Cherokee County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Cherokee County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Cherokee 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 Tahlequah
Address Cherokee County Courthouse
213 W. Delaware Street
Talequah, Oklahoma 74464-3639
Phone: 918.456.3171

Cherokee 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

Cherokee County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1918 1907 1907 1906 1907

County Courthouse

Cherokee County Courthouse
213 Delaware Street
Tahlequah, OK 74464
Phone: 918.456.3171 

Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court
records from 1907;  County Clerk has land records
from 1907 and military discharge records from 1917[1]


Parent County

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


Located in northeastern Oklahoma was named for the Cherokee Nation. The county seat is located at Tahlequah. Founded in 1907.[3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places[4]

  • Tahlequah (county seat)
  • Fort Gibson
  • Hulbert
  • Oaks
Unincorporated Communities
  • Briggs
  • Cookson
  • Dry Creek
  • Eldon
  • Gideon
  • Keys
  • Lost City
  • Park Hill
  • Peggs
  • Pettit
  • Qualls
  • Scraper
  • Shady Grove
  • Tenkiller
  • Teresita
  • Welling
  • Woodall
  • Zeb
Census-Designated Places
  • Grandview
  • Steely Hollow

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 16,778
1920 19,872 18.4%
1930 17,470 −12.1%
1940 21,030 20.4%
1950 18,989 −9.7%
1960 17,762 −6.5%
1970 23,174 30.5%
1980 30,684 32.4%
1990 340,049 1008.2%
2000 42,521 −87.5%
2010 46,987 10.5%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Cherokee 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Cherokee



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 Cherokee 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.

Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1922




Revolutionary War
Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Cherokee County

November 19, 1861 = Round Mountain[5] also known as Round Mountains

Map showing Civil war battles in Oklahoma



Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cherokee 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 - Cherokee - 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


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

Cherokee National Historical Society
PO Box 515
Tahlequah 74465-0515

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.


  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cherokee 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. accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Cherokee County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012)