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Located in central Oklahoma, McClain County was named for a member of the 1906 Oklahoma Constitutional Convention, Charles M. McClain.  In 1835, Camp Holmes was established and served the area until 1838.   Early transportation routes were important to the county, including the California Road and military roads.  Multiple railroads were constructed in McClain County starting in the late 1800s.  The McClain County Museum in Purcell features artifacts, photos and genealogy records from the area.  Purcell Lake offers boating, fishing and camping.

In 2000, census records showed 27,740 people living in McClain County.  Countless assets exist for tracing genealogy in McClain County including legal records, cemetery records and a local genealogy society.  Valuable resources for researching genealogy in McClain 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 and a list of cemeteries located within the county.  A list of places to visit in McClain County is also provided for visitors to the area.

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

McClain County Courthouse Information

Detailed Map of McClain County

Existing Towns in McClain County

Ghost Towns in McClain County

Cemeteries in McClain County

Historic Schools in McClain County

Libraries in McClain County

Historic Archives of McClain County

Add'l Genealogy Resources for McClain County

Places to Visit in McClain County

McClain County Courthouse Information

McClain County Clerk
P.O. Box 629
Purcell, OK  73080
Telephone:  (405) 527-3117

Directions:  On 2nd St. & Washington St.

Records available:  County Clerk has land records.

Detailed Map of McClain County

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

Existing Towns in McClain County

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

  

Blanchard

Byars

Cole

Dibble

Goldsby

Newcastle

Purcell

Rosedale

Washington

Wayne

Ghost Towns in McClain County

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

Chism

Criner

Payne          

Woody Chapel

Cemeteries in McClain County

The following cemeteries are located in McClain County, Oklahoma.

  

Adkins Cemetery

Bagwell Cemetery

Blanchard Cemetery

Blue Branch Cemetery

Byars Cemetery

Clopton Cemetery

Cook Cemetery

Cook/Chisholm Family Cemetery

Darlington Farm
Cemetery

Dibble Cemetery

Folsom Farm Cemetery

Fort Family Cemetery

Green Hill Cemetery

Green Hill Cemetery
(Lindsay)

Hale Family Cemetery

Hillside Cemetery

Hopping Cemetery

Indian Pioneer Cemetery

Jerusalem Cemetery

Johnstonville Cemetery

Love Family Cemetery

Moore Farm Cemetery

New Johnsonville Cemetery

Old Johnsonville Cemetery

Rosedale Cemetery

Seifried Cemetery

Sunnyland Cemetery

Walden Family Cemetery

Washington Cemetery

Historic Schools in McClain County

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

Arnoldview School

Banner School

Blackburn School

Blantonview School

Bond School

Box Elder School

Bradley School

Bryant School

Buffalo School

Byars School

Canadian School

Chism School

Clopton School

Colbert School

Cole School

Cook School

Criner School

Dare School

Fairview School 

Fox School

Freeny School

French School

Gallamore School

Goins School

Goldsby School

Hawthorne School

Highland School

Hopping School

Irving School

Johnson School

Ladd School

Lakeview School

Liberty Hill School

Lindsay Ridge School

Lone Hill School

Mary Simpson School

Midway School

Mitchell Hill School

Oakhurst School

Okra School

Payne School

Pleasant Hill School

Pleasant Valley School

Pleasant View School

Rice School

Rosedale School

Ross School

Sandy School

Scoby School

Signal Hill School

Simpson School

Stealey School

Washington School

Womack School

Woody Chapel School

  

Libraries in McClain County

Blanchard Public Library
300 N. Main
Blanchard, OK  73010
Telephone:  (405) 485-2275

Newcastle Public Library
705 NW 10th
Newcastle, OK  73065
Telephone:  (405) 387-5076

Purcell Public Library
919 N. 9th St.
Purcell, OK  73080
Telephone:  (405) 527-5546

  

Historic Newspaper Archives of McClain County

The Byars Banner

Purcell Register

Additional Genealogy Resources for McClain County

McClain County on OKGenWeb: Oklahoma Genealogy & History

McClain County Historical & Genealogical Society
203 W. Washington
Purcell, OK  73080
Telephone:  (405) 527-5894

Names of Early Purcell Residents

Historic Photos of McClain County

Places to Visit in McClain County

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

Brent Bruehl Golf Course

Chandler Park

Goldsby Gaming Center

McClain County Museum

Newcastle Casino

Purcell Lake

TG Farms