Cherokee County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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United States
Oklahoma
Cherokee County
 

Guide to Cherokee 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: Tahlequah
Organized: July 16, 1907
Parent County(s): Cherokee Lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Adair  • Delaware  • Mayes  • Muskogee  • Sequoyah  • Wagoner
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Courthouse
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County Information

Description

Located in northeastern Oklahoma was named for the Cherokee Nation. The county seat is located at Tahlequah. Founded in 1907.[2]

County Courthouse

Cherokee County Courthouse
213 W. Delaware Street
Talequah, Oklahoma 74464-3639
Phone: 918-456-0691
Cherokee County Website

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]

Cherokee 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
1918 1907 1906 1907 1907

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in Cherokee County, Oklahoma:[3]

City

  • Tahlequah (county seat)

Towns

  • 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

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Cherokee 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 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: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Cherokee 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Cherokee

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 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

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Cherokee County

November 19, 1861 = Round Mountain[4] also known as Round Mountains

Map showing Civil war battles in Oklahoma

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 Cherokee 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 - Cherokee - 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.

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

Cherokee National Historical Society
PO Box 515
Tahlequah 74465-0515

Websites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

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/cherokee/history.html accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Cherokee County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherokee_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August 2012)