Genealogy @ Muskogee

The Muskogee Public Library has one of the largest genealogical collections in Oklahoma. The friendly and knowledgeable staff of the Local History & Genealogy Department is experienced in all areas of research including Native American research.

The Grant Foreman collection of over 18,000 items has a strong emphasis on Oklahoma, Cherokee and Creek tribes, Arkansas, southern states and other migration paths into Oklahoma. Items include the Dawes Rolls, census and payrolls for the Five Civilized Tribes as well as local newspapers, city directories and court records, including county marriages.

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Local Indexes

Muskogee County area researchers will find several indexes on the Muskogee County Genealogical Society website. Created by library staff and society volunteers these resources are immensely valuable to the genealogy and historical researcher.

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Indexes include:

Obituaries
Published in the Muskogee Phoenix from statehood (1907) to the present.

Both the library and society can provide copies of the obituaries for a fee or they may be printed by the researcher from microfilm located in the library.

Marriage Index
Index covers licenses beginning in 1892 and continuing to 1948. Muskogee had the first federal courthouse in Indian Territory. Couples traveled from great distances to obtain their marriage license in Muskogee before statehood. These documents are also available on microfilm at the library.

Burials at Memorial Park Cemetery
This is an index to the burial records microfilmed and available at the library.

Funeral Home Records
This indexing project is an ongoing project and not all funeral homes are available. The selection includes the records of Ragsdale Funeral Home which served a wide area and specialized in funerals for African-American residents. The records are on microfilm in the library.

Probates & Guardianships
Covers Muskogee County probates and guardianships, 1907-1930. These include guardianships of members of the Five Tribes.

Both the library and the society can provide copies of the documents for a fee or they may be printed by the researcher from microfilm located in the library.