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Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine
Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw
Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig
Creek Custer Day Delaware Garfield Garvin
Grady Grant Greer Harmon Haskell Hughes
Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa
Latimer Le Flore Lincoln Logan Love Marshall
Mayes McClain McCurtain McIntosh Murray Muskogee
Noble Nowata Ofuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage
Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottawatomie
Pushmataha Major Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens
Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita
Woods O Tobucksy Ellis
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Oklahoma Timeline

1541 - Coronado, first white man to enter Okalhoma
1600's & 1700's - French traders pass through Oklahoma
1803 - United States acquires area in Louisiana Purchase
1812 - Oklahoma becames part of Missouri Territory
1817 - *Federal Government starts sending Indians to the area
1819 - Most of Oklahoma becames part of Arkansas Territory
1821 - Oklahoma Panhandle becomes part of Mexico
1830 - Designated as Indian Territory
1845 - Panhandle "No Man's Land" included in Texas lands
1861-1865 - Indians help the Confederates during the Civil War
1872 - Railroads begin crossing Oklahoma
1889 - U. S. purchases "Unassigned Lands" and
"No Man's Land" from Indians
1889 - First land run, about 50,000 people
1890 - Territorial government established - capital at Guthrie
1893 - Second land run, about 100,000 people
1897 - First oil boom at Bartlesville brings thousands more settlers
1906 - Oklahoma and Indain Territores combined, land lotteries
1907 - Oklahoma becames the 46th state
1910 - Capital moved to Oklahoma City

*Sent from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi.
The state divided amoung the Five Nations:
Creek, Cherokee, Chichasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole.

Oklahoma Counties

In the early days, seven counties were outlined and were designated as the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Counties. As other counties were added, they were designated by letters of the alphabet. Then the counties were given names. The first seven counties were Logan, Cleveland, Oklahoma, Canadian, Kingfisher, Payne, and Beaver.

