Oklahoma Church Records

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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Oklahoma were the Baptist, Roman Catholic, Disciples of Christ, and Methodist churches. An inventory of churches and church records is Preliminary List of Churches and Religious Organizations in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Historical Records Survey, 1942. (Family History Library book 976.6 K2h; fiche 6046945.) This lists Southern Baptist, Disciples of Christ, Methodist Episcopal, Methodist, and Roman Catholic churches.

The Family History Library has very few church records from Oklahoma. The library has histories of some local churches and congregations.

Missions

Tallahassee Mission

Denominations

Many denominations have collected their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:

Baptist
Southern Baptist Convention
901 Commerce Street #400
Nashville, TN 37203-3699
Telephone: 615-244-0344
Fax: 615-782-4821
Internet: www.sbhla.org

Their catalog is available on their Internet site.

Disciples of Christ
Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 Nineteenth Avenue, South
Nashville, TN 37212
Telephone: 615-327-1444
Fax: 615-327-1445
Internet: http://www.disciples.org/internal/resources/contact.htm

Methodist
United Methodist Archives Center
Drew University Library
36 Madison Avenue
P. O. Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940
Telephone: 973-408-3590
Fax: 973-408-3909
Internet: http://www.gcah.org/center.htm

For a history of the Methodist Church, see Sidney H. Babcock, and John Y. Bryce, History of Methodism in Oklahoma: Story of the Indian Mission Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. N. p., 1935. Family History Library book 976.6 K21b; fiche 6,100,019.)

Moravian Church

The Moravian Archives
41 West Locust Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
United States of America
Phone: (610) 866-3255
Fax: (610) 866-9210

For information concerning missions to the American Indians visit Moravian Missions Among American Indians. For a map and list of missions visit Early Moravian Missions in Eastern Pennsylvania and Surrounding Areas 1740-1773.

Mission records are also available in the FHL Collection. The records are indexed in the FHL CollectionBook 970.1 F642i.

Roman Catholic

Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Pastoral Center Offices
7501 N.W. Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
Phone: (405) 721-5651
Fax: (405) 721-5210

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa Lincoln, Logan, Love, Major, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Noble, Oklahoma, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, roger Mills, Seminole, Stephens, Ttexas,Tillman, Washita , Woodward and Woods

For a history of the Catholic Church see Thomas E. Brown, Bible Belt Catholicism: A History of The Roman Catholic Church in Oklahoma, 1905-1945. New York, NewYork: United States Catholic Historical Society, 1977. (Family History Library book 976.6 K21bt.)

Diocese of Tulsa
12300E. 91st St., S
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
Phone: (918) 307-4900

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 690240
Tulsa, OK 74169

The above addresses are for the archives. There are no records at the diocese site.

The diocese includes the counties of: Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Cherokee, Choctaw, Coal, Craig, Delaware, Haskell, Hughes, Latimere, LeFlore, McCurtain, McIntosh, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seqyoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington