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Guide to Blaine County, Oklahoma ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Watonga
Organized: May 2, 1890
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Caddo  • Canadian  • Custer  • Dewey  • Kingfisher  • Major
See County Maps
Courthouse
OklahomaBlaineCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Blaine County was named after James Gillespie Blaine, a Representative and a Senator from Maine. The county is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Blaine County Courthouse
212 N. Weigle Ave.
Watonga, Oklahoma 73772-3893
Phone: 580.623.5890
Blaine County Website

Clerk of the Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1892
County Clerk has land records from 1892[1]

Blaine County, Oklahoma Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1892 1908 1892 1892 1887 1860
Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1930.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Oklahoma County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Oklahoma County Boundary Maps" (1819-1912) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Cities
Towns
  • Hydro
  • Okeene
  • Unincorporated communities
    • Bucher
    • Carleton
    • Carlton
    • Darrow
    Ghost towns


    History Timeline[edit | edit source]

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    Bible Records[edit | edit source]

    Biographies[edit | edit source]

    Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries of Blaine County, Oklahoma online and in print
    Tombstone Transcriptions Online
    Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
    List of Cemeteries in the County
    See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information

     

    Census Records[edit | edit source]

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    1900 10,658
    1910 17,960 68.5%
    1920 15,875 −11.6%
    1930 20,452 28.8%
    1940 18,543 −9.3%
    1950 15,049 −18.8%
    1960 12,077 −19.7%
    1970 11,794 −2.3%
    1980 13,443 14.0%
    1990 11,470 −14.7%
    2000 11,976 4.4%
    2010 11,943 −0.3%
    Source: "Wikipedia.org".

    For tips on accessing Blaine County, Oklahoma Genealogy census records online, see: Oklahoma Census.

    Federal Census Records

    Federal Censuses were taken for Oklahoma starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Oklahoma Census.

    State Census Records

    Blaine County was not included in the 1890 territorial and 1907 state censuses

    Church Records[edit | edit source]

    Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Oklahoma denominations, view the Oklahoma Church Records Wiki page.

    Court Records[edit | edit source]

    Directories[edit | edit source]

    Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

    Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

    American Indians[edit | edit source]

    Census

    Land and Property

    Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

    Genealogies[edit | edit source]

    Guardianship[edit | edit source]

    Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

    Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

    See Oklahoma Land and Property for additional information about early Oklahoma land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

    Online Land Records

    For more information see Oklahoma Land and Property

    Local Histories[edit | edit source]

    Local histories are available for Blaine County, Oklahoma Genealogy. County and town histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Oklahoma Local Histories.

    Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

    Major CountyKingfisher CountyCanadian CountyCaddo CountyWashita CountyCuster CountyDewey CountyOK BLAINE.PNG
    Click a neighboring county
    for more resources



    Migration[edit | edit source]

    Military Records[edit | edit source]

    Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

    Civil War[edit | edit source]

    World War I[edit | edit source]

    World War II[edit | edit source]

    Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

    Oklahoma Newspapers Online

    Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

    Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Blaine County, Oklahoma Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

    Obituaries[edit | edit source]

    Other Records[edit | edit source]

    Periodicals[edit | edit source]

    Probate Records[edit | edit source]

    In most counties in Oklahoma, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

    The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Oklahoma - Blaine - Probate records.

    Online Records

    School Records[edit | edit source]

    Tax Records[edit | edit source]

    Oklahoma tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records.

    See also How to order Oklahoma Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Oklahoma Birth Certificate or Death Certificate Applications to mail.

    Birth[edit | edit source]

    Online Birth Records Indexes and Images

    • Oklahoma Vital Records Index Oklahoma Department of Health, Vital Records Division - Births from 1865 to 1997 (as of 2018) (Note that Oklahoma began filing birth records in 1908, but it was not required by law until 1917 and many births were filed late (delayed) until 1950.)
    • Early Oklahoma Birth Records

    Marriage[edit | edit source]

    Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

    Death[edit | edit source]

    Online Death Records Indexes and Images

    Divorce[edit | edit source]

    Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

    Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

    Archives[edit | edit source]

    Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

    Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

    Libraries[edit | edit source]

    Museums[edit | edit source]

    Societies[edit | edit source]

    Blaine County Genealogical Society
    1119 N. Forrest
    Watonga, OK 73772
    E-mail:blainecogen@gmail.com
    Website

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    Research Guides[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oklahoma. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    2. http://genealogytrails.com/oka/blaine/ accessed 09/29/2016
    3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Blaine County, Oklahoma. Page 557-563 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 550-552.
    4. Wikipedia contributors, "Blaine County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 25 Oct 2018.

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