Oklahoma School Records (Family Search Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

The collection covers the years 1912 to 1936.

Record Description

The collection includes an index and images of censuses of pupils who attended schools in Woodward County between 1912 and 1936. The records are arranged by years and then in numerical order by school district.

Record Content

Oklahoma, Woodward County School Census DGS 4848078 25.jpg
The records list the following information:
  • Full name of each pupil and their siblings
  • Date of birth (month, day and year)
  • Names of parents
  • Residence

How to Use the Record

School records can be very helpful as they can often be used as a reliable substitute for birth records or can lead you to birth records.

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name of the child
  • Age or approximate birth date
  • Parents names
  • Residence

Compare the information in the school record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestor.

For example:

  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the age or birth date along with the parents’ names and residence to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.

It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify other relatives such as cousins who attended the same school or other nearby schools.

Record History

Woodward County was formed in 1893 from the Cherokee Outlet. It was orginally "N" County. On 6 Nov 1894, the new citizens voted to change the name to Woodward and establish the town of Woodward as the county seat. All of present Harper and Woodward counties, the northern part of Ellis and the western end of Woods counties were contained within the borders of county "N", Oklahoma Territory, when it was opened for settlement 16 September 1893. The first school was established in Woodward in January 1894.

Why the Record Was Created

School records helped local governments determine funding needs for individual schools.

Record Reliability

The information is generally reliable.

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Related Wiki Articles

Woodward County, Oklahoma

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Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71.
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023.

Sources of information for This Collection

Oklahoma. Woodward County School Census, 1912-1936. Northwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society. Woodward, Oklahoma.