Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Pottawatomie County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
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Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded 1891
County Seat Shawnee
Address Pottawatomie County Courthouse
325 N. Broadway Street
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801
Phone: 405.273.8222

Pottawatomie 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, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


County Information

Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1892 1900 1895 1892

County Courthouse

Pottawatomie County Courthouse
325 N Broadway Street
Shawnee, OK 74801
Phone: 405.273-8222

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


Parent County

1891--Pottawatomie County was created in 1891. It was an original county from (Pottawatomie-Shawnee Lands).
County seat: Shawnee [2]


Pottawatomie County was founded in 1891. The Government seat is Shawnee. Pottawatomie County was named for the Potawatomi people. [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places[4]

  • 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

Neighboring Counties


American Indians


Land and Property


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
OKGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Oklahoma Gravestones
Oklahoma Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information.


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.

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.



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




Revolutionary War
Civil War


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.


Online Records

School 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


Online Birth Records Indexes and Images


Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images


Online Death Records Indexes and Images


Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

Pottawatomie County Genealogical Society
PO Box 3526
Shawnee, OK 74801

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

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.


  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county. *FamilySearch Catalog

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


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. Page 562 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pottawatomie_County,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pottawatomie_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 6 August 2016.