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United States Gotoarrow.png Oklahoma Gotoarrow.png Carter County

Carter County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Carter County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oklahoma
Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded July 16, 1907
County Seat Ardmore
Address Carter County Courthouse
1st and B Street SW
P.O. Box 1236
Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401
Phone: 580.223.8162

Carter County, Oklahoma genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1930 1895 1907 1907 1908

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Carter County Courthouse
1st & B St SW; PO Box 1236
Ardmore, OK 73401
Phone: 580.223.8162 

Clerk Court has probate, court and land records;
County Clerk has marriage records[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1907--Carter County was created 16 July 1907 from Chickasaw Lands.
County seat: Ardmore [2]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Captain Ben W. Carter, a Cherokee who lived among the Chickasaw. Carter County was founded in 1907. [3] County Seat Ardmore.[4]

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 website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places [5][edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]
  • Ardmore (county seat)
  • Healdton
  • Lone Grove
  • Wilson
Towns[edit | edit source]
  • Dickson
  • Gene Autry
  • Ratliff City
  • Springer
  • Tatums
Unincorporated communities[edit | edit source]
  • Alpers
  • Baum
  • Brock
  • Caldwell Hill
  • Cheek
  • Clemscott
  • Cobalt Junction
  • Countyline
  • Dillard
  • Dripping Springs
  • Dundee
  • Durwood
  • Fox
  • Glenn
  • Graham
  • Hewitt
  • Milo
  • Newport
  • Oil City
  • Old Scott
  • Pooleville
  • Post Oak
  • Provence
  • Pruitt City
  • Reck
  • Rexroat
  • Tussy
  • Wirt
  • Woodford
  • Zaneis

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

American Indians[edit | edit source]


Land and Property

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
OKGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
KSGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Oklahoma Gravestones
Oklahoma Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 25,358
1920 40,247 58.7%
1930 41,419 2.9%
1940 43,292 4.5%
1950 36,455 −15.8%
1960 39,044 7.1%
1970 37,349 −4.3%
1980 43,610 16.8%
1990 42,919 −1.6%
2000 45,621 6.3%
2010 47,557 4.2%
Source: "".

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

State Census Records[edit | edit source]
Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Church[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[edit | edit source]

Land[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 Carter 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[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
WWI[edit | edit source]
WWII[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 Carter County, Oklahoma Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate[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 - Carter - Probate records.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Taxation[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]

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.

Births[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Records Indexes and Images

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Online Death Records Indexes and Images

Divorces[edit | edit source]

Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Historical And Genealogical Society Of Carter County
PO Box 1326
Ardmore 73402

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carter County, Oklahoma. Page 557 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3.,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  4. accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Carter County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.