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Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Oklahoma. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.  
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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Oklahoma.  
  
 
''See also&nbsp;'' [[Oklahoma Societies]].  
 
''See also&nbsp;'' [[Oklahoma Societies]].  
  
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=== State and Regional  ===
 
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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to Oklahoma genealogical researchers.
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=== State and Regional Collections ===
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'''[[Oklahoma Historical Society|Oklahoma Historical Society]]'''<br>800 Nazih Zudhi Drive<br>Oklahoma City, OK 73105<br>Telephone: 405-522-5225<br>Fax: 405-521-2492<br>Internet:&nbsp;[http://www.okhistory.org/research/ www.okhistory.org/research/]  
 
'''[[Oklahoma Historical Society|Oklahoma Historical Society]]'''<br>800 Nazih Zudhi Drive<br>Oklahoma City, OK 73105<br>Telephone: 405-522-5225<br>Fax: 405-521-2492<br>Internet:&nbsp;[http://www.okhistory.org/research/ www.okhistory.org/research/]  
  
Excellent collections for Native Americans and Anglo settlers of Oklahoma. This is a good starting place for research of Oklahoma ancestors.<ref name="DB91">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 91. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref>  
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:Excellent collections for Native Americans and Anglo settlers of Oklahoma. A good starting place for research of Oklahoma ancestors.<ref name="DB91">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 91. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref> A guide to family histories at the society is:  
 
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:*Huffman, Mary, comp. Family History: ''A Bibliography of the Collection in the Oklahoma Historical Society''. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The Society, 1992. {{FHL|600229|title-id|disp=(Family History Library book 976.6 A3hm.)}}
A guide to family histories at the society is:  
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*Huffman, Mary, comp. Family History: ''A Bibliography of the Collection in the Oklahoma Historical Society''. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The Society, 1992. {{FHL|600229|title-id|disp=(Family History Library book 976.6 A3hm.)}}
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'''Oklahoma Department of Libraries'''<br>200 N.E. 18th Street<br>Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3298<br>Telephone: 405-521-2502, 800-522-8116<br>Fax: 405-525-7804<br>Internet: [http://www.odl.state.ok.us www.odl.state.ok.us]  
 
'''Oklahoma Department of Libraries'''<br>200 N.E. 18th Street<br>Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3298<br>Telephone: 405-521-2502, 800-522-8116<br>Fax: 405-525-7804<br>Internet: [http://www.odl.state.ok.us www.odl.state.ok.us]  
  
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries includes two areas of particular interest to genealogists: the Oklahoma Room and the State Archives Division. The Oklahoma Room houses a huge book library with county histories, periodicals, indexes, and reference works.<ref name="DB91">Dollarhide and Bremer, 91.</ref> The State Archives Division maintains Oklahoma government records and other historical documents.  
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:The Oklahoma Department of Libraries includes two areas of particular interest to genealogists: the Oklahoma Room and the State Archives Division. The Oklahoma Room houses a huge book library with county histories, periodicals, indexes, and reference works.<ref name="DB91">Dollarhide and Bremer, 91.</ref> The State Archives Division maintains Oklahoma government records and other historical documents.<br><br>
  
'''Lawton Public Library'''<br>110 S.W. 4th Street <br>Lawton, OK 73105-3298 <br>Telephone: 405-581-3450<br>Internet: [http://www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/library/genealogy.htm http://www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/library/genealogy.htm]<br><br> The largest book collection of Oklahoma genealogies together with periodicals, maps, biographies, family folders, and a statewide index to all Oklahoma Territory tract books (public land buyers).<ref name="DB91" />  
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'''Lawton Public Library'''<br>110 S.W. 4th Street <br>Lawton, OK 73105-3298 <br>Telephone: 405-581-3450<br>Internet: [http://www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/library/genealogy.htm http://www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/library/genealogy.htm]<br>  
  