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*ADAIR:Created in 1907 from Cherokee Lands. Named for a prominent Cherokee family of which perhaps the most noted member was Col. William Penn Adair, who represented the Cherokee Nation at Washington from 1866 until his death in 1881. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1907; County Assessor has land records.
Adair County
PO Box 169
Stilwell, OK 74960-0169
918-696-7198
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*ALFALA: Created in 1907 from Woods County. Said to have been named in honor of "Alfalfa Bill" Murray, president of the Constitutional Convention, by promoters who desired his support. State Vital Records has birth and death records. Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court, and land records.
Alfalfa County
300 S Grand Ave
County Courthouse
Cherokee OK 73728-8000
580-596-2392
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*+ATOKA: Created in 1907 from Choctaw Lands. Named for it's county seat, which was in turn named for a noted Coctaw sub-chief. Clerk of Courts has marriage records from 1897, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1913; County Clerk has land records
Atoka County
201 E Court St
Atoka, OK 74525-2056
580-889-2643
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*BEAVER: Created in 1890 from Public Lands and was one of the orginal counties. It was named for the town which is the county seat and its principal stream, which in turn was the English translation of the Spanish word "nutria" which was given to this stream because of the numerous beaver dams on the small streams which were tributary to it. Clerk of Courts has narriage, divorce and civil court records from 1890; probate records from 1891.
Beaver County
111 W 2nd St
Beaver, OK 73932
580-625-3151
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*+BECKHAM: Created in 1907 from Roger Mills County. It was named by the Constitutional Convention for the Hon. J. C. W. Beckham of Kentucky, former governor and United States Senator from that state, at the instance of a native of Kentucky who was a deligate at the Constitutional Convention. (FHL has some marriage and cemetery records.)
Beckham County
PO Box 67
Sayre, OK 73662- 0067
580-928-2457
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*BLAINE: Created in 1892, original county. It was named for Hon. Janes G. Blaine, congressman, United States Senator, Secretary of State, and Presidential nominee, on the nomination of his devoted admirer, editor Thompson B. Ferguson of the Watonga Republican, who was afterward governer of Oklahoma. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1892; County Clerk has land records from
Blaine County
212 N Weigle Ave
Watonga, OK 73772-3893
580-623-5890
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*BYRAN: Created in 1907 from Choctaw Lands. It was named for William Jennings Bryan, three times nominated for President of the United States and an active advisor of the majority party in the State Constitutional Convention. County Clerk has marriage, dirovce, land records from 1907, probate and civil court records.
Byran County
402 W Evergreen St
Durant, OK 74701-4703
580-924-2201
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*CADDO: Created in 1901 from orginial lands. Named for the Caddo tribe of Indians. The name is said to have meant "principal people" in their own language. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1902.
Caddo County
PO Box 1427
Anadarko, OK 73005-1427
405-247-3105
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*CANADIAN: Created in 1889 from original county (Wichita-Caddo Lands). It was named after the river which in turn is supposed to have been named by the early explorers of its lower valley, who were traders and trappers from Canada. Clerk of Courts has land records; State Vital Records has birth and death records, marriage records from 1890, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1900, voting records from 1909.
Canadian County
301 N Choctaw Ave
El Reno, OK 73036-2407
405-262-1070
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*CARTER: Created in 1907 from Chichasaw Lands. It was named after Captain Ben W. Carter, a Cherokee Indian who married and settled among the Chickasaws and whose son, Charles D. Carter represented the district, including Carter County, in congress since statehood. (FHL has some marriage, cemetery records)
Carter County
1st & B St SW
Ardmore, OK 73401
580-223-8162
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*+CHEROKEE: Created in 1907 from Cherokee Lands. Named for the Cherokee tribe of Indians. The word is said to have been derived from a Chickasaw word "Chiluk-ki" meaning cave people. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1907; County Clerk has land records.
Cherokee County
213 W Delaware St
Tahlequah, OK
74464-3639
918-456-3171
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CHOCTAW: Created in 1907 from Choctaw Lands. Named for the Indian tribe. Supposed to have been corrupted from "Chato" meaning flat heads, because of an ancient tribal custom to flatten the skulls of children by imposing a weight on the head. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1907; County Clerk has land records.
Choctaw County
County Courthouse
Hugo, OK 74743
580-326-5331
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*+CIMARRON: Created in 1907 from Beaver County. Named from a Spanish word meaning wild or unruly. The full name of the river in Spanish having been "the River of theWild Sheep." Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1908; County Clerk has land records from
Cimarron County
PO BOX 145
Boise City, OK 73933-0145
580-544-2251
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*CLEVELAND: Created in 1889 from unassigned lands. Named for President Grover Cleveland. Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records; County Clerk has land records from 1889, some discharge records; physician's license, final receipts, federal and state tax liens, judgements.
Cleveland County
201 S Jones Ave
Norman, OK 73069-6046
405-366-0201
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*COAL: Created in 1907 from Choctaw lands. Named for the county seat, Coalgate, and incidentally from the large coal deposits which underlie much of the county. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907; County Clerk has Land records.
