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Experience the history of life along the Chisholm Trail in Oklahoma.

Located in south-central Oklahoma, Stephens County was created at statehood and named for Texas politician John H. Stephens.  Early explorers traveled the area including the Dodge-Leavenworth expedition in 1834 and Capt. Randolph B. Marcy, who led an expedition in 1852 to track the source of the Red River.  After the Civil War, the Chisholm Trail was established and ran through Stephens County.   In 1892, the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway was built in the county.  The oil and gas exploration industry grew in Stephens County in the 1910s, expanding the local economy.  Today, the Stephens County Historical Museum in Duncan showcases the history of the county.   Also in Duncan, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center celebrates the history and culture of the Chisholm Trail and the American West.  Duncan Lake offers campsites, fishing, hiking and equestrian trails.

In 2000, census records showed 43,182 people living in Stephens County.  Countless resources exist for tracing genealogy in Stephens County.  For more information about genealogy in Stephens County, resources are provided below.

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

Stephens County Courthouse Information

Detailed Map of Stephens County

Existing Towns in Stephens County

Ghost Towns in Stephens County

Cemeteries in Stephens County

Libraries in Stephens County

Newspaper Archives of Stephens County

Add'l Resources for Stephens County

Places to Visit in Stephens County

Stephens County Courthouse Information

Stephens County Courthouse
101 S. 11th St.
Duncan, OK  73533
Telephone:  (580) 255-4193

Directions:  On the square at S. 11th St. & W. Maple Ave.

Detailed Map of Stephens County

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

Existing Towns in Stephens County

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

Bray

Central High

Comanche

Duncan

Empire City

Loco

Marlow

Meridian

Velma

Ghost Towns in Stephens County

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

Alma

Arthur

Corum

Denton

Harrisburg

Hope

Nellie

Harrison

Santa Fe

Sunray

Cemeteries in Stephens County

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

All Saints Episcopal
Church Cemetery

Alma Cemetery

Bailey Cemetery

Bear Creek Cemetery

Bell Cemetery

Claude Cemetery

Colbert Cemetery

Comanche Cemetery

Cooper Cemetery

Corum Cemetery

Cross Cemetery

Cruce Cemetery

Denton Cemetery

Diamond Cemetery

Dixie Cemetery

Duncan Cemetery

Empire/Oak Grove
Cemetery

Eschiti Family Cemetery

Fairlawn Cemetery

Forty Oaks Family
Cemetery

Gaddis Cemetery

Helton Cemetery

Henderson-Harris
Cemetery

Hope Cemetery

Indian Cemetery

Jackson Cemetery

Lancaster District
Cemetery

Lawton Cemetery

Loco Cemetery

Marlow Cemetery

Mountain Grove
Cemetery

New Velma Cemetery

Oak Grove Cemetery

Old Duncan Cemetery

Old Fairlawn Cemetery

Old Indian Cemetery

Old Jackson Cemetery

Old Santa Fe Cemetery

Old Velma Cemetery

Owens Prairie Cemetery

Parks Cemetery

Passmore Cemetery

Ramming Family Cemetery

Resthaven Memorial
Gardens

Rock Creek Cemetery

Sandy Bear Cemetery

Scott Cemetery

Short Cemetery

Stoner Cemetery

Tidwell Cemetery

Tucker Cemetery

Upchurch Cemetery

Velma Cemetery

Weaver Chapel
Cemetery

Winter Cemetery

Woolsey Cemetery

Libraries in Stephens County

Duncan Public Library
2211 N Hwy 81
Duncan, OK  73533
Telephone:  (580) 255-0636

Garland Smith Public Library
407 W. Seminole
Marlow, OK  73055
Telephone:  (580) 658-5354

Historic Newspaper Archives of Stephens County

The Comanche Reflex

The Duncan Banner (1940)

The Duncan Banner (1941)

Duncan News

Marlow Review

Additional Genealogy Resources for Stephens County

Stephens County on OKGenWeb: Oklahoma Genealogy & History

Stephens County Genealogical Society
301 N. 8th St.
Duncan, OK  73533
Telephone:  (580) 255-8718

Places to Visit in Stephens County

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

Chisholm Trail Casino

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

Chisholm Trail Riding Center

Duncan Lake

The Foreman Prairie House

Marlow Area Museum

Redbud Park

Stephens County Historical Museum

Timbercreek Emu Ranch

Trail Ruts at Monument Hill