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Guide to Hendricks County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Founded December 20, 1823
County Seat Danville
Courthouse
Address Hendricks County Courthouse
PO Box 599
Danville, IN 46122-1993
Ph. 317.745.9231
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Contents

Historical Facts

Populated Places

Boundary Changes

Parent County

1823--Hendricks County was created 20 December 1823 from unorganized territory and Putnam County.[1]

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business Records

Cemeteries

Census Records

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

Church Records

Transcript of the records of Danville Regular Baptist Church, Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana, 1828-1873 is found at the Primitive Baptist Library in Carthage, Illinois.

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

Histories

Local Histories
  • Inter-state Publishing Company (Chicago, Ill.). 2002. History of Hendricks County, Indiana: together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens ; Also a condensed history of Indiana, embodying accounts of prehistoric races, aborigines, Winnebago and Black Hawk Wars, and a brief review of its civil and political history. (Bowie, Md: Heritage Books.) 977.253 H2h 2002 FHL US/CAN Book  FHL Collection   other libraries
  • History of Hendricks county, Indiana, together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens. Also a condensed history of Indiana. 1885. (Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Company.) 977.253 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection   other librarise   INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • Cline and McHaffie, Indianapolis. [from old catalog]. 1873. The People's guide; a business, political and religious directory of Hendricks co., Ind., together with a collection of very important documents and statistics connected with our moral, political and scientific history.  other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • Surname index to the Family History Files found at the Plainfield/Guilford Township Public Library.
  • Hendricks County/Plainfield, Indiana Biography Index. Articles are indexed from local newspapers. Fairly recent dates.

Land and Property

Land in Indiana was originally sold to the public by the federal government, through their General Land Offices in various districts. Land in Hendricks County was sold through the district office in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana. The Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office records for Indiana are in a searchable database.

In Indiana, land transactions are recorded in deed books, which are kept by the county recorder. There is also a separate set of books, called grantee/grantor, that acts as an index to the entries in the deed books - grantee means the buyer, grantor means the seller. Hendricks County's deed books volumes 1 through 64 (covering 1826 through 1886) and grantee/grantor index books volumes 1 through 9 (covering 1826 through 1889) have been microfilmed. That microfilm is available at the Indiana State Library and through the Family History Library, as well as other libraries.

The Hendricks County Recorder is located on the top floor of the Hendricks County Government Center in Danville. The Hendricks County Government Center is on South Washington Street, 3 blocks south of the courthouse square.

Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Hendricks County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Hendricks County.

Civil War Books

  • "The Civil War" Chapter 5 in Inter-state Publishing Company (Chicago, Ill.). 2002. History of Hendricks County, Indiana: together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens ; Also a condensed history of Indiana, embodying accounts of prehistoric races, aborigines, Winnebago and Black Hawk Wars, and a brief review of its civil and political history. (Bowie, Md: Heritage Books.) 977.253 H2h 2002 FHL US/CAN Book  FHL Collection   other libraries
  • "The Patriotic Roll" Chapter 5 in History of Hendricks county, Indiana, together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens. Also a condensed history of Indiana. 1885. (Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Company.) (page 333-412  Regiment, Companies, Name's), 977.253 H2h FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection   other librarise   INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • Valenzuela, Karen, Roberto Valenzuela, and Kim Bartrum. 2004. 1862 Indiana, Hendricks County, indexed Civil War draft enrollment lists. [Marion, Indiana (1607 West Jeffras Ave., Marion 46952)]: K. Valenzuela. 977.253 M2v FHL US/CAN Book  FHL Collection   other libraries

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

  • Hendricks County Flyer - published on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Their office is on Kingston Street (at the Lowe's stoplight on Dan Jones Road, south of US 36/Rockville Road) in Avon.
  • The Republican - published on Thursdays. Their office is on the northeast side of the courthouse square in Danville.
  • Indianapolis Star - published daily, it includes a Local Living section on Thursdays that focuses on Hendricks County and the west side of Indianapolis.

Obituaries

Probate Records

  • The Judicial Books date from 1825. These books contain Probate court records from the Hendricks County Courts. You may need to use this link instead and then click "Judicial Archive". There are two ways to view these books, but if you download the PDF file for a volume you can use your PDF software to quickly access the last page in the volume. Book 3 for example, has an index on the LAST few pages of the volume.
  • Deaths Listed in Probate Records of Hendricks County, Indiana (1837-1898) (free, Indiana Genealogical Society) - this index is in progress.

Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Hendricks County; PO Box 599; Danville, IN 46122-1993; Ph. 317.745.9231 Details: (Co Hlth Dept has b & d rec from 1882; Co Clk has m, div, pro & ct rec from 1823; Co Aud has land rec)

Archives
Libraries
Museums
  • Hendricks County Historical Museum - located 1 block south of the courthouse square in Danville, the museum has a collection of materials about Hendricks County people, places and organizations. It is open to the public on Saturdays and by appointment.
Societies
Family History Centers

School Records

Tax Records

In Indiana, the state created a system to raise revenue by assessing taxes on residents who owned land. Tax lists are a

  • [1841] Tax list, Hendricks County, Indiana, 1841. Hendricks County (Ind.). Auditor's Office. Fort Wayne, Ind. : Public Library, 1966. Call #: 977.201 H38HET
  • [1842-1855] See FHL catalog.
  • [1844] Thompson, Meredith. Index to 1844 tax list for Hendricks County, Indiana
  • [1846] . Hendricks County (Ind.). Auditor's Office. Fort Wayne, Ind. Public Library, 1966. Call #: 977.201 H38HET

Vital Records

Birth Records

By state law, births were recorded in Indiana beginning in 1882, with each county's health department responsible for keeping their own birth records. The Indiana State Department of Health's Vital Records Division has copies of each county's birth records from October 1907 to present.

The Hendricks County Health Department is located in the basement (the south entrance) of the Hendricks County Government Center in Danville. The Hendricks County Government Center is on South Washington Street, 3 blocks south of the courthouse square.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a federal program during the Great Depression to employ white-collar workers. In the 1930's the WPA began a project to index the records in county courthouses. WPA workers created indexes to birth, marriage and death records for about 2/3 of the counties in Indiana before the program was stopped in 1939. Most of these WPA indexes used 1920 as their end year, for privacy reasons.

Marriage Records

The Hendricks County Clerk has Hendricks County marriage records from 1824 to the present. The Hendricks County Clerk's office is located on the 2nd floor of the Hendricks County Courthouse in Danville.

Early marriage records in Indiana only recorded the name of the bride, the name of the groom, the date of the marriage and the name of the person who performed the marriage. Beginning in 1882, counties recorded additional information in marriage supplements books. These marriage supplements books asked a series of questions, including: their age; their race; their birthplace; their occupation (groom only); the number of marriages they'd had; their father's name and their mother's maiden name. When marriage application books were introduced in Indiana in 1905, the marriage supplements books were gradually abandoned.

In May 1905, a new law took effect in Indiana, requiring the recording of detailed information about the bride and groom (such as their birthdates and birthplaces, as well as their occupations and any previous marriages) as well as information about their parents (including their birthplace, residence and occupation). In Hendricks County, the information from the marriage applications was kept in a separate set of books from the marriage licenses for ther period of May 1905 through May 1950; beginning in June 1950, the marriage application information was recorded in the same set of books as the marriage licenses.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a federal program during the Great Depression to employ white-collar workers. In the 1930's the WPA began a project to index the records in county courthouses. WPA workers created indexes to birth, marriage and death records for about 2/3 of the counties in Indiana before the program was stopped in 1939. Most of these WPA indexes used 1920 as their end year, for privacy reasons.

Divorce Records
Death Records

By state law, deaths were recorded in Indiana beginning in 1882, with each county's health department responsible for keeping their own death records. The Indiana State Department of Health's Vital Records Division has copies of each county's death records from 1900 to present.

The Hendricks County Health Department is located in the basement (the south entrance) of the Hendricks County Government Center in Danville. The Hendricks County Government Center is on South Washington Street, 3 blocks south of the courthouse square.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a federal program during the Great Depression to employ white-collar workers. In the 1930's the WPA began a project to index the records in county courthouses. WPA workers created indexes to birth, marriage and death records for about 2/3 of the counties in Indiana before the program was stopped in 1939. Most of these WPA indexes used 1920 as their end year, for privacy reasons.

Voter Registration


References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).