Coal County
3 N Main St
Coalgate, OK 74538-2832
580-927-3122
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*COMANCHE: Created in 1901 from Kiowa, Comanche, Apache lands. Named for the Indian tribe, a corrruption of the Spnish "Camanche" possibly derived from Camino Ancho (a broad road) referring to the great trail over which the Comanches raided from the Great Plains into the country south of the Rio Grand. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court, land records from 1901.
Comanche County
PO Box 9026
Lawton, OK 73501
580-353-3717
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*COTTON: Created in 1912 from Comanche County. It was named from one of the countrys staple crops. County Clerk has birth records 1912 to 1945, death and land records, surveys, school census; Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records.
Cotton County
301 N Broadway St
Walters, OK 73572-1271
580-875-3026
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*CRAIG: Created in 1907 from Cherokee lands. Named for Granville Craig of Welch, Oklahoma, at the instance of W. H. Kornegay, delegate in the Constitutional Convention. Clerk of Courts has marriage records from 1902, divorce, probate, and civil court records from 1907; County Clerk has land records.
Craig County
301 W Canadian Ave
Vinita, OK 74301-3640
918-256-2507
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CREEK: Created in 1907 from Creek lands. Named for the Creek Indian tribe. This tribe divides honors with William H. Murray, president of the Constitutional Convention, in that two counties were named for it. Creek and Muskogee. Clerk of Courts has marriage records from 1907, divorce, probate, civil court records; County Clerk has land records from 1907; District Court in Bristow has marriage and divorce reocrds. County Court Clerk in Drumright has marriage and divorce records.
Creek County
PO Box 129
Sapulpa, OK 74067-0129
918-224-0278
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*CUSTER: Created in 1890 from Cheyenne, Arapaho lands. Named for General George Armstrong Custer. County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate records from 1899, civil court records from 1894, real estate, deeds, mortgages and releases, Army and U. S. Service records from 1892, school census from 1913 and county reg. of electors from 1916; Cemetery Association has burial records from each city.
Custer County
675 W 'B' St
Arapaho, OK 73620
580-323-4420
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DAY: Created in 1892 from Cheyenne, Arapaho Lands (discontinued in 1906)
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*DELAWARE: Created in 1907 from Cherokee County. Named for Delaware district of the old Cherokee Nation. Delaware District took its name from Delaware Town which was located in the Spavinaw Hills in the early part of the last century. It was occupied by a band of Delaware Indians who left the United States and settled in Louisiana Province, then Spanish territory, shortly after the close of the Amercan Revolution. FHL has some marriace, cemetery, probate records.
Delaware County
Krouse St
Jay, OK 74346
918-253-4432
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*DEWEY: Created in 1892 from Original County (Cheyenne, Arapho Lands). Was originally designated as County "D" at the time of the opening of the Cherokee - Arapaho Reservation in 1892 and continued to be known as County "D" until the general election of 1899 when the people of the county voted that the "D" stood for Dewey throught all these years. Court Clerk has marriage, probate, civil court recrods from 1893, divorce records from 1894; County Clerk has land record from 1892.
Dewey County
PO Box 368
Taloga, OK 73667-0368
580-328-5390
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*ELLIS: Created in 1907 from Day and Woodward Counties. Named for Abraham H. Ellis of the Constitutional Convention. Clerk of Courts has marriage records from 1892, divorce records from 1893, probate records from 1908 and civil court records from 1896; County Clerk has land records from 1898. Woodward Library has some of these records on microfilm.
Ellis County
100 S Washington Courthouse Sq
Arnett, OK 73832
580-885-7301
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*GARFIELD: Created in 1893 from Cherokee Outlet, orginally "O" County, changed to Garfield in 1901. Named for President James A. Garfield. Clerk of District Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1893; Register of Deeds has land records from 1893.
Garfield County
County Courthouse Rm 101
Enid, OK 73701
580-237-0227
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*GARVIN: Created in 1907 from Chickasaw Lands. Named for Samuel Garvin of Paul's Valley, a prominent intermarried citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1908; County Clerk has land records.
Garvin County
Walnut & Grant
Paul's Valley, OK 73075-3290
405-238-2685
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*GRADY: Created in 1907 from Caddo and Comanche Counties. Named for Henry W. Grady of Atlanta, Georgia, a distinquished orator and writer. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, civil court, probate records from 1907; County Clerk has land records from 1907.
Grady County
PO Box 459
Chickasha, OK 73023-0459
405-224-5211
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*GRANT: Created in 1893 from Cherokee Outlet, orginal county. Named for President Ulysses S. Grant. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1893.
Grant County
County Courthouse Rm 104
Medford, OK 73759-1244
580-395-2214
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*GREER: Created in 1886, this county was orginally formed by Texas, annexed to OK by court decision. So named by the legislature of the state of Texas in honor of Lieutenant Governor John A. Greer of that state. It was claimed as a part of the domains of Texas until 1895 when the United States Suprene Court decided that it was not a part of Texas, after which it was annexed to the territory of Oklahoma. An act of Congress on 4 May 1896 declared it Greer Co., OK. A fire in 1901 destroyed the court records. Clerk of Court has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1901; County clerk has land records.
Greer County
Courthouse Sq
Mangum, OK 73554-4260
580-782-2329