'''University of Oklahoma'''<br>[[Image:OU Great Reading Room.jpg|right|300px|OU Great Reading Room.jpg]]Western History Collection<br>630 Parrington Oval, Room 452<br>Norman, OK 73019<br>Telephone: 405-325-3641<br>Fax: 405-325-2943<br>Internet: http://libraries.ou.edu/locations/?id=22<br><br>The following lists manuscripts in their collection:<br><br>  
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:The largest book collection of Oklahoma genealogies together with periodicals, maps, biographies, family folders, and a statewide index to all Oklahoma Territory tract books (public land buyers).<ref name="DB91" /><br><br>
  
*Southwell, Kristine L., comp. ''Guide to Manuscripts in the Western History Collections of the University of Oklahoma''. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002. {{FHL|1062430|title-id|disp=(Family History Library book 976.6 J53s.}})
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'''University of Oklahoma'''<br>[[Image:OU Great Reading Room.jpg|right|300px|OU Great Reading Room.jpg]]Western History Collection<br>630 Parrington Oval, Room 452<br>Norman, OK 73019<br>Telephone: 405-325-3641<br>Fax: 405-325-2943<br>Internet: http://libraries.ou.edu/locations/?id=22<br><br>
  
An important part of the Western History Collection is titled The Indian-Pioneer Papers which is a collection of interviews done during the Depression. Biographical information is given for Indians as well as persons of all ethnic groups. Those interviewed may have been residents of either the Oklahoma Territory or the Indian Territory. There are about 80,000 entries in 112 volumes in the collection with free online access to both an index and the digitized transcripts of the interviews. Read the biographies and other topics found in the [http://digital.libraries.ou.edu/WHC/pioneer/ Indian-Pioneer Papers].<br>  
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:The following lists manuscripts in their collection:<br><br>
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:*Southwell, Kristine L., comp. ''Guide to Manuscripts in the Western History Collections of the University of Oklahoma''. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002. {{FHL|1062430|title-id|disp=(Family History Library book 976.6 J53s.}})
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:An important part of the Western History Collection is titled The Indian-Pioneer Papers which is a collection of interviews done during the Depression. Biographical information is given for Indians as well as persons of all ethnic groups. Those interviewed may have been residents of either the Oklahoma Territory or the Indian Territory. There are about 80,000 entries in 112 volumes in the collection with free online access to both an index and the digitized transcripts of the interviews. Read the biographies and other topics found in the [http://digital.libraries.ou.edu/WHC/pioneer/ Indian-Pioneer Papers].<br><br>
 
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Their collection also includes original historical manuscripts, county records, Spanish, Indian, military, Civil War, newspapers, cattle trails, ranching, mining, and oil production records.<ref name="DB91" />  
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:Their collection also includes original historical manuscripts, county records, Spanish, Indian, military, Civil War, newspapers, cattle trails, ranching, mining, and oil production records.<ref name="DB91" /><br><br>
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'''Hughes County Historical Society'''<br>124 North Broadway<br>Holdenville, OK 74848<br>Telephone: 405-379-5124<br>  
  
'''Hughes County Historical Society'''<br>124 North Broadway<br>Holdenville, OK 74848<br>Telephone: 405-379-5124<br><br>This collection, originally in the Grace M. Pickens Public Library, holds unique Native American papers relating to the Five Civilized Tribes (and Delawares) removed to Indian Territory. Includes a surprisingly good genealogical research collection.<ref name="DB91" />  
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:This collection, originally in the Grace M. Pickens Public Library, holds unique Native American papers relating to the Five Civilized Tribes (and Delawares) removed to Indian Territory. Includes a surprisingly good genealogical research collection.<ref name="DB91" /><br><br>
  
 
'''Oklahoma Territorial Museum Carnegie Library'''<br>406 East Oklahoma Ave. <br>Guthrie, OK 73044 <br>Telephone: 405-282-1889 <br>Internet: [http://www.okterritorialmuseum.org/LIBRARY.html http://www.okterritorialmuseum.org/LIBRARY.html]<br>  
 
'''Oklahoma Territorial Museum Carnegie Library'''<br>406 East Oklahoma Ave. <br>Guthrie, OK 73044 <br>Telephone: 405-282-1889 <br>Internet: [http://www.okterritorialmuseum.org/LIBRARY.html http://www.okterritorialmuseum.org/LIBRARY.html]<br>  
  
