Discover Pottawatomie County and trace your family history and ancestry with this list of county-specific genealogy resources.
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Pottawatomie County, located in central Oklahoma, was named for the Potawatomi tribe. In the early 1800s, explorers went through the area, including the Leavenworth-Dodge Expedition of 1834. The California Road and the West Shawnee Cattle Trail both ran through Pottawatomie County in the 1800s. In 1895, the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad was constructed in the county. Due to the oil boom in the early 1900s, Pottawatomie County hit its population crest in 1930 with 66,572 people. In Shawnee, the Pottawatomie County Museum houses historical artifacts and exhibits in a stone depot built in 1904. Also in Shawnee, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Museum preserves artifacts and offers a family research center. The Tecumseh Historical Museum displays local history information and exhibits.
In 2000, census records showed 65,521 people living in Pottawatomie County. Countless resources exist for tracing genealogy in Pottawatomie County including a local genealogical society. For more information about genealogy in Pottawatomie County, resources are provided below.
While researching your family history in Pottawatomie County, be sure to visit Shawnee, the largest town in the county. The following towns and cities are located in present day Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.
The following towns and cities either no longer exist in Pottawatomie County or are still populated, but significantly less so than in years past. These towns and cities are commonly referred to as "ghost towns."