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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Oklahoma. See also  Oklahoma Societies.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Oklahoma[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma Historical Society · Oklahoma Department of Libraries · Oklahoma State Archives and Records Administration · Lawton Public Library · University of Oklahoma Libraries · Hughes County Historical Society · Oklahoma Territorial Museum Carnegie Library · Tulsa Genealogical Society Library · Museum of the Western Prairie Library · Miami Public Library · National Archives at Fort Worth · Bancroft Library at Univ. of Calif., Berkeley  · Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research · Dallas Public Central Library

Oklahoma Online Records[edit | edit source]

Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

State and Regional Repositories[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma Historical Society
800 Nazih Zudhi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Telephone: 405-522-5225
Fax: 405-521-2492

Records included in this library are the following:
  • US Census
  • Territorial Records
  • Index to the 1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census Search
  • Dawes Final Rolls Search
  • 1896 Applications for Enrollment Search
  • Smith's First Directory of Oklahoma Territory Learn More
  • Territorial Incorporation Records 1890–1907 Search
  • Land Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Military Records
  • Prison Records
  • Cemetery Records

Oklahoma Department of Libraries
200 N.E. 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3298
Telephone: 405-521-2502, 800-522-8116
Fax: 405-525-7804

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries includes two areas of particular interest to genealogists: the Oklahoma Room and the State Archives Division. The Oklahoma Room houses a huge book library with county histories, periodicals, indexes, and reference works.[1] The State Archives Division maintains Oklahoma government records and other historical documents.

Oklahoma Digital Prairie, your electronic library

Lawton Public Library
110 S.W. 4th Street
Lawton, OK 73105-3298
Telephone: 405-581-3450

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).</ref>

University of Oklahoma Libraries

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Western History Collection
630 Parrington Oval, Room 452
Norman, OK 73019
Telephone: 405-325-3641
Fax: 405-325-2943


Key collections here include Civil War soldiers’ personal narratives, trascribed interviews with Oklahomans from the 1930s and more than 200 manuscript collections about Native Americans.
An important part of the Western History Collection is titled The Indian-Pioneer Papers which is a collection of interviews done during the Depression. Biographical information is given for Indians as well as persons of all ethnic groups. Those interviewed may have been residents of either the Oklahoma Territory or the Indian Territory. There are about 80,000 entries in 112 volumes in the collection with free online access to both an index and the digitized transcripts of the interviews. Read the biographies and other topics found in the Website.

Their collection also includes original historical manuscripts, county records, Spanish, Indian, military, Civil War, newspapers, cattle trails, ranching, mining, and oil production records.</ref>

Hughes County Historical Society
124 North Broadway
Holdenville, OK 74848
Telephone: 405-379-5124

This collection, originally in the Grace M. Pickens Public Library, holds unique Native American papers relating to the Five Civilized Tribes (and Delawares) removed to Indian Territory. Includes a surprisingly good genealogical research collection.</ref>

Oklahoma Territorial Museum Carnegie Library
406 East Oklahoma Ave.
Guthrie, OK 73044
Telephone: 405-282-1889

The Oklahoma Territorial period is well covered including Native Americans, Anglos, intruders, Sooners, homesteaders, and land rush people.</ref>

Tulsa Genealogical Society Library
9136 East 31st Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
Telephone: 918-627-4224
Email (link sends e-mail)

A large library for Oklahoma ancestors including Bibles, cemeteries, obituaries, family folders, city directories, plat maps, and indexes.</ref>

Museum of the Western Prairie Library
1100 Memorial Drive
Altus, OK 73521
Telephone: 580-482-1044

Records of Oklahoma settlers, obituaries, periodicals, books, histories, biographies, including many from Texas and New Mexico.</ref>

Miami Public Library
200 N Main St.
Miami, OK 74354
Telephone: 918-541-2292

A good book-library with an emphasis on the Ozark region of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas, including Native Americans.</ref>

Talbot Library and Museum
500 South Colcord Avenue
Colcord, Oklahoma 74338
Telephone: 918-326-4532

The Talbot Library and Museum (TL&M) is one of the best genealogical libraries in the United States. Their library focuses on Northeast Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas, and Cherokee genealogy research.[2]

Tulsa City-County Library Genealogy Center
Hardesty Regional Library
8316 E. 93rd St.
Tulsa, OK 74133
Telephone: 918.549.7691

The Genealogy Center of the Tulsa City-County Library is one of the largest genealogy collections in Oklahoma. Their focus is on Tulsa and Oklahoma, but they also have strengths in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. A limited amount of research, including Indian roll look-ups, can be conducted by email and letters. See their American Indian Research guide.

Oklahoma Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 12986
Oklahoma City, OK 73157

Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art
1400 North Gilcrease Museum Road
Tulsa, OK 74127-2100
Telephone: 918-596-2700
Fax: 918-596-2700

Museum of the Great Plains
601 Ferris
Lawton, OK 73507
Telephone: 580-581-3460
Fax: 580-581-3458

Outside of Oklahoma Repositories[edit | edit source]

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National Archives at Fort Worth

for Archival research using textual records by appointment:
1400 John Burgess Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76140
Telephone: 817-551-2051
Fax: 817-551-2034

for Microfilm research and public access computers:
2600 West 7th Street
Suite 162
Fort Worth, TX, 76107
Telephone: 817-831-5620
Fax: 817-334-5621

Website for both Websites
Subject specialties include censuses, westward expansion into the Southwest and settlement of Native Americans (especially Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, and Seminoles), slavery, bankruptcy court, ethnology, genealogy, military service records, pension and bounty land warrant applications, passenger lists and Dawes census cards and enrollment jackets for the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma.[3]
For further information, see  National Archives at Fort Worth.

Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
Telephone: 415-642-3781

This library in California  has a good collection of documents about Oklahoma  early settlers, early trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories.</ref>

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004
Telephone: 713-284-1999

One of America's best genealogical collections. Especially strong for Texas and adjoining states like Oklahoma.[4]

Dallas Public Central Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201-9987
Telephone: 214-670-1400

Outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.[4]

Family History Centers. Some of the collections described above are at least partially available on microfilms at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and through thousands of its branch Family History Centers. For further information see Introduction to Family History Centers. To locate a center near you, see Find a Family History Center.

FamilySearch Catalog

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Oklahoma counties, use the inventories of the county archives published around 1940 by the Historical Records Survey. The Family History Library has copies of most of these. These inventories can be found in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a Place Search under:


Websites[edit | edit source]

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Oklahoma in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. Much of the information is available at little or no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways to additional sites:

  • FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service. [Salt Lake City, Utah]: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 22 March 1999 [cited 7 October 1999]. Available at FamilySearch . At this site you can access the FamilySearch Catalog, Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, Source Guide, lists of Family History Centers, web sites related to family history, and lists of researchers interested in similar genealogical topics. You can also learn about and locate Family History Library publications.
  • Howells, Cyndi. "U.S.- Oklahoma-OK." In Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. Puyallup, Washington: Cyndi Howells, 6 October 1999 [cited 7 October 1999]. Available at Cyndislist.com. This list has more links to other Oklahoma genealogical sites and describes more resources than any other site on the Internet.
  • Oklahoma USGenWeb In The USGenWeb Project [Internet site]. This is a cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet, for each county, state, and country.

Most Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. Many centers have access to online services, networks, or bulletin boards. You may also use these services at most public libraries, college libraries, and private locations.

Guides[edit | edit source]

A useful guide to Oklahoma records is:

  • Koplowitz, Bradford. Guide to the Historical Records of Oklahoma. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1997. (Family History Library book 976.6 A3kb 1997.)  It contains a survey of records kept in counties and cities through 1920.

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Oklahoma counties, use the eleven inventories of county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has inventories for: Atoka, Beckham, Cherokee, Cimarron, Haskell, Lincoln, McIntosh, Mayes, Muskogee, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha counties.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Dollarhide and Bremer, 91.
  2. "Genealogy Research Requests" in Website.
  3. Dollarhide and Bremer, 130-31.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.