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Stephens County, Oklahoma
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Map of Oklahoma highlighting Stephens County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
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Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Facts
Founded July 16, 1907
County Seat Duncan
Courthouse
OklahomaStephensCourthouse.jpg
Address Stephens County Courthouse
101 S. 11th Street #203
Duncan, Oklahoma 73533
Phone: 580.255.0977


Stephens 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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County Information

Stephens County, Oklahoma Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1907 1907 1907 1917

County Courthouse

Stephens County Courthouse
101 S 11th Street #203;
Duncan, OK 73533
Phone: 580.255.0977

Clerk Court has marriage and probate records;
County Clerk has land records[1]

History

Parent County

1907--Stephens County was created 16 July 1907 from Comanche and Chickasaw Lands.
County seat: Duncan [2]

Description

Located in south-central Oklahoma. Named for Texas politician John H. Stephens, the county was organized at 1907. [3] The county seat is Duncan. [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places [5]

  • Alma
  • Bray
  • Central High
  • Comanche
  • Corum
  • Duncan (county seat)
  • Elk Plaza
  • Empire City
  • Lake Humphreys
  • Loco
  • Marlow
  • Meridian
  • Santa Fe
  • Sunray
  • Velma

Neighboring Counties

Resources

American Indians

Census

Land and Property

Cemeteries

LDS Cemetery Records Vol. 21 page 173 - Eschiti Cemetery

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 Gravestones
Oklahoma Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 22,252
1920 24,692 11.0%
1930 33,069 33.9%
1940 31,090 −6.0%
1950 34,071 9.6%
1960 37,990 11.5%
1970 35,902 −5.5%
1980 43,419 20.9%
1990 42,299 −2.6%
2000 43,182 2.1%
2010 45,048 4.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Stephens 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

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

Land

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 Stephens 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

Stephens County, OK

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War
WWI
WWII

Newspapers

Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

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

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

Probate

Online Records

School Records

Taxation

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

Births

Online Birth Records Indexes and Images

Marriages

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Deaths

Online Death Records Indexes and Images

Divorces

Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

Stephens County Genealogical Society
301 North 8th
Duncan, OK 73533
Telephone: 580-255-8718
E-mail:scgs_library@yahoo.com
Website

Stephens County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1850
Duncan 73534




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

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stephens County, Oklahoma. Page 562 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/stephens/hist_county.html accessed 09/29/2016
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephens_County,_Oklahoma accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Stephens County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephens_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 6 August 2016.