Local Oklahoma Research Links

History and genealogy research go hand-in-hand, so we made a list of links to useful resources! All of these sites are free to use without subscriptions, so have fun!

Bristow & Creek County

Bristow Oral HistoriesOral Histories transcribed and digitized by the Bristow Historical Society
Bristow Maps and Phone DirectoriesEarly day maps, phone directories, and selected Gypsy yearbooks digitized by the Bristow Historical Society


Oklahoma State Vital Records IndexSearch Oklahoma death and birth records.
Oklahoma Digital PrairieSearch through the Oklahoma State Archives and look through assorted documents, pictures, yearbooks, and other records
Oklahoma GatewaySearch through pictures, documents, newspapers, and maps in the Oklahoma State Historical Society’s Database. Click Here for a Tutorial!
Oklahoma State Historical Society Research CenterDatabases include indexes to multiple censuses, indexes, and more
Oklahoma State Courts Network DatabaseSearch through court records by county and courthouses. These include some wills, probate, marriage, and other records.
On Demand Court RecordsSearch through Oklahoma court records by county and courthouses. These include some wills, probate, marriage, and other records. (this is a second version of OSCN)
Oklahoma Climatological Survey – Past & Local DataClick on links to look at past weather data. The A Month in Time feature can be especially helpful for finding out what the weather was like on a certain day if you are doing background research on an ancestor’s life!
The Oklahoman ArchivesThe Oklahoman is a statewide newspaper published in Oklahoma City that covers news from across the state. The oldest issue in the archive is dated Wednesday, September 25th, 1901.
Note: This website can be a bit finicky to work with.

Oklahoma State University Links

Edmon Low Library CatalogUniversity libraries are a useful resource and many are undertaking preservation and digitization projects with their archives.
Oklahoma State Digital ArchivesSearch through some of OSU’s Archives. It includes oral histories from across the state, yearbooks, pictures, and other information.
Oklahoma State Digital Archives – Oklahoma MapsIncludes WPA maps of townships with labled farms and land owners along with other historical maps.

University of Oklahoma Links

Bizzell Memorial Library CatalogSearch the university’s library to search for books, journals, and other items that may be helpful in your research.
Western History Collections:
Digital Collections
OU’s Western History Collections has been working to digitize their archive to preserve and make available a multitude of pictures, manuscripts, letters, oral histories, and more!
Western History Collections Archive SearchSearch the WHC’s archive catalog to find records that may not be available online. When you find the resources that you need to use, the WHC encourages you to please set an appointment to make sure that the materials are available when you arrive. They are working on a preservation project and certain items may be unavailable for a short time as they are worked with.
Oklahoma Geological SurveyOU hosts the Oklahoma Geological Survey’s website as well as their publication database, geological maps (both recent and historic), photographs, and geological data, all available to the public for free.