Darke County, Ohio Genealogy
Guide to Darke County Ohio genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Darke County, Ohio|
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
|Address|| Darke County Courthouse|
504 South Broadway
Greenville, Ohio 45331
Darke County Website
- 1 Historical Facts
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biography
- 2.3 Business Records and Commerce
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census
- 2.6 Church Records
- 2.7 Court Records
- 2.8 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.9 Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
- 2.10 Gazetteers
- 2.11 Genealogy
- 2.12 History
- 2.13 Local Histories
- 2.14 Land and Property
- 2.15 Maps
- 2.16 Military
- 2.17 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.18 Newspapers
- 2.19 Obituaries
- 2.20 Periodicals
- 2.21 Probate
- 2.22 Public Records
- 2.23 Repositories
- 2.24 Taxation
- 2.25 Vital Records
- 3 Web Sites
- 4 Places
- 5 References
|Beginning dates for major county records|
|*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries|
- Parent Counties: Formed from Miami County 3 January 1809.
- County Seat: Greenville
- Neighboring Counties: Darke County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in Mercer (north) · Miami and Shelby (east) · Preble (south) · Randolph County, Indiana and Wayne County, Indiana (west)
See an interactive map of Darke County boundary changes.
Business Records and Commerce
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
|Online Grave Transcripts||Published Grave Transcripts||County Cemetery Directories|
|Family History Library|
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups
Miami Valley Genealogy Index is an Index to more than a half million pointers to records all over Miami Valley including Darke County.
Land and Property
- Family Maps of Darke County, Ohio Genealogy (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
Naturalization and Citizenship
Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Darke County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Darke County, Ohio Genealogy Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:
- Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (1981).  FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.
See the wiki page Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.
Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.
Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only).
- 1817-1878 - Drake County, Ohio Common Pleas Court Records, 1817-1860 at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com ($) Abstracts and miscellaneous sources
Darke County Courthouse
504 S Broadway Street
Greenville, OH 45331
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
Family History Centers
Finding More Tax Records
Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Darke County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:
- WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
- FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Ohio enacted a statute in 1856 -1857 requiring registration of births, deaths and marriages, many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1867 but, again, was not always followed. By 1908, the law was more clearly defined and kept. Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the Darke County, Ohio Genealogy 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 Historical Society houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.
- Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.
Darke County Genealogical Researchers: Large collections of varying types of genealogical records
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002]. Cite error: Invalid
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- Wikipedia contributors, "Darke County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darke_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).
- Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.