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How To Search Public and Vital Records - Vital records are records of life events important enough that some level of government acquires, organizes, and preserves them. While the term "vital records" is often applied to a wide variety of life events... Read more
 
Oklahoma Vital Records
Statewide recording of births and deaths for Oklahoma began in October 1908, although compliance was incomplete for as long as two decades. Registration was mandated in 1917, but it was another decade before 90-percent compliance was attained. Although county clerks record births and deaths and provide information on request, certificates are available only from the state Vital Records Section.
For birth and death records from October 1908, write:
Oklahoma Department of Health, Division of Vital Records, 1000 Northeast 10th Street, Room 117, P.O. Box 53551, Oklahoma City, OK 73152-3551

For marriage records from earliest to present, write to the clerk of the county in question.

Oklahoma Land Records
Oklahoma is a federal-land state. Lands were generally acquired through federal government programs, the Indian Nations, or from other individuals. Land records for the nations were filed under their respective Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) agency. After some areas were opened for non-native settlement, the common holdings of the tribes were divided into individual allotments to tribal members, with the federal government remaining guardian over allotments. No centralized repository exists for the land allotments given the natives, but original allotments for all but the Five Civilized Tribes are on microfilm at the Indian Archives at the Oklahoma Historical Society. Outright payments made for land in the Cherokee Outlet are included in this microfilm. Land allotments given to Native Americans between 1889êÒ freed more land for non-natives. The Oklahoma Historical Society holds land descriptions and plat maps for some allotments; originals are at the BIA in Muskogee, Oklahoma, or the National Archives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Land-entry case files for government purchases are available through the National Archives in Washington, D.C.. The tract books and plat maps are also accessible through either the BLM in Santa Fe, New Mexico, or through the National Archives. The Oklahoma Historical Society has seventy-two volumes of Oklahoma Federal Tract Books on microfilm. A surname index has been compiled for each reel, and a statewide index is currently being developed. Records from Oklahoma's several local land offices (open from 1889êç) are housed at the Division of Archives and Records, Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Since statehood in 1907, the respective clerk of the court or registrar maintains land and property transactions between individuals. For further information, consult Sidney Thiel, comp., The Oklahoma Land Rush. (Washington, D.C.: Historical Records Commission, n.d.); and E. Wade Hone, Land and Property Research in the United States (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997).

Oklahoma Court Records
Court records include probate records, guardianship, naturalization, and a wide variety of other sources. All contain information about individuals within the area. It should be remembered that there are different levels of jurisdiction for courts in the United States, all of which should be considered for research under various circumstances. Court of Common Pleas, Orphan's Court, Probate Court, District Court, Superior Court, Supreme Court, and other titles are among those encountered. To study more about court records in general, see "Research in Court Records," by Arlene H. Eakle, in Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, eds., The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy, rev. ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997).

Oklahoma Military Records
Military records are available for Oklahoma prior to statehood. Bounty-land and military service records are located either at the National Archives or the Southwest Region branch in Fort Worth. See also Odie B. Faulk, Kenny A. Franks, and Paul F. Lambert, eds., Early Military Forts and Posts in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society, 1978). Some Civil War applications for pensions and pension records are extant at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, State Archives Division. Included are records for Confederate veterans (and their widows) who served elsewhere but were residents of Oklahoma when allocated pensions. These are filed numerically and indexed separately. See Oklahoma Board of Pension Commissioners, Confederate Pension Applications for Soldiers and Sailors (Oklahoma City: Archives and Records Division, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, n.d.). Index to Applications for Pensions from the State of Oklahoma Submitted by Confederate Soldiers, Sailors and their Widows (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Genealogical Society, 1969), Special Publication No. 2, gives veteran's name, application number, and number of the reel for locating the pension file on microfilm. Native American military units were part of Texas organizations, and are filed with those units, not as separate units for Indian Territory. Some Confederate service records may be filed with the State Adjutant General's Office or the Oklahoma Historical Society, Archives and Manuscripts Division. See also Grant Foreman, History of the Service and List of Individuals of the Five Civilized Tribes in the Confederate Army, 2 vols. (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society, 1948).
The Oklahoma Historical Society maintains a card file of veterans buried in Oklahoma. These data cards may include full name, birth date, death date, burial place, and military service unit data. The Oklahoma Historical Society has the records, although incomplete, of the Confederate Home located in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Other records at the historical society include those for Native Americans that are contained in the Indian Archives section. Muster rolls of the Indian Home Guard are also available on microfilm. For further reference, consult James C. Neagles's U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal and State Sources. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1994).

Additional Sources
Gibson, Arrell Morgan. Oklahoma: A History of Five Centuries. 2nd ed. Norman: Harlow Publishing, 1981.
Gittinger, Roy. The Formation of the State of Oklahoma, 1803–1906. 1917. Reprint. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1939.
Smith, Jane, and Robert Kvasnicka, eds. "Major Indian Record Collections in Oklahoma." In Indian-White Relations: A Persistent Paradox. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1976.


Oklahoma Vital Records:

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $5.00

Address:
Vital Records Section
State Department of Health
1000 Northeast 10th Street
P.O. Box 53551
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Remarks: State office has had records since October 1908.

Check or money order should be made payable to Oklahoma State Department of Health. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (405) 271-4040.

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Event: Death

Cost of copy: $10.00

Address:
Vital Records Section
State Department of Health
1000 Northeast 10th Street
P.O. Box 53551
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Remarks: State office has had records since October 1908.

Check or money order should be made payable to Oklahoma State Department of Health. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (405) 271-4040.


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Event: Marriage

Cost of copy: Varies

Address: See remarks

Remarks: Clerk of Court in county where license was issued.


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Event: Divorce

Cost of copy: Varies

Address: See remarks

Remarks: Clerk of Court in county where divorce was granted.

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