Cleveland County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Cleveland County

Guide to Cleveland County, Oklahoma ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Norman
Organized: 1890
Parent County(s): unassigned lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Canadian  • Grady  • McClain  • Oklahoma  • Pottawatomie
See County Maps
Location Map
200px-Map of Oklahoma highlighting Cleveland County svg.png

County Information


Cleveland County is situated in central Oklahoma. Named for fomer President Grover Cleveland was founded 1890. Norman is the county seat.[2]

County Courthouse

Cleveland County Courthouse
201 S. Jones Ave.
Norman, Oklahoma 73069-6046
Phone: 405.366.0240
Cleveland County Website

County Clerk has land and military discharge records from 1889;
Clerk Court has military, divorce, probate and court records[1]

Cleveland 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 1867 1890 1889 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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

  • Etowah
  • Hall Park
  • Lexington
  • Moore
  • Noble
  • Norman (county seat)
  • Oklahoma City (mostly in Oklahoma County)
  • Purcell (mostly in McClain County)
  • Slaughterville

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Cleveland 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.  %±
1890 6,605
1900 16,388 148.1%
1910 18,843 15.0%
1920 19,389 2.9%
1930 24,948 28.7%
1940 27,728 11.1%
1950 41,443 49.5%
1960 47,600 14.9%
1970 81,839 71.9%
1980 133,173 62.7%
1990 174,253 30.8%
2000 208,016 19.4%
2010 255,755 22.9%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Cleveland 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


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

American Indians


Land and Property

Funeral Homes



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 Cleveland 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



Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

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


Other Records


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 - Cleveland - 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.


Online Birth Records Indexes and Images


Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images


Online Death Records Indexes and Images


Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Research Facilities


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.



The Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum
508 N. Peters Avenue
Norman, Oklahoma 73069
Telephone: 405-321-0156


Cleveland County Genealogical Society
1119 East Main
PO Box 6176
Norman Oklahoma 73070
Telephone: 405-701-2100 or 405-329-9180


  • 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


  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.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Cleveland County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.