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Jefferson County.

Named after President Thomas Jefferson and located in south-central Oklahoma, Jefferson County was formed in 1907.  Early travel routes through the county included the Great Spanish Road and the Chisholm Trail.  Railroads were built in Jefferson County starting in the late 1800s.  In Waurika, the Rock Island Depot, built in 1912, has been restored and now holds railroad memorabilia and historical artifacts from the town.   Waurika Lake offers visitors campsites, trails, water sports, fishing and more. 

In 2000, census records showed 6,818 people living in Jefferson County.  Countless resources exist for tracing genealogy in Jefferson County including legal records, cemetery records and a genealogical society.  For more information about genealogy in Jefferson County, resources are provided below.  


Jefferson County Courthouse

Detailed Map of Jefferson County

Existing Towns in Jefferson County

Ghost Towns in Jefferson County

Cemeteries in Jefferson County

Historic Schools in Jefferson County

Libraries in Jefferson County

Newspaper Archives of Jefferson County

Add'l Genealogy Resources for Jefferson County

Places to Visit in Jefferson County


Jefferson County Courthouse Information


Jefferson County Clerk
220 N. Main St., Room 302
Waurika, OK  73573
Telephone:  (405) 228-2241

Directions:  Corner of Main St. and W. C. St.

Records available:  Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and civil records from 1908; County Clerk has land records.

Jefferson County Website:


Detailed Map of Jefferson County


Search for cemeteries, highways and scenic sites, or examine county and township lines with this detailed map of Jefferson County.


Existing Towns in Jefferson County


The following towns and cities are located in present day Jefferson County, Oklahoma.











Ghost Towns in Jefferson County


The following towns and cities either no longer exist in Jefferson County or are still populated, but significantly less so than in years past.  These towns and cities are commonly referred to as "ghost towns."











Cemeteries in Jefferson County


The following cemeteries are located in present day Jefferson County, Oklahoma.


Adams Cemetery

Addington Cemetery

Allen Cemetery

Atlee Cemetery

Baldwin (AKA Old Ryan) Cemetery

Beaver Cemetery

Benton Cemetery

Clowdus Cemetery

Cornish Cemetery

Dennis Cemetery

Dixie (AKA Center Point) Cemetery

Fleetwood Cemetery

Grady Cemetery

Hastings Cemetery

IOOF Cemetery

Old Waurika Cemetery

Oscar Cemetery

Petersburg Cemetery

Ringling Cemetery

Rose Family Cemetery

Rose Hill Cemetery

Ryan Cemetery

Sugden Cemetery

Terral Cemetery

Waurika Cemetery


Historic Schools in Jefferson County


The following historic schools, academies and schoolhouses were located in Jefferson County, Oklahoma.  Brief information about many of these schools can be found on the Schools Page of the Jefferson County OKGenWeb site


Asphaltum School

Atlee School

Banner School

Beam School

Belcher School

Belleview School

Bethel School

Big Valley School

Blue Grove School

Branch Creek School

Brown's Chapel School

Bummet School

Center Point School

Chapel Hill School

Claudcroft School

Claypool School

Cumberland Presbyterian College

Deer Grove School

E. B. Ranch School

Fair View School

Ferguson School

Fleetwood School

Gann School

Goodwin School

Grady School

Hastings School

Hillcrest School

Holly Hill School

Independence School

Irving School

Linwood School

Lone Star School

Lookout School

Madden Grove School

Major School

Melrose School

Mt. Home East Schol

Mt. Home West School

Mud Creek School

North Center Point

Oak Hill School

Opie School

Oscar School

Petersburg School 

Plainview School

Prairie Chapel School

Richland School

Riverview School

Roche School

Rocky Knob School

Rubottom School

Ryan School

SW Academy of the American Congregational Church

Spears Chapel School

Spring Hill School

Sugden School

Sunnyside School

Terral School

Texas School

Union Hill School

Union Valley School

Valley View School

Woodrow School

Wray Chapel School


Libraries in Jefferson County


Gleason Memorial Library
101 E. Main
Ringling, OK  73456
Telephone:  (580) 662-2925

Waurika Public Library
105 S. Meridian St.
Waurika, OK  73573
Telephone:  (580) 228-3274


Historic Newspaper Archives of Jefferson County


Ryan News

Waurika News Democrat 


Additional Genealogy Resources for Jefferson County


Jefferson County on OKGenWeb: Oklahoma Genealogy & History

Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society


Places to Visit in Jefferson County


While researching your family history in Jefferson County, be sure to check out the following attractions located in the area.


Nancy's Antiques & Gifts

Waurika Lake

 Waurika Rock Island Depot


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