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Hendricks County, Indiana Marriage Records

The Hendricks County Clerk can search for information on marriage records. They are located on the 2nd floor of the Hendricks County courthouse and can be reached by phone at (317) 745-9231.

Marriage Certificates | Marriage Licenses | Marriage Affidavits | Marriage Supplements | Marriage Applications |


MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES

The official who peformed the marriage would give the couple a marriage certificate to keep for their own records (if you're lucky, they were retained by the family and passed down through the generations). The marriage certificate would often include information that the marriage license did not require, such as the names and signatures of the witnesses and where the marriage actually took place. There was also a part at the bottom of the certificate that was to be filled out by the official and returned to the courthouse as proof of the marriage - called a "return".

Index to Hendricks County Marriage Certificates (1860's-1919)
An index to the collection of Hendricks County marriage certificates that are in the Archives of the Plainfield Public Library. These are for scattered years from the 1860's through 1919 and sometimes are just the "return" portion of the certificate.


MARRIAGE LICENSES

Before 1882, Indiana law only required a marriage license to record the names of the two parties, the name of the marriage official, and the date the marriage was performed.

Index to Hendricks County Marriage License Books (1824-1848)
A searchable index to Hendricks County's marriage license books volumes 1 through 3 (covering November 1824 through April 1848, including Volume 1 1/2, which covers the years 1831-1837). This index contains their name, their spouse's name, the date of the marriage, and the volume and page numbers.

WPA Index to Marriages in Hendricks County, Indiana (1824-1920)
A searchable version of the index to Hendricks County marriage license books that was compiled by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939.
NOTE: The WPA's index does not appear to contain any entries from Marriage License Book Volume 1 1/2 (which covers the years 1831-1837).

Index to Hendricks County Marriage License Books (1904-2002) updated23 November 2016
A searchable index to Hendricks County's marriage license books volumes 13 through 66 (covering April 1904 through December 2002). This index contains their name, their spouse's name, the date of the marriage, and the volume and page numbers.

Indiana Marriage Index (up to 1850)
An index to marriages in all 92 Indiana counties through 1850, as compiled by the Indiana State Library.

Indiana Marriage Index (1958-2012)
A searchable index to marriages in all 92 Indiana counties from 1958 through 2012, as compiled by the Indiana State Library.

Indiana Marriage Index (1993-present)
A searchable index to marriage licenses issued in all 92 Indiana counties from 1993 to the present, as compiled by Indiana's Division of State Court Administration.


MARRIAGE AFFIDAVITS

In the 1800's, if one of the parties was underage or appeared to be underage, Indiana law required an adult to file an affidavit either giving consent to the marriage or affirming that the party was of age. These marriage affidavits were kept in a separate book from the marriage licenses.


MARRIAGE SUPPLEMENTS

Beginning in 1882, Indiana law required supplemental marriage information to be recorded, such as the names of the parents and the age of the bride and groom at their next birthday. This supplemental information was recorded in a separate book from the marriage licenses.

WPA Index to Marriage Supplements in Hendricks County, Indiana (1882-1920)
A searchable version of the index to Hendricks County marriage supplement books that was compiled by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939.


MARRIAGE APPLICATIONS

Beginning in April 1905, Indiana law required a marriage application to be filled out before a marriage license could be issued. In Hendricks County, these marriage applications were recorded in a separate set of books from the marriage licenses from May 1905 through May 1950. Then beginning in May 1950, the marriage applications were recorded in the same set of books as the marriage licenses.

Index to Hendricks County Marriage Applications Books (1905-1950)
A searchable index to Hendricks County's marriage applications books, which were kept from 1905 to 1950. This index contains their name, their parents' names, the date of the application and the volume and page numbers.

Index to Parents in Hendricks County Marriage Applications Books (1905-1950)
A searchable index to the parents listed in Hendricks County's marriage applications books, which were kept from 1905 to 1950. This index is helpful when trying to find siblings, particularly women, whose last names may have changed. This index contains the parent's name, the name of their child (the applicant), the date of the child's marriage application and the volume and page numbers.