by state and county 
www.usgwarchives.net this site has alittle bit more than the above site 
www.usgenweb.org another good site with a submittable query feature       
www.genealogytrails.com genealogy information for all states      
www.chicagogenealogy.com Chicago Genealogy
www.cookcountygenealogy.com Cook County clerks indexes
www.kindredtrails.com/databases.html this website has regional genealogy databases
www.pgsa.org this is the Polish Genealogical Society of America               
www.rootsweb.com this is rootsweb's home page
www.rootsweb.com/~ilsgs this is Illinois State Genealogical Society  
http://dekalb.ilgenweb.net  this is Dekalb County Genealogical Society
http://dekalb.ilgenweb.net/joinerhistoryroom_page.htm this link will take you to the Joiner Room at the Sycamore, Illinois library in Dekalb County and has databases online        
www.rootsweb.com/~ilogle this is Ogle County's site
www.rootsweb.com/~ilkane  this is Kane County's site
www.rootsweb.com/~wircgs  this is Rock County, Wisconsin's site
www.rootsweb.com/~wiwalwor  this is Walworth County, Wisconsin's site
www.rootsweb.com/~cemetery  here you can find the Tombstone Cemetery Transcription Project
www.rootsweb.com/~mncarver  this is Carver County, Minnesota's site
http://usgwarchives.org/il/boone/boone.html  this is Boone County, Illinois site and has several indexes online
http://usgwarchives.org/il/winnebago/winnebago.html  this is Winnebago County, Illinois's site and has several indexes online
http://genealogytrails.com/ill this site has Illinois Counties
www.worldgenweb.org this site contains many foreign website links
www.dastelefonbuch.de this site has german phonebook online 
http://mki.wisc.edu this site has a very detailed European wall map online at the Max Kade German Institute. Follow the reseouces tab on home page
www.alplm.org/library  this is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library site   
www.newberry.org this is the Newberry Library located in Chicago's Loop area. The Library is a very old private library and is open to the public.      
www.dodgejeffgen.com this is Dodge & Jefferson County, Wisconsin Genealogical Society website and has several indexes and general information online  
www.wisconsinhistory.org/research.asp this site has Wisconsin pre 1907 birth, death, marriage and Civil War indexes
www.15thwisconsin.net/15imghpe.htm this site has short biographies and some pictures of Wisconsin and North Central Illinois Civil War Vets. Contains mostly Norwegians from Sharon Wisconsin and Blaine, Illinois 
www.madcat.library.wisc.edu/index.html  this site contains the University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin State Historical Society catalog in one index
www.wisconsinhistory.org/libraryarchives/arcnet/ this site is the Wisconsin Area Research Centers at Wisconsin Universities and contains a lot of microfilmed Wisconsin Church Records 
http://iowagravestones.org/search.php?search=index this site has Iowa Cemetery search for the whole state
www.mncounty.com/modules/certificates/marriage/default.aspx this site has Minnesota's marriage indexes by county
http://people.mnhs.org Minnesota Historical Society death and birth indexes, Minnesota newpapers and State Census     
www.deathindexes.com/minnesota/index.html this site has Minnesota Veterans grave index 
http://secure.apps.state.nd.us/doh/certificates/deathcertsearch.html this site has North Dakota death certificate search in two alphabetical indeses
http://mngs.org/branches.shtml Minnesota Geenealogical Society County websites
www.ironrangeresearchcenter.org this site has Minnesota Naturalization and Government land purchase information
www.sos.mo.gov/archives this site has Missouri death indexes as well as a Civil War index  
www.interment.net this site has U.S. cemetery records online         
http://gravelocator.cem.va  this site has Veterans graves in National Cemeteries in an alphabetical index 
www.militaryindexes.com/civilwar  this site has Civil War indexes
www.findagrave.com this site has graves, pictures and obituraries that have been submitted by individuals. This is an on-going project       
www.comportone.com this site has Mid-West Cemetery locations along with pictures of the cemeteries entrances      
http://catalog.loc.gov this site is the Library of Congress online catalog       
www.loc.gov.rr/main/gar  this is the G.A.R. Civil War collection at the Library of Congress
www.glorecords.blm.gov/patentsearch this site has index of land sales fron the U.S. Government
www.archives.gov/genealogy this is the National Archives online catalog
www.itd.nps.gov/cwss this site has Civil War enlistment index from North and South as well as a grave index    
www.papemortuary.com/database.asp this site has a card index of Veterans buried at Danville, Illinois Veterans Cemetery along with others that have been buried
www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/haroldwashington/p/spc this site has Civil War collection in the Special Collections & Manuscript department.
www.chicagohistory.org/research this site is the Chicago Historical Society Museum and has many old books and records 
www.civilwar.nps/gov/cwss this site has a Civil War Soldiers and Sailors index
www.archives.gov/research/civil/civil-war/index.html this is the National Archives Civil War Collection
www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/reghist.pdf  this site has the Civil War Regimental histories online
www.dar.org.library this is the Daughters of the American Revolutionary War website         
www.publiclibraries.com this site is all U.S. public libraries index   
www.ipl.org/ this site is the internet public libraries and contains information about all libraries                   
www.cfkswebservices.com/churchdata/search this site has histories and archives of all regions

www.augustana.edu/swenson/archives this site has Swedish, U.S. and Swedish Church records on microfilm and through Sweden online 
www.lutheransonline.com/lutheransonline/genealogy this site allows you to search and submit your ancestor information 
www.elca.org/library this is the Evangelical Luthern Church of America and has several church records       
www.garrett.edu/library/special.htm this is Garrett Evangelical & Methodist Seminary Archives located in Evanston, Illinois and has German Methodist an dformer Evangelical Luthern church books  
www.familysearch.org this is Salt Lake City Genealogical Library  
http://search.labs.familysearch.org/research/start.html  this is Salt Lake City's online free databases
http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html this is another Salt Lake City online free database site
www.lib.byu.edu/fhc this site has County history books online   
http://immigrants.byu.edu  The Immigrant Ancestors Project, sponsored by the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University
www.castlegarden.org this site has New York City passenger arrival index from the 1890's on.  This was an immigration center for New York City and unfortunatly, a fire destroyed some of its records 
www.ellisisland.org this site has New York City passenger arrivals index from 1890's on and includes free online images of passenger lists with detailed information                                          
http://catalogue.bl.uk this is the British Library catalogue online. This site has several old U.S. county farmers maps in perfect condition and are listed in the Manuscripts or Special Maps Collection 
www.ingeneas.com this site has Quebec passenger arrival index from 1866 on      
www.accessgenealogy.com this site contains many free databases   
www.cindislist.com this site has thousands of Genealogy databases by subject, location, etc        
www.gencirles.com this site allows you to search or download your GED com files         
www.classmates.com this site allows you to submit or search for free online classmates from any U.S. high school, college, etc  
http://xooleanswers.com/newspaperarchives4.asp this site has free old newspaper indexes and images online 
www.genealogical.com/contact.asp?afid this site has Genealogical books and County histories for sale
www.heritagebooks.com this site has old County history books reprinted and for sale  
www.higginsonbooks.com/content.html this site also has old history books reprinted and for sale
www.parkbooks.com this site has Minnesota Genealogy indexes    
www.abebooks.com/home/prairie this site has a catalog to old books sold by a Springfield, Illinois book store
http://books.google.com/books?q=county+histories&btng=search+books this site has books online through google books  
www.ngpublications.com this site sells State indexes of G.A.R. Civil War reported deaths. They are done by State and then alphabetically. Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska are done.