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Muskogee County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Guide to Muskogee 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: Muskogee
Organized: 1898
Parent County(s): Creek Lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cherokee  • Haskell  • McIntosh  • Okmulgee  • Sequoyah  • Wagoner
See County Maps
Location Map
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Adoption


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Muskogee County was named for the Muscogee (Creek) Tribe. Muskogee serves as the county seat.[2] The State was founded in 1907.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Muskogee County Courthouse
400 W. Broadway Street
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74401
Phone: 918.682.7781
Muskogee County Website

Muskogee County District Court Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 1350
Muskogee, OK 74402-1350

Clerk of the District Court has marriage records (from 1890), divorce (from 1930 - prior to 1930 filed as civil cases), probate and court records (from 1907), Civil cases (from 1910), Small Claims Probate records (from 1907), Guardianship records (from 1907), Felony cases (from 1907), Misdemeanor Traffic records, Adoption records (from 1908), Juvenile Mental Health records, Minister's Credentials, Notary records, and Beverage and Process Server Licenses;
County Clerk has land records[1]

Internet Access to Records: Recent Muskogee County records can be searched for at the Oklahoma District Court Records website. As of 1 March 2013, the records for Muskogee County that were available there were from 3 Jan. 2003 - 28 February 2013.

Muskogee 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1890 1908 1907 1913 1907 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]

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:[5]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


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 Muskogee 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.
1910 52,743
1920 61,710 17.0%
1930 66,424 7.6%
1940 65,914 −0.8%
1950 65,573 −0.5%
1960 61,866 −5.7%
1970 59,542 −3.8%
1980 66,939 12.4%
1990 68,078 1.7%
2000 69,451 2.0%
2010 70,990 2.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Muskogee 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

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 Muskogee 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.

Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the Counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1922.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Tulsa CountyWagoner CountyCherokee CountySequoyah CountyHaskell CountyMcIntosh CountyOkmulgee CountyOK MUSKOGEE.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]

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Muskogee County

Map showing Civil war battles in Oklahoma

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 Muskogee 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 - Muskogee - 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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Records Indexes and Images

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]

Muskogee Public Library
801 W Okmulgee
Muskogee, OK 74401
Telephone: (918) 682-6657
Their collections include local histories, biographies, newspapers, and an online Muskogee Marriage Index.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Three Rivers Museum
220 Elgin
Muskogee, OK 74401

Societies[edit | edit source]

Muskogee County Genealogical Society
801 W Okmulgee
Muskogee, OK 74401
Telephone: 918-682-6657
Email: mucogeso@yahoo.com
Website

Fort Gibson Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 416
Ft. Gibson, OK

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Muskogee County OKGenWeb
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

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/muskogee/countyhistory.html accessed 09/29/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskogee_County,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Muskogee 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.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Muskogee County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muskogee_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 9 January 2019.
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012)

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