Cleveland County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Cleveland County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Cleveland County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oklahoma
Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded 1890
County Seat Norman
Address Cleveland County Courthouse
201 S. Jones Ave.
Norman, Oklahoma 73069-6046
Phone: 405.366.0240

Cleveland 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

Cleveland County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1867 1890 1890 1889

County Courthouse

Cleveland County Courthouse
201 S Jones Avenue
Norman, OK 73069-6046
Phone: 405.366.0240

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


Parent County

1890--Cleveland County was created in 1890 from unassigned lands.
County seat: Norman [2]


Cleveland County is situated in central Oklahoma. Named for fomer President Grover Cleveland was founded 1890. Norman is the county seat.[3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [4]

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

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.  %±
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.

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.



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.




Revolutionary War
Civil War


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:


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 - CleavLand - 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

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

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

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), Cleveland County, Oklahoma. Page 558 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).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Cleveland County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.