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Check out the spooky side of the Cherokee Strip Museum in Alva.

Woods County, located in northwestern Oklahoma, is named for Sam Wood, a Kansas populist.  A misprint of his name in a report led to the addition of the “s.”  George C. Sibley was the first American to explore the area in 1811.  Later, the Dodge City and Red Fork Trail, a branch of the Chisholm Trail, ran through Woods County.  The Southern Kansas Railway built a line through the county in 1887.  In Alva, the Cherokee Strip Museum displays exhibits of the history of Alva and the Cherokee Strip.  The Freedom Museum in Freedom offers a special archaeology exhibit.  Little Sahara State Park features unique sand dunes for dune buggy riding with campsites available in the park.  The Waynoka History Museum features historical artifacts, photos and art from the area.

In 2000, census records showed 9,089 people living in Woods County.  Countless assets exist for tracing genealogy in Woods County including legal records, cemetery records and a local historical society.  Valuable resources for researching genealogy in Woods County are provided below, including a list of existing towns and a list of cemeteries located within the county. 

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

Woods County Courthouse Information

Detailed Map of Woods County

Existing Towns in Woods County

Ghost Towns in Woods County

Cemeteries in Woods County

Libraries in Woods County

Historic Newspaper Archives of Woods County

Add'l Genealogy Resources for Woods County

Places to Visit in Woods County

Woods County Courthouse Information

Woods County Clerk
P.O. Box 386
Alva, OK  73717
Telephone:  (580) 327-2126

Directions:  On the square at Flynn St. & College Ave.

Records available:  County Clerk has marriage records from 1894, divorce, civil court, land records from 1893, probate records from 1901 and school records.

Detailed Map of Woods County

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

Existing Towns in Woods County

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

Alva

Capron

Dacoma

Freedom

Waynoka

Ghost Towns in Woods County

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

Avard

Edith

Fairvalley

Hopeton

Lookout

Tegarden

Cemeteries in Woods County

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

Alva Municipal Cemetery

Avard Cemetery

Avard Township
Cemetery

Capron Cemetery

Catholic Cemetery

Cowboy Cemetery

Coy Cemetery

Ewing Cemetery

Fair Valley Cemetery

Fairview Cemetery

Freedom Cemetery

Galena Cemetery

Garrison Cemetery

Good Hope Cemetery

Highland Cemetery

Lookout Cemetery

Lutheran Cemetery

Manila Cemetery

Memorial Hill
Cemetery

Mitts Cemetery

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

Mullins Cemetery

Nixon Cemetery

Pleasant View Cemetery

Prairieview/Harrington Cemetery

Preston Hill Cemetery

Reicker Cemetery

Sacred Heart Cemetery

Star Cemetery

Union Center Cemetery

Walnut Grove Cemetery

Waynoka Cemetery

White Horse Cemetery

   

Libraries in Woods County

Alva Public Library
504 7th St.
Alva, OK  73717
Telephone:  (580) 327-1833

Waynoka Public Library
1659 Cecil
Waynoka, OK  73860
Telephone:  (580) 824-6181

Historic Newspaper Archives of Woods County

The Alva Republican

Additional Genealogy Resources for Woods County

Woods County on OKGenWeb: Oklahoma Genealogy & History

Woods County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 234
Alva, OK  73717

Waynoka Historical Society
1383 Cleveland St.
P.O. Box 193
Waynoka, OK  73860

Places to Visit in Woods County

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

Alabaster Caverns State Park

Alva Regional Airport Museum

Cherokee Strip Museum

Freedom Museum

Little Sahara State Park

NWOSU Museum of Natural History

Waynoka History Museum & Information Center