Tillman County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Tillman County

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

County Facts
County seat: Frederick
Organized: July 16, 1907
Parent County(s): Comanche, Kiowa[1]
Neighboring Counties
Comanche  • Cotton  • Jackson  • Kiowa  • Wichita (TX)  • Wilbarger (TX)
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Tillman County Courthouse.jpg
Location Map

County Information


Located in southwestern Oklahoma, Tillman County was organized at 1907. Frederick is the county seat. Named for U.S. Sen. Benjamin R. Tillman of South Carolina.[2]

County Courthouse

Tillman County Courthouse
201 N. 10th Street
Frederick, Oklahoma 73542
Phone: 580.335.3421
Tillman County Website

Clerk Court has military, divorce, probate and court records 1907;
County Clerk has land record from 1907[1]

Tillman 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
1917 1907 1902 1907 1907

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[3]


History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Tillman 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 18,650
1920 22,433 20.3%
1930 24,390 8.7%
1940 20,754 −14.9%
1950 17,598 −15.2%
1960 14,654 −16.7%
1970 12,901 −12.0%
1980 12,398 −3.9%
1990 10,384 −16.2%
2000 9,287 −10.6%
2010 7,992 −13.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Tillman 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 Tillman 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 Tillman County, Oklahoma Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including Lawton newspapers that may have included Tillman County residents. This database is free at some 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 - Tillman - 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.



Tillman County Historical Museum
201 North 9th Street
Frederick, Oklahoma 73542


Tillman County Historical Society and Pioneer Townsite Museum
North 9th and Floral Avenue
PO Box 833
Frederick, Oklahoma 73542
Telephone: 580-335-5844


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. http://genealogytrails.com/oka/tillman/hist_county_.html accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Tillman County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tillman_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 14 January 2019.