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County 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)

History

Parent County

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

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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 Divisionhas 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.

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church

Baptist

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

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.

Land Records

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.

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.

Maps

Military

  • Veterans in Hendricks County, Indiana (1886) (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)
  • World War 1 Veterans Hendricks County, Indiana
  • Naval Veterans of World War 1 Hendricks County, Indiana
  • Hendricks County, Indiana Enrollment Records  This index is a list of military enrollment records filed in Hendricks County. Indiana law required that the Township Assessor enroll every person employed in the late armies of the United States, of the War of 1812, of the War with Mexico, Indian tribe wars, and the Civil War.


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


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.

Naturalizations

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 & Wills

  • 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.

School Records

Societies and Libraries

Taxation

  • [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

  • Indiana State Digital Achives for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)

Voter Records


 Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

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

 

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