Oklahoma Fast Facts and Key Resources

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• Statehood: 1907

• US territory status: part of Missouri (1812) and Arkansas (1819) territories; became Indian Territory in 1830, then Oklahoma Territory split off in 1890

• Available territorial and state censuses: 1890, 1907


• First federal census: 1860

• Statewide birth and death records begin: 1908

Marriage records: in county clerks’ offices from county formation


• Public-land state

• Counties: seven originally, 77 today

• Contact for vital records:

Vital Records Section

State Department of Health

1000 NE 10th St.

Box 53551

Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Web Sites

• Access Genealogy: Oklahoma Indian Tribes


• Cherokee Heritage Center


• Chronicles of Oklahoma


• Civil War in Indian Territory


• Cyndi’s List: Oklahoma


• FamilySearch: Oklahoma Research Outline


• Oklahoma GenWeb


• Oklahoma History


• Oklahoma Lawmen and Outlaws


• University of Oklahoma Indian-Pioneer Papers Collection



1890 Cherokee Nation Census CD by Barbara L. Benge (Heritage Books)

Guide to the Historical Records of Oklahoma, revised edition, by Bradford Koplowitz (Heritage Books)

Guide to Manuscripts in the Western History Collections of the University of Oklahoma by Kristine L. Southwell (University of Oklahoma Press)

Historical Atlas of Oklahoma by Charles Robert Coins (University of Oklahoma Press)

Oklahoma: A History of Five Centuries by Arrell Morgan Gibson (University of Oklahoma Press)

The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 by Stan Hoig (Oklahoma Historical Society)

Oklahoma: The Land and Its People by Kenny Arthur Franks (University of Oklahoma Press)

Oklahoma Place Names by George H. Shirk (University of Oklahoma Press)

Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources (Ancestry)

Voices from the Trail of Tears edited by Vicki Rozema (John F. Blair)

Organizations and Archives

Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico Office

Box 27115, Santa Fe, NM 87502, (505) 438-7400

• Cherokee National Historical Society

Box 515, Tahlequah, OK 74465, (918) 456-6007, <>

• Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society

John Vaughn Library, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK 74464, (918) 444-3221, <>

• Lawton Public Library Family History Room

110 SW Fourth St., Lawton, OK 73501, (580) 581-3450, <>

• Oklahoma Genealogical Society

Box 12986, Oklahoma City, OK 73157, <>

• Oklahoma Historical Society

2401 N. Laird Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73105, (405)521-2491, <>

• Oklahoma State Archives and Records Management

200 NE 18th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73105, (800) 522-8116, <>

• University of Oklahoma Library Western History Collection

Monnet Hall, Room 300, 630 Parrington Oval, Norman, OK 73019, (405) 325-3641, <>

From the September 2008 Family Tree Magazine