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Index to Hendricks County Probate Complete Books (1826-1905)

Index © Meredith Thompson

This is an index to Hendricks County's probate complete books, which date from 1826 through 1905. The administrator, executor or guardian in a probate case had the option to have the clerk write a complete summary of the case from beginning to end, which was then recorded in the probate complete book. Because having it recorded in the probate complete book was not a requirement, and it involved paying the clerk an additional fee, most probate cases do not appear in the probate complete books. This option began to be phased out in Indiana beginning in the 1880's, and Hendricks County's probate complete books ended entirely in 1905.

To avoid confusion, please consult the inventory (PDF format) of the probate complete books that are included in this index. All of the probate complete books have been microfilmed, and those rolls are available at the Family History Library, the Indiana State Library, and locally at the Plainfield Public Library. The Hendricks County government has digitized many of the probate complete books, and the digital copies are available through the Archives section of their website.

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