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Darke Co. was named for William Darke (1755-1801) who fought as a Captain in the
Revolutionary War, served in the Virginia state convention which approved the U.S.
Constitution in 1788, and commanded a Virginia regiment in the Northwest Territory.
As Colonel William Darke he distinguuished himself in the
for General St Clair at Ft. Recovery (now in Mercer Co, Ohio) in 1791. St. Clair
was replaced by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne
whose military success in August 1794 in the Battle of Fallen Timbers subdued the native populations resulting in the
Treaty of Green Ville
signed in August 1795. [see also bottom table with photos of the
signing of the Treaty and photos of
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Darke County and It's Ohio Neighbors.
Darke Co. [1990 pop: 53,619] was formed in 1809 and administered by its
"parent" Miami Co. until 1817 when Greenville, site of the fort where the important
Treaty of Greene Ville
was signed in 1795, was established as the seat of county government.
Ohio's Region 7 of the
Darke County Court House
"The local historian nowhere
finds a more interesting field for research, or one more fruitful, than that
which embraces the experiences of the pioneers of Darke -- the men who
literally hewed out the county from the sturdy and unbroken forest, wherein
the ax of the woodman had never before resounded; who conquered a scanty
subsistence from the unused soil which the plowshares of civilization had
never disturbed; who not only were hindered by these primitive and inert
conditions, but positively opposed by the rigors of the climate, the malarial
influences of the atmosphere, and the depredations of wild animals; whose
crops were even preyed upon by the birds of the forest and the smaller
predatory animals. But 'peace hath her victories,' and adversity and savagery
combined withstood not the constant onward march of the vanguard of the grand
army of civilization whose pioneers, discharging their daily routine of duty,
unwittingly recorded their deeds in history."
History of Darke County, Ohio, 1880, pp 343-44.
see also Darke Co. in Historical Collections of Ohio by Henry Howe c1888
** Darke County Links **
|Darke Co. Probate Court
300 Garst Ave
Greenville, OH 45331
520 S Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331
Birth & Death records from 1867 to 1908,
Marriage Records and Probate Records from 1817
are held by the Probate Court.
Early Births, Deaths, Marriages, Wills, Estates,
& other Probate records are on microfilm with
Genealogical Society paper files at the
205 N Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331
(small fee for entry)
||Darke Co. Health Department
300 Garst Ave
Greenville, OH 45331
Greenville Public Library
520 Sycamore St
Greenville, OH 45331
Local Libraries & Research Centers with Darke Co. Information
Darke Co. List for Researcher Networking
DATABASE Newspaper lists of burials in some cemeteries (mostly
southern townships) in Darke Co. 1928-1996
- CENSUS FILES Index and Entry page to Darke Co. Census Files.
- COMBINED CENSUS INDEX: 1820-1850 & 1880 Combined Year Census index 1820-1850 & 1880.
ALL Townships included in one index. [1860 & 1870 to be added later.]
- CENSUS INDEX: TOWNSHIPS Link to Jane's township page index which includes links to the her census pages organized by township.
- 1825 CENSUS
List of men over age 21 living in Darke Co, in 1825.
- 1850 CENSUS INDEX Heads of
Household Index to the 1850 Darke Co., OH, census. Find page number to view at
site below. Try both A and B (both sides) of indexed pages.
CENSUS IMAGES Images of actual pages of original 1850 census. Use
index (above) to find which page to view.
- 1860 CENSUS INDEX
Index of the 1860 census sorted by surname & township.
- 1880 CENSUS INDEX
Index of the 1880 census sorted by surname & township.
- CIVIL WAR
MEMORIAL Some of Civil War Veterans of Darke Co. Official company
rosters and browser-submitted entries.
- DARKE CO.
LANDS & OWNERS Information about the 20 Townships of Darke Co.; tables showing
range, township, and section numbers for each township. See also Township Maps below.
LAND PURCHASERS Databases of lands purchased from the govenment sorted
by names of purchasers and locations in Darke Co.
- 1880 MAP
Detail maps showing the townships and sections taken from the map in Beer's
History of Darke Co. published in 1880.
- 1967 TOWNSHIP PLAT
MAPS Links to 1967 plat maps (showing who owned what). Also includes
images of index to the name of land onwers.
- FAMILY HISTORIES
AT GARST Tom Midlam's listing of Family Histories held at the Garst Museum in
Greenville, Ohio (list does NOT include books and information in the Surname
Files - see below).
- HALL OF
PIONEERS Browser-submitted list of indivduals who lived in Darke Co.
before 1851. Find cousins working the same lines you are!
- MARRIAGES Early Darke Co. Marriages 1817-1850.
- MIAMI VALLEY
GENEALOGY INDEX Over 565,000+ entries. Includes references to abt
1900 of published records to Darke and other counties in SW Ohio.
- QUERIES (archived) Read
Darke Co. Queries posted July 1996 through June 2001. [many addresses are no longer valid.]
- QUERIES & DISCUSSION BOARD Read
Darke Co. Queries posted starting July 2001.
FILES View Phyllis Crick's alphabetized list of Surname Folders in the
file cabinets at the Garst Museum in Greenville, OH.
- TOWNSHIP MAPS Introduction
to land descriptions & early owners with detailed maps of all 20 townships
computer-drawn by Tom Midlam.
Some Information Generated by the Darke
- JOIN DCO DISCUSSION LIST
Begun in December 1995, the Darke Co. Discussion List has been available for researchers
of Darke Co. families. Share your research and get help from others. Listmembers often
offer lookups in Darke Co. source books they own and share their families' experiences
in Darke Co. Simply click on words "JOIN DCO DISCUSSION LIST" above and follow directions for
subscribing to the DARKE-OH-L List. That URL also provides access
to the NEW list archives. Problems? Contact Jane Torres
for extra subscription instructions. After successfully subscribing, you will receive a welcome message and password.
