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Darke County, Ohio
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The present collection of marriage records represents the earliest 'joinings' officially recorded for Darke Co., Ohio. The county was formed in 1809, but it was administered by neighboring Miami Co. until 1817. Marriages before 1817 might have been recorded in Miami Co. (formed in 1806), it's parent Montgomery Co. (formed in 1803), or it's sister Preble Co. (formed in 1808). Before 1803, this was mostly a wilderness, called the Northwest Territory, peppered with forts and trading trails. Many early marriages were performed by circuit-riding justices, and it should be noted that some of those records were lost as they were never entered in the official record books and the little journals kept by travelling judges have disappeared.

The earliest marriages were originally read and transcribed by Anita Short and her mother Ruth Bowers who published their versions in the 1960's in mimeographed form. Joe Bosserman revisited the records to convert them to database format so they could be extracted for the Miami Valley Genealogical Index.

After some corrections and revisions, the present edition was derived and reformatted from the database version. As with all transcriptions from handwritten records, be wary of spelling and possible misreads. Rather than 'hide' the collection behind a search engine (where knowing exactly how a name had been transcribed is essential), I have broken the large file into smaller segments mounted essentially as ASCII files so one can scroll through portions of the alphabet and possibly discover an alternate spelling you wouldn't otherwise think to check.

The earliest transcribed version sorted the readings by groom and added a supplemental brides' index. While it doubles the size of the database itself, it has proven useful to integrate the brides and grooms into one index. Such integration permits viewing a 'family record' of marriages from 1817-1850 with parents, siblings, and cousins all grouped together. I have also retained the names of those performing each ceremony when that information was recorded (which can permit an educated guess as to where in the county a marriage was performed). There are also occasional notes and a liberal scattering of question marks and blanks when the handwriting was difficult or ambiguous.

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