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Darke County Genealogical Society
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SINCE 1981


Tuesday thru Saturday ~ 10:00am ~ 4:00pm

Closed Sunday & Monday

Darke County Genealogical Society

Darke County Genealogical Society

The first official meeting of the Darke County Genealogical Society was held on March 15, 1981.  The late Toni Seiler, who was at that time curator of Garst Museum, was instrumental in organizing a group of people who were interested in genealogy and the Society was created.  Toni became the first president.  Since it’s organization the Society has published multiple books including marriage records, funeral records, family histories and reprints of local history.  Members have helped grow and maintain the Research Center at Garst, as well as libraries and historical groups around the county through the donation of books, microfilm, and other material. The family files started by Toni Seiler and located in the Garst Research Library, has expanded to include multiple file cabinets containing over 5000 Darke County family names thanks to the Society’s members. The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter, “The Kindling”, and provides access to the public to such internet sites as Ancestry, Fold3 and  It supports continuing education of genealogists, both the beginner and advanced, through workshops with nationally known speakers and monthly meetings featuring genealogy and historical subject speakers.  We are a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

  • How can I join the Darke County Genealogical Society?
    You may download the membership application form and mail it to us along with a payment of $15 for one year. DOWNLOAD: DC Genealogy Membership Form Mail to: Darke County Genealogical Society, Inc P.O. Box 908 Greenville, OH 45331
  • Does the genealogy society offer assistance and lookups?
    Yes. You may email us at
  • Do you have records pertaining to Darke County people that is not available on or
    Yes. We have over 5000 names in our family files that provide all kinds of info including obituaries and photos and other miscellaneous information. The Garst Research Library houses original estate records from Darke County’s beginning (1817) until 1893. The library also has original land records for Darke County from 1817 up to the 1900’s sometimes up into the 1960’s. There is also early bastardy cases and divorces as well as death records. We have many microfilms containing court records, births, deaths, and deeds, as well as Darke county marriages from 1911 to 1950. We also have newspapers on microfilm for Ansonia, Versailles and Greenville. Over 500 family histories compiled by family members are also on our library shelves.
  • How can I become a member of the Lineage Families of Darke County, OH?
    You can download the complete Lineage Families packet, including qualifications, categories, forms and instructions for completing the forms as well as what documentation is needed at this link. DOWNLOAD: DCO Lineage Society Application
  • How can I pre-register for the Fall Genealogy Workshop?
    Pre-registration form available below. DOWNLOAD: 2024 Workshop Flyer
  • Do you sell books pertaining to Darke County genealogy research?
    Yes. Please download the list and order form below. DOWNLOAD: DC Genealogy Book Order Form List

Frequently Asked Questions

Darke County Genealogical Society

Meetings & Events

All meetings and events are open to the public

Tales From the Darke Side

March 3, 2024, Sunday
2:00 p.m.
Darke County Extension Office

603 Wagner Ave

Greenville, OH 45331

Speaker -Bill Stevens
Tales From the Darke Side  - featuring unusual, weird, and amusing occurrences in Darke County including some of the eccentric people living here.

Genealogy Fun Day

April 7, 2024, Sunday
2:00 p.m.
Darke County Extension Office

603 Wagner Ave

Greenville, OH 45331

A day of talking genealogy!

Exploring DNA and Genealogy

May 9, 2024, Thursday
7:00 p.m.
Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society

123 W. George St.

Arcanum, OH 45304

Speaker - Kelli Bergheimer
Kelli will be discussing tracing your family  through various types

of migration. Come hear the story of the Calderwoods and Robesons, from Scotland through Pennsylvania, floating down the Ohio River to Cincinnati, living a few years in Dayton, and then to “The Beach” in Darke County. Come and hear one family’s migration story and their impact in shaping the early history of Darke County.

Genealogy Society Picnic

June 6, 2024, Thursday

5:30 p.m.

Greenville City Park

With approval from the city the picnic will be 

in Shelter House #5

Bring a covered dish & drink.  Chicken will be provided.

Speaker - Cait Clark

Topic to Be Announced

September 8, 2024, Sunday
2:00 p.m.
Darke County Extension Office

603 Wagner Ave

Greenville, OH 45331

Darke County Genealogical Workshop




Connect Your Family: Useful Research Strategies

Using Cluster Research to Prove Kinship

Finding Your Family in the U.K.

What Test Should I Take? Intro to DNA Research

October 12, 2024, Saturday

9:15 a.m.  to 3:45 p.m.

Garst Museum Lowell Thomas Conference Room

205 N. Broadway

Greenville, OH 45331

Pre-registration Before September 27, 2024 - $20

Registration at the door - $25.00

Lineage Family Inductions and Holiday Party

November  3, 2024, Sunday
2:00 p.m.
Darke County Extension Office

603 Wagner Ave

Greenville, OH 45331


Induction of new lineage families will take place.

We will celebrate the holidays with our annual party.  

Please bring finger food snacks to share.


No Meetings

July 2024

August 2024

December 2024

January 2025

Darke County Genealogical Society Membership


  • We offer assistance with your genealogy research.  The Garst Museum Research Center is staffed by members of the Society.

  • Speakers and workshops on relevant genealogy subjects

  • Newsletter – “The Kindling” (4 times a year)

  • Darke County Lineage Membership Eligibility

    • Pioneer Families – direct descendent of an individual who settled in the area defined as Darke County by 31 December 1830

    • First Families – direct descendent of an individual who settled in the area defined as Darke County by 31 December 1850

    • Civil War Ancestor – direct descendent of an individual who served from Darke County in the Civil War (1861 – 1865)

    • Century Ancestor – direct descendent of an individual who was in Darke County from 1851 to present date minus 100 years

  • Books compiled and published by The Darke County Genealogical Society

Research Resources

Garst Museum Research Center

205 N Broadway

Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: 937.548.5250


Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission fee required

$12.00 - Adults

$11.00 - Seniors (60+)

$9.00 - Youth (6 – 17)

$9.00 - Genealogy Society Members

*Darke County Historical Society members enter FREE

Greenville Public Library

302 Sycamore Street

Greenville, OH 45331

Phone: 937.548.3915


Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Ohio Genealogical Society

611 St. Rt. 97

W Bellville, OH 44813

Phone: 419.886.1903

*Online Resource

Government Center

300 Garst Avenue

Greenville, OH 45331

Darke County Health Department

Phone: 937.548.4196



Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Government Center

300 Garst Avenue

Greenville, OH 45331

Darke County Probate Court

Phone: 937.547.7345



Monday - Friday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Closed on all legal holidays


*Online Resource

Darke County Genealogical Society’s Publications

If you are interested in purchasing publications from the Darke County Genealogical Society's collection, please download the order form and return to the address provided so we can process your order. Thank you in advance for your support.

Darke County Genealogical Society
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Darke County Genealogical Society Officers

President – Linda Riley
Vice President – Karen Besecker
Secretary – Diane Brittenham
Treasurer – Caroline Petitjean
Publicity – Diane Brittenham
Newsletter Editor – Linda Riley
Assistant Editors – Phyllis Crick & Karen Besecker


Phyllis Crick
Regina Schieltz

Shirley Hughes


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