McCurtain County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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McCurtain County

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

County Facts
County seat: Idabel
Organized: July 16, 1907
Parent County(s): Choctaw Lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bowie (TX)  • Choctaw  • LeFlore  • Little River (AR)  • Polk (AR)  • Pushmataha  • Red River (TX)  • Sevier (AR)
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Location Map

County Information


At 1907 statehood McCurtain County was established with Idabel designated as the county seat. The name McCurtain honored a prominent Choctaw family, three of whom had served as principal chiefs of the tribe. The county occupies the extreme southeastern corner of the state.[2] McCurtain County was created 1907. [3]

County Courthouse

McCurtain County Courthouse
108 N. Central Ave.
Idabel, Oklahoma 74745
Phone: 580.286.2370

McCurtain County Courthouse
108 N Central Avenue
Idabel, OK 74745
Phone: 580.286-2370

Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1907[1]

McCurtain 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 1907 1907 1917 1907

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in McCurtain County, Oklahoma:[4]


  • Broken Bow
  • Idabel (county seat)


  • Garvin
  • Haworth
  • Millerton
  • Smithville
  • Valliant
  • Wright City

Unincorporated communities

  • Battiest
  • Bethel
  • Bokhoma
  • Eagletown
  • Hochatown
  • Pickens
  • Ringold
  • Rufe
  • Tom
  • Watson

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of McCurtain 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.  %±
1910 20,681
1920 37,905 83.3%
1930 34,759 −8.3%
1940 41,318 18.9%
1950 31,588 −23.5%
1960 25,851 −18.2%
1970 28,642 10.8%
1980 36,151 26.2%
1990 33,433 −7.5%
2000 34,402 2.9%
2010 33,151 −3.6%
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For tips on accessing McCurtain 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.

A brief history of Wheelock Seminary, part of the Wheelock Mission church can be found in the Chronicles of Oklahoma.

Court Records

Oklahoma Public 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 McCurtain 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.

McCurtain County and Southeast Oklahoma: History, Biography, Statistics, a Complete Church, Lodge, School, Professional, Business and Trade Directory of the County

The Choctaw Freedmen and the Story of Oak Hill Industrial Academy, Valliant, McCurtain County, Oklahoma, now called the Alice Lee Elliott Memorial...

Maps and Gazetteers

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Military Records

Also see: Oklahoma Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

World War II

The Oklahoma section of the book World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces is available at the National Archives website. Soldiers from McCurtain County are listed here and here.

The State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from: Oklahoma is also available. It is not broken out by county, however. Note: Casualities include the wounded in addition to those killed.

Naturalization and Citizenship


Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

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

Historic Newspapers (no longer published)

Here are the known McCurtain County newspapers, along with where they were published and their years of publication. See the Chronicling America and Worldcat websites for libraries and institutions that may hold copies or microfilm.

  • Acme News, Broken Bow, 1912-1913
  • American Socialist, Garvin, 1910-191?
  • B B Developer, Broken Bow, 1911-1913
  • Beacon-Times, Idabel, 1911-191?
  • Broken Bow News and McCurtain County News-Graphic, Broken Bow, 1973-1976
  • Broken Bow News, Broken Bow, 1913-1973
  • Broken Bow News-Graphic, Broken Bow, 1976-1976
  • Challenger, Valliant, 1968-1981
  • Daily Beacon-Times, Idabel, 1913-191?
  • Democrat Record and Beacon-Times, Idabel, 1914-1915
  • Democrat-Record, Idabel, 1910-1914
  • Democrat-Record, Idabel, 1915-191?
  • Garvin Graphic, Garvin, 1903-1919
  • Garvin Pioneer, Garvin, 190?-191?
  • Haworth Herald, Haworth, 1912-192?
  • Idabel News, Idabel, 1919-1922
  • Idabel Signal, Idabel, 1905-190?
  • Little Dixie Beacon, Idabel, 1967-19??
  • McCurtain County American, Smithville, 1907-190?
  • McCurtain County Beacon, Idabel, 1911-1911
  • McCurtain County Journal, Valliant, 1981-1983
  • McCurtain County Record, Valliant, 19??-195?
  • McCurtain Daily Gazette, Idabel, 1969-1972
  • McCurtain Democrat, Idabel, 1922-194?
  • McCurtain Gazette, Idabel, 1907-1969
  • McCurtain Gazette, Idabel, 1972-1978
  • McCurtain Record, Valliant, 1908-1910
  • McCurtain Weekly Gazette, Idabel, 1969-1972
  • Methodist Herald, Broken Bow, 1921-1921
  • Millerton Progress, Millerton, 1908-1910
  • Millerton Progress-News, Millerton, 190?-1908
  • The-Signal, Idabel, 1905-1905
  • Valliant News, Valliant, 1904-190?
  • Valliant Times, Valliant, 1910-1911
  • Valliant Tribune, Valliant, 1911-194?

Historic Newspapers available online

The website Gateway to Oklahoma History has digitized a few issues of McCurtain County newspapers from the early 1900s, including:

Current Newspapers

  • Broken Bow News, Broken Bow, 1976-Current
  • Southeast Times, Broken Bow, 1988-Current
  • McCurtain Daily Gazette, Idabel, 1978-Current
  • McCurtain Sunday Gazette and Broken Bow News, Idabel, 1977-Current
  • Valliant Leader, Valliant, 1983-Current. A few issues of the Valliant Leader from 2005-2007 have been digitized by Google Newspapers.


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 - McCurtain - 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.

Introduction to Family History Centers


The Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma serves several counties, including McCurtain.


McCurtain County Veteran's Memorial Museum, Idabel

Museum of the Red River, Idabel


Mccurtain County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1832
Idabel 74745

McCurtain County Historical Society
302 S. E. Adams
Idabel, OK. 74745
Telephone: 580-212-3639

The Kiamichi Country Genealogy Society (Broken Bow) has published the newsletter Kiamichian since 1990. See for libraries' holdings and PERSI (within HeritageQuest) for a catalog of their subjects.

McCurtain County Genealogical Society has published the newsletter Intikba since 1985. See for libraries' holdings and PERSI (within HeritageQuest) for a catalog of their subjects.

McCurtain County Historical Society (also see their Facebookpage.)


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.
  2. accessed 09/29/2016
  3.,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "McCurtain County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 6 August 2016.