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Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Genealogy

 

Guide to Oklahoma 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: Oklahoma City
Organized: 1890
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Canadian  • Cleveland  • Kingfisher  • Lincoln  • Logan  • Pottawatomie
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

Oklahoma county is located in central Oklahoma.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Oklahoma County Courthouse
320 Robert South Kerr Avenue.
# 105
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73012
Phone: 405.713.1721
Oklahoma County Website

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1890[1]

Oklahoma County, Oklahoma Record DatesEdit

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 1890 1908 1890 1889 1890 1860
Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1930.

Record LossEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

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
Unincorporated communities


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Oklahoma 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 RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 11,742
1900 25,915 120.7%
1910 85,232 228.9%
1920 116,307 36.5%
1930 221,738 90.6%
1940 244,159 10.1%
1950 325,352 33.3%
1960 439,506 35.1%
1970 526,805 19.9%
1980 568,933 8.0%
1990 599,611 5.4%
2000 660,448 10.1%
2010 718,633 8.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Oklahoma 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 RecordsEdit

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.

Lutheran

  • Records of Peace Lutheran Church, Edmond, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

American IndiansEdit

Census

Land and Property

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

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.

1889–present County Clerk's free online images and indexes of all Oklahoma County deeds.

Online Land Records

For more information see Oklahoma Land and Property

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Oklahoma 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 GazetteersEdit

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Revolutionary WarEdit

Civil WarEdit

World War IEdit

World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

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

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

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 - Oklahoma - Probate records.

Online Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit

Online Birth Records Indexes and Images

MarriageEdit

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

DeathEdit

Online Death Records Indexes and Images

DivorceEdit

Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

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.

LibrariesEdit

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

Oklahoma Historical Society
2100 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City 73105-4997

Oklahoma Genealogical Society
PO Box 805
Okalahoma City OK 73157
Telephone: 405-637-1907
E-mail:president@okgensoc.org
Website

WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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/okfuskee/ accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oklahoma 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, "Oklahoma County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 10 January 2019.
  5. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.