Cotton County Genealogy Resources

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

Cotton County in southwest Oklahoma.

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Cotton County, named after the area’s largest crop, formed in 1912 and was the last county created in Oklahoma.  Oil and gas production was a boom for the county in the early 1900s, though agriculture became a major industry after it was settled.  The Enid and Anadarko Railway and the Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway were early transportation routes in the area.  The Cotton County Museum in Walters showcases artifacts from the community including photos, military items and artwork.  Comanche history comes alive at the annual Comanche Homecoming Powwow, featuring traditional dancing, food and other activities. 

In 2000, census records showed 6,614 people living in Cotton County.  Countless resources exist for tracing genealogy in Cotton County including legal records, cemetery records and a local genealogical society.  For more information about genealogy in Cotton County, resources are provided below. 


Cotton County Courthouse Information

Detailed Map of Cotton County

Existing Towns in Cotton County

Ghost Towns in Cotton County

Cemeteries in Cotton County

Libraries in Cotton County

Historic Newspaper Archives of Cotton County

Add'l Genealogy Resources for Cotton County

Places to Visit in Cotton County


Cotton County Courthouse Information


Cotton County Clerk
301 N. Broadway St.
Walters, OK  73572
Telephone:  (580) 875-3026

Directions:  On the square at Broadway St. and Oklahoma St.

Records available:  County Clerk has birth records 1912 to 1945, death and land records, surveys, school census; Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, civil court records. 


Detailed Map of Cotton County


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


Existing Towns in Cotton County


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







Ghost Towns in Cotton County


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




Emerson Center

Fivemile Corner






Cemeteries in Cotton County


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


Devol Cemetery

Elm Grove Cemetery

Fairview (AKA Randlett) Cemetery

IOOF Cemetery

Lone Star (AKA Hooper) Cemetery

New Salem Cemetery

Shakelford Cemetry

Temple Masonic Cemetery

Walters Cemetery

Wilkerson Cemetery


Libraries in Cotton County


Walters Public Library
202 N. Broadway
Walters, OK  73572
Telephone:  (580) 875-2006


Historic Newspaper Archives of Cotton County


Cotton County News


Additional Genealogy Resources for Cotton County


Cotton County on OKGenWeb: Oklahoma Genealogy & History

Cotton County Genealogical Society
202 N. Broadway
Walters, OK  73572


Places to Visit in Cotton County


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


Boyer Lake

Comanche Red River Casino

Comanche Star Casino

Cotton County Museum

Kiowa Casino


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