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Cotton 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.  
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Guide to '''Cotton County, Oklahoma ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| state = Oklahoma
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<center>{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
| founded title = [[Oklahoma County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|Founded]]
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| founded year = 1912
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|organized= August 27,  1912
| founded date = August 27
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|county seat= Walters
| seat wl= Walters
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|parent county= [[Comanche County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Comanche]]<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oklahoma. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
| building image = Cotton county courthouse.gif
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|county1= [[Clay County, Texas Genealogy|Clay (TX)]]
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|county2= [[Comanche County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Comanche]]
| building address = '''[[Cotton County, Oklahoma Courthouse|Cotton County Courthouse]]'''<br>301 N. Broadway Street<br>Walters, Oklahoma 73572-1271<br>Phone: 580.875-3026
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|county3= [[Jefferson County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Jefferson]]
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|county4= [[Stephens County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Stephens]]
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|county5= [[Tillman County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Tillman]]
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|county6= [[Wichita County, Texas Genealogy|Wichita (TX)]]</br><center>[[Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
  
[http://www.courtreference.com/Cotton-County-Oklahoma-Courts.htm Cotton County Courthouse]<br> 301 N Broadway Street<br> Walters, OK 73572-1271<br> Phone: 580.875-3026<br>&nbsp;
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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Cotton County was founded 1912. The Government County Seat is Walters.  The county was named for the county's primary crop.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_County,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{OK Courthouse Intro|Cotton}}
  
County Clerk has birth records 1912-1945, <br>divorce and land records, surveys and&nbsp;school census records; <br>Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, proabte and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cotton County, Oklahoma. Page 558 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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'''Cotton County Courthouse'''<br>301 N. Broadway Street<br>Walters, Oklahoma 73572-1271<br>Phone: 580.875-3026<br>[https://okcountyrecords.com/search/cotton Cotton County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has birth records 1912-1945, divorce and land records, surveys and school census records; <br>Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oklahoma. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
== History ==
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=== Cotton County, Oklahoma Record Dates ===
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{{OK Record Dates Intro|Cotton}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cotton County, Oklahoma Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1917
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1912
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1912
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1912
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1920
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==== Parent County  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
'''1912--'''Cotton County was created 27 August 1912 from [[Comanche County, Oklahoma|Comanche]] County.&nbsp; '''County seat: '''Walters <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{OK Boundary Changes Intro|Cotton}}
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*'''1912--'''Cotton County was created 27 August 1912 from [[Comanche County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Comanche]] County.&nbsp;
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*'''County seat:''' Walters<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oklahoma. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/oklahoma/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Oklahoma] - shows boundary changes for Oklahoma Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/OK_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm Oklahoma Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{OK Populated Places Intro|Cotton}}
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The following are locations in Cotton County, Oklahoma:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Cotton County, Oklahoma," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.</ref>
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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* Ahpeatone
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* Cookietown
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* Devol
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* Emerson Center
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* Fivemile Corner
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* Hooper
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* Hulen
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* Randlett
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* Taylor
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* Temple
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* Walters (county seat)
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{OK Historical Timeline Intro|Cotton}}
  
*[[Clay County, Texas|Clay County, Texas]]
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== Resources ==
*[[Comanche County, Oklahoma|Comanche]]
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{{OK Resources Intro|Cotton}}
*[[Jefferson County, Oklahoma|Jefferson]]
 
*[[Stephens County, Oklahoma|Stephens]]
 
*[[Tillman County, Oklahoma|Tillman]]
 
*[[Wichita County, Texas|Wichita County, Texas]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{OK Bible Intro|Cotton}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{OK Biographies Intro|Cotton}}
  
