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Washington Irving was Oklahoma's first tourist in 1832.

Payne County, located in north-central Oklahoma, was part of the territory settled in the 1889 Land Run and is named for boomer leader David L. Payne.  Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, established in 1890, became an economic center for the county.  At the turn of the 20th century, railroads were built in Payne County.  The Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History features exhibits about Stillwater and Payne County history.  Near Stillwater, Lake Carl Blackwell offers fishing, camping and water sports.  In Perkins, the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza features restored buildings from territorial days. 

In 2000, census records showed 68,190 people living in Payne County.  Countless assets exist for tracing genealogy in Payne County including legal records, cemetery records and a local historical society.  Valuable resources for researching genealogy in Payne 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 and a list of cemeteries located within the county.  A list of places to visit in Payne County is also provided for visitors to the area. 

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

Payne County Courthouse Information

Detailed Map of Payne County

Existing Towns in Payne County

Ghost Towns in Payne County

Cemeteries in Payne County

Libraries in Payne County

Historic Newspaper Archives of Payne County

Tribal Nations in Payne County

Add'l Genealogy Resources for Payne County

Places to Visit in Payne County

Payne County Courthouse Information

Payne County Clerk
6th & Husband
Stillwater, OK  74074
Telephone:  (405) 624-9300

 Records available:  Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records from 1894; County Clerk has land records. 

Payne County Website: http://www.paynecounty.org/

Detailed Map of Payne County

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

Existing Towns in Payne County

While researching your family history in Payne County, be sure to visit Stillwater, the largest town in the county.  The following towns and cities are located in present day Payne County, Oklahoma.

Cushing

Glencoe

Perkins

Ripley

Stillwater

Yale

  

Ghost Towns in Payne County

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

Ingalls

Marena

Mehan

Schlegal

  

Cemeteries in Payne County

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

Bend Cemetery

Bethel Cemetery

Church of the Brethren Cemetery

Clarkson Cemetery

Clayton Cemetery

David Lewis Payne
Gravesite

Dunkin Cemetery

Eberle Cemetery

Elm Grove Cemetery

Euchee Valley Memorial
Park

Fairlawn Cemetery
(Cushing)

Fairlawn Cemetery
(Stillwater)

Glencoe (IOOF)
Cemetery

Glenwood Cemetery

Green Haven Cemetery

Greenwood Cemetery

Harrell Cemetery

Hart Cemetery

Henry Hunter
Cemetery

Ingalls Cemetery

Iowa Indian Cemetery

John Kolb Family
Homestead Cemetery

Knipe Cemetery

Lanier Cemetery

Lawson Cemetery

Lutheran Cemetery

Marena Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Vernon
Cemetery

New Zion Cemetery

Oak Grove Cemetery

Old Lutheran Cemetery

Old Paul Moore
Cemetery

Olivet Cemetery

Osborne Chapel
Cemetery

Paradise Cemetery

Parrotte Cemetery

Perkins Cemetery

Ripley Oak Park
Cemetery

Salem Lutheran
Cemetery

Silver Star Cemetery

Smith Burial Site

Sunset Memorial Gardens
and Mausoleum

Tiger Family Cemetery

Underwood Cemetery 

Union Cemetery

Libraries in Payne County

Cushing Public Library
215 N. Steele Ave.
Cushing, OK  74023
Telephone:  (918) 225-4188

Thomas-Wilhite Memorial Library
101 E. Thomas
Perkins, OK  74059
Telephone:  (405) 547-5185

Stillwater Public Library
1107 S. Duck
Stillwater, OK  74074
Telephone:  (405) 372-3633

Yale Public Library
213 N. Main
Yale, OK  74085
Telephone:  (918) 387-2135

Historic Newspaper Archives of Payne County

Cushing Daily Citizen

Perkins Excelsior

Stillwater Gazette 1

Stillwater Gazette 2

Yale Record

Tribal Nations in Payne County

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Rt 1 Box 721
Perkins, OK  74059
Telephone:  (405) 547-2402

Additional Genealogy Resources for Payne County

Payne County on OKGenWeb: Oklahoma Genealogy & History

Payne County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2708
Stillwater, OK  74076

Payne County Historical Society
P.O. Box 194
Stillwater, OK  74074

Cushing Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 551
Cushing, OK  74023

Places to Visit in Payne County

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

Boomer Lake & Park

Cimarron Casino

Cushing Aquatic Center

Deer Time Ranch

Eskimo Joe's

Frank Eaton Home

Heritage Hall Sports Museum

Historical Cultural Landscape
Self-Guided Driving Tours


Horsethief Canyon Historical Park

Iowa Tribe's Grey Snow Eagle House

Jim Thorpe House

Kicker World Headquarters & Visitors
Center

Lake Carl Blackwell

Lake McMurtry

National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum

Oklahoma Skydiving Center

Oklahoma State University Athletics

Oklahoma Territorial Plaza

OSU Botanical Gardens

Pfeiffer Museum

Richard O. Dodrill's Museum of Rocks,
Minerals & Fossils


Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History

Stillwater Airport Memorial Museum

Washington Irving Trail Museum