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Guide to McCurtain County, Oklahoma ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Idabel
Organized: July 16, 1907
Parent County(s): Choctaw Lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bowie (TX)  • Choctaw  • LeFlore  • Little River (AR)  • Polk (AR)  • Pushmataha  • Red River (TX)  • Sevier (AR)
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

McCurtain County was named to honor a prominent Choctaw family, three of whom had served as principal chiefs of the tribe. The county occupies the extreme southeastern corner of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

McCurtain County Courthouse
108 N Central Avenue
Idabel, OK 74745
Phone: 580.286-2370

Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1907[1]

McCurtain County, Oklahoma Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1907 1908 1907 1907 1907 1860
Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1930.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of McCurtain County, Oklahoma online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 20,681
1920 37,905 83.3%
1930 34,759 −8.3%
1940 41,318 18.9%
1950 31,588 −23.5%
1960 25,851 −18.2%
1970 28,642 10.8%
1980 36,151 26.2%
1990 33,433 −7.5%
2000 34,402 2.9%
2010 33,151 −3.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing McCurtain County, Oklahoma Genealogy census records online, see: Oklahoma Census.

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Oklahoma starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Oklahoma Census.

State Census Records

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Oklahoma denominations, view the Oklahoma Church Records Wiki page.

A brief history of Wheelock Seminary, part of the Wheelock Mission church can be found in the Chronicles of Oklahoma.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma Public Court Records

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

American Indians[edit | edit source]

Census

Land and Property

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Oklahoma Land and Property for additional information about early Oklahoma land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records

For more information see Oklahoma Land and Property

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for McCurtain County, Oklahoma Genealogy. County and town histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Oklahoma Local Histories.

McCurtain County and Southeast Oklahoma: History, Biography, Statistics, a Complete Church, Lodge, School, Professional, Business and Trade Directory of the County

The Choctaw Freedmen and the Story of Oak Hill Industrial Academy, Valliant, McCurtain County, Oklahoma, now called the Alice Lee Elliott Memorial...

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Pushmataha CountyLe Flore CountyChoctaw CountyLamar CountyRed River CountyBowie CountyPolk CountySevier CountyLittle River CountyOK McCURTAIN.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Also see: Oklahoma Military Records

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

The Oklahoma section of the book World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces is available at the National Archives website. Soldiers from McCurtain County are listed here and here.

The State Summary of War Casualties from World War II for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from: Oklahoma is also available. It is not broken out by county, however. Note: Casualities include the wounded in addition to those killed.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as McCurtain County, Oklahoma Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Historic Newspapers (no longer published)

Here are the known McCurtain County newspapers, along with where they were published and their years of publication. See the Chronicling America and Worldcat websites for libraries and institutions that may hold copies or microfilm.

  • Acme News, Broken Bow, 1912-1913
  • American Socialist, Garvin, 1910-191?
  • B B Developer, Broken Bow, 1911-1913
  • Beacon-Times, Idabel, 1911-191?
  • Broken Bow News and McCurtain County News-Graphic, Broken Bow, 1973-1976
  • Broken Bow News, Broken Bow, 1913-1973
  • Broken Bow News-Graphic, Broken Bow, 1976-1976
  • Challenger, Valliant, 1968-1981
  • Daily Beacon-Times, Idabel, 1913-191?
  • Democrat Record and Beacon-Times, Idabel, 1914-1915
  • Democrat-Record, Idabel, 1910-1914
  • Democrat-Record, Idabel, 1915-191?
  • Garvin Graphic, Garvin, 1903-1919
  • Garvin Pioneer, Garvin, 190?-191?
  • Haworth Herald, Haworth, 1912-192?
  • Idabel News, Idabel, 1919-1922
  • Idabel Signal, Idabel, 1905-190?
  • Little Dixie Beacon, Idabel, 1967-19??
  • McCurtain County American, Smithville, 1907-190?
  • McCurtain County Beacon, Idabel, 1911-1911
  • McCurtain County Journal, Valliant, 1981-1983
  • McCurtain County Record, Valliant, 19??-195?
  • McCurtain Daily Gazette, Idabel, 1969-1972
  • McCurtain Democrat, Idabel, 1922-194?
  • McCurtain Gazette, Idabel, 1907-1969
  • McCurtain Gazette, Idabel, 1972-1978
  • McCurtain Record, Valliant, 1908-1910
  • McCurtain Weekly Gazette, Idabel, 1969-1972
  • Methodist Herald, Broken Bow, 1921-1921
  • Millerton Progress, Millerton, 1908-1910
  • Millerton Progress-News, Millerton, 190?-1908
  • The-Signal, Idabel, 1905-1905
  • Valliant News, Valliant, 1904-190?
  • Valliant Times, Valliant, 1910-1911
  • Valliant Tribune, Valliant, 1911-194?

Historic Newspapers available online

The website Gateway to Oklahoma History has digitized a few issues of McCurtain County newspapers from the early 1900s, including:

Current Newspapers

  • Broken Bow News, Broken Bow, 1976-Current
  • Southeast Times, Broken Bow, 1988-Current
  • McCurtain Daily Gazette, Idabel, 1978-Current
  • McCurtain Sunday Gazette and Broken Bow News, Idabel, 1977-Current
  • Valliant Leader, Valliant, 1983-Current. A few issues of the Valliant Leader from 2005-2007 have been digitized by Google Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Oklahoma, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Oklahoma - McCurtain - Probate records.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Records Indexes and Images

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Records Indexes and Images

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

to Family History Centers Introduction to Family History Centers

Libraries[edit | edit source]

The Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma serves several counties, including McCurtain.

Museums[edit | edit source]

McCurtain County Veteran's Memorial Museum, Idabel

Museum of the Red River, Idabel

Societies[edit | edit source]

Mccurtain County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1832
Idabel 74745
Website

McCurtain County Historical Society
302 S. E. Adams
Idabel, OK. 74745
Telephone: 580-212-3639
E-mail:ksivard@hotmail.com
Website

The Kiamichi Country Genealogy Society (Broken Bow) has published the newsletter Kiamichian since 1990. See worldcat.org for libraries' holdings and PERSI (within HeritageQuest) for a catalog of their subjects.

McCurtain County Genealogical Society has published the newsletter Intikba since 1985. See worldcat.org for libraries' holdings and PERSI (within HeritageQuest) for a catalog of their subjects.

McCurtain County Historical Society (also see their Facebookpage.)

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oklahoma. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/oka/mccurtain/history.html accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McCurtain County, Oklahoma. Page 557-563 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 550-552.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "McCurtain County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCurtain_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 9 January 2019.

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