Murray County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Murray County

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

County Facts
County seat: Sulphur
Organized: July 16, 1907
Parent County(s): Chickasaw Lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Carter  • Garvin  • Johnston  • Pontotoc
See County Maps
Location Map

County Information


Founded in 1907. Murray County is located in the southeastern quarter of Oklahoma. Named for William H. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray, president of the 1906 Constitutional Convention. Its county seat is Sulphur.[2]

County Courthouse

Murray County Courthouse
10th& Wyandotte Street
Sulphur, Oklahoma 73086-0240
Phone: 580.622.3920

Murray County Courthouse
10th Wyandotte Street
Sulphur, OK 7386
Phone: 580.622.3920

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

Murray 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 1906 1907 1907

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in Murray County, Oklahoma:[3]

  • Davis
  • Dougherty
  • Hickory
  • Joy
  • Oak Grove
  • Sulphur (county seat)

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Murray 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 12,744
1920 13,115 2.9%
1930 12,410 −5.4%
1940 13,841 11.5%
1950 10,775 −22.2%
1960 10,622 −1.4%
1970 10,669 0.4%
1980 12,147 13.9%
1990 12,042 −0.9%
2000 12,623 4.8%
2010 13,488 6.9%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Murray County, Oklahoma Genealogy census records online, see: Oklahoma Census.

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.

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 Murray 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 and Gazetteers

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Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

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

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


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 - Murray - 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.




Arbuckle Historical Society
402 W Muskogee Ave
Sulphur, OK 73086
Telephone: 580-622-5593


  • Murray County OKGenWeb
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

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. Wikipedia contributors, "Murray County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 6 August 2016.