The Oklahoma Territorial period is well covered including Native Americans, Anglos, intruders, Sooners, homesteaders, and land rush people.<ref name="DB91" />  
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:The Oklahoma Territorial period is well covered including Native Americans, Anglos, intruders, Sooners, homesteaders, and land rush people.<ref name="DB91" /><br><br>
  
'''Tulsa Genealogical Society Library'''<br>9136 East 31st Street<br>Tulsa, OK 74145<br>Telephone: 918-627-4224<br>Internet: [http://www.tulsagenealogy.org/library/ http://www.tulsagenealogy.org/library/]<br><br>A large library for Oklahoma ancestors including Bibles, cemeteries, obituaries, family folders, city directories, plat maps, and indexes.<ref name="DB91" />  
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'''Tulsa Genealogical Society Library'''<br>9136 East 31st Street<br>Tulsa, OK 74145<br>Telephone: 918-627-4224<br>Internet: [http://www.tulsagenealogy.org/library/ http://www.tulsagenealogy.org/library/]<br>  
  
'''Museum of the Western Prairie Library''' <br>1100 Memorial Drive<br>Altus, OK 73521<br>Telephone: 580-482-1044<br>Internet: [http://www.okhistory.org/sites/westernprairie http://www.okhistory.org/sites/westernprairie]<br><br>Records of Oklahoma settlers, obituaries, periodicals, books, histories, biographies, including many from Texas and New Mexico.<ref name="DB91" />  
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:A large library for Oklahoma ancestors including Bibles, cemeteries, obituaries, family folders, city directories, plat maps, and indexes.<ref name="DB91" /><br><br>
  
'''Miami Public Library'''<br>200 N Main St. <br>Miami, OK 74354<br>Telephone: 918-541-2292<br>Internet: [http://www.miamipl.okpls.org/genealogy.shtml http://www.miamipl.okpls.org/genealogy.shtml] <br><br>A good book-library with an emphasis on the Ozark region of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas, including Native Americans.<ref name="DB91" />  
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'''Museum of the Western Prairie Library''' <br>1100 Memorial Drive<br>Altus, OK 73521<br>Telephone: 580-482-1044<br>Internet: [http://www.okhistory.org/sites/westernprairie http://www.okhistory.org/sites/westernprairie]<br>
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:Records of Oklahoma settlers, obituaries, periodicals, books, histories, biographies, including many from Texas and New Mexico.<ref name="DB91" /><br><br>
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'''Miami Public Library'''<br>200 N Main St. <br>Miami, OK 74354<br>Telephone: 918-541-2292<br>Internet: [http://www.miamipl.okpls.org/genealogy.shtml http://www.miamipl.okpls.org/genealogy.shtml] <br>  
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:A good book-library with an emphasis on the Ozark region of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas, including Native Americans.<ref name="DB91" /><br><br>
  
 
'''Oklahoma Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 12986<br>Oklahoma City, OK 73157<br>Internet: [http://www.rootsweb.com/~okgs www.rootsweb.com/~okgs]  
 
'''Oklahoma Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 12986<br>Oklahoma City, OK 73157<br>Internet: [http://www.rootsweb.com/~okgs www.rootsweb.com/~okgs]  
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'''Museum of the Great Plains'''<br>601 Ferris<br>Lawton, OK 73507<br>Telephone: 580-581-3460<br>Fax: 580-581-3458<br>Internet: [http://www.museumgreatplains.org www.museumgreatplains.org]  
 
'''Museum of the Great Plains'''<br>601 Ferris<br>Lawton, OK 73507<br>Telephone: 580-581-3460<br>Fax: 580-581-3458<br>Internet: [http://www.museumgreatplains.org www.museumgreatplains.org]  
  
A useful guide to Oklahoma records is:
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*Koplowitz, Bradford. ''Guide to the Historical Records of Oklahoma''. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1997. {{FHL|528530|title-id|disp=(Family History Library book 976.6 A3kb 1997}}.)&nbsp; It contains a survey of records kept in counties and cities through 1920.
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To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Oklahoma counties, use the eleven inventories of county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has inventories for: Atoka, Beckham, Cherokee, Cimarron, Haskell, Lincoln, McIntosh, Mayes, Muskogee, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha counties.
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[[Image:NARA Fort Worth.jpg|border|right|300px|NARA Fort Worth.jpg]]'''[[National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)|National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)]]'''<br><br>  
 
