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Oklahoma, USA

A Guide for Your
Family History Research

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An Introduction

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Introduction

 

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     Oklahoma is a state located in the Southern United States. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people", and it is known informally by its nickname, The Sooner State. Formed by the combination of Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory on November 16, 1907, Oklahoma was the 46th state to enter the union. Its residents are known as Oklahomans or, informally "Okies", and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.

     With small mountain ranges, prairie, mesas, and eastern forests, most of Oklahoma lies in the Great Plains and the U.S. Interior Highlands—a region especially prone to severe weather.  In addition to having a prevalence of English, German, Scottish, Irish and Native American ancestry, more than 25 Native American languages are spoken in Oklahoma, second only to California.

Oklahoma is located on a confluence of three major American cultural regions and historically served as a route for cattle drives, a destination for southern settlers, and a government-sanctioned territory for Native Americans.

     Oklahoma is bordered by Arkansas (west), Colorado (northwest), Kansas (north), Missouri (northeast), New Mexico (northwest), Texas (west, south).

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The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either

born, married or died in this U.S. State. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral surnames.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

·        Anderson

·        Brown

·        Clements

·        Collins

·        Dobbs

·        Dovel

·        Gardner

·        Harvey

·        Hawkins

·        Johnson

·        Jones

·        Kinsey

·        Lemons

·        Littlepage

·        Loyd

·        Moreland

·        Pinnell

·        Poynor

·        Richardson

·        Thompson

·        Valentine

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

 

Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

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This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

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Free Surname
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Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

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that    will   likely   improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

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Where in the World do These
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Click on the LINK to the right to see more information about the World distribution of any surname.  You can get greater

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detail for any of the maps by clicking on the area, i.e state, county that you are interested in.

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Our Ancestral Counties

Gazetteer of Places

Historical Changes in County Boundaries

County Research (Genealogical)

County Research

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Our Ancestral Counties

Our Ancestral Counties

 

The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, go to our ANCESTRAL LOCATIONS home page. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.

Click on this thumbnail map for a full-sized version.

Jackson;  Woodward

 

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Gazetteer of Places

Gazetteer 
of Places

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The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.S. State.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

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Oklahoma Cities - profiles of 1,910 Oklahoma cities, towns & neighborhoods

Oklahoma Schools search by city, county, or address

Oklahoma Physical Features such as lakes, islands & steams

Oklahoma Cultural Features such as parks, hospitals & airports

Oklahoma Civil Features such as Native Areas and Political Subdivisions

Search by Name, County, ZIP Code or Area Code

* includes but not limited to Cemeteries, Churches, Locales,

Military Installations;  Populated Places, Post Offices, Schools, Streams, and Trails

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Oklahoma, United States

Details | Resources | Counties | Cities | Cemeteries | Surveys |

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Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this State

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of State and County boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you may be looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, as well as people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.  The following link will take you to a list of all the boundary changes to this State and each county or equivalent within this U.S. State, as well as the date these changes occurred.  Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change.

 

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Maps and text covering the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county, and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the first county through 31 December 2000. Choose a date (day, month, and year) to view historical county configurations against the modern county network. Use the toolbar to zoom, pan, measure, view descriptions and citations, or print a desired map. Use the Help button on top right of the interactive map frame to read full descriptions of how to use the layers and tools on the interactive map site.

 

View Index of Counties and Equivalents

Complete index of every county, county equivalent, or other area relevant to the evolution of state and county boundaries; includes extinct and proposed counties, non-county areas, and provides cross references for name changes, and hyperlinks to corresponding entries from the Individual County Chronologies. Also accessible from the County Index link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.

 

View Consolidated Chronology of State and County Boundaries

Organizes the historical data chronologically, combining all the county events into a single composite entry for each date. Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change. Also accessible from the Chronologies link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.

 

View Individual County Chronologies

Organizes the historical data alphabetically by county name with each entry covering all the changes to a single county or equivalent. Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change. Also accessible from the Chronologies link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.

