Family History

About the Genealogy Collection

The Chickasha Public Library has a collection of reference material related to genealogy and local history. To receive help with finding information or answering specific research questions, email Michelle Skinner at michelle.skinner@chickasha.org or call 405-222-6075.

Print Resources

The following items, which contain historical and cultural information about Chickasha and Grady County, are all available for use in the Library. Click on each link to view catalog records of items in each category. Information can be copied for 15 cents per page or scanned at no cost. Staff will assist you with finding the resources located behind the desk.

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Grady County Post Offices (scanned PDF documents)

Newspapers from Chickasha and Grady County

Digitized copies of newspapers from Grady County prior to 1923 are available through the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Chickasha newspapers from 1898 to the present are available on microfilm at the Chickasha Public Library. There are also some issues of other Grady County newspapers on microfilm. Click here to read microfilm instructions.

The Obituary Request Form allows library staff to help you locate Obituaries (click to continue to the form).

If you live out of town or are otherwise physically unable to visit the Chickasha Public Library, you can click here to submit a request for an obituary lookup. Please include as much information as you can about the deceased person.

Here are some recently published obituaries from Chickasha Today.

Digital Images of Chickasha and Grady County Yearbooks

Digitized Chickasha High School yearbooks are available through Chickasha Public Library collection at Images of Oklahoma:

Digitized Oklahoma College for Women/Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts/University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma yearbooks are available through Nash Library at USAO:

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

Online Genealogy Databases

These are all available through the Chickasha Public Library.

Image of the ancestry.com logo, which links to the Ancestry Library Edition.

Ancestry.com Library Edition. Click Ancestry under Links, located on the top right of the page. Search census, military, immigration, and vital records. Also available on the Chickasha Public Library computers.

Ancestry Tips (PDF)

heritage quest online

Heritage Quest. Search city directories, census records, Freedman’s Bank, Revolutionary War, and online family history books. Available on any computer.

Free Genealogy Websites

These websites can be accessed on any Internet device.

Family History Research

  • 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.

Oklahoma History and Culture

  • 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.
  • Gateway to Oklahoma History – A digital portal sharing Oklahoma’s rich history and cultural heritage, including digitized images of newspapers and photographs.
  • 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 Cemeteries: Information about cemeteries in Oklahoma, created by volunteers.
  • 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.