[[Image:NARA Fort Worth.jpg|border|right|300px|NARA Fort Worth.jpg]]'''[[National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)|National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)]]'''<br><br>  
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::'''''for Microfilm research and public access computers:'''''<br>2600 West 7th Street<br>Suite 162<br>Fort Worth, TX, 76107<br>Telephone: 817-831-5620<br>Fax: 817-334-5621<br><br>
 
::'''''for Microfilm research and public access computers:'''''<br>2600 West 7th Street<br>Suite 162<br>Fort Worth, TX, 76107<br>Telephone: 817-831-5620<br>Fax: 817-334-5621<br><br>
  
Internet for both: http://www.archives.gov/southwest  
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:Internet for both: http://www.archives.gov/southwest
  
Subject specialties include censuses, westward expansion into the Southwest and settlement of [[American Indian Genealogy|Native Americans]] (especially [[Cherokee Indians|Cherokees]], [[Choctaw Indians|Choctaws]], [[Chickasaw Indians|Chickasaws]], [[Creek Indians|Creeks]], and [[Seminole Indians|Seminoles]]), slavery, bankruptcy court, ethnology, genealogy, military service records, pension and bounty land warrant applications, passenger lists and [[Dawes Commission Enrollment Records for Five U.S. Indian Tribes|Dawes census cards and enrollment jackets for the Five Civilized Tribes]] of Oklahoma.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 130-31.</ref>  
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:Subject specialties include censuses, westward expansion into the Southwest and settlement of [[American Indian Genealogy|Native Americans]] (especially [[Cherokee Indians|Cherokees]], [[Choctaw Indians|Choctaws]], [[Chickasaw Indians|Chickasaws]], [[Creek Indians|Creeks]], and [[Seminole Indians|Seminoles]]), slavery, bankruptcy court, ethnology, genealogy, military service records, pension and bounty land warrant applications, passenger lists and [[Dawes Commission Enrollment Records for Five U.S. Indian Tribes|Dawes census cards and enrollment jackets for the Five Civilized Tribes]] of Oklahoma.<ref>Dollarhide and Bremer, 130-31.</ref>
  
 
:For further information, ''see&nbsp;'' [[National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)]].<br><br>
 
:For further information, ''see&nbsp;'' [[National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)]].<br><br>
  
'''[[Bancroft Library|Bancroft Library]]'''<br>University of California, Berkeley<br>Berkeley, CA 94720<br>Telephone: 415-642-3781<br><br>This library in ''California&nbsp;'' has a good collection of documents about ''Oklahoma&nbsp;'' early settlers, early trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories.<ref name="DB91" />  
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'''[[Bancroft Library|Bancroft Library]]'''<br>University of California, Berkeley<br>Berkeley, CA 94720<br>Telephone: 415-642-3781<br>  
  
'''[[Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research]]'''<br>5300 Caroline<br>Houston, TX 77004<br>Telephone: 713-284-1999<br>Internet: http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/ <br><br>One of America's best genealogical collections. Especially strong for Texas and adjoining states like Oklahoma.<ref name="DB107">Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.</ref>  
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:This library in ''California&nbsp;'' has a good collection of documents about ''Oklahoma&nbsp;'' early settlers, early trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories.<ref name="DB91" /><br><br>
  
'''[[Dallas Public Central Library]]'''<br>1515 Young St.<br>Dallas, TX 75201-9987<br>Telephone: 214-670-1400<br>Internet: http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/index.php <br><br>Outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.<ref name="DB107" />  
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'''[[Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research]]'''<br>5300 Caroline<br>Houston, TX 77004<br>Telephone: 713-284-1999<br>Internet: http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/ <br>
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'''[[Dallas Public Central Library]]'''<br>1515 Young St.<br>Dallas, TX 75201-9987<br>Telephone: 214-670-1400<br>Internet: http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/index.php <br>  
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:Outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.<ref name="DB107" /><br><br>
  
 
'''Family History Library Catalog'''  
 
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Most Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. Many centers have access to online services, networks, or bulletin boards. You may also use these services at mostpublic libraries, college libraries, and private locations.  
 
