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Pottawatomie County, located in central Oklahoma, was named for the Potawatomi tribe.  In the early 1800s, explorers went through the area, including the Leavenworth-Dodge Expedition of 1834.  The California Road and the West Shawnee Cattle Trail both ran through Pottawatomie County in the 1800s.  In 1895, the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad was constructed in the county.  Due to the oil boom in the early 1900s, Pottawatomie County hit its population crest in 1930 with 66,572 people.  In Shawnee, the Santa Fe Depot Museum houses historical artifacts and exhibits in a stone depot built in 1904.  Also in Shawnee, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Museum preserves artifacts and offers a family research center.  The Tecumseh Historical Museum displays local history information and exhibits. 

In 2000, census records showed 65,521 people living in Pottawatomie County.  Countless resources exist for tracing genealogy in Pottawatomie County including a local genealogical society.  For more information about genealogy in Pottawatomie County, resources are provided below.

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

Pottawatomie County Courthouse
Information


Detailed Map of Pottawatomie County

Existing Towns in Pottawatomie County

Ghost Towns in Pottawatomie County

Cemeteries in Pottawatomie County

Libraries in Pottawatomie County

Newspaper Archives of Pottawatomie County

Tribal Nations in Pottawatomie County

Add'l Resources for Pottawatomie County

Places to Visit in Pottawatomie County

Pottawatomie County Courthouse Information

Pottawatomie County Courthouse
325 N. Broadway
Shawnee, OK  74801
Telephone:  (405) 273-4305

Directions:  On N. Broadway at E. 10th St.

Records available:  County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records; County Clerk has land records from 1892. 

Detailed Map of Pottawatomie County

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

Existing Towns in Pottawatomie County

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

Asher

Bethel Acres

Brooksville

Earlsboro

Johnson

Macomb

Maud

McLoud

Pink

Shawnee

St. Louis

Tecumseh

Tribbey

Wanette

  

Ghost Towns in Pottawatomie County

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

Anderson

Aydelotte

Bellemont

Box

Burnett

Chisney

Dale

Eason

Ellaville

Gaddy

Harjo

Hoover

Isabella

Keokuk Falls 

Lakeview

Morvin

Neal

Oberlin

Pearson

Romulus

Sacred Heart

Trousdale

Violet Springs

  

Cemeteries in Pottawatomie County

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

  

Abrams Cemetery

Absentee Shawnee
Tribal Cemetery

Alexander Family
Cemetery

Asher Cemetery

Avoca Cemetery

Bates Cemetery

Bender Family Cemetery

Bently-Walker Family
Cemetery

Bethel United Methodist
Church Cemetery

Black Cemetery

Blackburn Chapel
Cemetery

Bowman Family Farm
Cemetery

Bridges Family Cemetery

Britton Cemetery

Brooksville Cemetery

Brown Cemetery

Calvary Cemetery

Centerville Cemetery

Chandler Cemetery

Clark Cemetery

Coalter Cemetery

Coleman Cemetery

Collins Cemetery

Cooke Family Cemetery

Council Creek Cemetery

Cummings Cemetery

Dale Cemetery

Dobbs Family Cemetery

Dripping Springs
Cemetery

Earlsboro Cemetery

Earlsboro Cemetery
(African-American)

Elmwood Cemetery

Emmanuel Episcopal
Church Columbarium

Fairview Cemetery
(Harjo)

Fairview Cemetery
(Shawnee)

Forest Hill Cemetery

Fox Cemetery

Friendship Cemetery

Garden Grove
Cemetery

Giles Cemetery

Harjo Underwood Family Cemetery

Hawkins Cemetery

Highland Cemetery

Hopewell (Bethel)
Cemetery

Jent Cemetery

Johnson Cemetery

Kaseca Family
Cemetery

Keokuk Cemetery

Kettler Cemetery

Kickapoo Cemetery

Kulli Chito Cemetery

Lemke Cemetery

Lewis Shawnee
Cemetery

Light (AKA Pearson
Cemetery)

Logan Family Cemetery

Lone Star Cemetery  

Lyons Cemetery

Mack Family Cemetery

Mars Hill Cemetery

Martin Hill Cemetery

Maude Cemetery

McClain Cemetery

McKosato Cemetery

McKosta Cemetery

McLoud Riverside
Cemetery

Metcalf Cemetery

Minneha Cemetery

Moral Cemetery

Mt. Zion Cemetery

Neal Cemetery

New Hope Cemetery

Oak Grove Cemetery

Oak Grove #2 Cemetery

Old Dance Ground Cemetery

Pink Cemetery (AKA Willow View)

Pleasant Prairie Cemetery

Pleasant Valley Cemetery

Pottawatomie Cemetery

Potter's Field Cemetery

Prairie View Cemetery

Prospect Cemetery

Ray Cemetery

Resthaven Memorial Park

Rice Family Cemetery

Roberts Family Cemetery

Romulus Cemetery

Ruggles Cemetery

Sacred Heart Cemetery

Sacred Heart Sisters
Cemetery

St. Gregory Cemetery

St. Gregory's Abbey
Cemetery

St. John's Lutheran
Cemetery

Senkekewe Family
Cemetery

Shawnie Mission Cemetery

Tecumseh Cemetery

Tecumseh Family Cemetery

Tribbey Cemetery

Union Cemetery 

Violet Springs Cemetery

Vista Cemetery

Wahpekeche Tribal
Cemetery

Wakolee Cemetery

Walker Cemetery

Wanette Cemetery

Washington Cemetery

Williams Family Cemetery

Libraries in Pottawatomie County

McLoud Public Library
133 N. Main
McLoud, OK  74851
Telephone:  (405) 964-2960

Shawnee Public Library
101 N. Philadelphia
Shawnee, OK  74801
Telephone:  (405) 275-6353

Tecumseh Public Library
114 N. Broadway
Tecumseh, OK  74873
Telephone:  (405) 598-5955

Historic Newspaper Archives of Pottawatomie County

The Shawnee Herald

Shawnee-News Star

Tecumseh Leader

Tribal Nations in Pottawatomie County

Absentee Shawnee Tribe
2025 S. Gordon Cooper Dr.
Shawnee, OK  74801
Telephone:  (405) 275-4030

Citizen Potawatomi Nation
1601 S. Gordon Cooper Dr.
Shawnee, OK  74801
Telephone:  (405) 275-3121

Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
401 N. Hwy 102
P.O. Box 70
McLoud, OK  74851
Telephone:  (405) 964-7053

Additional Genealogy Resources for Pottawatomie County

Pottawatomie County on OKGenWeb: Oklahoma Genealogy & History

Pottawatomie County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 3526
Shawnee, OK  74801

Places to Visit in Pottawatomie County

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

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural
Heritage Center


Demi Rosa Ranch & Vineyard

Double J Ranch

FireLake Casino

Grand Casino Hotel Resort

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art

Maud Historical Museum

The Ritz Theatre

The Black Hawk Casino

Santa Fe Depot Museum

Tecumseh Historical Museum

Wes Watkins Reservoir