Garvin County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Garvin County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Garvin County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
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Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded July 16, 1907
County Seat Pauls Valley
Address Garvin County Courthouse
201 W. Grant Ave.
Pauls Valley, Oklahoma 73075
Phone: 405.238.2772

Garvin 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

Garvin County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1907 1907 1906 1907

County Courthouse

Garvin County Courthouse
201 W Grant Avenue
Pauls Valley, OK 73075
Phone: 405.238.2772

Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1908;
County Clerk has land records[1]


Parent County

1907--Garvin County was created 16 July 1907 from Chickasaw Lands.
County seat: Pauls Valley [2]


Garvin County lies within the Red Bed Plains and Sandstone Hills regions. Garvin County took its name from Samuel J. Garvin, who moved to the Chickasaw Nation near Whitebead in 1870 and became a prominent cattleman, merchant, and banker. Pauls Valley as the county seat.[3] The Garfield County was founded in 1906.[4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [5]

  • Elmore City
  • Erin Springs
  • Foster
  • Hennepin
  • Katie
  • Lindsay
  • Maysville
  • Paoli
  • Pauls Valley (county seat)
  • Pernell
  • Purdy
  • Stratford
  • Tussy
  • Wallville
  • Wynnewood

Neighboring Counties


American Indians


Land and Property


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
Oklahoma Cemeteries WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Oklahoma Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 26,545
1920 32,445 22.2%
1930 31,401 −3.2%
1940 31,150 −0.8%
1950 29,500 −5.3%
1960 28,290 −4.1%
1970 24,874 −12.1%
1980 27,856 12.0%
1990 26,605 −4.5%
2000 27,210 2.3%
2010 27,576 1.3%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Garvin 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 Garvin 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 Garvin County, Oklahoma Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • ($) has historical newspapers online including Ada newspapers that may have included Garvin County residents. This database is sometimes free at libraries.


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 - Garvin - 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

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), Garvin County, Oklahoma. Page 559 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.,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Garvin County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.