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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from Delaware New Purchase and Wabash New Purchase in 1824.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from Delaware New Purchase and Wabash New Purchase in 1824.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
*'''County Seat: ''' Danville <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Hendricks County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendricks_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref><br>  
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*'''County Seat: ''' Danville <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Hendricks County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendricks_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref><br>
  
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[[Montgomery County, Indiana|Montgomery]] {{•}} [[Boone County, Indiana|Boone]] {{•}} [[Marion County, Indiana|Marion]] {{•}} [[Morgan County, Indiana|Morgan]] {{•}} [[Putnam County, Indiana|Putnam]]
  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/indiana/ "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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{{Census|Indiana}}  
 
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*Index to Mortality Schedule for Hendricks County (1860) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])<br>
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*Index to Mortality Schedule for Hendricks County (1860, 1870, 1880) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])<br>  
 
*[http://www.hendcogen.org/census_records.php Index of 1883 census of adult males for Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana] (free, [http://www.hendcogen.org Hendricks County, Indiana GenWeb])  
 
*[http://www.hendcogen.org/census_records.php Index of 1883 census of adult males for Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana] (free, [http://www.hendcogen.org Hendricks County, Indiana GenWeb])  
 
*[http://www.hendcogen.org/census_records.php Index of 1895 census of adult males for Guilford Township, Hendricks County, Indiana] (free, [http://www.hendcogen.org Hendricks County, Indiana GenWeb])  
 
*[http://www.hendcogen.org/census_records.php Index of 1895 census of adult males for Guilford Township, Hendricks County, Indiana] (free, [http://www.hendcogen.org Hendricks County, Indiana GenWeb])  
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.  
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.  
 
*[http://www.co.hendricks.in.us/Archive/SectionMenus/MapsHome.asp?F=0 1865 map of Hendricks County], with mileage chart between townships, and individual township maps, showing owners of properties.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.co.hendricks.in.us/Archive/SectionMenus/MapsHome.asp?F=0 1865 map of Hendricks County], with mileage chart between townships, and individual township maps, showing owners of properties.&nbsp;  
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_hendrickshigh.php Graduates of High Schools in Hendricks County, Indiana (1923-1962)]  
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_hendrickshigh.php Graduates of High Schools in Hendricks County, Indiana (1923-1962)]  
 
*Graduates of Common Schools in Hendricks County (1898) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])  
 
*Graduates of Common Schools in Hendricks County (1898) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])  
*Graduates of Plainfield High School (1934-1979) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Graduates of Plainfield High School (1934-1979) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])  
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_hendricksschooldir.php Index to School Directories (1894-1964)]  
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_hendricksschooldir.php Index to School Directories (1894-1964)]  
 
*[http://www.hendcogen.org/school_records.php Index to Teachers in Hendricks County Schools (1923-1963)] (free, [http://www.hendcogen.org Hendricks County, Indiana GenWeb])  
 
*[http://www.hendcogen.org/school_records.php Index to Teachers in Hendricks County Schools (1923-1963)] (free, [http://www.hendcogen.org Hendricks County, Indiana GenWeb])  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/indiana/hendricks-county/ Hendricks County, IN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/indiana/hendricks-county/ Hendricks County, IN History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]  
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116137955399210084448 Indiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116137955399210084448 Indiana Genealogy Network Community on Google+]  
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/208669295836038/ Indiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/208669295836038/ Indiana Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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Revision as of 18:29, 13 April 2014

United States Gotoarrow.png Indiana Gotoarrow.png Hendricks County

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

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1882*
1824*
1882*
1823
1822
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries


  • Parent Counties: Formed from Delaware New Purchase and Wabash New Purchase in 1824.[1]
  • County Seat: Danville [2]


Neighboring Counties

Montgomery  • Boone  • Marion  • Morgan  • Putnam



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Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Indiana Counties see: Indiana Counties with Burned Courthouses

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 MapofUS.org website.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business Records

Cemeteries

Census Records

For tips on accessing Hendricks County, Indiana 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.


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.

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 Hendricks County, Indiana Church Records in online catalogs like:


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]. 1874. 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

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.


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.

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 Hendricks County, Indiana Probate Records in online catalogs like:


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

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.


  • 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.
Finding More Probate Records

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


Public Records

School Records
Voter Registration


Repositories

See also a List of Indiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

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

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FamilySearch Center for Hendricks County, Indiana is the

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

Tax Records

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.


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

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 Hendricks County, Indiana Tax Records in online catalogs like:

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

The Hendricks County Clerk 's Microfilm Department can search for Hendricks County divorce records. The Hendricks County Clerk's Microfilm Department is located on the ground floor of the Hendricks County Courthouse in Danville.

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.

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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


Places

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Hendricks County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendricks_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).