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County Research (Genealogical)

County Research
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Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.

·  Adair

·  Alfalfa

·  Atoka

·  Beaver

·  Beckham

·  Blaine

·  Bryan

·  Caddo

·  Canadian

·  Carter

·  Cherokee

·  Choctaw

·  Cimarron

·  Cleveland

·  Coal

·  Comanche

·  Cotton

·  Craig

·  Creek

·  Custer

·  Delaware

·  Dewey

·  Ellis

·  Garfield

·  Garvin

·  Grady

·  Grant

·  Greer

·  Harmon

·  Harper

·  Haskell

·  Hughes

·  Jackson

·  Jefferson

·  Johnston

·  Kay

·  Kingfisher

·  Kiowa

·  Latimer

·  LeFlore

·  Lincoln

·  Logan

·  Love

·  Major

·  Marshall

·  Mayes

·  McClain

·  McCurtain

·  McIntosh

·  Murray

·  Muskogee

·  Noble

·  Nowata

·  Okfuskee

·  Oklahoma

·  Okmulgee

·  Osage

·  Ottawa

·  Pawnee

·  Payne

·  Pittsburg

·  Pontotoc

·  Pottawatomie

·  Pushmataha

·  Roger Mills

·  Rogers

·  Seminole

·  Sequoyah

·  Stephens

·  Texas

·  Tillman

·  Tulsa

·  Wagoner

·  Washington

·  Washita

·  Woods

·  Woodward

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County Research  (General)

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Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

Adair | Alfalfa | Atoka | Beaver | Beckham | Blaine | Bryan | Caddo | Canadian | Carter | Cherokee | Choctaw | Cimarron | Cleveland | Coal | Comanche | Cotton | Craig | Creek | Custer | Delaware | Dewey | Ellis | Garfield | Garvin | Grady | Grant | Greer | Harmon | Harper | Haskell | Hughes | Jackson | Jefferson | Johnston | Kay | Kingfisher | Kiowa | Latimer | Le Flore | Lincoln | Logan | Love | Major | Marshall | Mayes | McClain | McCurtain | McIntosh | Murray | Muskogee | Noble | Nowata | Okfuskee | Oklahoma | Okmulgee | Osage | Ottawa | Pawnee | Payne | Pittsburg | Pontotoc | Pottawatomie | Pushmataha | Roger Mills | Rogers | Seminole | Sequoyah | Stephens | Texas | Tillman | Tulsa | Wagoner | Washington | Washita | Woods | Woodward

 

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Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

Where in the World are My Ancestors?

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important  as  their  names.  The LINK

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to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located therein.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral state for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the State Archives; the State Library; and the State historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.

 

Most if not all of these links are to websites that do not require a subscription.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.

Cemeteries

History

Libraries, Museums

and Archives

Maps and Gazetteers

 Records

Societies

(History & Genealogical)

Cemeteries

Cemeteries

·         Locations of Cemeteries in Oklahoma

·         Oklahoma African American Cemeteries

·         Oklahoma Cemeteries - The Tombstone Transcription Project)

·         Oklahoma Cemeteries

·         Oklahoma Cemeteries Mailing List Homepage

·         Oklahoma Cemetery Directory D'Addezio.com

·         Oklahoma Cemetery Preservation Association

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History

National Register of Historic Places listings in Oklahoma

·         Chronicles of Oklahoma

·         Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture

·         Oklahoma Bibliography

·         Oklahoma Crossroads Documents and Images

·         Oklahoma Territory

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Libraries, museums, arcxhives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         Oklahoma Public Libraries

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Maps and gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

 

·         1874 Map of Arkansas, Indian Terr.

