Discover McClain County and trace your family history and ancestry with this list of county-specific genealogy resources.
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Located in central Oklahoma, McClain County was named for a member of the 1906 Oklahoma Constitutional Convention, Charles M. McClain. In 1835, Camp Holmes was established and served the area until 1838. Early transportation routes were important to the county, including the California Road and military roads. Multiple railroads were constructed in McClain County starting in the late 1800s. The McClain County Museum in Purcell features artifacts, photos and genealogy records from the area. Purcell Lake offers boating, fishing and camping.
In 2000, census records showed 27,740 people living in McClain County. Countless assets exist for tracing genealogy in McClain County including legal records, cemetery records and a local genealogy society. Valuable resources for researching genealogy in McClain 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, library information and a list of cemeteries located within the county. A list of places to visit in McClain County is also provided for visitors to the area.
McClain County Clerk
P.O. Box 629
Purcell, OK 73080
Telephone: (405) 527-3117
Directions: On 2nd St. & Washington St.
Records available: County Clerk has land records.
Search for cemeteries, highways and scenic sites, or examine county and township lines with this detailed map of McClain County.
The following towns and cities are located in present day McClain County, Oklahoma.
The following towns and cities either no longer exist in McClain 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 McClain County, Oklahoma.
Indian Pioneer Cemetery
The following historic schools, academies and schoolhouses were located in McClain County, Oklahoma. Brief information about many of these schools can be found on the Schools Page of the McClain County OKGenWeb site.
Lone Hill School
Mary Simpson School
Pleasant Hill School
Pleasant Valley School
Pleasant View School
Woody Chapel School
Blanchard Public Library
Newcastle Public Library
Purcell Public Library
McClain County on OKGenWeb: Oklahoma Genealogy & History
McClain County Historical & Genealogical Society
203 W. Washington
Purcell, OK 73080
Telephone: (405) 701-3171
Names of Early Purcell Residents
Historic Photos of McClain County
While researching your family history in McClain County, be sure to check out the following attractions located in the area.