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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Oklahoma were the Baptist, Roman Catholic, Disciples of Christ, and Methodist churches. An inventory of churches and church records is Preliminary List of Churches and Religious Organizations in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Historical Records Survey, 1942. (FHL book 976.6 K2h; fiche 6,046,945.) This lists Southern Baptist, Disciples of Christ, Methodist Episcopal, Methodist, and Roman Catholic churches.

The Family History Library has very few church records from Oklahoma. The library has histories of some local churches and congregations.

Many denominations have collected their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:

Southern Baptist Convention
901 Commerce Street #400
Nashville, TN 37203-3699
Telephone: 615-244-0344
Fax: 615-782-4821

Their catalog is available on their Internet site.

Disciples of Christ
Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 Nineteenth Avenue, South
Nashville, TN 37212
Telephone: 615-327-1444
Fax: 615-327-1445

United Methodist Archives Center
Drew University Library
36 Madison Avenue
P. O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940
Telephone: 973-408-3590
Fax: 973-408-3909

For a history of the Methodist Church, see Sidney H. Babcock, and John Y. Bryce, History of Methodism in Oklahoma: Story of the Indian Mission Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. N. p., 1935. (FHL book 976.6 K21b; fiche 6,100,019.)

Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic Chancery Office
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
7501 N.W. Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
Telephone: 405-721-5651
Fax: 405-721-5210

For a history of the Catholic Church see Thomas E. Brown, Bible Belt Catholicism: A History of The Roman Catholic Church in Oklahoma, 1905-1945. New York, NewYork: United States Catholic Historical Society, 1977. (FHL book 976.6 K21bt.)