A chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
The Darke County Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 908
Greenville, OH  45331-0908
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Pictures of the genealogy library at Garst Museum showing the surname files, Darke County records, family histories, other county and state information and the microfilm hall. 


2018 admission prices for Garst Museum

No charge for members of the Darke County Historical Society
$10.00 for Adults
$9.00 for Seniors 60+
$7.00 for youth (6-17)
Ages 5 and under are free
$7.00 for DC Genealogy Society members

Tour rates (for 10 or more):
Docent tours (regardless of docents required) - $9.00 per person
Non-Docent tours - $8.00 per person
School Tours - $5.00 per person

Personal Tours for one to nine Patrons:
$15.00 per person
One docent
No extras such as cookie, coffee, or water
Two - hour limit

The Darke County Genealogical Society exists to promote genealogical research in the county. It helps maintain a collection of genealogical and historical materials to facilitate that research in the library at  Garst Museum  located at 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio. Books and other materials are donated by interested parties and others are purchased by the Genealogical Society. An extensive Surname File of non-book materials is housed in a total of 40 large file drawers. These files are duplicated no where else and contain hand-written notes, old photos, obituaries from local papers, names of other researchers, court records, etc.
To finance its efforts, the not-for-profit Society publishes materials for sale.
Its publications provide a large share of the funds needed to
maintain their collection, finance new projects, and acquire new materials.
Tax-deductible donations are also accepted.
2018 Officers of the Darke County Genealogical Society are:
  • Linda Riley, President
  • Karen Besecker, Vice-President
  • Doris Aultman, Recording Secretary
  • Diane Brittenham, Corresponding Secretary
  • Caroline Pettijean, Treasurer
  • Phyllis Crick, Nancy Stump, Shirley Hughes, Trustees



MEMBERSHIP in the Genealogical Society is open to all who share the Society's passions for history and genealogy in Darke County, Ohio. Current individual dues (or for two at same address) are $15/year. Membership term is from January through December. The Society's meetings are always open to the general public. To JOIN the Society, send dues to the Darke County Genealogical Society / P.O. Box 908 / Greenville, OH 45331-0908, with your name, address (include ZIP four: XXXXX-XXXX to receive newsletter), telephone number, email address (if you have one) and a list of surnames you are actively researching (underline those that were in Darke Co.).
DOWNLOAD the Genealogical Society application form.


Society Services

The following research services are available from:

Phyllis Crick
c/o Darke County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 908
Greenville, OH 45331-0908

**Please send requests with SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope)**

SURNAME HELP - $2.00, SASE, and return postage per file, per name to verify a surname in the county files.

                                      RESEARCH - $10.00 per hour plus copying and postage.

If any information or copies are requested, it will cost $10.00 an hour for the research plus $0.15 per page photocopying plus return postage.

Phyllis may also do simple research in the surname files only of past and current members of the Society. She will send you the names of others researching the same families as you. Send those requests to Phyllis through the Society. You must include SASE for a reply.

Cost of QUERIES or ADs in the newsletter are:
FREE to members.
Queries cost $1 for non-members.
An ADvertisement in the newsletter is $3 per quarter page; $6 per half page; $12 per page.

A short notice can be submitted without cost, but appears as space is avilable in the newsletter.
Send ADs and QUERIES to Darke Co. Genealogical Society / POB 908 / Greenville, OH 45331-0908.
You may also use the new Kindling Queries site specifically offered by DCOWeb for those who are on-line to submit queries to be published in the Kindling. Costs are waived if you submit a query on-line. Please read the information at the Kindling Queries site and follow directions.   [Note that this new offering is experimental and may be withdrawn.]


Lineages Committee

The Darke County Genealogical Society has four Lineage Classifications by which members can have their ancestors recognized. Two of these categories (in green) have been in place many years. Two new categories were added in recent years. These classifications allow you to honor your ancestor(s) -and- support the work of the local Society.
The Lineage Classifications are:
  • Pioneer Families: Ancestors living in Darke County between 1817-1830
  • First Families: Ancestors living in Darke County between 1831-1850
  • Century Ancestors: Ancestors living in Darke County from 1851 to 100 years previous to present year (i.e., 1851-1900 in year 2000; 1851-1905 in year 2005; etc.)
  • Civil War Ancestors: Ancestors serving from Darke County during the Civil War 1861-1865
To be accepted into one or more lineage categories a member must submit application(s) with documented proof of ancestry. A committee will then review each application and will notify the individual of acceptance or if more proof of ancestry is going to be needed. Applicants who also wish to make their research on their families known must submit 2 copies of the application/documentation. One copy will be placed in the public files at the Garst Museum for others who visit the museum to review.

Fees incurred are: Cost:
Membership in the Darke County Genealogical Society $15.00
One-time application and first ancestor fee $15.00
Each additional ancestor fee $2.00
Child application (Parent or grandparent must first be accepted) $10.00

Applications are available . . .

  1. by picking up an application at Garst Museum
  2. by requesting one by writing via U.S. Mail:
    • Darke County Genealogical Society
      P.O. Box 908
      Greenville, Ohio 45331-0908
  3. by printing the application on your own machine:
Applications must be submitted by September 1 of current year,
to allow time for review before induction in November of same year.

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Application files in Adobe format (.pdf) available for download:

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