Discover Ellis County and trace your family history and ancestry with this list of county-specific genealogy resources.
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Located in northwestern Oklahoma, Ellis County formed in 1907 at statehood and was named after Albert H. Ellis, a member of Oklahoma’s 1906 Constitutional Convention. In the late 1800s, part of the county served as a transportation route for the military as well as civilians. The Southern Kansas Railway, built in Ellis County from 1886 to 1887, cut across the county and went into Texas. The Shattuck Windmill Museum and Park showcases rare and restored windmills from 1870 to 1970. Lake Vincent near Arnett offers fishing and picnic areas.
In 2000, census records showed 4,075 people living in Ellis County. Countless assets exist for tracing genealogy in Ellis County including legal records and cemetery records. Valuable resources for researching genealogy in Ellis 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 online newspaper archives. A list of places to visit in Ellis County is also provided for visitors to the area.
Ellis County Courthouse
100 S. Washington
Arnett, OK 73832
Telephone: (580) 885-7301
Directions: On the square at Renfrow St. and Washington St.
Records available: Court Clerk has marriage records from 1892, divorce records from 1893, probate records from 1908 and civil court records from 1896; County Clerk has land records from 1898.
Search for cemeteries, highways and scenic sites, or examine county and township lines with this detailed map of Ellis County.
The following towns and cities are located in present day Ellis County, Oklahoma.
The following towns and cities either no longer exist in Ellis County or are still populated, but significantly less so than in years past. These towns and cities are commonly referred to as "ghost towns." Limited information for many of these ghost towns can be found on the OKGenWeb page for Ellis County towns.
The following cemeteries are located in present day Ellis County, Oklahoma. Additional cemetery information courtesy of the Ellis County Historical Society.
Gage Public Library
515 N. Maine
Gage, OK 73843
Telephone: (580) 923-7727
Shattuck Public Library
101 S. Main
Shattuck, OK 73858
Telephone: (580) 938-5104
Ellis County Historical Society
RR 2 Box 92
Arnett, OK 73832
Telephone: (580) 334-4318
While researching your family history in Ellis County, be sure to check out the following attractions located in the area.