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Guide to Darke County, Ohio ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Greenville
Organized: January 3, 1809[1]
Parent County(s): Miami[2]
Neighboring Counties
Mercer  • Auglaize  • Shelby  • Miami  • Montgomery  • Preble  • Wayne (IN)  • Randolph (IN)  • Jay (IN)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Darke County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for William Darke, a General in the American Revolution. It is located in the West-Central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Darke County Courthouse
504 South Broadway Street
Greenville, Ohio 45331
Phone: 937-547-7335
Darke County Website

Probate Judge has birth and death records 1867-1908,
marriage records from 1817 and probate records;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1820;
County Recorder has land records from 1816 and
burial records (veterans graves) from 1832[4]

Darke County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1817 1867 1820 1816 1818 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in Darke County:[7]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio Bible Records.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • The history of Darke County, Ohio : containing a history of the county; its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; history of Ohio; map of Darke County; Constitution of the United State, Miscellaneous Matters, ect. W. H. Beers & Co., 1880. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Wilson, Frazer Ells, History of Darke County, Ohio, from its earliest settlement to the present… (Biographies) 1914 (Milford, Ohio: Hobart Pub. Co., 1974) Volume 2 online at FamilySearch Digital Library; Google Books; Internet Archives.
  • A Biographical History of Darke County, Ohio: a compendium of national biography (Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1900) Online at Google Books; Internet Archives; FamilySearch Digital Library.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Darke County, Ohio online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 3,622
1830 6,204 71.3%
1840 13,282 114.1%
1850 20,276 52.7%
1860 26,009 28.3%
1870 32,278 24.1%
1880 40,496 25.5%
1890 42,961 6.1%
1900 42,532 −1.0%
1910 42,933 0.9%
1920 42,911 −0.1%
1930 38,009 −11.4%
1940 38,831 2.2%
1950 41,799 7.6%
1960 45,612 9.1%
1970 49,141 7.7%
1980 55,096 12.1%
1990 53,619 −2.7%
2000 53,309 −0.6%
2010 52,959 −0.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Ohio denominations, see Ohio Church Records.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for this county. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Ohio Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Mercer CountyAuglaize CountyShelby CountyMiami CountyMontgomery CountyPreble CountyWayne CountyRandolph CountyJay CountyOH DARKE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Darke County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Darke County.

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Darke County newspapers often contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Ohio newspaper information see Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. After 1852, records are held by the Darke County Probate Court. Records include wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only). The records may give the decedent's date of death, name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

See Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Marriages were usually recorded from the formation of the county and are held at the office of the County Probate Court. Divorce records are located with the county Clerk of Courts.

Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the County Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954, while the Ohio History Connection houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Darke County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Dayton Ohio Family History Center
Richmond Indiana Family History Center
Piqua Library - an affiliate library
Preble Library - an affiliate library

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Darke County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Arcanum Public Library
101 North St
Arcanum, OH 45304-1185
937-692-8484
Website

Bradford Public Library
138 E Main St
Bradford, OH 45308-1108
937-448-2612
Website

Greenville Public Library
520 Sycamore St
Greenville, OH 45331-1438
937-548-3915
Website

New Madison Public Library
142 S Main St
P.O. Box 32
New Madison, OH 45346-0032
937-996-1741
Website

Worch Memorial Public Library
790 S Center St
Versailles, OH 45380
937-526-3416
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

The Garst Museum
205 N Broadway
Greenville, Ohio 45331
937-548-5250
Email:information@garstmuseum.org
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Darke County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Ohio Societies.

The Darke County Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 908
Greenville, OH 45331-0908
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/darke/ accessed 2/14/2017
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Darke County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darke_County,_Ohio, accessed 8 November 2018.