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{OK Business Records Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{OK Cemeteries Intro|Cotton}}
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:70%;  "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Cotton County, Oklahoma''' online and in print</center>
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=38&GScnty=2144&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.okgenweb.org/~okcotton/cemeteries.html OKGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ok/cotton/cotton.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/oklahoma/cotton.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://www.okcemeteries.net/cotton/cotton.htm Oklahoma Cemeteries]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|554418|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Cotton+Oklahoma&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=38&CScnty=2144 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Oklahoma&county=Cotton&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Oklahoma Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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&nbsp;
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=81973 Temple Cemetery, Temple] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=81973 Temple Cemetery, Temple] BillionGraves
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{OK Census Intro|Cotton}}
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_County,_Oklahoma#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1920 |16679
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|1930 |15442
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|1940 |12884
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|1950 |10180
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|1960 |8031
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|1970 |6832
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|1980 |7338
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|1990 |6651
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|2000 |6614
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|2010 |6193
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}}
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{{Census|Oklahoma}}
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'''''Federal Census Records'''''
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Federal Censuses were taken for Oklahoma starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[Oklahoma Census]].
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'''''State Census Records'''''<br>
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*1890 [http://www.okhistory.org/research/1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census 1890] - Oklahoma Historical Societ
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*1890 and 1907 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8925 Oklahoma Territorial Census, 1890 and 1907] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and image ($)
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=== Church Records ===
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{{OK Church Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{OK Court Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{OK Directories Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{OK Emigration Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{OK Ethnic Groups Intro|Cotton}}
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==== American Indians ====
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{{OK American Indians Intro|Cotton}}
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'''''Census'''''
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*'''1851 - 1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8810 Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Indian Censuses and Rolls, 1851-1959] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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*'''1895 - 1914''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2976 U.S., Native American Citizens and Freedmen of Five Civilized Tribes, 1895-1914] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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*'''1898 - 1914''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60543 Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Dawes Census Cards for Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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*[http://www.okhistory.org/research/dawes Dawes Final Rolls] - Oklahoma Historical Society
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'''''Land and Property'''''
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*'''1884 - 1934''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3999 Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Land Allotment Jackets for Five Civilized Tribes, 1884-1934] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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*'''1889''' [http://www.okhistory.org/research/plat1889 Oklahoma County Plats 1889] - Oklahoma Historical Society
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*For more information see [[Indians of Oklahoma]]
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*'''1899 - 1907''' - {{RecordSearch|1390101|Oklahoma Applications for Allotment, Five Civilized Tribes, 1899-1907}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{OK Funeral Homes Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{OK Genealogies Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{OK Guardianship Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{OK Land Intro|Cotton}}
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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*1889 [http://www.okhistory.org/research/plat1889 Oklahoma County Plats, 1889] - Oklahoma Historical Society
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*[http://www.okhistory.org/research/elreno El Reno Homesteader Filings] - Oklahoma Historical Society
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For more information see [[Oklahoma Land and Property]]
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{OK Histories Intro|Cotton}}
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{{OK History Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{OK Maps Intro|Cotton}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/oklahoma/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Oklahoma] - shows boundary changes for Oklahoma Counties
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*[http://www.okgenweb.org/okprojects/ Maps n More] - county and township maps.
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*[http://americancivilwar.com/statepic/oklahoma.html Oklahoma Civil War Map of Battles]
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[[Image:Okcotton.jpg|500px|Okcotton.jpg]]
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=== Migration ===
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{{OK Migration Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{OK Military Intro|Cotton}}
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==== Revolutionary War ====
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{{OK Revolutionary War Intro|Cotton}}
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*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images only<br>
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*''For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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==== Civil War ====
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{{OK Civil War Intro|Cotton}}
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*http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9236 Oklahoma, Confederate Pension Index, 1915-1955] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*''For more nationwide Civil War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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==== World War I ====
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{{OK World War I Intro|Cotton}}
  
==== Court  ====
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*''For more nationwide World War I databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
  
==== Land  ====
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==== World War II ====
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{{OK World War II Intro|Cotton}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://www.okhistory.org/research/mildeaths Oklahoma Military Deaths] - Oklahoma Historical Society
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*''For more nationwide World War II databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{OK Naturalization Intro|Cotton}}
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{OK Newspapers Intro|Cotton}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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''Oklahoma Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/oklahoma GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Oklahoma newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/nebraska/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Nebraska newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Oklahoma newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://nhs.mlasolutions.com/oasis/catalog/(S(zbsz4355ibqf0u45unq01wrq))/Default.aspx?installation=OklahomaHistorical Oklahoma State Historical Society] - catalog of known Oklahoma newspapers; lists repositories that have the newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
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{{OK Newspaper abstracts|Cotton}}
  
 
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=74&ci=15987 Lawton newspapers] that may have included Cotton County residents. This database is free at some libraries.
 
