Probate Order Books, Hendricks County, Indiana, 1825-1852
Transcribed by Meredith Thompson, 2012.
This is an index to the Hendricks County, Indiana probate order books which date from 1825 through 1852, as listed below:
Probate Order Book Volume 1 (28 April 1825 - 12 May 1835)
Probate Order Book Volume 2 (9 November 1835 - 15 August 1839)
Probate Order Book Volume 3 (11 November 1839 - 14 February 1844)
Probate Order Book Volume 4 (13 May 1844 - 12 February 1847)
Probate Order Book Volume 4.5 (10 May 1847 - 18 May 1850)
Probate Order Book Volume 5 (12 August 1850 - 18 August 1852)
Entries in the order books are brief and summarize what happened when a probate case came before the judge. For a more complete picture of the probate case, you should also consult the probate packet (aka "loose papers").
Be careful when referencing the volume number of a probate order book. From 1824 through 1852, the Hendricks County Circuit Court numbered their volumes 1 through 5; when the Hendricks County Court of Common Pleas took over jurisdiction in 1853, they started the numbering back at 1 again.
The order books referenced in this index have all been microfilmed, and copies are available at the Family History Library, the Indiana State Library, and locally at the Plainfield Public Library. The Hendricks County government has digitized some of the early probate order books, and the digital copies are available through the Archives section of their website.
The Indiana Genealogical Society is digitizing Hendricks County's probate packets from the 1800s; the digital copies are being added to their website.
This database may be searched in the following ways:
- Fuzzy -- will search for that string of characters. Searching for Smith would find Smith, Smithson, Arrowsmith, etc.
- Exact -- will search only for that exact text. Searching for Smith will find only Smith.
- Soundex -- will search for the Soundex equivalent. Searching for Smith will find Smith, Smythe, Schmidt, etc.