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Church records and the information they provide 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. Records may include names of other relatives who were witnesses or members of the congregation. The members of some churches were predominantly of one nationality or ethnic group.

Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Oklahoma were the Baptist, Roman Catholic, Disciples of Christ, and Methodist churches.[1] An inventory of churches and church records is Preliminary List of Churches and Religious Organizations in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Historical Records Survey, 1942. FHL Collection book 976.6 K2h; fiche 6046945. This lists Southern Baptist, Disciples of Christ, Methodist Episcopal, Methodist, and Roman Catholic churches.

The Family History Library has very few church records from Oklahoma. The library has histories of some local churches and congregations.

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Missions[edit | edit source]

Tallahassee Mission

Denominations[edit | edit source]

Many denominations have collected their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:

Baptist[edit | edit source]

Southern Baptist Convention
901 Commerce Street #400
Nashville, TN 37203-3699
Phone: (615) 244-0344
Fax: (615) 782-4821

Their catalog is available on their Internet site.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)[edit | edit source]

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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.

Early church records for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Oklahoma Wards and Branches, can be found on film and are located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers for each ward can be located through the FamilySearch Catalog or by referring to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston, Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers, 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Disciples of Christ[edit | edit source]

Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 Nineteenth Avenue, South
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (615) 327-1444
Fax: (615) 327-1445

Methodist[edit | edit source]

United Methodist Archives Center
Drew University Library
36 Madison Avenue
P. O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (973) 408-3590
Fax: (973) 408-3909

For a history of the Methodist Church, see Sidney H. Babcock, and John Y. Bryce, History of Methodism in Oklahoma: Story of the Indian Mission Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. N. p., 1935. FHL Collection book 976.6 K21b; fiche 6,100,019

Moravian Church[edit | edit source]

The Moravian Archives
41 West Locust Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
United States of America
Phone: (610) 866-3255
Fax: (610) 866-9210

For information concerning missions to the American Indians visit Moravian Missions Among American Indians. For a map and list of missions visit Early Moravian Missions in Eastern Pennsylvania and Surrounding Areas 1740-1773.

Mission records are also available in the FHL Collection. The records are indexed in the FHL CollectionBook 970.1 F642i.

Roman Catholic[edit | edit source]

Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Pastoral Center Offices
7501 N.W. Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
Phone: (405) 721-5651
Fax: (405) 721-5210

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa Lincoln, Logan, Love, Major, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Noble, Oklahoma, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, roger Mills, Seminole, Stephens, Ttexas,Tillman, Washita , Woodward and Woods.[2]

For a history of the Catholic Church see Thomas E. Brown, Bible Belt Catholicism: A History of The Roman Catholic Church in Oklahoma, 1905-1945. New York, NewYork: United States Catholic Historical Society, 1977. FHL Book 976.6 K21bt.

Diocese of Tulsa
12300E. 91st St., S
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Phone: (918) 307-4900

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 690240
Tulsa, OK 74169

The above addresses are for the archives. There are no records at the diocese site.

The diocese includes the counties of: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Craig, Delaware, Haskell, Hughes, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain, McIntosh, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seqyoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.