Oklahoma Cemeteries

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Cemetery records, such as tombstone and sexton’s records, have value in that they may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse and children, a maiden name or, occasionally, a birthplace. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. It is important to look at surrounding tombstones because family members may also be buried nearby.

Online[edit | edit source]

The following have significant cemetery listings for Oklahoma State:

  • Findagrave.com Search for names at Find A Grave. Enter at least a last name then click Search. Can narrow by first names or dates.
    • This site frequently has tombstone images.
    • List of cemeteries in their database.
      • 1) Select the state, 2) pick a county, and 3) click Search. (There are too many cemeteries for a statewide list.)
        • Tip: To switch to a different county, click Cemetery Lookup under Actions at the left.
      • When you have a list, click on the number below Interments for a cemetery to access names. Click Records arrow to scroll through to the end.

Locating Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection contains tombstone inscriptions from some Oklahoma cemeteries. This collection is described in Oklahoma Genealogy. Another important collection is Cemetery Records of Oklahoma, 9 vols. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society, 1959-62. (Family History Library book 976.6 V3i; films 824250-52.)

The following book lists many cemeteries by county, and mentions where the records are published:

Pierce, Barbara and Brian Basore. Oklahoma Cemeteries: A Bibliography of the Collections in the Oklahoma Historical Society. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Oklahoma Historical Society, 1993. (Family History Library book 976.6 V3p.)

If you are searching for the burials of white and Indian ancestors in any of the 17 northeastern counties, use James W. Tyner and Alice Tyner Timmons, Our People and Where They Rest. 12 vols. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma, 1969-78. (Family History Library book 976.6 V3t; vols. 1-6 on film 1290833 items 5-10; vols. 7-10 on film 1290834 items 1-4; vols. 11-12 on film 1888927 items 5-6.) The Family History Library has a master index to these volumes by Jerri G. Chasteen (Family History Library book 976.6 V3t Index).

Inscriptions from graves relocated as a result of the Arkansas River Navigational System are recorded by Madeline S. Mills and Helen R. Mullenax, Relocated Cemeteries in Oklahoma and Parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Texas. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Mills and Mullenax, 1974. (Family History Library book 976.6 V3mm; film 928,142 item 5.)

Family History Library Collection[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Several periodicals have published inscriptions and inventories from Oklahoma cemeteries. These are referenced in the "Places" portion of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), described in Oklahoma Periodicals.

For records on related record types, see Oklahoma Funeral Homes',Oklahoma Obituaries, and Oklahoma Vital Records'.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.