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HARMON: Created in 1909 from Greer, Jackson County. Named for Judson Harmon, Attorney General under President Cleveland and later Governor of Ohio. Harman County was orginally a part of Greer County, and when Greer was annexed to Oklahoma, it was at the Attorney General's suggestion that the settlers were permitted to buy an additional quarter section of land adjoining their homesteads at a nominal price. It was in remembrance of this friendly act on his part that some of the early settlers caused the county to be named in his honor. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1909.
Harmon County
114 W Hollis County Courthouse
Hollis, OK 73550
580-688-3658
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*HARPER: Created in 1907 from Indian Lands, Woods County, and Woodward County. Named for O. G. Harper, a clerk in the Constitutional Convention. Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records; County Clerk has land records from 1895; school records from 1912 to 1958.
Harper County
311 SE 1st
Buffalo, OK 73834
580-735-2012
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+HASKELL: Created in 1908 from Choctaw Lands. Named for Charles Haskell, a member of the Constitutional Convention and later electd first Governor of the state. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907; County Clerk has land records.
Haskell County
202 E Main St
Stigler, OK 74462-2439
918-967-4352
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HUGHES: Created in 1907 from Creek and Choctaw Lands. Named for William C. Hughes, a member of the Constitutional Convention. Clerk of Courts has marriace, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907; County Clerk has land records from 1907.
Hughes County
PO Box 914
Holdenville, OK 74848-0914
405-379-2746
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JACKSON: Created in 1907 from Greer County. Named for President Andrew Jackson. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records; County Clerk has land records.
Jackson County
101 W Broadway
Altus, OK 73521-3898
580-428-4420
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*JEFFERSON: Created in 1907 from Comanache (Chickasaw) County. Named for President Thomas Jefferson. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records; County Clerk has land records.
Jefferson County
220 N Main St Rm 101
Waurika, OK 73573-2235
580-228-2241
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*JOHNSTON: Created in 1907 from Chickasaw Lands. Named for Douglas H. Jonhston, Vovernor of the Chichasaw Nation. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907; prior to 1907 these records were kept by Clerk of District Courts, Ardmore, OK.
Johnston County
PO Box 338
Tishomingo, OK 73460-0338
580-371-3058
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*KAY: Created in 1895 from Cherokee Outlet, orginal county. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records 1893; County Clerk has land records from 1893
Kay County
PO Box 450
Newkirk, OK 74647-0450
580-362-3116
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*KINGFISHER: Created in 1890, orginal county. Named for its county seat town which in turn was named for the creek. There was a dispute as to the origin of the name of the creek. Some contend that it was named for the piscatorial bird which dives into its waters, while others stoutly maintain that it was named for a cattleman, King Fisher, whose ranch headquarters were located in its valley. The facts are as follows: Two ranchmen - an uncle and a nephew - by the name of Fisher were located in the vinicity of Kingfisher at an early day. The uncle had his ranch on one creek which was called for him, "Uncle John's Creek", and is so named to this day. The nephew, whose first name was King, had his ranch on the othe creek, and for him, it was and still is called King Fisher Creek. County Clerk has marriage records from 1900, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1896, land records from 1898.
Kingfisher County
PO Box 118
Kingfisher, OK 73750-0118
405-375-3808
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*KIOWA: Created in 1901 from Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Lands, original county. Named derived from the Indian Tribe. The name is a corruption of the name "Ka-i-gwu" meaning "principal people". Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court, land records from 1901; City Clerks Office has burial records. BR>Kiowa County
County Courthouse
Hobart, OK 73651
580-726-5125
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LATIMER: Created in 1902 from Choctaw Lands. Named for J. S Latimer, a member of the Constitutional Convention. Clerk of Courts has marriage from 1906, divorce, probate, civil court records.
Latimer County
109 N Central St
Wilburton, OK 74578-2440
918-465-2021
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*LE FLORE: Created in 1907 from Choctaw Lands. Named for a Choctaw Indian family of French descent, a number of members of which have been prominent in the tribal history. Clerk of Courts has marriage records from 1898, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907; County Clerk has land records.
Le Flore County
PO Box 607
Poteau, OK 74953-0607
918-647-2527
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*+LINCOLN: Created in 1891 from Iowa-Kickapoo-Sac Fox Lands, original county. Named for President Abraham Lincoln. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1900; County Clerk has land records.
Lincoln County
PO Box 126
Chandler, OK 74834-0126
405-258-1264
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*LOGAN: Created in 1890, orginal county. Named for General John A. Logan. Clerk of Courts has marriage records from 1889, divorce, probate, civil court records; County Clerk has land records from 1889.
Logan County
301 E Harrison Ave
Guthrie, OK 73044-4939
405-282-2124
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*LOVE: Creatd in 1907 from Chichasaw Lands. Named for a prominent Chichasaw family and especially in honor of one member, Overton Love, popularly known as "Sabe" Love. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records; County Clerk has birth and death records from 1958 and land records from 1904.
Love County
405 W Main St
Marietta, OK 73448-2837
580-276-3059
