Ottawa County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Ottawa County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Ottawa County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oklahoma
Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded July 16, 1907
County Seat Miami
Address Ottawa County Courthouse
102 E. Central
Miami, Oklahoma 74354
Phone: 918.542.3332

Ottawa 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

Ottawa County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1907 1907 1895 1907

County Courthouse

Ottawa County Courthouse
102 E Central
Miami, OK 74354
Phone: 918.542-3332

Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records;
County Clerk has land records from 1890[1]


Parent County

1907--Ottawa County was created 16 July 1907 from Indian Territory.
County seat: Miami [2]


Located in Oklahoma's northeastern corner. Created at 1907 statehood. The name honors the Ottawa tribe. [3]The Government seat is Miami.[4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places [5]

  • Commerce
  • Miami (county seat)
  • Afton
  • Fairland
  • North Miami
  • Peoria
  • Quapaw
  • Wyandotte
Census-designated places
  • Dotyville
  • Narcissa
Unincorporated communities
  • Ottawa
Ghost towns
  • Cardin
  • Douthat
  • Picher

Neighboring Counties


American Indians


Land and Property


According to the genealogist at the Miami Public Library there are 107 cemeteries in Ottawa county - most are very small. Contact the library for more information.

Courtesy of Oklahoma Cemeteries

GAR Cemetery, Miami, Ottawa County, OK submitted by Donna Dryer

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
OKGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Oklahoma Gravestones
Oklahoma Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 15,713
1920 41,108 161.6%
1930 38,542 −6.2%
1940 35,849 −7.0%
1950 32,218 −10.1%
1960 28,301 −12.2%
1970 29,800 5.3%
1980 32,870 10.3%
1990 30,561 −7.0%
2000 33,194 8.6%
2010 31,848 −4.1%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Ottawa 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Miami



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 Ottawa 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 Ottawa County, Oklahoma Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • American - newspaper of Fairland, OK. Full-text digital issues in Google News Archive; covers 2006-2009


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

Ottawa County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1383
Miami 74354
Telephone: 918-542-5388

Miami Public Library has an excellent genealogical connection.

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), Ottawa County, Oklahoma. Page 561 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. accessed 09/29/2016
  4.,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Ottawa County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oklahoma, accessed 6 August 2016.