Discover Harper County and trace your family history and ancestry with this list of county-specific genealogy resources.
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Located in northwestern Oklahoma, Harper County was named after Oscar Greene Harper, a local pioneer and clerk at the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention. Early trails used in the area included a military trail between Fort Dodge and Fort Supply and the Western Trail, also known as the Dodge City Trail. In 1912, the Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway was constructed in the area, followed by the Buffalo and Northwestern Railroad in 1920. The 14,000-acre Selman Ranch offers recreational activities, accommodations and camping. Also located in the area, the Buffalo Museum features artifacts from the area and a furnished sod house.
In 2000, census records showed 3,562 people living in Harper County. Countless assets exist for tracing genealogy in Harper County including legal records and cemetery records. Valuable resources for researching genealogy in Harper County are provided below, including a list of existing towns, the county courthouse address and a detailed map of the county.
Harper County Courthouse
311 SE 1st St.
P.O. Box 369
Buffalo, OK 73834
Telephone: (580) 735-2012
Directions: On SE 1st St. between E. Elm and Maple.
Records available: Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records; County Clerk has land records from 1895, school records 1912 to 1958.
Search for cemeteries, highways and scenic sites, or examine county and township lines with this detailed map of Harper County.
The following towns and cities are located in present day Harper County, Oklahoma.
The following towns and cities either no longer exist in Harper County or are still populated, but significantly less so than in years past. These towns and cities are commonly referred to as "ghost towns."
The following cemeteries are located in present day Harper County, Oklahoma.
Buffalo Public Library
11 E. Turner
Buffalo, OK 73834
Telephone: (580) 735-2995
Laverne Delphian Municipal Library
214 W. Jane Jayroe St.
Laverne, OK 73848
Telephone: (580) 921-7323
While researching your family history in Harper County, be sure to check out the following attractions located in the area.