Most Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. Many centers have access to online services, networks, or bulletin boards. You may also use these services at mostpublic libraries, college libraries, and private locations.  
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A useful guide to Oklahoma records is:
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*Koplowitz, Bradford. ''Guide to the Historical Records of Oklahoma''. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1997. {{FHL|528530|title-id|disp=(Family History Library book 976.6 A3kb 1997}}.)&nbsp; It contains a survey of records kept in counties and cities through 1920.
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To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Oklahoma counties, use the eleven inventories of county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has inventories for: Atoka, Beckham, Cherokee, Cimarron, Haskell, Lincoln, McIntosh, Mayes, Muskogee, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha counties.
  
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png Oklahoma Gotoarrow.png Archives and Libraries

These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Oklahoma.

See also  Oklahoma Societies.

State and Regional

Oklahoma Historical Society
800 Nazih Zudhi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Telephone: 405-522-5225
Fax: 405-521-2492
Internet: www.okhistory.org/research/

Excellent collections for Native Americans and Anglo settlers of Oklahoma. A good starting place for research of Oklahoma ancestors.[1] A guide to family histories at the society is:

Oklahoma Department of Libraries
200 N.E. 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-3298
Telephone: 405-521-2502, 800-522-8116
Fax: 405-525-7804
Internet: www.odl.state.ok.us

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries includes two areas of particular interest to genealogists: the Oklahoma Room and the State Archives Division. The Oklahoma Room houses a huge book library with county histories, periodicals, indexes, and reference works.[1] The State Archives Division maintains Oklahoma government records and other historical documents.

Lawton Public Library
110 S.W. 4th Street
Lawton, OK 73105-3298
Telephone: 405-581-3450
Internet: http://www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/library/genealogy.htm

The largest book collection of Oklahoma genealogies together with periodicals, maps, biographies, family folders, and a statewide index to all Oklahoma Territory tract books (public land buyers).[1]

University of Oklahoma
OU Great Reading Room.jpg
Western History Collection
630 Parrington Oval, Room 452
Norman, OK 73019
Telephone: 405-325-3641
Fax: 405-325-2943
Internet: http://libraries.ou.edu/locations/?id=22

The following lists manuscripts in their collection:

  • Southwell, Kristine L., comp. Guide to Manuscripts in the Western History Collections of the University of Oklahoma. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002. (Family History Library book 976.6 J53s.)
An important part of the Western History Collection is titled The Indian-Pioneer Papers which is a collection of interviews done during the Depression. Biographical information is given for Indians as well as persons of all ethnic groups. Those interviewed may have been residents of either the Oklahoma Territory or the Indian Territory. There are about 80,000 entries in 112 volumes in the collection with free online access to both an index and the digitized transcripts of the interviews. Read the biographies and other topics found in the Indian-Pioneer Papers.

Their collection also includes original historical manuscripts, county records, Spanish, Indian, military, Civil War, newspapers, cattle trails, ranching, mining, and oil production records.[1]

Hughes County Historical Society
124 North Broadway
Holdenville, OK 74848
Telephone: 405-379-5124

This collection, originally in the Grace M. Pickens Public Library, holds unique Native American papers relating to the Five Civilized Tribes (and Delawares) removed to Indian Territory. Includes a surprisingly good genealogical research collection.[1]

Oklahoma Territorial Museum Carnegie Library
406 East Oklahoma Ave.
Guthrie, OK 73044
Telephone: 405-282-1889
Internet: http://www.okterritorialmuseum.org/LIBRARY.html

The Oklahoma Territorial period is well covered including Native Americans, Anglos, intruders, Sooners, homesteaders, and land rush people.[1]

Tulsa Genealogical Society Library
9136 East 31st Street
Tulsa, OK 74145
Telephone: 918-627-4224
Internet: http://www.tulsagenealogy.org/library/

