Woods County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Woods County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Woods County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oklahoma
Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded November 6, 1893
County Seat Alva
Address Woods County Courthouse
407 Government Street
Alva, Oklahoma 73717
Phone: 580.327-0942

Woods 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

Woods County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1893 1900 1893 1893

County Courthouse

Woods County Courthouse
407 Government Street
Alva, Oklahoma 73717
Phone: 580.327-0942

Company Clerk has marriage records from 1894, division, court and land records from 1893, probate records from 1901 and school records[1]


Parent County

  • 1893--Woods County was created in 1893 from the Cherokee Outlet.
  • County seat: Alva [2]


Woods County is located in northwestern Oklahoma. [3] Its county seat is Alva. Woods County was founded 1893. Named for Samuel Wood. Founded 1893. [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [5]

  • Alva (county seat)
  • Avard
  • Capron
  • Dacoma
  • Freedom
  • Hopeton
  • Lookout
  • Waynoka

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
Oklahoma Cemeteries WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Oklahoma Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 17,567
1920 15,939 −9.3%
1930 17,005 6.7%
1940 14,915 −12.3%
1950 14,526 −2.6%
1960 11,932 −17.9%
1970 11,920 −0.1%
1980 10,923 −8.4%
1990 9,103 −16.7%
2000 9,089 −0.2%
2010 8,878 −2.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Woods 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 Woods 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.




Revolutionary War
Civil War


Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Woods County, Oklahoma Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


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

Woods County Genealogists
PO Box 234
Alva 73717

Woods County Genealogical Society
PO Box 234
Alva, Oklahoma 73717

Waynoka Historical Society
1383 Cleveland St.
PO Box 193
Waynoka, OK 73860
Fax: 580-824-0921

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


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Woods County, Oklahoma. Page 563 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. http://genealogytrails.com/oka/woods/hist_county.html accessed 09/29/2016
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woods_County,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Woods County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woods_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 6 August 2016.