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Major County, Oklahoma
Map
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Major County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oklahoma
Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Facts
Founded July 16, 1907
County Seat Fairview
Courthouse
OklahomaMajorCourthouse.jpg
Address Major County Courthouse
500 E. Broadway Street
Fairview, Oklahoma 73737
Phone: 580.227.4712


Major 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.


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County Information

Major County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1907 1907 1894 1894

County Courthouse

Major County Courthouse
500 E Broadway Street
Fairview, OK 73737
Phone: 580.227-4712

Clerk Court has marriage records from late 1800’s, divorce, probate and court records from 1908;
County Clerk has land records[1]

History

Parent County

1907--Major County was created 16 July 1907 from Woods County.
County seat: Fairview [2]

Description

Located in northwestern Oklahoma. The county was named for John Charles Major, county resident and representative to the state's 1906 Constitutional Convention. [3] Fairview is the county seat. [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places [5]

  • Ames
  • Chester
  • Cleo Springs
  • Fairview (county seat)
  • Isabella
  • Meno
  • Orienta
  • Ringwood

Neighboring Counties

Resources

American Indians

Census

Land and Property

Cemeteries

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 15,248
1920 12,426 −18.5%
1930 12,206 −1.8%
1940 11,946 −2.1%
1950 10,279 −14.0%
1960 7,808 −24.0%
1970 7,529 −3.6%
1980 8,772 16.5%
1990 8,055 −8.2%
2000 7,545 −6.3%
2010 7,527 −0.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Major 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

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

Land

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 Major 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

Okmajor.jpg

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War
WWI
WWII

Newspapers

Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

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

Probate

Online Records

School Records

Taxation

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

Births

Online Birth Records Indexes and Images

Marriages

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Deaths

Online Death Records Indexes and Images

Divorces

Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

Major County Genealogical Society
Box 24, Rt. #2
Okeene 73763

Major County Genealogical Society
Hwy 58
PO Box 555
Fairview, Oklahoma 73737
Telephone: 580-227-2265
E-mail:mchsok@yahoo.com
Website

Major County Genealogical Society
PO Box 74
Fairview, OK 73737
Website

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.

Websites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Major County, Oklahoma. Page 560 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. http://genealogytrails.com/oka/major/ accessed 09/29/2016
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_County,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Major County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 6 August 2016.