A large library for Oklahoma ancestors including Bibles, cemeteries, obituaries, family folders, city directories, plat maps, and indexes.[1]

Museum of the Western Prairie Library
1100 Memorial Drive
Altus, OK 73521
Telephone: 580-482-1044
Internet: http://www.okhistory.org/sites/westernprairie

Records of Oklahoma settlers, obituaries, periodicals, books, histories, biographies, including many from Texas and New Mexico.[1]

Miami Public Library
200 N Main St.
Miami, OK 74354
Telephone: 918-541-2292
Internet: http://www.miamipl.okpls.org/genealogy.shtml

A good book-library with an emphasis on the Ozark region of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas, including Native Americans.[1]

Oklahoma Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 12986
Oklahoma City, OK 73157
Internet: www.rootsweb.com/~okgs

Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art
1400 North Gilcrease Museum Road
Tulsa, OK 74127-2100
Telephone: 918-596-2700
Fax: 918-596-2700
Internet: www.gilcrease.org

Museum of the Great Plains
601 Ferris
Lawton, OK 73507
Telephone: 580-581-3460
Fax: 580-581-3458
Internet: www.museumgreatplains.org

Outside of Oklahoma

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National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)

for Archival research using textual records by appointment:
1400 John Burgess Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76140
Telephone: 817-551-2051
Fax: 817-551-2034

for Microfilm research and public access computers:
2600 West 7th Street
Suite 162
Fort Worth, TX, 76107
Telephone: 817-831-5620
Fax: 817-334-5621

Internet for both: http://www.archives.gov/southwest
Subject specialties include censuses, westward expansion into the Southwest and settlement of Native Americans (especially Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, and Seminoles), slavery, bankruptcy court, ethnology, genealogy, military service records, pension and bounty land warrant applications, passenger lists and Dawes census cards and enrollment jackets for the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma.[2]
For further information, see  National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth).

Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
Telephone: 415-642-3781

This library in California  has a good collection of documents about Oklahoma  early settlers, early trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories.[1]

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004
Telephone: 713-284-1999
Internet: http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/

One of America's best genealogical collections. Especially strong for Texas and adjoining states like Oklahoma.[3]

Dallas Public Central Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201-9987
Telephone: 214-670-1400
Internet: http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/index.php

Outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.[3]

Family History Library Catalog

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Oklahoma counties, use the inventories of the county archives published around 1940 by the Historical Records Survey. The Family History Library has copies of most of these. These inventories can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:

OKLAHOMA, [COUNTY] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS

Online Records

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Online Records
Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Web Sites

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Oklahoma in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. Much of the information is available at little or no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways to additional sites:

  • FamilySearch™ Internet Genealogy Service. [Salt Lake City, Utah]: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 22 March 1999 [cited 7 October 1999]. Available at FamilySearch.org. At this site you can access the Family History Library Catalog, Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, Source Guide, lists of Family History Centers, web sites related to family history, and lists of researchers interested in similar genealogical topics. You can also learn about and order Family History Library publications.
  • Howells, Cyndi. "U.S.- Oklahoma-OK." In Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. Puyallup, Washington: Cyndi Howells, 6 October 1999 [cited 7 October 1999]. Available at Cyndislist.com. This list has more links to other Oklahoma genealogical sites and describes more resources than any other site on the Internet.
  • Oklahoma USGenWeb In The USGenWeb Project [Internet site]. N.p., 1999 [accesssed 18 May 2011]. This is a cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet, for each county, state, and country.

Most Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. Many centers have access to online services, networks, or bulletin boards. You may also use these services at mostpublic libraries, college libraries, and private locations.

Guides

A useful guide to Oklahoma records is:

  • Koplowitz, Bradford. Guide to the Historical Records of Oklahoma. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1997. (Family History Library book 976.6 A3kb 1997.)  It contains a survey of records kept in counties and cities through 1920.

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Oklahoma counties, use the eleven inventories of county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has inventories for: Atoka, Beckham, Cherokee, Cimarron, Haskell, Lincoln, McIntosh, Mayes, Muskogee, Pittsburg, and Pushmataha counties.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 91. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. Dollarhide and Bremer, 130-31.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.