Adair County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Adair County

Guide to Adair County, Oklahoma ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Stilwell
Organized: July 16, 1907
Parent County(s): Cherokee Lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Benton (AR)  • Cherokee  • Crawford (AR)  • Delaware  • Sequoyah  • Washington (AR)
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Location Map
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County Information


Adair County is located in the eastern part of Oklahoma. Founded in 1907, Adair County was named in honor of Watt Adair, one of the old time Cherokees who was one of the first settlers of Indian Territory.[2] Its county seat is Stilwell. [3]

County Courthouse

Adair County Courthouse
2nd and Division Streets
P.O. Box 169
Stillwell, Oklahoma 74960-0169
Phone: 918.696.7198
Adair County Website

Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate, and court records from 1907;
County Assessor has land records[1]

Adair County, Oklahoma Record Dates

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
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1907 1907 1907 1907

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Oklahoma County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Oklahoma County Boundary Maps" (1819-1912) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places

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]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Adair 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 Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 10,535
1920 13,703 30.1%
1930 14,756 7.7%
1940 15,755 6.8%
1950 14,918 −5.3%
1960 13,112 −12.1%
1970 15,141 15.5%
1980 18,575 22.7%
1990 18,421 −0.8%
2000 21,038 14.2%
2010 22,683 7.8%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Adair 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 Records

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 Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

American Indians


Land and Property

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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

Local histories are available for Adair 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 Gazetteers

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Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

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


Other Records


Probate Records

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 - Adair - Probate records.

Online Records

School Records

Tax Records

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

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.


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Online Birth Records Indexes and Images


Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images


Online Death Records Indexes and Images


Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Research Facilities


Family History Centers

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.



Cherokee Heritage Center
21192 S. Keeler Drive
Park Hill, OK 74451
PO Box 515
Tahlequah, OK 74465-0515
Telephone: 918-456-6007
Toll Free: 888-999-6007


Adair County Historical & Genealogical Association
Rt. 2 Box 1710
Stilwell, OK 74960


Research Guides


  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. Oklahoma Genealogy Trails: Adair County
  3. Adair County, Oklahoma in Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Adair County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 27 July 2018.