Discover Custer County and trace your family history and ancestry with this list of county-specific genealogy resources.
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Custer County, created prior to statehood in 1896 and located in west-central Oklahoma, was named after Lt. Col. George A. Custer. In the early 1900s, the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad, the Blackwell, Enid and Southwestern Railroad and the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway were built in the area and contributed to the growth of cities and towns along their routes. The Heartland of America Museum in Weatherford features exhibits and artifacts that highlight life in western Oklahoma during the 20th century. The Western Oklahoma Historical Center, also in Weatherford, is home to the Western Plains Genealogical Society and gives a glimpse into pioneer life at the beginning of the 20th century. Clinton offers the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, full of artifacts and mementos from the Mother Road’s prime.
In 2000, census records showed 26,142 people living in Custer County. Countless assets exist for tracing genealogy in Custer County including legal records, cemetery records and a local genealogy society. Valuable resources for researching genealogy in Custer County are provided below, including a list of existing towns and the county courthouse address.
Custer County Courthouse Information
Existing Towns in Custer County
Historic Newspaper Archives of Custer County
Add'l Genealogy Resources for Custer County
Places to Visit in Custer County
Custer County Courthouse
P.O. Box 300
Arapaho, OK 73620
Telephone: (580) 323-1221
Directions: On B St. & Broadway St.
Records available: County Clerk has marriage, divorce, and probate records from 1899, civil court records from 1894, real estate, deeds, mortgages and releases, army and U.S. service records from 1892, school census from 1913 and county register of electors from 1916; Cemetery Association has burial records for each city.
Search for cemeteries, highways and scenic sites, or examine county and township lines with this detailed map of Custer County.
While researching your family history in Custer County, be sure to visit the following cities located in the area.
The following towns and cities are located in present day Custer County, Oklahoma.
The following towns and cities either no longer exist in Custer 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 Custer County, Oklahoma.
Clinton Memorial Park
Clinton Public Library
Clinton, OK 73601
Telephone: (580) 323-2165
Hazel Cross Library
115 W. Broadway
Thomas, OK 73669
Telephone: (580) 661-3532
Weatherford Public Library
219 E. Franklin
Weatherford, OK 73096
Telephone: (580) 772-3591
Custer County on OKGenWeb: Oklahoma Genealogy & History
Western Plains Weatherford Genealogical Society (580) 772-7283
While researching your family history in Custer County, be sure to check out the following attractions located in the area.
Cherokee Trading Post & Boot Outlet
Washita National Wildlife Refuge