Located in southwestern Oklahoma, Greer County is named after former Texas Lieutenant Governor John A. Greer. From 1860 to 1896, the State of Texas claimed this land and parts of the surrounding counties as Greer County, Texas. After a Supreme Court ruling in 1896, the area was assigned to Oklahoma Territory by the United States Government and Old Greer County was eventually divided into present day Greer County and portions of Harmon, Jackson and Beckham counties. Early trails in the area included the Great Spanish Road, the Western Trail and Camp Supply Road. In 1900, the railroad moved in: first the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway laid track in Greer County, then the Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway. The Old Greer County Museum & Pioneer Hall of Fame, located in Mangum, showcases the history of the area with artifacts of pioneer life. Visitors to Greer County will also enjoy strolling along the streets of downtown Mangum's Artists Alley or discovering the Peace on the Plains granite marker, which honors the first peace meeting between the United States and the Plains Indians in Oklahoma.
In 2000, census records showed 6,061 people living in Greer County. Countless resources exist for tracing genealogy in Greer County including legal records, cemetery records and a local genealogical society. For more information about genealogy in Greer County, resources are provided below.
Greer County Courthouse Information
Greer County Courthouse
100 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
P.O. Box 216
Mangum, OK 73554
Telephone: (405) 782-3664
Directions: On the square at S. Oklahoma St. and W. Jefferson St.
Records available: Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1901; County Clerk has land records.
Greer County Website: http://greer.okcounties.org/
Detailed Map of Greer County
Search for cemeteries, highways and scenic sites, or examine county and township lines with this detailed map of Greer County.
Existing Towns in Greer County
The following towns and cities are located in present day Greer County, Oklahoma.
Ghost Towns in Greer County
The following towns and cities either no longer exist in Greer County or are still populated, but significantly less so than in years past. These towns and cities are commonly referred to as "ghost towns."
Cemeteries in Greer County
The following cemeteries are located in present day Greer County, Oklahoma.
Libraries in Greer County
Margaret Carder Library
201 W. Lincoln
Mangum, OK 73554
Telephone: (580) 782-3185
Historic Newspaper Archives of Greer County
Additional Genealogy Resources for Greer County
Places to Visit in Greer County
While researching your family history in Greer County, be sure to check out the following attractions located in the area.