McCurtain County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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McCurtain County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting McCurtain County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
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Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded July 16, 1907
County Seat Idabel
Address McCurtain County Courthouse
108 N. Central Ave.
Idabel, Oklahoma 74745
Phone: 580.286.2370

McCurtain 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, military records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, and newspapers.


County Information

McCurtain County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1907 1907 1907 1917

County Courthouse

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]


Parent County

1907--McCurtain County was created 16 July 1907 from Choctaw Lands.
County seat: Idabel [2]

See the McCurtain County entry of the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture for a brief history.


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.[3] McCurtain County was created 1907. [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [5]

  • Broken Bow
  • Idabel (county seat)
  • Garvin
  • Haworth
  • Millerton
  • Smithville
  • Valliant
  • Wright City
Unincorporated communities
  • Battiest
  • Bethel
  • Bokhoma
  • Eagletown
  • Hochatown
  • Pickens
  • Ringold
  • Rufe
  • Tom
  • Watson

Neighboring Counties


American Indians


Land and Property


Battiest, Beachton, Beechtree, Bethel, Big Lick, Bohanan, Bokhoma, Broken Bow, Buffalo, Byrms, Canfield, Clear Creek, Crown Hill, Cusher, Denison, Eagletown, Eastport, Forest Hill, Harris, Harris Mill, Haworth, Hochatown, Joe Slater Memorial, Kulli Tuklo, Kulli-Chito, Lukfata, Manning, Milton, Miners, Moran, Mountain Fork, Naniah Chito, Nani-Chito, Oka Achukma, Old Bohanan, Old Panther, Old Smithville, Panki Bok, Parson, Parsons, Philadelphia, Pine Ridge, Pruitt's Field, Redland, Ringold, Rufe, Sand Hill, Sherwood, Smithville, Sweet Home, Thomas Chapel, Tohwali, Tonka, Valliant, Valliant Upton, Waterhole, Watson, Watsons Memorial, Wheelock, Wilson Chapel, Wright City, Yasho

McCurtain County Cemeteries at

McCurtain County Cemetery Locations - Satellite Views

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.  %±
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%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing McCurtain 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.

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


Oklahoma Public Court 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...




Also see: Oklahoma Military Records

Revolutionary War
Civil War

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.


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.


Online Records

School 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

Libraries, Museums and Societies


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

Individual libraries are:


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.)

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.

Introduction to Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Page 561 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, "McCurtain County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 6 August 2016.