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      From the Tulsa City-County Library in Pictures Collection

Tulsa City-County Library's Genealogy Center has the greatest number of resources and staff expertise for finding ancestors from this area. The Genealogy Center and the Local History Collection are housed in different locations. There is some overlap and some distinctions in the resources available at each location. Below, you will find links to information about everyday people in the community that are mostly found in the Local History Collection or in other online resources. The notable Oklahomans tab points to resources for those who were influential in the development of the city and state or who were known nationally/internationally. 



    • Ancestry Library Edition
      Search census, military, land, immigration, vital records, and family trees. Available at any library location.
    • City Directories
      City directories are a great resource for finding people. Entries often include occupation and adult children living in a household. The oldest city directory in the collection dates back to 1909. Beginning in 1912, the directories may be searched in a reverse manner as the streets are listed alphabetically. The 1910, 1920, and 1921 Tulsa City Directories are available in the Library's digital collections (choose the digital collections tab above and are accessible from outside the Library. The 1909-1935 Tulsa City Directories are available in the Ancestry Library Edition database. If you don't have your own subscription to, Ancestry Library Edition is accesible at any library location.
    • Funeral Home Records of Tulsa
      If you are you looking for an obituary or death notice but don't know the date of death, browse the funeral home records index here to determine if the person is listed. If he/she is listed, you can use this date to narrow down your search on microfilm. If you find a date but are not able to visit the Research Center to browse the microfilm, email us at or call 918-549-7323.
    • Historic Tulsa Newspapers
      A guide to the historic newspapers located in the Research Center of Central Library.
    • Yearbooks
      Here, you will find a list of the schools and yearbook titles in the collection. Click on the school to determine our holdings.
    • Catalog
      Use the catalog to search for county, church, and organizational histories that will provide direct or indirect information about your family. Use the "collections" drop-down menu in our legacy catalog to narrow the search to the Oklahoma Collection and, alternatively, the Genealogy Center. There are some distinct and some overlapping resources in these two collections.


    • The Oklahoman
    • Tulsa World
    • Death Notice Index
      The Death Notice Index provides a searchable online index of the dates of death notices that have appeared in the Tulsa World and Tulsa Tribune. Covering the years 1963-1990, the index contains the name of the person and the date that the death notice appeared in the newspaper. These documents are not available online. You may access them by visiting the Research Center, emailing us at, or calling 918-549-7323.
    • Local Publications Index
      The Local Publications Index provides a searchable online index to older Tulsa area publications housed at the Central Library. These publications include: The American Indian, Gusher, Magazine Tulsa, Tulsa Home & Garden, and Tulsa School Review. The documents in the index are not available online. You may access them by visiting the Research Center at Central Library, emailing us at, or calling 918-549-7323.


    • Dawes Final Rolls
      Search for individuals who chose to enroll and were approved for membership in the Five Civilized Tribes from 1898 to 1906.
    • Edmond Obituary Index
      From the UCO, the index includes all Edmond newspapers dating from July 1889 to within six months of current date.
    • The Oklahoman Obituary Index
    • Tulsa Genealogical Society
      View their holdings, search the Funeral Home Index, and access their workshop calendar.
    • Google Books
      Google has digitized many public domain books related to the history of Oklahoma. To access full text, look for results with the "full view" link. If the full text is not available, use the title to find the resource in the library's catalog.
    • HathiTrust
      Just like Google Books, the Hathi Trust can be used to find books in the public domain or to discover the content inside a book.
    • Internet Archive
      Find over 1 million full-text, downloadable books here.

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    Sheri Perkins
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    History and Digital Collections Librarian
    Research Center, Central Library
    400 Civic Center
    Tulsa, OK 74103-3830
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    • Oklahoma State Department of Health
      Oklahoma began filing birth and death records in October of 1908. It was not mandatory, however, that these records be filed until 1917. Because birth and death records were not required in years past as they are today for identification, the filing process in many years prior to 1940 are sketchy.
      OK2Explore is a free searchable public index of births and deaths that occurred in the state of Oklahoma. It includes information from records of births occurring in Oklahoma 20 or more years ago and records of deaths occurring in Oklahoma 5 or more years ago. You can search by type of event (birth or death), date, county, name and sex. The database includes information to help you identify whether a record is on file without paying a search fee. The index will indicate whether or not a record exists, but you cannot view the actual birth or death certificate online. If you would like to order a copy of a record, the eligibility rules will apply for non-open records.
    • Marriage Books of Tulsa County
      Marriage books for 1907-1920 are available at the Genealogy Center.
    • Tulsa County Clerk
      For original marriage and divorce documents, contact the Tulsa County Clerk's office.
    • OSCN
      One of two sites to search for court records. Choose "court dockets" and then "search dockets."
    • ODCR
      This is the second site to search for court records.


    • Cherokee Nation Township Plat Maps
      236 Cherokee Nation township plat maps that include townships 9 north through 29 north have been digitized by the Oklahoma Historical Society. An interesting characteristic of these maps is the meticulous detail with which the ownership of allotments is shown. Each map contains the names, statuses, and allotment numbers of the individual owners. The maps were probably printed after statehood in 1907, by the Indian Territory Map Company in Muskogee, but the information comes from the Dawes Commission which began its work in 1893.
    • Hastain's Township Plats of the Creek Nation (1910)
      These plat maps include the names of individuals living in each township, range, and section.

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