To request editing rights on the Wiki, click here.

Oklahoma Vital Records

From FamilySearch Wiki
Revision as of 05:44, 10 April 2012 by HealeyJE (talk | contribs) (Added to chart, death records)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

United StatesOklahoma > Oklahoma Vital Records

Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Oklahoma Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Vital Records.jpg

         Birth Marriage Death
Statewide Registration 1908 No Statewide Records 1908
General Compliance 1928 1928
  • All of Oklahoma except a few areas; Greer County and No Man's Land, and Unassigned Lands were Indian Territory until April 22, 1889.

Online Oklahoma Birth, Marriage and Death Records[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Indexing icon.png Records from this area are currently being indexed by volunteers. Come join the effort and help us index the US, Oklahoma - County Marriages 1891-1959 Part C
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Oklahoma Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Most online resources for Oklahoma Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index. 

If you are aware of other online databases, please feel free to add them.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Birth and Death Records[edit | edit source]

Some counties kept birth and death records as early as 1891, although most did not start until after statehood in 1907. The early records, which are quite incomplete, are at county courthouses. Contact details for county courts can be found at Oklahoma at The Family History Library has copied some of the vital records of the Superintendent of Public Health in a few counties.

The statewide registration of births and deaths began in Oklahoma in 1908 and was generally complied with by 1930. You can write to:

Vital Records Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 Northeast 10th Street, Room 111
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Telephone: 405-271-4040
Internet: Oklahoma State Department of Health

The current fees for obtaining copies of the state's records are listed on the Internet site above. Copies of birth records are restricted to the individual, their next of kin, or a legal representative. See the above Internet site for requirements for requesting records. Death records are not restricted.

Delayed registrations of births (for persons born before registration began in 1908) are available from the Vital Records Service mentioned above.

Adoption Records[edit | edit source]

open / closed / state statues

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Marriage bonds, affidavits, licenses, and certificates were kept by each county beginning about 1890 or when the county was created. Many marriages in the territorial era were not recorded, and some were recorded in county courthouses in Arkansas, Kansas, and Texas. Write to the appropriate county clerk for information.

A wiki article describing Oklahoma County Marriages is found at:

The Family History Library has marriage records for some counties. Published transcripts of marriage documents include:

  • Oklahoma Territory Weddings. Geary, Oklahoma: Pioneer Book Committee, 1983 [1]This includes history, wedding albums, and marriage files from Blaine, Caddo, and Kingfisher counties.

Divorce Records[edit | edit source]

Divorces were granted after 1907 by the district courts or the circuit court in each county. You can write to the clerk of the court for information. The Family History Library has records from some counties.

Death Records[edit | edit source]

In 1908, death records were mandated by the state with copies sent to the state capital. Compliance to this law reached 90% by 1928.

After 1928, death records usually give infromation about the deceased, such as name, age, birth date, stae or country of birth, and names of parentsand the informant.The date and place of death are given.   Sometimes burial informatin, the cause of death, and the names of physician and morticians are proviced. 

Substitute Records[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma Church Records

Oklahoma Cemetery Records

Oklahoma Census

Oklahoma Newspapers

Oklahoma Military Records

Oklahoma Periodicals

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relations;hip of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search and then choosing Vital Record.  Search for Oklahoma to locate records filed by the state and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.

Archives, Libraries and Societies[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma Archives and Libraries

Oklahoma Societies

Inventory of Vital Records[edit | edit source]

You can learn more about the history and availability of birth, marriage, death, and divorce in Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City: Historical Records Survey, 1941. [3]This guide describes the records kept by the state, and each county.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Bode, Frances M. Oklahoma Territory Weddings. Geary, Oklahoma: Pioneer Book Committee, 1983. (Family History Library book 976.6 V2bf; fiche 6104367.)
  2. Tiffee, Ellen. Oklahoma Marriage Records, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. 10 vols. [Howe, Oklahoma]: E. Tiffee, N.d. (Family History Library book 976.6 V2t; film 1,321,223 items 11-16, vols. 1-6.)
  3. Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City: Historical Records Survey, 1941(Family History Library book 976.6 A3hr; film 874,325 item 3.)

Websites[edit | edit source] -   A GenWeb project that has some counties with inconsistent dates and information. What is listed is easy to access

A wiki article describing this collection is found at: