Adair County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Adair County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Adair County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oklahoma
Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded July 16, 1907
County Seat Stilwell
Address Adair County Courthouse
2nd and Division Streets
P.O. Box 169
Stillwell, Oklahoma 74960-0169
Phone: 918.696.7198

Adair County, Oklahoma genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


County Information

Adair County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1907 1907 1907 1907

County Courthouse

Adair County Courthouse
2nd & Division Streets; PO Box 169
Stilwell, OK 74960-0169
Phone: 918.696.7198 

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


Parent County

1907--Adair County was created 16 July 1907 from Cherokee Lands. County seat: Stilwell [2]


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. [3] Its county seat is Stilwell. [4]

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.

Record Loss

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


Populated Places[5]


  • Stilwell (county seat)


  • Watts
  • Westville

Unincorporated communities

  • Ballard
  • Baron
  • Bell
  • Bunch
  • Cherry Tree
  • Chewey
  • Christie
  • Fairfield
  • Elohim City
  • Greasy
  • Lyons Switch
  • Marietta
  • Peavine
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Salem
  • Watts Community
  • West Peavine
  • Zion

Neighboring Counties


American Indians


Land and Property


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
OKGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Oklahoma Gravestones
Oklahoma Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information.


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.

State Census Records
Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Oklahoma starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Oklahoma Census.


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.



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.




Revolutionary War
Civil War


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:


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


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.


Online Birth Records Indexes and Images


Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images


Online Death Records Indexes and Images


Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

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

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

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adair County, Oklahoma. Page 557 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Oklahoma Genealogy Trails: Adair County
  4. Adair County, Oklahoma in Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Adair County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.