This is an index of the divorce cases that were filed in Hendricks County courts from July 1912 through December 1992, as listed in entry docket books for the various courts. An index to Hendricks County court cases that were filed from January 1993 to present is available online, via the Hendricks County government's website (http://www.co.hendricks.in.us).
The Hendricks County Clerk’s Microfilm Department can search for information on divorce cases. They are located on the 2nd floor of the Hendricks County courthouse in Danville, Indiana and can be reached by phone at (317) 745-9800.
CASE NUMBERS EXPLAINED:
Until January 1, 1961, court cases were just assigned a sequential number (e.g. 20729).
Beginning on January 1, 1961, the case number was constructed using 2 digits for the year (e.g. "61" for 1961) followed by a dash and then a sequential number (e.g. 61-67). Beginning in August 1963, a designation for the court ("C" for Circuit Court, "S" for Superior Court I, "2SC" for Superior Court II) was added in front of the year (e.g. S 82-95). Sometimes a digit indicating the month (e.g. "7" for July) was added before the year (e.g. C 7 80-326).
Beginning in January 1987, the case number was constructed in this manner: The number of the county (e.g. "32" for Hendricks County), followed by the court ("C01" for Circuit Court, "D01" for Superior Court I, "D02" for Superior Court II), followed by 2 digits for the year (e.g. "87" for 1987), followed by 2 digits for the month (e.g. "01" for January), followed by the type of case (e.g. "DR" for Domestic Relations), followed by a sequential number (e.g. 32C01-8701-DR-016).
The cases are listed under the names of both parties - so a case between John Doe and Jane Smith would be found in the index under both Doe and Smith. The index does not indicate which party is the plaintiff and which party is the defendant.
A "V" in the case number indicates change of venue - meaning that the case was originally filed in another county and then transferred to Hendricks County.
In the Remarks column, separation or annulment indicates that these were cases where they were asking for a separation or an annulment, instead of a divorce.
This database may be searched in the following ways:
Includes – will search for that string of characters. Searching for Berry would yield Berry,
Berryman, Millberry, etc.
Exact – will search for that exact text only. Searching for Berry would yield onlyBerry.
Soundex – will search for Soundex equivalents. Searching for Berry would yield Berry, Beery, Biery, etc.