Indian Territory Marriage Records
Marriage records of Oklahoma are recorded in the office of Court Clerk located in the various counties of the state. Prior to statehood in 1907, marriages of white citizens in the part of the state known as the Indian Territory were recorded in the Recording Districts of the United States Federal Court. A number of the court clerk offices contain these records. For more information download the Marriage Records Research Guide (PDF 457kb).
The Oklahoma Historical Society's holdings include records for McAlester, Vinita and Ardmore.
The United States Federal Court, embracing most of the Indian Territory, was established at Muskogee in 1889.
- Northern District - established in 1897, covering the area of the Cherokee Nation and the nations of the Quapaw Agency, with Vinita as court seat.
- Central District - established in 1890, covering the area of the Creek and Seminole Nations, with McAlester as the court seat.
- Southern District - established in 1895, covering the area of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, with Ardmore as court seat.
- Western District - established in 1889, covering the area of the Chickasaw Country, with Muskogee as the court seat.
Indian Territory Marriage Records
Between 1890 and 1907, many marriages occurring in the Indian Territory were recorded in various Recording Districts of the United States Federal Court. A number of present-day court clerk offices have custody of these records. The following table shows a list of the counties where these records were originally kept, the county seat, number of volumes and the period of time covered. Some of these records have been transcribed and published. Some have been microfilmed by either the OHS Research Division or the LDS Church.
|County||County Seat||Volumes||Period of Time Covered||Where to Find Records|
|Muskogee||Muskogee||28||July 1890 - November 1906||OHS now has these records on microfilm. The originals are in the custody of the Muskogee County Court Clerk, Muskogee, Oklahoma.|
|Carter||Ardmore||12||April 1895 - February 2, 1934||In the custody of the Carter County Court Clerk, Ardmore, Oklahoma. This material has been microfilmed by LDS. The film available at OHS. A complete index by groom and bride was compiled by Mary Kinard and is also available in the Research Center.|
|Pittsburg||McAlester||13||June 1890 - November 1907||In the custody of the OHS, available on microfilm. Microfilm copies of Volumes 7 - 13 available at the Pittsburg County Genealogical Society, McAlester, OK. (Bradford Koplowitz, Guide to the Historical Records of Oklahoma, 1990) Several volumes have been published by Ellen Tiffee, McAlester, OK.|
|Craig||Vinita||10||July 1902 - October 1909||In the custody of the Craig County Court Clerk, Vinita, Oklahoma. (Bradford Koplowitz, Guide to the Historical Records of Oklahoma, 1990)|
|Atoka||Atoka||3||June 1897 - November 1907||In the custody of the Atoka County Court Clerk, Atoka, Oklahoma. Volume I (June 1897 - Oct 1901) published by Lynda Stout Massey and Clara Massey Nash, Marriages Southern District Oklahoma Indian Territory, Book One 1897-1901 (np:np, 1980)|
|Bryan||Durant||2||July 1902 - October 1905||In the custody of the Bryan County Court Clerk, Durant, Oklahoma. (Bradford Koplowitz, Guide to the Historical Records of Oklahoma, 1990)|
|Latimer||Wilburton||1||July 1908 - November 1907||Probably in the custody of the Latimer County Court Clerk, Wilburton, Oklahoma.|
|LeFlore||Poteau||3||June 1897 - November 1907||Probably in the custody of the LeFlore County Court Clerk, Poteau, OK 74953. The Poteau Valley Genealogical Society has published at least two volumes of the marriage records.|