Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Probate complete books index 1826-1905 added

An index of the Hendricks County probate complete books, which date from 1826 through 1905, has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. 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.

All of Hendricks County's probate complete books have been microfilmed. That microfilm is available locally at the Plainfield Public Library, as well as at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis and by ordering through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Hendricks County government has digitized many of these probate complete books, and the digital copies are available through the Archives section of their website.

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