Custer County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Custer County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Custer County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oklahoma
Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded 1892
County Seat Arapaho
Address Custer County Courthouse
65 West B Street
Arapaho, Oklahoma 73620-0000
Phone: 580.323-1221

Custer 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

Custer County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1894 1900 1899 1855

County Courthouse

Custer County Courthouse; 65 West B Street; Arapaho, OK 73620-0000; Ph. 580.323-1221

  • Formerly G County
  • Name changed to Custer County on 8 Nov 1892
  • County Clerk has marriage, divorce, and probate records from 1899, court records from 1894, land records, military records from 1892, school and census records from 1913 and county registry of electors from 1916; Cemetery Association has burial records for each city.


Parent County

1892--Custer County was created in 1892 from Cheyenne-Arapaho Lands.
County seat: Arapaho [1]


Custer County, Oklahoma was formed in 1892. It was named "Custer" after General George Armstrong Custer.[2] Its county seat is Arapaho.[3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [4]

  • Arapaho (county seat)
  • Butler
  • Carpenter (part)
  • Clinton (part)
  • Custer City
  • Dead Women Crossing
  • Hammon (part)
  • Thomas
  • Weatherford

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.  %±
1900 12,264
1910 23,231 89.4%
1920 18,736 −19.3%
1930 27,517 46.9%
1940 23,068 −16.2%
1950 21,097 −8.5%
1960 21,040 −0.3%
1970 22,665 7.7%
1980 25,995 14.7%
1990 26,897 3.5%
2000 26,142 −2.8%
2010 27,469 5.1%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Custer 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.

  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Clinton, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).



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 Custer 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 Custer 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 - Custer - 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

Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society
PO Box 148
Lawton, OK 73502-0148

Western Oklahoma Historical Center
520 W Main St
Weatherford, OK 73096
Telephone: 580-772-7283

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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. accessed 09/29/2016
  3.,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Custer County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.