Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Pottawatomie County

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

County Facts
County seat: Shawnee
Organized: 1891
Parent County(s): (Pottawatomie-Shawnee Lands)[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cleveland  • Lincoln  • McClain  • Okfuskee  • Oklahoma  • Pontotoc  • Seminole
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County Information


Pottawatomie County was founded in 1891. The Government seat is Shawnee. Pottawatomie County was named for the Potawatomi people. [2]

County Courthouse

Pottawatomie County Courthouse
325 N. Broadway Street
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801
Phone: 405.273.8222
Pottawatomie County Website

Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records;
County Clerk has land records from 1892[1]

Pottawatomie 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 1892 1895 1892 1900

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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


  • Oklahoma City (mostly in Oklahoma County)
  • Shawnee (county seat)
  • Tecumseh


  • Asher
  • Bethel Acres
  • Brooksville
  • Earlsboro
  • Johnson
  • Macomb
  • Maud
  • McLoud
  • Pink
  • St. Louis
  • Tribbey
  • Wanette

Unincorporated communities

  • Aydelotte
  • Bellemont
  • Dale
  • Harjo
  • Pearson
  • Romulus
  • Sacred Heart

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Pottawatomie 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.  %±
1900 26,412
1910 43,595 65.1%
1920 46,028 5.6%
1930 66,572 44.6%
1940 54,377 −18.3%
1950 43,517 −20.0%
1960 41,486 −4.7%
1970 43,134 4.0%
1980 55,239 28.1%
1990 58,760 6.4%
2000 65,521 11.5%
2010 69,442 6.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Pottawatomie 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.

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 Pottawatomie 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.

Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1922

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 Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including Ada newspapers that may have included Pottawatomie 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 - Pottawatomie - 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.



Pottawatomie County Museum
614 East Main Street
Shawnee, Okalahoma, 74801
Telephone: 405-275-8412
Fax: 405-273-1210


Pottawatomie County Genealogical Society
PO Box 3526
Shawnee, OK 74801


Pottawatomie County Genealogy Society has a lot of indexes for marriages, probate, wills, cemeteries, obits, etc. Pottawtomie County Genealogy Club

  • 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pottawatomie_County,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pottawatomie_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 6 August 2016.