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We are expanding our Obits to serve you better. As we complete each letter we will add to website. Once all letters are complete we will have one large database. Our new obits include: first name, last name, middle initial, birth date, death date, maiden name, spouse name, parents name and cemetery they are buried in.


We add obits once a month. Please keep checking back. If you are searching for an obituary please call our Research Center 815-544-2580 or email


~Obits in yellow have the new expanded format~


* Last obit update 09/08/2014












The Boone County Historical Society Museum is proud to offer a searchable archive of over 25,000 obituaries for your genealogical research. Obituaries are valuable because they can reveal wonderful information about your ancestors life. Our amazing team of volunteers have spent years archiving the obituaries, death notices, and funeral notices of Boone County residents.

While you can search our online archive for free, we charge a fee for each desired announcement. The cost for each copy is $5. Please be advised that early newspaper publications were often no more than a death notice which may only be 2 lines of information.

To Order: You can order via email or send your request with NAMES and DATES of selected obituaries and the numbers of copies desired with a check or money order to: The Boone County Historical Museum, 314 S. State St., Belvidere, IL 61008, ATTN: Lonna. Please write your check out to "The Boone County Historical Museum" along with a way to contact you if we have questions regarding your order.

If you have any questions, please email the Obits or give us a call at (815) 544-2580.

Currently our archive is searchable by surname only.

Due to the fact that sometimes all we have is the date the obit was in the paper and not the actual death date, the dates may be off a day or two. If you notice an inncorrect date please email us so that we can correct the entry.