Lawton Public Library

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They have the largest book collection of Oklahoma genealogies together with periodicals, maps, biographies, family folders, and a statewide index to all Oklahoma Territory tract books (public land buyers).[1] This collection comes from the combined resources of the
Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society (SWOGS)
Lawton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

and the Lawton Public Library
Contributions have also been made by the Daughters of 1812, and Southwest Oklahoma Historical Society.[2]

They have more than 23,000 books, 150,000 microfiche, and 6000 rolls of microfilm, which include family histories, vital records, census records, and local and area newspapers from 1901.

Other collections include:

  • Indian-Pioneer History Collection
  • Indian records
  • Oklahoma Tract Books with surname index, and research reference aids
  • Dawes Roll
  • 1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census
  • Freedman's Bank Records
  • Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and Navies
  • Southern Historical Society Papers
  • Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion
  • Indexes to First Landowners of Pennsylvania
  • Early Connecticut Vital Records (the Barbour Collection and more)

Their Native American collection focuses on the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache tribes and contains several important records.

For a small fee the librarians will do obituary lookups as well as lookups of indexed items. See their policy here.

Lawton Public Library
110 SW 4th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 91. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. Genealogy at the Lawton Libraryin Lawton Public Library (accessed 2 June 2014).