Discover Rogers County and trace your family history and ancestry with this list of county-specific genealogy resources.
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Located in northeastern Oklahoma, Rogers County was named for Clement Rogers, a prominent legislator, judge and father to Will Rogers. In 1882, the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway was built in Rogers County, then in 1889, the Kansas and Arkansas Valley Railway came in. In 1903, artesian wells were discovered in the area and were promoted as having healing powers. During the height of their popularity, the wells brought people to Rogers County and boosted its economy. Will Rogers was born in Rogers County near Oologah in 1879. His birthplace at Dog Iron Ranch near Oologah includes a 400-acre living history ranch that offers group tours. The Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore features memorabilia and showcases the life of Will Rogers, while the Oologah Historical Museum contains photos and artifacts from pioneer families in the area. Historic Route 66 runs through Rogers County with interesting landmarks along its path, including the Blue Whale near Catoosa, and Totem Pole Park in Chelsea.
In 2000, census records showed 70,641 people living in Rogers County. Countless assets exist for tracing genealogy in Rogers County including legal records and cemetery records. Valuable resources for researching genealogy in Rogers County are provided below, including a list of existing towns and the county courthouse address.
Rogers County Courthouse
219 S. Missouri Ave.
Claremore, OK 74017
Telephone: (918) 923-4776
Directions: On S. Missouri Ave. between Patti Page Blvd. & W. 1st St.
Records available: Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and civil court records from 1907.
Rogers County Website: http://www.rogerscounty.org/
Search for cemeteries, highways and scenic sites, or examine county and township lines with this detailed map of Rogers County.
While researching your family history in Rogers County, be sure to visit Claremore, the largest town in the county. The following towns and cities are located in present day Rogers County, Oklahoma.
The following towns and cities either no longer exist in Rogers 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 Rogers County, Oklahoma.
Thorne Family Cemetery
The following historic schools, academies and schoolhouses were located in Rogers County, Oklahoma.
Harmony Star School
J.C. Number 1 School
Lone Elm School
Lone Star School
Maple Grove School
Oak Grove School
Prairie Grove School
Rogers State College
West Plains School
Catoosa Public Library
Chelsea Public Library
Will Rogers Library
Inola Public Library
Talala Public Library
Rogers County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2493
Claremore, OK 74018
While researching your family history in Rogers County, be sure to check out the following attractions located in the area.
Arkansas River Historical Society