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Genealogy

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Our resources include cemetery books; birth, death, and marriage indexes; and family and county histories. Search the online catalog to explore our holdings.

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The Research Center offers a research service for patrons seeking genealogical and historical information. For complete details and forms visit our orders and fees page.

American Indian Ancestry

Dawes Rolls and Related Records
Dawes Final Rolls
Hastain's Township Plats of the Creek Nation
Moore's Seminole Roll and Land Guide
Removal of Restriction
Cherokee Freedmen Applications

Additional American Indian Resources
1896 applications for enrollment, Five Tribes
Chilocco Indian School Index
Indian Archives Collection Index, various tribes
Indian Agency employees, Official Register of the US
Individual Indian Files, Plains tribes
Finding Your American Indian Ancestors (PDF)

OHS Genealogical Resources

Marriage, Divorce, Prison, and Death Information
Certificates (various)
Divorce Records, Oklahoma County
Funeral Home Records, Grant County
Funeral Program Index
Marriage Records
Obituaries from The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City Deaths
Oklahoma State Penitentiary Records
Probate Records, Oklahoma County

Census, Directories, and Incorporation Records
1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census
1933 Unemployed Relief Census
Certificates (various)
City Directories
Indian Agency employees, Official Register of the US
Phone Books
Smith's First Directory of Oklahoma Territory, 1890
Teacher's Reports, Dawes Commission Records
Territorial Incorporation Records
Yearbooks

Biographies, Family Histories, Lineage Groups, and Other Organizations
American Legion Auxiliary Applications
Biographical Files
Centenarians of Oklahoma
Certificates (various)
Daughters of the Union Veterans Applications
Indian Pioneer History Collection, 1930s
Oklahoma Commission for the Adult Blind Applications
Oklahoma History Center Brick Stories
Oklahoma History Center Family Tree Stories
Sorosis Club of Oklahoma City Applications
United Daughters of the Confederacy Applications

Land Resources
1889 Oklahoma County Final Certificates
1901 El Reno Land Lottery (names drawn)
1901 Land Lottery tickets
Certificates (various)
Wichita and Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Ceded Lands Homestead Applications

Military Resources
Certificates (various)
Military Casualties Database
Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame
Union Soldier’s Home Collection Index

Oklahoma Birth and Death Records

Some Oklahoma birth and death information is available online through Ok2Explore, a free searchable index from the Oklahoma State Vital Records Division. The index includes births that occurred more than twenty years ago and deaths that occurred more than five years ago. Visit Ok2Explore now.

Research Tools

Research Guides

The Research Center has created PDF guides to help you plan your research.

Charts and Forms

Keeping your notes organized is key. Use the charts below to keep track of your information. If you plan to visit the Research Center, it is helpful to bring a pedigree chart along with you. When completing a pedigree chart, begin with yourself and work backward. The files below are available in PDF format.

Subscription Websites Available in the Research Center

The Research Center offers free access to Ancestry Library Edition®, Fold3, HeritageQuest Online™, and the Oklahoman Digital Archives. These sites allow patrons visiting the Research Center to search, view, and print various items pertaining to genealogy and history.

Ancestry Library Edition® offers US Census, ship logs and passenger indexes, WWI draft registration cards, vital records, American Indian records, and the Social Security Death Index.

Fold3 includes military records, documents, and photographs dating from the Revolutionary War to recent conflicts. Fold3 also offers online access to and various American Indian records.

HeritageQuest™ also includes US Census as well as Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land warrant applications, the Freedman's Bank (1856–1874), and more.

The Oklahoman Digital Archives offers searchable online access to more than one hundred years of issues of the Oklahoman.