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*MAJOR: Created in 1907 from Woods County. Named for John C. Major, a delegate to the Constitutional Convention. Clerk of Courts has marriage records from late 1800's, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1908; County Clerk has land records.
Major County
PO Box 379
Fairview, OK 73737-0379
580-227-4732
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*MARSHALL: Created in 1907 from Chickasaw Lands. Named in honor of the mother of George A. Henshaw, delagate to the Constitutional Convention, that having been her maiden name. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907; County Clerk has land records; County Supertindent has school records.
Marshall County
County Courthouse
Madill, OK 73446-2261
580-795-3165
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*+MAYES: Created in 1907 form Cherokee Lands. Named for a prominent family in the Cherokee Nation, two members of which were principal chiefs of the tribe. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907; County Clerk has land records from 1907; County Treasurer has tax records; County Assessor has assessment records.
Mayes County
PO Box 95
Pryor OK 74362-0095
918-825-0639
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*MC CLAIN: Created in 1907 from Chickasaw Lands. Named for Charles McClain, a member of the Constitutional Convention. County Clerk has land records; County Superintendent has school records.
McClain County
PO Box 629
Purcell, OK 73080-0629
405-527-3117
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*MC CURTAIN: Created in 1907 from Choctaw Lands. Named for a prominent Choctaw family, three brothers of which were principal chiefs of the Choctaw Nation. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1907.
McCurtain County
108 N Central Ave
Idabel, OK 74745-3835
580-286-7428
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*+MC INTOSH: Created in 1907 from Creek Indian Lands. Named for a family prominent in the Creek nation, a number of the members of which were cheifs and leaders. County Clerk has birth and death recotds from 1911 to 1918, land records; Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1907.
McIntosh County
110 N 1st St
Eufaula, OK 74432-2449
918-689-2362
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*MURRAY: Created in 1907 from Chickasaw Lands. Named for William H. Murray, President of the Constitutional Convention. County Clerk has land records; Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records.
Murray County
PO Box 240
Sulphur, OK 73086-0240
580-622-3777
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*+MUSKOGEE: Created in 1898 from Creek County. Named for the city, which in turn was named for the Muskogee or Creek tribe of Indians. The word is a corruption of "Maskoki" said to have been derived from an Algonquin word signifying swamp or marshy land. Clerk of Courts has marriage records from 1890 divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907, criminal or felony records from 1940; County Clerk has land records.
Muskogee County
PO Box 2307
Muskogee, OK 74402-2307
918-682-9601
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*NOBLE: Created in 1893 from the Cherokee Outlet. Named for John W. Noble, Secretary of the Interior in President Harrison's Cabinet. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1893' County Clerk has land records from 1893.
Noble County
PO Box 409
Perry, OK 73077-0409
580-336-2771
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*NOWATA: Created in 1907 from Cherokee Lands. Named for its county seat. The name is said to be a corruption of the Delaware Indian word "Noweeta" meaning "Welcome." Clerk of District Court has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records 1907' County Clerk has land records from 1911.
Nowata County
229 N Maple St
Nowata, OK 74048-2654
918-273-0175
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OKFUSKEE: Created in 1907 from Creek Lands. Named for one of the Creek Indian towns or clans. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records; County Clerk has land records.
Okfuskee County
PO Box 26
Okemah, OK 74859-0026
918-623-0939
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OKLAHOMA: Created in 1890, orginal county. Named from a combination of two Choctaw words "okla" meaning "people" and "Humma" meaning "red." County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1890.
Oklahoma County
321 Park Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-3603
405-236-2727
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*OKMULGEE: Created in 1907 from Creek Lands. Named for its county seat town, which in turn, was named for one of the old Creek towns or clans. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records; County Clerk has land records from 1900.
Okmulgee County
314 W 7th St
Okmulgee, OK 74447-5028
918-756-3836
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OSAGE: Created in 1907 from Osage Indian Lands. From the tribal name "Wazhazhe" as spelled by the French settlers of the Mississippi Valley. County Clerk has land records from 1907.
Osage County
PO Box 87
Powhuska, OK 74056-0087
918-287-2615
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*OTTAWA: Created in 1907 from Cherokee Nation. Named for the tribal name corrupted from "Adawe" meaning to grad or traffic. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records; County Clerk has land records from 1890.
Ottawa County
County Courthouse
Miami, OK 74354
918-542-9408
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PAWNEE: Created in 1893 from Cherokee Outlet. For the tribal name corrupted from "Pariki" meaning horn and refers to the tribal custom of dressing the scalp locks to resemble a buffalo horn. Clerk of Courts has marriage records from 1893, divorce, civil court records from 1894, probate records from 1911.
Pawnee County
County Courthouse
Pawnee, OK 47058
918-762-3741
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*PAYNE: Created from original county. Named for Captain David L. Payne, the leader of the "Boomers" who tried to settle in Oklahoma before its settlement was authorized by Congress. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1894; County Clerk has land records.
Payne County
606 S Husband St
Stillwater, OK 74074-4044
405-624-9300
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+PITTSBURG: Created in 1907 from Choctaw Lands. Named for the city of Pittsburgh, PA, the final "h" having been dropped. County Health has birth, death, burial records. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1890. County Clerk has land records from 1890.
Pittsburg County
2nd & Carl Albert
McAlester, OK 74501
918-423-6865
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*PONTOTOC: Created in 1907 from Chickasaw Lands. Name of one of the counties of the Chickasaw Nation which in turn, had been named for Pontotoc Creek in the old Chickasaw country in Mississippi. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907
Pontotoc County
13th & Broadway
Ada, OK 74820
580-332-1425
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*POTTAWATOMIE: Creatd in 1891 from Pottawatomie-Shawnee Lands. Named for an Indian tribe, a corruption of the Algonquin term "Pottawatomink" meaning "people of the place of fire." Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records; County Clerk has land records from 1892
Pottawatomie County
325 N Broadway St
Shawnee, OK 74801-6938
405-273-4305
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*+PUSHMATAHA: Created in 1907 from Choctaw Lands. Named after the great Choctaw Chieftain Apustmataha meaning "the sapling is ready, or finished, for him."
Pushmataha County
203 SW 3rd St
Antlers, OK 74523-3899
580-298-2512
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*ROGER MILLS: Created in 1892 from Cheyenne-Arapaho Lands. Named by vote of the people of the county, most of whom were recent emigrants from Texas, of which state Roger Q. Mills was then United States Senator. Clerk of Courts has marriage, probate, civil court records from 1800's, divorce records from 1900; County Clerk has land records from 1800's.
Roger Mills County
PO Box 708
Cheyenne, OK 73628
580-497-3365
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*ROGERS: Created in 1907 from Cherokee Nation (Coo-wee-Scoowee District). Named for Clement V. rogers, member of the Constitutional Convention and father of Will Rogers, the stage comedian. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907.
Rogers County
219 S Missouri Ave.
Claremore, OK 74017-7832
918-341-0585
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SEMINOLE: Created in 1907 from Seminole Indian Lands. Named for the Indian tribe, the name being a corruption of "Seminola" a Creek Indian word for "seceder" or "runaway", the Seminole tribe having originally been an off-shoot of the Creek Tribe. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907.
Seminole County
PO Box 457
Wewoka, OK 74884-0457
405-257-2450
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*SEQUOYAH: Created in 1907 from Cherokee Indian Lands. Named for the Indian who invented the Cherokee Alphabet. . Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907.
Sequoyah County
120 E Chichasaw Ave Box 8
Sallisaw, OK 74955-4655
918-775-5539
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STEPHENS: Created in 1907 from Comanche County. Named for John H. Stephens, Congressman from Texas who took great interest in Indian Territory legislation just prior to statehood. (FHL has some cemetery records).
Stephens County
County Courthouse
Duncan, OK 73553
580-255-4193
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TEXAS: Created in 1907 from Beaver County. Named because the No-Man's-Land, or Panhandle, strip of which it was a part, formed a part of the Texas session of 1850. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907; County Clerk has land records.
Texas County
319 N Main St
Guymon, OK 73942-4843
580-338-3233
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TILLMAN: Created in 1907 from Comanache Indian Lands. Named for Ben Tillman, United States Senator from South Carolina. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907; County Clerk has land records from 1907.
Tillman County
PO Box 992
Frederick, OK 73452-0992
580-335-3421
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*TULSA: Created in 1905 from Creek Lands. Named from Tulsey, Iowa, one of the Creek towns or clans. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907.
Tulsa County
500 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK 74103-3835
918-596-5000
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*WAGONER: Created in 1908 from Creek Lands. Said to have been named for Bailey P. Wagoner, attorney for the Missouri Pacific Railway Company at the time of building one of its lines which led to the founding of the town. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1908.
Wagoner County
307 E Cherokee St
Wagoner, OK 74467
918-485-2141
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*WASHIGTON: Formed in 1897 from Cherokee Lands. Named for President George Washington. Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1907.
Washington County
420 S Johnstone Ave
Bartlesville, OK 74003-6602
918-336-0330
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*WASHITA: Created in 1900 from Cheyenne-Arapaho Lands. Named for the Washita River which was called by the French "Faux Ouachita" literally meaning "false Washita" in distinction from the true Ouachita, of Arkansas and Louisiana. Evidently the spelling of the name of the Oklahoma stream was changed by substituting the "W" for "Ou". The name Washita was that of one of the minor tribes of the Caddoan stock.
Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1900.
Washita County
PO Box 380
Cordell, OK 73632-0380
580-832-2284
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*WOODS: Created from the Cherokee Outlet. Named for a noted Kansas pioneer, politician and legislator, Samuel N. Wood, who was assassinated two years before the opening of the Cherokee Outlet lands to settlement. Many of his political followers who regarded him as a martyr, settled in Oklahoma, and in preparing to ballot to vote on his name, the letter "s" was inadvertently added. County Clerk has marriage records from 1894, fivorce, cival court, land records from 1893, probate records from 1901, school records.
Woods County
PO Box 386
Alva, OK 73717
580-327-2126
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WOODWARD: Created in 1893 from the Cheorkee Outlet. Named for its county seat, which in turn was named from a station on the Santa Fe railway, and it in turn, for a director of the Railway Company, B. W. Woodward. FHL has some marriage, cemetery, naturalization, probate records on microfilm , as does Woodward Library.
Woodward County
1600 Main St
Woodward, OK 78301
580-256-8097

