Discover Carter County and trace your family history and ancestry with this list of county-specific genealogy resources.
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Carter County, located in south-central Oklahoma, was created in 1907 and named after a prominent Chickasaw and Cherokee Congressman, Charles David Carter. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, railroads were introduced in Carter County, and they expanded as oil exploration grew. The oil and gas industry has continued to be important to the growth of Carter County throughout the years. Lake Murray State Park, Oklahoma’s oldest and largest state park, is located near Ardmore, the county seat of Carter County. Visitors to Carter County will also enjoy a visit to the Greater Southwest Historical Museum, beautiful Lake Murray or the Wilson Historical Museum with its expanding genealogical collection.
In 2000, census records showed 45,621 people living in Carter County. Countless assets exist for tracing genealogy in Carter County including legal records, cemetery records and a local historical museum. Valuable resources for researching genealogy in Carter 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, a list of cemeteries located within the county, library information and more.
Carter County Clerk
1st Ave. & B St. SW
Ardmore, OK 73401
Telephone: (580) 223-8162
Directions: On the square at 1st Ave. SW and B St. SW.
Carter County Website: http://www.brightok.net/cartercounty/
Search for cemeteries, highways and scenic sites, or examine county and township lines with this detailed map of Carter County.
While researching your family history in Carter County, be sure to visit Ardmore, the largest city in the county. The following towns and cities are located in present day Carter County, Oklahoma.
The following towns and cities either no longer exist in Carter County or are still populated, but significantly less so than in years past. These towns and cities are commonly referred to as "ghost towns."
Berwyn (Now Gene Autry)
The following cemeteries are located in present day Carter County, Oklahoma.
Forty Oaks Family
Prairie View Cemetery
Healdton Community Library
Wilson Public Library
Carter County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1326
Ardmore, OK 73402
While researching your family history in Carter County, be sure to check out the following attractions located in the area.