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This article is about a northwest Oklahoma county. For other uses, see Adair.

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Adair County, Oklahoma genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


Adair County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Adair County
Location in the state of Oklahoma, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oklahoma
Location of Oklahoma in the U.S.
Founded July 16, 1907
County Seat Stilwell
Address Adair County Courthouse
2nd and Division Streets
P.O. Box 169
Stillwell, Oklahoma 74960-0169
Phone: 918.696.7198

County Information[edit | edit source]

Adair County, Oklahoma Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1908 1907 1907 1907 1907

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Adair County Courthouse
2nd & Division Streets; PO Box 169
Stilwell, OK 74960-0169
Phone: 918.696.7198 

Clerk Court has marriage, divorce, probate, and court records 
from 1907; County Assessor has land records[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Adair County is located in the eastern portion of Oklahoma. It was named for the Adair family of the Cherokee tribe.[2]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1907--Adair County was created 16 July 1907 from Cherokee Lands. County seat: Stilwell [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]
  • Stilwell
Towns[edit | edit source]
  • Watts
  • Westville
Unincorporated Communities[edit | edit source]
  • Ballard
  • Barron
  • Bell
  • Bunch
  • Cherry
  • Chewey
  • Christie
  • Fairfield
  • Elohim
  • Greasy
  • Lyons
  • Marietta
  • Peavine
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Salem
  • Watts
  • West
  • Zion


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

American Indians[edit | edit source]


Land and Property

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 2,031
1810 2,185 7.6%
1820 2,350 7.6%
1830 2,489 5.9%
1840 3,286 32.0%
1850 3,589 9.2%
1860 3,945 9.9%
1870 4,877 23.6%
1880 5,985 22.7%
1890 6,895 15.2%
1900 8,560 24.1%
1910 9,318 8.9%
1920 10,025 7.6%
1930 12,895 28.6%
1940 14,785 14.7%
1950 18,754 26.8%
1960 21,458 14.4%
1970 23,569 9.8%
1980 27,845 18.1%
1990 29,654 6.5%
2000 32,501 9.6%
2010 36,877 13.5%
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For tips on accessing Evancol/Sandbox/Oklahoma census records online, see: Oklahoma Census.

State Census Records[edit | edit source]
Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for Oklahoma starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Oklahoma Census.

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Oklahoma denominations, view the Oklahoma Church Records Wiki page.

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Oklahoma Land and Property for additional information about early Oklahoma land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Evancol/Sandbox/Oklahoma. County and town histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Oklahoma Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
WWI[edit | edit source]
WWII[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Oklahoma, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Oklahoma - Adair - Probate records.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records.

Births[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Records Indexes and Images

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Online Death Records Indexes and Images

Divorces[edit | edit source]

Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Adair County, Oklahoma. Page 557 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. OK County Records. Accessed 8/2016,
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).