Boone County, Indiana Genealogy

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Guide to Boone County, Indiana ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Boone County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1830
County Seat Lebanon
Address Boone County Courthouse
212 Courthouse Square
Lebanon, IN 46052-2150
Phone: 765.482.3510
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, 

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries 

Neighboring Counties

Clinton  • Hamilton  • Hendricks  • Marion  • Montgomery

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Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

October 1856 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Bible Records


Business Records


Mts. Run Baptist Cemetery is near Labanon, Boone, Indiana, USA.

The following cemeteries have indexes courtesy of the Lebanon Public Library:

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records

For tips on accessing Boone County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Church Records

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository.

For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.

Finding More Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




Local Histories

Local histories are available for Boone County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the courthouse, where records are currently housed.

See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

Finding More Land Records

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:


Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Boone County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Boone County.

Boone County men in The Civil War

Civil War Books

World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
World War II, 1941-1945

Naturalization and Citizenship



Probate Records

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

Online Records

Finding More Probate Records

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records

School Records

Voter Registration



Boone County Courthouse
212 Courthouse Square
Lebanon, IN 46052-2150
Phone: 765.482.3510

County Clerk has marriage records from 1831,
divorce, probate and court records from 1830.
County Health Department has birth and death records.
County recorder has land records. [4]


Lebanon Public Library
Heritage Center
104 East Washington Street
Lebanon, IN 46052
Telephone: 765-482-3460
Website: Heritage Center


Boone County Historical Society
404 W. Main Street
PO Box 141
Lebanon 46052-941

Boone County Genealogical Society
PO Box 83
Thorntown, IN 46071

Sullivan Museum and Genealogy Library
225 West Hawthorne Street
Zionsville, Indiana

Jackson Township Historical Society
PO Box 297
41 W. Main St.
Jamestown, IN 46147
Telephone Number: 765-676-5114

Sugar Creek Historical Society
PO Box 23
Thorntown, IN 46071-0023
Telephone Number: 765-436-2202

Zionsville Historical Society
635 W. Pine St.
Zionsville, IN 46077-1637
Telephone Number: 317-873-2547

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the Family History Center directory.


Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records. See also How to order Indiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage licenses were required by counties beginning in 1800. Original marriage records are held at the office of the Boone County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

Birth Records
Marriage Records

The following Marriage Notices are courtesy of the Lebanon Public Library (from the Lebanon Reporter Indices):

Death Records
Divorce Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Boone County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Web Sites



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Lebanon County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. "Military History" Chapter 8 in Crist, L. M. History of Boone County, Indiana: With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Old Families. (Indianapolis, Ind: A.W. Bowen, 2008.) , page 175-211, FHL US/CAN Film 934898 Items 3-4 FHL Collection other library INTERNET ARCHIVE
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Boone County, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
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