SAVE THAT MESSAGE for future reference. Send new list messages to
Annual Celebration of the DCO Discussion List held in Greenville
IT BACK HOME Some DCO Discussion List Members' Ancestry and contact
information collected by Laura Drake from mesages sent to the DCO List
for the New Millenium.
ANCESTOR CHARTS Some DCO Discussion List Members' Ancestry and contact
information collected by Jane Torres from mesages sent to the DCO List
-before- the New Millenium.
Other Darke Co. Sites
- CAROUSEL Read/Browse
various texts taken from the Darke Co. LIST.
Find Darke Co. researchers who will do lookups in selected volumes. Add
your name if you can help! Also find information about the Wright
State University Archives (in Dayton, OH) of microfilms of the local
records. Contact them on-line!!
- Biographies. Texts taken from local
- Birth/Death Records. Information on
Darke Co. Birth & Death Records.
- Brethren Churches. The Brethren Churches of
Darke Co., OH.
Lists of burials in Darke Co. (same as above)
- Cemeteries. List of the Cemeteries of Darke
Co. organized by the numbered volumes of inscriptions published by the Darke
Co. Genealogical Society. See Tom Midlam's Cemetery Locator below.
- Grillot Family. A 40-year old text
treatment of the GRILLOT family of Darke Co.
- Land Owners. List of early land
owners in Wayne Twp.
- Masonic Directory. Names from the 1921
edition of the Masonic Directory.
- Monroe Township Deeds. Deed records
1829-1866 for Section 31.
- Obituaries. Various obituaries of Darke
Co. residents & descendants.
- Wm Benton Page. Jennie Page's notes about
her father in the Civil War
- People. About selected people from Darke
- Versailles POLICY. Abstracts of
- School Souvenirs. Remembrances for
- Shook's Chapel. History/membership of
Shook's Chapel M.E. Church
- Towns. Information on some Darke Co.
Detail map showing some locations such as Garst Museum, Court House, & Water
Premier entry site for Darke Co. genealogical research indexing all other sites.
- Original DCO GENEALOGICAL RESEARCHERS' PAGE
Where it all began!! Since January 1996, before the Projects, Jane Torres and her DCO List Members have lead the pack for genealogical research on the Internet for Darke Co.
- DARKE Co. GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Publications, Applications, Membership, Officers.
- DARKE Co. MESSAGE BOARDS Bulletin
Boards for browser-submitted Biographies, Queries, Probate Records, Wills & Estates, etc.
Read information file and check each board for topics.
- DARKE Co. FORUM GenForum's Bulletin
Board for Darke Co. genealogical researchers.
- DARKE Co.
GALLERY Terry Jones' picture gallery of Darke Countians of the
- DCOWeb's PHOTO ALBUM Various collections of
photographs, cemetery grave markers, postcards, documents, etc. See index of Album contents
on left side of pages.
- DARKE Co.
SCENES Terry Jones' Photos of some contemporary Darke Co.
Co., OHIO, GENEALOGY The USGenWeb page for the county.
TO DARKE CO. The OHN page for the county.
HISTORY Long's 1901 book about early Wayne Twp.
- GETTIN' TO
DARKE COUNTY Photo-essay: Migration Maps, Ohio Maps, Signing The
Greenville Treaty of 1795 (artist's recreation and text of the Treaty which
opened Ohio for settlement).
OF DARKE COUNTY A general map of the county with individual township
maps taken from Beer's History of Darke County, 1880.
- DARKE CO.
RESOURCES Rootsweb's page for Darke Co.
Click the right 'Migrations' button below to access information at
another site concerning those migrating to and from Darke Co., OH. If
you wish to submit new data yourself, click on the left 'Migrations'
button and follow directions. There is no link -back- to this Darke Co.
Genealogy page at the other sites so use your BACK key as many times as
necessary to return to this page.
View Darke County Migrations Data
View Migrations entry page
** Other Resources **
- COUNTY LINKS A list of neighboring
- MIDWESTERN OHIO GENEALOGY ON THE WEB.
A site of links to the Ohio counties representing Regiion 7 of the Local
Records Project. Links to the various OHGenWeb pages and some others.
Instructions for joining county lists when they exist.
- OGS The Ohio Genealogical
- OHS Visit the Ohio
Historical Society Online.
DEATHS Searchable index of Ohio Deaths 1913-1937.
- OHIO PATHS
Links for navigating Ohio's one-site genealogical projects: Migrations,
GenForum, Rootsweb Resources, Political Graveyard, and GenExchange.
- OHN Ohio History
Network. List of Ohio county and topic pages.
- OHIO ALHN Ohio state page for American Local History Network.
- IIGS LIBRARY:
Ohio Visit the IIGS Library's page of links for Ohio.
Genealogy Resources on the Internet - Ohio.
PLACES Defunct and changed place names for Ohio.
- ONO Ohio Network Online - a topic and
location index of Ohio Web sites.
- 1895 ATLAS 1895 Atlas
Project for Ohio.
United States Resources
- USIGS Visit the
United States Internet Genealogical Society.
- NA Home page of the National
Genealogy Message Boards for locations and surnames.
- BLM Records Bureau of
Land Management deed records for selected states including Ohio's early
CASH land sales. Requires you to accept 'cookies'.
- US GAZETTER
Find out where places are in the US!
United States Geological Society's Geographic Name Information System.
Non Location-specific Resources
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