Coal County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Coal County

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

County Facts
County seat: Coalgate
Organized: July 16, 1907
Parent County(s): Cherokee Lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Atoka  • Hughes  • Johnston  • Pittsburg  • Pontotoc
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information


Coal county was founded in 1907. The Government Seat of the couny is Coalgate. [2]

County Courthouse

Coal County Courthouse
4 N. Main Street
Coalgate, Oklahoma 74538
Phone: 580.927.2103
Coal County Website

Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1907;
County Clerk has land records from 1907 and military records from 1917[1]

Coal 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 1907 1904 1907 1907

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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


  • Coalgate (county seat)
  • Centrahoma
  • Lehigh
  • Tupelo


  • Bromide
  • Phillips

Unincorporated communities

  • Cairo
  • Clarita
  • Cottonwood
  • Olney

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Coal 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 15,817
1920 18,406 16.4%
1930 11,521 −37.4%
1940 12,811 11.2%
1950 8,056 −37.1%
1960 5,546 −31.2%
1970 5,525 −0.4%
1980 6,041 9.3%
1990 5,780 −4.3%
2000 6,031 4.3%
2010 5,925 −1.8%
Source: "".

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

  • ($) has historical newspapers online including Ada newspapers that may have included Cole 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 - Coal - 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.




Coal County Historical And Genealogical Society
PO Box 322
Coalgate 74538

Coal County Genealogical Society
PO Box 436
Coalgate, OK 74538
Telephone: 580-927-3103 or 580-927-1185


  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • 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.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Coal County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.