Oklahoma Cemetery Records

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This entry was originally written by Wendy Bebout Elliott Ph.D., FUGA for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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The Oklahoma Historical Society Library has the state copies of cemetery transcriptions completed by the state DAR, although this group of compilations is by no means comprehensive. A card file index at the library lists cemeteries in the DAR collection and some other cemeteries that have been canvassed. The card index is alphabetical by name of county and indicates the cemetery.

Many other cemetery records exist that are not on the card file. Published records include some for Carter, Garfield, LeFlore, Murray, Muskogee, Payne, Roger Mills, Sequoyah, and Woodward counties. The FHL has Cemetery Records of Oklahoma. 9 vols. (Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1959–62). Also see James W. Tyner and Alice Tyner Timmons, Our People and Where They Rest, 10 vols. (Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma, 1969–78), and Madeline S. Mills and Helen R. Mullenax, Relocated Cemeteries in Oklahoma and Parts of Arkansas-Kansas-Texas (Tulsa, Okla.: the authors, 1974). The newest guide is Barbara Pierce and Brian Basore, Oklahoma Cemeteries: Bibliography of the Collections in the Oklahoma Historical Society. (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Historical Society, Library Resources Division, 1993.

Other publications include:

  • Chasteen, Jerri G. Master Index to Our People and Where They Rest: An Index to 1,043 Old Cemeteries within the Boundary of the Old Indian Territory. Pryor, Okla.: the author, 1995.
  • Lemley, Marie Perrin. “Cemetery Records of Oklahoma.” Manuscript microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993.
  • Lester, Gary W. Cemetery Relocation Records of Grand and Eucha Lakes. Braggs, Okla.: Green Leaf Creek, 1995.
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