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Kay County, located in north-central Oklahoma, was formed at statehood in 1907.  Early travel routes included the West Shawnee Trail and the Arkansas City-Reno Road.  The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway were the first railroads in the county.  The Top of Oklahoma Historical Society Museum in Blackwell holds artifacts and displays from the area.  In Ponca City, Standing Bear Park, Museum and Education Center features tribal artifacts, artwork and exhibits.

In 2000, census records showed 48,080 people living in Kay County.  Countless assets exist for tracing genealogy in Kay County including legal records, cemetery records and a local genealogy society.  Valuable resources for researching genealogy in Kay County are provided below, including a list of existing towns, a list of ghost towns, the county courthouse address, a detailed map of the county, library information, a list of cemeteries located within the county and American Indian tribal information.  A list of places to visit in Kay County is provided below for visitors to the area, as well as some online newspaper archives.

Discover Kay County and trace your family history and ancestry with this list of county-specific genealogy resources.



Kay County Courthouse Information

Detailed Map of Kay County

Existing Towns in Kay County

Ghost Towns in Kay County

Cemeteries in Kay County

Libraries in Kay County

Historic Newspaper Archives of Kay County

Tribal Nations in Kay County

Add'l Genealogy Resources for Kay County

Places to Visit in Kay County


Kay County Courthouse Information


Kay County Clerk
P.O. Box 450
Newkirk, OK  74647
Telephone:  (580) 362-3116

Directions:  On S. Main St. and 8th St.

Records available:  Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1893; County Clerk has land records from 1893.

Kay County Website:


Detailed Map of Kay County


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


Existing Towns in Kay County


While researching your family history in Kay County, be sure to visit the following cities located in the area.



Ponca City


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




Kaw City



Ponca City




Ghost Towns in Kay County


The following towns and cities either no longer exist in Kay 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 Kay County


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


Banner (AKA Cales)

Blackwell Cemetery

Blaine Park Cemetery
of the Cross

Braman Cemetery

Brown Farm Cemetery

Cooper Cemetery

Cowboy Hill Cemetery

Grandview Cemetery

Longwood Cemetery

Mount Olive Cemetery

Nardin Cemetery

Newhome Cemetery

Newkirk Cemetery

Oak Grove Cemetery

Odd Fellows Cemetery

Otoe-Missouria Mothers Memorial

Plainview Cemetery

Ponca City Cemetery

Ponca Indian Cemetery

Prairie Chapel Cemetery

Prairie View Cemetery

Resthaven Memorial


Riverview Cemetery

Rock Falls Cemetery

Round Grove Cemetery

Springside Cemetery

St. John's Lutheran

St. Mary's Catholic

Sunset Memorial Park

Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery

Washunga Cemetery


Libraries in Kay County


Blackwell Public Library
123 W. Padon
Blackwell, OK  74647
Telephone:  (580) 363-1809

J.A. Walker Memorial Library
900 Morgan Square
Kaw City, OK  74641
Telephone:  (580) 269-2525

Newkirk Public Library
116 N. Maple Ave.
Newkirk, OK  74647
Telephone:  (580) 362-3934

Ponca City Library
515 E. Grand
Ponca City, OK  74601
Telephone:  (580) 767-0345

Tonkawa Public Library
216 N. 7th
Tonkawa, OK  74653
Telephone:  (580) 628-3366


Historic Newspaper Archives of Kay County


Blackwell News

Kaw City Star

Ponca City News

Tonkawa News


Tribal Nations in Kay County


Kaw Nation
698 Grandview Dr.
P.O. Box 50
Kaw City, OK  74641
Telephone:  (580) 269-2301

Ponca Nation
20 White Eagle Dr.
Ponca City, OK  74601
Telephone:  (580) 762-2743

Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma
1 Rush Buffalo Rd.
Tonkawa, OK  74653
Telephone:  (580) 628-2561


Additional Genealogy Resources for Kay County


Kay County on OKGenWeb: Oklahoma Genealogy & History

Pioneer Genealogical Society


Places to Visit in Kay County


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


A.D. Buck Museum of Science &

Cann Memorial Botanical Gardens

Conoco Museum

First Council Casino

Heart in the Park Labyrinth

Kanza Museum

Kaw City Museum

Kaw Lake

Marland's Grand Home

Marland Mansion

McCarter Museum & Centennial Park

Native Lights Casino

Newkirk Community Historical Museum

Newkirk Heritage Center

Osage Nation Heritage Trail

Pioneer Woman Statue & Museum

Poncan Theatre

Southwind Kaw Nation Casino & High Stakes Bingo

Standing Bear Park, Museum & Education Center

Tonkawa Tribal Museum

Top of Oklahoma Historical Society Museum


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