Darke County, Ohio
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Darke County, Ohio Facts
When was Darke County, OH Created?
Darke County was created on January 3, 1809 from Miami County (Organized in 1817) . This county was named for General William Darke (1736-1801), Revolutionary War officer .
What counties are adjacent to Darke County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Mercer County, Shelby County ( northeast), Miami County, Montgomery County, Preble County, Wayne County, Indiana, Randolph County, Indiana, Jay County, Indiana .
Darke County, OH Vital Records
Where can find Darke County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Darke County vital records can be found at the Ohio Department of Health which has Birth Records since Dec 20, 1908; Death Records since since 1954 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Ohio for current fees and application process.
You can search online for Darke County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Ohio Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail. The Archives Division has copies of births before 1908, death before 1944 and marriage records before 1949.
Darke County, OH Census Records
What Darke County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Darke County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Darke Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Darke Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Darke Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Ohio Census Records Research Guide
Darke County, OH Courthouse and Government Records
What genealogical records can I find in the Darke County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Darke County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Ohio courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Ohio residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Darke County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Ohio Courthouse Records Research Guide.
- Darke County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 504 South Broadway, Greenville 45331
- Phone: (937) 547-7300
- Darke County Clerk of Probate Court
- Address: 300 Garst Avenue, Greenville, Ohio 45331
- Phone: (937) 547-7350
- Marriage Records: 1817
- Probate Records: 1818
- Darke County Recorder
- Address: 504 South Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331
- Phone: 937-547-7390
- Land Records:1822
- Darke County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas
- Phone: 937-547-7335
- Court Records: 1817
- Darke County, Ohio Common Pleas Court Records, 1817-1860
- Index to Darke County, Ohio, wills
- Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
- BLM Land Records
- Darke County USGenWeb Archives Project
Darke County, OH Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Darke County, OH?
A list of Darke County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Ohio Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Darke County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 908, Greenville, OH 45331-0908; Darke County Chapter, OGS meets at Garst Museum at 2:00pm. Call (937) 526-3953 for meeting dates. This OGS Chapter’s holdings are housed in the genealogical library of Garst Historical Museum.
- Darke County Historical Society/Garst Museum, 205 N Broadway, Garst Museum, Greenville, OH 45331-2222; Phone: (937) 548-5250; The Darke County Historical Society preserves the history of the local historical events and the founders of Darke County. Primary features include Annie Oakley, Lowell Thomas, Treaty of Greene Ville, Zachary Lansdowne as well as room settings and artifacts.
- Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, PO Box 4, Arcanum, OH 45304-1401
- Ohio Historical Society, Archives-Library Division, 1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211; Telephone: 614-297-2300
- Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield OH 44907-1644
Where can I connect with other Darke County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?
- Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
- Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Darke County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Darke County
- Darke County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Darke County
What other genealogical resources are available in Darke County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Darke County.