Bryan County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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United States
Oklahoma
Bryan County
 

Guide to Bryan 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: Durant
Organized: July 16, 1907
Parent County(s): Choctaw Lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Atoka  • Choctaw  • Fannin (TX)  • Grayson (TX)  • Johnston  • Lamar (TX)  • Marshall
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption


County Information

Description

Named for Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, a contributor to the 1907 Oklahoma Constitution, Bryan County is located in the south-central portion of the state. [2] Its county seat is Durant. [3]

County Courthouse

Bryan County Courthouse
402 W. Evergreen St.
Durant, Oklahoma 74701
Phone: 580-924-1446
Bryan County Website

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

Bryan 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 1902 1903 1902 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 MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Bryan County, Oklahoma:[4]

City

  • Durant (county seat)

Towns

  • Achille
  • Armstrong
  • Bennington
  • Bokchito
  • Caddo
  • Calera
  • Colbert
  • Hendrix
  • Kemp
  • Kenefic
  • Mead
  • Silo

Unincorporated communities

  • Allison
  • Banty
  • Brown
  • Cade
  • Cobb
  • Kiersey
  • Platter
  • Romia
  • Roberta
  • Utica
  • Yarnaby
  • Yuba

Census-designated places

  • Albany
  • Blue
  • Cartwright

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Bryan 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 29,854
1920 40,700 36.3%
1930 32,277 −20.7%
1940 38,138 18.2%
1950 28,999 −24.0%
1960 24,252 −16.4%
1970 25,552 5.4%
1980 30,535 19.5%
1990 32,089 5.1%
2000 36,534 13.9%
2010 42,416 16.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Bryan 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

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 Bryan 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 Bryan County, Oklahoma Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has The Paris News (Paris, TX) from 1925 that may include residents from Bryan County.

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 - Bryan - 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

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

Bryan County Heritage Society
618 N. 19th Street
Durant 74701

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/bryan/ accessed 09/29/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_County,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Bryan County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.