*At least one county history has been published about this county.
+Inventory of county archives was made by the Historical Records Survey, between 1936 and 1943 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The Family History Library has a microfilm copy, number 874,113.

Meaning of county names taken from "Chornicles of Oklahoma" Vol. 2, March - December 1924. Call number 976.6 OK.4. The serious of books located at Woodward Library. These books chornicle the history of Oklahoma from the early days.
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Statewide registration of birth and death records began in 1908, with general compliance by 1930. Some counties kept birth and death records as early as 1891, but they are incomplete.

Registrar of Vital Statistics
State Department of Health
1000 Northeast Tenth Street
P. O. Box 53551
OklahomaCity, OK 73152
To verify current fees, call
405-271-4040

County clerks have all marriage, court, and land records
FHL has some marriage, cemetery, naturalization, and probate records on microfilm
Woodward County Court House
1600 Main St.
Woodward, OK 73801-3068
580-256-8097

Local land office records are at
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
State Archives Division
200 N. E. 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Land Entry case files, original tract books and township plats of the general land office are located at
The National Archives, Kansas City Branch
2306 East Bannister Road
Kansas City, KS 64131

The National Archives, Fort Worth Branch
501 West Felix Street
P. O. Box 6216
Fort Worth, TX 76115

The patents and copies of the tract books and township plats are at
BLM, New Mexico State Office
Federal Building
Box 1449
Sante FE, NM, 87501

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