*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=74&ci=15987 Lawton newspapers] that may have included Cotton County residents. This database is free at some libraries.
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{OK Obituaries Intro|Cotton}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{OK Other Records Intro|Cotton}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{OK Periodicals Intro|Cotton}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{OK Probate Intro|Cotton}}
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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'''Online Records
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*'''1801 – 2008''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9077 Oklahoma Wills and Probate Records 1801-2008] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1887 – 2008''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2063710 Oklahoma Probate Records 1887-2008] at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images<br>
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=== School Records ===
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{{OK Schools Intro|Cotton}}
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*'''1895 - 1936''' {{RecordSearch|1926701|Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{OK Tax Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{OK Vital Intro|Cotton}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{OK Vital Records - Birth Intro|Cotton}}
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''Online Birth Records Indexes and Images''
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okgs/early_ok_birth_records.htm Early Oklahoma Birth Records]
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==== Marriage ====
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{{OK Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Cotton}}
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''Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images''
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*'''1841 - 1927''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9026 Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Marriage, Citizenship and Census Records, 1841-1927] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1852 - 1948''' - {{RecordSearch|2534474|Oklahoma, Church Marriages, 1852-1948}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1870 - 1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1681007|Oklahoma Marriages, 1870-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] Index only.
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*'''1870 - 1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60105 Oklahoma, Select Marriages, 1870-1930] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index ($)
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*'''1870 - 1930''' - [http://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-30202/oklahoma-marriages-1870-1930?s=218489221 Oklahoma, Marriages, 1870-1930] at [http://myheritage.com My Heritage] index ($)
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*'''1889 - 1951''' - [http://www.okhistory.org/research/marriagerec Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, Marriage Index, 1889-1951]
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*'''1890 - 1995''' - {{RecordSearch|1709399|Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] Index and images
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*[http://www.okgenweb.org/~marriage/ OKGenWeb Oklahoma Marriages]
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==== Death ====
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{{OK Vital Records - Death Intro|Cotton}}
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''Online Death Records Indexes and Images''
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*[http://www.okhistory.org/research/obits.php Obituaries Listed in the Oklahoman] - Oklahoma Historical Society — index only
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* {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}}
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*'''1935 - 2014''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693 U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1936 - 2007''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60901 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry]  incomplete ($}
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==== Divorce ====
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{{OK Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Cotton}}
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''Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images''
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*'''1923 - 1942''' - [http://www.okhistory.org/research/divorce Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, Divorce Index, 1923-1942]
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{OK Research Facilities Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{OK Archives Intro|Cotton}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{OK Libraries Intro|Cotton}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Museums ===
*{{FHL|Oklahoma%2C+Cotton|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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{{OK Museums Intro|Cotton}}
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== Societies ==
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{{OK Societies Intro|Cotton}}
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'''Cotton County Genealogy Society'''<br>202 N. Broadway<br> Walters, Oklahoma 73572<br>
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okcocogs/?cj=1&sid=RootsWeb&netid=cj&o_xid=0007727563&o_lid=0007727563&o_sch=Affiliate+External Website]<br><br>
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'''Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 148<br>Lawton, OK 73502<br><br><br>
  
== References  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{OK Websites Intro|Cotton}}
  
{{Oklahoma|Oklahoma}}  
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|194150|Oklahoma|Cotton}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  
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== Research Guides ==
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{{OK Research Guides Intro|Cotton}}
  
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== References ==
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Latest revision as of 17:36, 23 February 2018

United States
Oklahoma
Cotton County
 

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

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County Facts
County seat: Walters
Organized: August 27, 1912
Parent County(s): Comanche[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clay (TX)  • Comanche  • Jefferson  • Stephens  • Tillman  • Wichita (TX)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Cotton County Courthouse , Oklahoma.jpg
Location Map
Ok-cotton.png
Adoption


County Information

Description

Cotton County was founded 1912. The Government County Seat is Walters. The county was named for the county's primary crop.[2]

County Courthouse

Cotton County Courthouse
301 N. Broadway Street
Walters, Oklahoma 73572-1271
Phone: 580.875-3026
Cotton County Website

County Clerk has birth records 1912-1945, divorce and land records, surveys and school census records;
Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records[1]

Cotton 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 1912 1912 1912 1920

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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

  • Ahpeatone
  • Cookietown
  • Devol
  • Emerson Center
  • Fivemile Corner
  • Hooper
  • Hulen
  • Randlett
  • Taylor
  • Temple
  • Walters (county seat)

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Cotton 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.  %±
1920 16,679
1930 15,442 −7.4%
1940 12,884 −16.6%
1950 10,180 −21.0%
1960 8,031 −21.1%
1970 6,832 −14.9%
1980 7,338 7.4%
1990 6,651 −9.4%
2000 6,614 −0.6%
2010 6,193 −6.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Cotton 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

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

American Indians

Census

Land and Property

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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 Cotton 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

Okcotton.jpg

Migration

Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

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

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

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

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 - Cotton - 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.

Birth

Online Birth Records Indexes and Images

Marriage

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Death

Online Death Records Indexes and Images

Divorce

Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Cotton County Genealogy Society
202 N. Broadway
Walters, Oklahoma 73572
Website

Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society
PO Box 148
Lawton, OK 73502


Websites

  • 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

References

  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/Cotton_County,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Cotton County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.