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Territorial Records

1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census

The OHS Research Center has completed an index to the 1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census. While the previous index listed only the head of household, this index includes every individual included in the census.

Most of the 1890 US Federal Census was destroyed by fire in 1921, making the 1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census one of the few remaining census records from the time. The Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division collections include the original 1890 OT Census pages.
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Dawes Final Rolls

Officially known as The Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory, the Dawes Rolls list individuals who chose to enroll and were approved for membership in the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole.) Enrollment for the Dawes Rolls began in 1898 and ended in 1906.
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1896 Applications for Enrollment

This enrollment was created prior to the Dawes Final Roll. The 1896 Applications for Enrollment were an attempt to determine citizenship within the Five Civilized Tribes. For various reasons these records were disregarded and the Dawes Final Rolls became the final resource for determining eligibility for citizenship. The 1896 applications may be of interest to those researching their family history.
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Smith's First Directory of Oklahoma Territory

Smith's First Directory of Oklahoma Territory For the Year Commencing August 1, 1890 provides information about the population of early Oklahoma. The index includes over 17,000 names arranged alphabetically by surname.
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Territorial Marriage Records

Marriage records can be found in the courthouse of the county in which the marriage took place. Prior to statehood in 1907, marriages of non-Indian citizens in Indian Territory were recorded by the US Federal Court.

For information about locating marriage information, see territorial marriage records.

Territorial Incorporation Records

View scans of Incorporation Records for Oklahoma and Indian Territories 1890-1907.
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