·         1874 Map of Indian Terr., Texas NW portion

·         1922 Map of Oklahoma

·         Guide to the Ghost Towns of Oklahoma

·         Indian Terr. 1880

·         Indian Terr., N. Texas, N. M. 1845

·         Indian Territory 1890

·         Indian Territory 1879

·         Indian Territory: Parts Contiguous States & Territories 1869

·         Indian Territory, Northern Texas and New Mexico 1844

·         Indian Territory, Oklahoma 1897

·         Indian. Ty. 1875

·         Map of Indian Territory 1879

·         Map Of Kansas; Texas; And Indian Territory -1867

·         Map Of Texas, With Contiguous States 1836

·         Oklahoma 1895

·         Oklahoma County and Indian Territory Maps

·         Oklahoma County Maps 1819-Present

·         Oklahoma Digital Map Library

·         Oklahoma Historical Maps and Atlases

·         Oklahoma Maps

·         Oklahoma Maps ($)

·         Oklahoma Points of Interest

·         Oklahoma Post Offices

·         Oklahoma Postal History

·         Oklahoma Towns and Cities

·         Pam Rietsch's 1895 Atlas Indian Nations

·         Pam Rietsch's 1895 Atlas Oklahoma

·         Territory of Kansas And Indian Territory 1857

·         Texas and Indian Territory 1879

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Records

·         Oklahoma Vital Records ($)

·         Oklahoma Vital Records Information

·         Online Oklahoma Death Records & Indexes

·         Oklahoma Genealogy Records

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societies

Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·         Indian Territory Genealogical & Historical Society

·         Oklahoma Chapter Coalition of Historical Trekkers

·         Oklahoma Department: Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War

·         Oklahoma Division: United Daughters of the Confederacy

·         Oklahoma Genealogical Society

·         Oklahoma Historical Society

·         Oklahoma Independent Order of Odd Fellows

·         Oklahoma Museums Association

·         Oklahoma Outlaws Lawmen History Association

·         Oklahoma Society:  Daughters of the American Revolution

·         Oklahoma Society: Children of the American Revolution

·         Oklahoma State Society: Daughters of the American Colonists

·         Oklahoma State Society: United States Daughters of 1812

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Internet resources

Internet
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The Google search engine  button  and following web sites    may     provide    you  with

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additional information to assist with your research about   this  

U. S.   State. 

General Resources

Locality Specific Resources

FREE Record Collections

Our Genealogy Reference Library

 

General Resources

·         GenealogyLinks.net

·         n2genealogy.com

·         50states.com - States and Capitals

·         United States Research Wiki – Family Search

·         Kindred Trails.com

·         Genealogy Trails History Group

·         StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

·         Family Search,  USA IGI Batches, Localities

·         Birth & Marriage Records Indexes for USA

·         Record Search - Family Search.org

·         Genealogy.com: Resources by county

·         Libweb - Libraries on the Web

·         The USGenWeb Project

·         RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·         Genealogy Forum: U.S. States

·         Rootsweb.com – U.S. Message Boards

·         Cyndi's List – United States Index

·         USGenWeb Archives

·         Data Base Collections at Ancestry.com ($)

·         Ancestry.com Wiki

·         Linkpendium

·         Histopolis.com – Collaborative Genealogy and History

·         MyGenealogist.com

·         Access Genealogy

·         DistantCousin.com - archive of genealogy records

·         Searchable Death Indexes & Records

·         Census Finder –Free Census and other Records

 

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Locality Specific Resources

Locality Specific Resources

·         Genealogy Links – Oklahoma

·         Oklahoma at n2genealogy.com

·         50states.com -  Oklahoma

·         Research Wiki - Oklahoma

·         Kindred Trails.com – Oklahoma

·         Genealogy Trails History Group – Oklahoma

·         Genealogy Today - Oklahoma

·         Oklahoma Genealogy Forum

·         Rootsweb Message Board – Oklahoma

·         Cyndi's List – Oklahoma

·         USGenWeb Archives – Oklahoma

·         Oklahoma Data Collection at Ancestry.com ($)

·         Ancestry.com Wiki - Oklahoma