Oklahoma State Archives and Libraries
Our Oklahoma genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Oklahoma, including:
Oklahoma Department of Libraries
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries maintains Oklahoma government records and other historical documents. The department contains 65,000 cubic feet of records with 5,000 series. Most records reflect Oklahoma government documents and histories. Oklahoma genealogists can find historical records, images of Oklahoma, official papers from the governor’s office, house and senate bills, supreme court case files, and survey records.
Oklahoma Genealogical Society
The Oklahoma Genealogical Society holds ancestral charts and records, publications, genealogical material, and historical data. The society currently runs three projects to maintain archives, records, photographs, and other materials associated with the era and the state of Oklahoma. The three projects include the following:
- First families of the Twin territories
- Settlers and Builders of Oklahoma
- World War I Project
Oklahoma Historical Society
Ever since it opened in 1839, the Oklahoma Historical Society has maintained records, museums, historic homes and military sites in Oklahoma. Oklahoma genealogists can access collections containing records involving American Indian ancestry, death registers, land lotteries, unemployment, city directories, divorces, newspapers, pioneer histories, marriages, obituaries, military, phone books, probates, school reports, yearbooks, and more. For a time, it even lived in the Oklahoma state capital in 1918.
University of Oklahoma Libraries, Western History Collections
Within the University of Oklahoma library system, Oklahoma genealogists can find thousands of resources in the Western History Collections. This includes the Indian-Pioneer Papers: 80,000 entries in 112 volumes of interviews done during the Depression and provides biographies for Native Americans and persons of all ethnic groups. Here are more specific collections:
- The Manuscripts Division. Researches can find 2,000 primary textual materials about Oklahoma and the West in this collection. Examples of these materials include original manuscripts of diaries, journals, personal and official correspondence, scrapbooks, and more.
- Photograph Archives. This is the best known unit of the Western History Collection, containing approximately 2 million images ranging from original prints, to glass plate negatives.
- Sound Recordings. This collection has 2,500 cassette tapes, records, reels, and wire recordings. Some include divers languages, including Native American songs, and Oklahoma folk music and classical figures.
Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art
The Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, also known as the Gilcrease museum, is one of America’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. The Institute collections span 13,500 years with 250,000 pieces of art, anthropology, archive, and library materials.
Museum of the Great Plains
The Museum of the Great Plains contain over 570,000 primary documents. It serves as a repository for the Comanche County Courthouse records and the Lawton Constitution. Oklahoma genealogists can find topographic maps, scholarly journals, Dr. Waldo Wedel collection, monographs, journals, and books.
Our Oklahoma genealogists can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.
If you would like to learn how our Oklahoma genealogists can further your research, request a research quote.
Other Information about Oklahoma genealogy research
Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Oklahoma include:
- Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1890
- Birth, marriage, and death records have been recorded by the state government from 1908 to the present
- Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1860
- State, territorial, and colonial censuses were recorded in 1860 and 1890
- Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
- Probate records were kept by the local courts from 1880s to the present
- Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
- Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
- Military records
- Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
- Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts since 1889
- Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas