Blaine County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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United States
Oklahoma
Blaine County
 

Guide to Blaine 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: Watonga
Organized: May 2, 1890
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Caddo  • Canadian  • Custer  • Dewey  • Kingfisher  • Major
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Courthouse
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County Information

Description

The county was founded in 1890. Blaine County was named after James Gillespie Blaine, a Representative and a Senator from Maine. The county seat is Watonga.[2]

County Courthouse

Blaine County Courthouse
212 N. Weigle Ave.
Watonga, Oklahoma 73772-3893
Phone: 580.623.5890
Blaine County Website

Clerk of the Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1892
County Clerk has land records from 1892[1]

Blaine 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 1892 1893 1892 1900

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 MapofUS.org 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:[3]

Cities
Towns
  • Hydro
  • Okeene
  • Unincorporated communities
    • Bucher
    • Carleton
    • Carlton
    • Darrow
    Ghost towns


    History Timeline

    Resources

    Bible Records

    Biographies

    Business, Commerce, and Occupations

    Cemeteries

    Cemeteries of Blaine 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.  %±
    1900 10,658
    1910 17,960 68.5%
    1920 15,875 −11.6%
    1930 20,452 28.8%
    1940 18,543 −9.3%
    1950 15,049 −18.8%
    1960 12,077 −19.7%
    1970 11,794 −2.3%
    1980 13,443 14.0%
    1990 11,470 −14.7%
    2000 11,976 4.4%
    2010 11,943 −0.3%
    Source: "Wikipedia.org".

    For tips on accessing Blaine 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

    Blaine County was not included in the 1890 territorial and 1907 state censuses

    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

    Directories

    Emigration and Immigration

    Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

    American Indians

    Census

    Land and Property

    Funeral Homes

    Genealogies

    Guardianship

    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 Blaine 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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    Migration

    Military Records

    Revolutionary War

    Civil War

    World War I

    World War II

    Naturalization and Citizenship

    Newspapers

    Oklahoma Newspapers Online

    Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

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

    Obituaries

    Other Records

    Periodicals

    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 - Blaine - 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.

    See also How to order Oklahoma Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Oklahoma Birth Certificate or Death Certificate Applications to mail.

    Birth

    Online Birth Records Indexes and Images

    • Oklahoma Vital Records Index Oklahoma Department of Health, Vital Records Division - Births from 1865 to 1997 (as of 2018) (Note that Oklahoma began filing birth records in 1908, but it was not required by law until 1917 and many births were filed late (delayed) until 1950.)
    • Early Oklahoma Birth Records

    Marriage

    Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

    Death

    Online Death Records Indexes and Images

    Divorce

    Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

    Research Facilities

    Archives

    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.

    Libraries

    Museums

    Societies

    Blaine County Genealogical Society
    1119 N. Forrest
    Watonga, OK 73772
    E-mail:blainecogen@gmail.com
    Website

    Websites

    Research Guides

    References

    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/blaine/ accessed 09/29/2016
    3. Wikipedia contributors, "Blaine County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 25 Oct 2018.