Ellis County, Oklahoma Genealogy

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Ellils County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Ellils 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 Arnett
Address Ellis County Courthouse
100 S. Washington
Courthouse Square
Arnett, Oklahoma 73832
Phone: 580.885-7301

Ellis 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

Ellis County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1892 1907 1889 1893

County Courthouse

Ellis County Courthouse
Courthouse Square;
100 S Washington
Arnett, OK 73832
Phone: 580.885-7301 

Clerk Court has marriage records from 1892,
divorce records from 1893, probate records
from 1908 and court records from 1896; County
Clerk has land records from 1898[1]


Parent County

1907--Ellis County was created 16 July 1907 from Day (old) and Woodward Counties.
County seat: Arnett [2]


Named for Albert H. Ellis, a vice president of the 1906 Constitutional Convention, Ellis County lies in the state's western most part of the county. Founded 1907. The county seat of Ellis is Arnett.[3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [4]

  • Arnett (county seat)
  • Catesby
  • Fargo
  • Gage
  • Harmon
  • Shattuck

Neighboring Counties


American Indians


Land and Property


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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 15,375
1920 11,673 −24.1%
1930 10,541 −9.7%
1940 8,466 −19.7%
1950 7,326 −13.5%
1960 5,427 −25.9%
1970 5,129 −5.5%
1980 5,596 9.1%
1990 4,497 −19.6%
2000 4,075 −9.4%
2010 4,151 1.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Ellis 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.



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


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 - Ellis - Probate records.

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

Ellis County Historical Society Museum
100 West 7th Street
Hays, KS 67601
Telephone: 785-628-2624

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.

Web Sites

  • 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), Ellis County, Oklahoma. Page 558 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. http://genealogytrails.com/oka/ellis/history.html accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Ellis County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellis_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 5 August 2016.