Genealogy and Local History Resources
The Chickasha Public Library maintains a genealogy and local history collection that includes print books, microfilm, and digitized items. For questions or help with research, please email Michelle Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Items within the genealogy collection are reference material and can not be checked out; however, information can be copied for 15 cents per page or scanned at no cost. Staff can assist you with finding the resources located behind the desk.
The Chickasha Newspaper Collection is available online, and can be accessed from any Internet-capable device. This collection contains digitized and searchable images of Chickasha and Grady County newspapers from 1898-2019. Digitization of the library’s microfilm records was made possible through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant, which was provided by Oklahoma Historical Society, along with a contribution from the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library.
If you are unable to access the library's collection on the Gateway to Oklahoma History, you can click here to submit a request for an obituary lookup. Please include as much information as you can about the deceased person.
Digital images of yearbooks from Chickasha and Grady County
Digitized Chickasha High School yearbooks are available through Chickasha Public Library's collection on Images of Oklahoma:
- Chickasha High School 1911
- Chickasha High School 1920
- Chickasha High School 1923
- Chickasha High School 1924
- Chickasha High School 1959
Digitized Oklahoma College for Women/Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts/University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma yearbooks are available through Nash Library at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma:
- Oklahoma College for Women 1917
- Oklahoma College for Women 1921
- Oklahoma College for Women 1955
- Oklahoma College for Women 1963
- Oklahoma College for Women 1964
- Oklahoma College for Women 1965
- Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts 1966
- Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts 1967
- Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts 1968
- Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts 1969
- Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts 1971
- Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts 1972
Grady County Cemeteries
Here is a list of current and historical cemeteries in Grady County and their approximate locations within Grady County communities.
More information about Grady County cemeteries, including maps, photos, and information about specific people buried there, can be found on this list from Findagrave.
Local Genealogy Organizations
- Grady County Historical Society (405-224-6480)
- Grady County Courthouse (405-224-5211)
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (405-448-9958- call for appointments to receive free help from family history experts).
Online Genealogy Databases
These are all available through the Chickasha Public Library.
Ancestry.com Library Edition. Search census, military, immigration, and vital records. Available on the Chickasha Public Library computers.
Heritage Quest. Search city directories, census records, Freedman’s Bank, Revolutionary War, and online family history books. Available on any computer.
Fold 3. Search for military records, documents, and images. Available on any computer.
Free Genealogy Websites
These websites can be accessed on any Internet device.
Family Search - Searchable historical records collected by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including scanned images of original documents.
Find A Grave - Find your ancestors’ graves, information about their immediate family, photos, obituaries, and more. Information is continuously being added and updated by volunteers.
National Archives Resources for Genealogists - Genealogical records from the National Archives organized by topic, including census, military, immigration, naturalization, and land records.
Rootsweb - Searchable databases and user-submitted family trees.
USGenWeb - County information.
Vital Records - Birth and death records for all 50 states.
WorldCat - Library catalogs.
Ancestry charts - Printable charts to document information about yourself and your ancestors.
Chronicles of Oklahoma - Historical articles about Oklahoma.
Dawes Final Rolls - Search for ancestors who were listed on the Dawes Roll (1898-1906).
Encyclopedia of Oklahoma - Information about Oklahoma's history and culture.
Indian Pioneer Papers - The Indian-Pioneer Papers oral history collection spans from 1861 to 1936. It includes typescripts of interviews conducted during the 1930s by government workers with thousands of Oklahomans regarding the settlement of Oklahoma and Indian territories, as well as the condition and conduct of life there. Consisting of approximately 80,000 entries, the index to this collection may be accessed via personal name, place name, or subject.
OK2Explore - Searchable index of births and deaths that occurred in the state of Oklahoma. Included is limited information on births occurring more than 20 years ago and deaths occurring more than 5 years ago.
Oklahoma Historical Society - Founded in 1893, the OHS has been collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of this land and its people for more than 120 years.
TravelOK Genealogy Resources - Information and resources to find Oklahoma ancestors.