Oklahoma Counties and Historical Facts

Oklahoma County records vary widely from county to county in both quality and quantity. Some have been carefully preserved while others have been much abused and neglected. Some Oklahoma records have simply disappeared.

For genealogists doing research in Oklahoma there is no effective replace for an on-site search of county courthouse records.

Map of Oklahoma Counties
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Map of Oklahoma Counties

Oklahoma County Records

Oklahoma deeds, probates, and civil court records are located at the county clerk’s or clerk of the courts office.

Marriage records before statewide recording may be found at the county clerk as well, but records of births and deaths are not available until statewide recording began.

Official certificates come from the State Department of Health.

The largest percentage of Oklahoma’s extant public records were generated in the twentieth century and are generally intact.

Send inquiries to the county official at the courthouse address for the appropriate county. See also a list of links to county and county seat government run websites.

List of Oklahoma Extinct Counties

Kentucky has counties that no longer exist because they were discontinued, renamed or merged with another counties.

A lot of these counties were established and disbanded within the 19th century; county borders have changed very little since 1900.

These are important for genealogy research purposes. Pay attention where the courthouse records went to if the county was eliminated or joined with some other county.

See the History of Oklahoma Counties for more details.

List of Oklahoma Counties with Burned Courthouses

Oklahoma burned county courthouse
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Pennsylvania has no counties that are lost, defunct or extinct.

These are important for genealogy research purposes. See the History of Oklahoma Counties.

List of Oklahoma Counties

CountyDate FormedParent CountyCounty Seat
Adair1907Cherokee LandsStilwell
Alfalfa1907Woods CountyCherokee
Atoka1907Choctaw LandsAtoka
Beaver1890Oklahoma TerritoryBeaver
Beckham1907Roger Mills CountySayre
Blaine1892Cheyenne, Arapaho landWatonga
Bryan1907Choctaw LandsDurant
Caddo 1901Kowa, Comanche,Apache, Wichita, Caddo landsAnadarko
Canadian1890Oklahoma TerritoryEl Reno
Carter1907Chickasaw landsArdmore
Cherokee1907Tahlequah DistrictTahlequah
Choctaw1907Choctaw landsHugo
Cimarron1907Beaver CountyBoise City
Cleveland1890Oklahoma TerritoryNorman
Coal1907Choctaw landsCoalgate
Comanche 1901Kiowa County, Comanche landsLawton
Cotton1912Comanche CountyWalters
Craig1907Cherokee landsVinita
Creek1907Creek landsSapulpa
Custer1892Cheyenne & Arapaho land openingArapaho
Dewey1892Cheyenne & Arapaho land openingTaloga
Ellis1907Day, WoodwardArnett
Garfield1893Cherokee Outlet landEnid
Garvin1907Chickasaw landsPauls Valley
Grady1907Caddo, Comanche landsChickasha
Grant1893Cherokee OutletlandMedford
Greer1886Cherokee landsMangum
Harmon1909Greer, JacksonHollis
Harper1907Indian lands, Woods, WoodwardBuffalo
Haskell1907Choctaw landsStigler
Hughes1907Creek landsHoldenville
Jackson1907Greer CountyAltus
Jefferson1907Comanche, Chickasaw landsWaurika
Johnston1907Chickasaw landsTishomingo
Kay1893Cherokee Outlet landNewkirk
Kingfisher1890Oklahoma TerritoryKingfisher
Kiowa1901Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Wichita, Caddo landsHobart
Latimer1907Choctaw landsWilburton
Le Flore1907Choctaw landsPoteau
Lincoln1893Oklahoma TerritoryChandler
Logan1890Oklahoma TerritoryGuthrie
Love1907Chickasaw TerritoryMarietta
Major1907Woods CountyFairview
Marshall1907Chickasaw landsMadill
Mayes1907Cherokee landsPryor
McClain1907Chickasaw landsPurcell
McCurtain1907Choctaw landsIdabel
McIntosh1907Creek lansEufaula
Murray1907Chickasaw landsSulphur
Muskogee1907Creek landsMuskogee
Noble1893Cherokee Outlet landPerry
Nowata1907Cherokee landsNowata
Okfuskee1907Creek landsOkemah
Oklahoma1890Oklahoma TerritoryOklahoma City
Okmulgee1907Creek landsOkmulgee
Osage1907Osage landsPawhuska
Ottawa1907Cherokee NationMiami
Pawnee1893Cherokee Outlet landPawnee
Payne1890Original CountyStillwater
Pittsburg1907Choctaw landsMcAlester
Pontotoc1907Chickasaw landsAda
Pottawatomie1891Oklahoma TerritoryShawnee
Pushmataha1907Choctaw landsAntlers
Roger Mills1892Cheyene, Araphoe landCheyenne
Rogers1907Cherokee NationClaremore
Seminole1907Seminole landsWewoka
Sequoyah1907Cherokee landsSallisaw
Texas1907Beaver CountyGuymon
Tillman1907Comanche CountyFrederick
Tulsa1907Creek landsTulsa
Wagoner1907Creek landsWagoner
Washington1907Cherokee landsBartlesville
Washita1892Cheyenne, ArapahoCordell
Woods1893Cherokee Outlet landAlva
Woodward1893Cherokee Outlet landWoodward
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