Research Requests

Conducting research for a project?
Discovering your ancestry?

We hope to be of service to you because genealogy and history are exciting!

The Boone County Historical Society has an all-volunteer Board of Directors and no employees so we are currently limited in resources to do research requests. If you have a research request, please email 

Records Available for Research

Our Society’s records include a variety of cemetery records, census records, family histories, city directories, plat maps, as well as county and town histories. Three histories of Boone County (1880, 1902 and 1914) have been published containing biographical material on 1142 families. Several smaller towns have published local histories but the two largest towns, Boone and Ogden, have not published histories. The county has three long-established newspapers (ca 1860) but, like similar publications, they are not indexed.

We also have some index records for local newspapers, birth, marriage, and death records. Boone County began recording births and deaths in 1880 and marriages in 1850. Iowa passed a mandatory vital records registration law in July 1921. Prior to that time less than 50% of the vital events were registered and Boone County was no exception. The Boone County Recorder’s office is willing to make unofficial copies (birth, marriage, death, probate) of their records for a nominal cost.

 Available State Resources

The state of Iowa also has copies of vital records. For current state fees and processes, researchers are advised to call 515-281-5871 for a recorded message with this information.

Iowa Department of Health
Vital Records Section
Lucas Office Building
321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA  50319