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Darke County, Ohio

Darke County

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 .

The Darke County Seat is located in Greenville also, the county government website is .

Areas bordering to Darke County are Mercer County (north), Shelby County ( northeast), Miami County (east), Montgomery County (southeast), Preble County (south), Wayne County, Indiana (southwest), Randolph County, Indiana (west), Jay County, Indiana (northwest) .

Cities and towns located in Darke County include Greenville, Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Burkettsville, Castine, Gettysburg, Gordon, Hollansburg, Ithaca, New Madison, New Weston, North Star, Osgood, Palestine, Pitsburg, Rossburg, Union City, Versailles, Wayne Lakes, Yorkshire. Other communities include Beamsville, Dawn, Stelvideo.

Darke County Townships Map

Darke County Townships include Adams, Allen, Brown, Butler, Franklin, Greenville, Harrison, Jackson, Liberty, Mississinawa, Monroe, Neave, Patterson, Richland, Twin, Van Buren, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, York.

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.

Darke County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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.

Darke County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Darke County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Darke County Courthouse and Government Records

Darke County Courthouse

Genealogist typically fail to notice the benefits of Darke County court, probate, and land records as a source of genealogical details. Hidden away in Ohio courthouses and archives just about everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Ohio people.

The possibilities are excellent that your potential forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least quite a few aspects of their lives in the Darke County court records. Even if your ancestors is not discussed in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which often can have lead to her or him appearing in court records.



Please make sure to call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other details prior to visiting or seeking information because of sometimes changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are accessible to interested parties, barring private issues. A good number of workers will help people in locating the materials, however it's up to the man or women to do the researching.

The following facts denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Darke County. The dates indicated listed below are considered the first noted records data for this particular county.

  • 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 handles the probating of wills, estate administrations, trusts, guardianships, adoptions, birth corrections, delayed birth registrations and issues marriage licenses. The Probate Court is that the Probate Judge is the ex-officio Clerk of Courts, thus, the Court performs all the duties as its own Clerk of Courts
    • Address: 300 Garst Avenue, Greenville, Ohio 45331
    • Phone: (937) 547-7350
    • Marriage Records: 1817 
    • Probate Records: 1818
  • Darke County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Address: 504 South Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331
    • Phone: 937-547-7390
    • Land Records:1822
  • Darke County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas is responsible for duties that include filing, docketing, indexing, and preserving all court pleadings for civil, felony criminal and domestic relations cases.  Other services provided by the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas are administering oaths, keeping naturalization records, and recording and retention of coroner records.
    • Phone: 937-547-7335
    • Court Records: 1817
  • The Darke County Health Department has Birth & Death Records from 1908-Present. For birth and death records prior to Dec. 20, 1908, contact the Probate Court of this county.

Darke County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Darke County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is just a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own favorite Darke County genealogy or family history related sites.

Darke Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

Darke Co. OH Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Darke Co. OH Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Darke Co. OH Census Records

Darke Co. OH Cemeteries & Graveyards

Darke Co. OH Church & Bible Records

Darke Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Darke Co. OH General and History Websites

Darke Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Darke Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Darke Co. OH Military Records

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