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Welcome to the Oklahoma family history research page. Here you'll find record collection links, history, and genealogy resources to help you trace your Oklahoma ancestors.
Most research begins in public records, since these are the most readily available of the online resources for Oklahoma genealogy. One of the most unique states has to be Oklahoma simply because it contains such a wide array of cultures. Equal parts farming and prairie as well as highlands and mountains, it has witnessed a lot of growth, immigration, and different periods of history. This is why people in search of their Native American, agricultural, or even military heritage will do a search for Oklahoma genealogy information.
Francisco Vásquez de Coronado first explored the region for Spain in 1541. The U.S. acquired most of Oklahoma in 1803 in the Louisiana Purchase from France; the Western Panhandle region became U.S. territory with the annexation of Texas in 1845.
Set aside as Indian Territory in 1834, the region was divided into Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory on May 2, 1890. The two were combined to make a new state, Oklahoma, on Nov. 16, 1907.
On April 22, 1889, the first day homesteading was permitted, 50,000 people swarmed into the area. Those who tried to beat the noon starting gun were called “Sooners,” hence the state's nickname.
Oklahoma was organized as Indian Territory in 1834, the region was divided into Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory on May 2, 1890. It entered the union as the 46th state on November 16, 1907. It currently has 77 Counties. capital is Oklahoma City and the official state website is www.ok.gov/.
Oklahoma is bordered by Arkansas (west), Colorado (northwest), Kansas (north), Missouri (northeast), New Mexico (northwest), Texas (west, south). It has a land area of 69,903 square miles making it the 20th largest state and the 2010 population was 3,751,351 . The largest cities (2010) are Oklahoma City (Capital), 579,999; Tulsa, 391,906; Norman, 110,925; Lawton, 96,867; Broken Arrow, 98,850; Edmond , 81,405; Moore, 55,081; Midwest City, 54,371; Enid, 49,379; Stillwater, 45,688.
Oklahoma's name is from the Choctaw Indian words "okla" meaning people and "humma" meaning red. The state nickname is " Sooner State " which references the first day homesteading was permitted (April 22, 1889), 50,000 people swarmed into the area. Those who tried to beat the noon starting gun were called “Sooners,” hence the state's nickname and the state Motto is " Labor omnia vincit " which means Labor Conquers All Things.
Searching for Oklahoma Genealogy Data - Because most people head to their computer to do research, a lot of archives and libraries have ensured that access is available to their materials through the Internet. While it is a very effective way of allowing the most people to do their research, it is not yet something available with all resources; though most websites will identify the contents of their collections.
This means that it is necessary to spend time learning which resources for Oklahoma genealogy will be primarily online tools, and which require some sort of trip in order to retrieve the genealogy materials.
Resources for Oklahoma Genealogy Materials - Most state research tends to begin with public records, and these are usually divided into three categories. You should know the differences as you begin looking for Oklahoma genealogy materials.
Modern Tools for Oklahoma Genealogy Information - Where can you begin to find these records? Below is a list of the primary online resources for information for Oklahoma genealogy:
Additional state and local records can be found at the:
All other collections and services are housed in the
Also, consider using the resources in the Oklahoma Genealogical Society website at: http://www.okgensoc.org/.
The three websites below will give researchers a large amount of state-specific details for those in search for Oklahoma genealogy data.