Collection-Library Holdings

The library has an extensive collection of historical and genealogical records. While our primary focus is on Southeastern Oklahoma records pre-statehood and Bryan County records post-statehood, we also have over 1,000 family histories, in addition to genealogy records from most states.

Books are shelved for “ease of use”;  states are in alphabetical order and each state collection starts with the Census indexes, then General state offerings-including books covering multiple counties within the state, followed by the available counties in alphabetical order.

Books

  • Census Indexes for most states
  • Five Civilized Tribes – Roll Numbers, numerous books, many microfilm records have been transcribed into book form
  • Many types of books for Bryan as well as other counties within Oklahoma.
  • Bryan County: Cemetery Books, Marriage Books, Census of 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930, Funeral Home Records, numerous Family Histories
  • Vertical File System, from 1985 to present, containing obituaries, family group sheets, ancestor charts, newspaper articles, photos, etc.  (some records prior to 1985 have been donated)
  • Original Unclaimed Marriages Licenses
  • Specialty Collections

Microfilm

  • Marriage, Land & Probate Records, Divorces, and Wills from Bryan County Court House
  • Census Film and soundex for 1900,1910, 1920 for Oklahoma.  There is no Soundex for 1930.
  • Selected, but numerous Censuses for other states
  • Five Civilized Tribes – Census Cards, Enrollment Application and miscellaneous records.
  • Old Newspapers: Achille Press, Antlers Democrat, Bennington Tribune, Bokchito Success, Caddo Banner, Caddo Herald, Bryan County Star, Calera News, Durant Daily Democrat, Blue County Democrat, Durant Independent Farmer, Durant Weekly News, Kingston-Marshall Co. Messenger, Haworth Herald-McCurtain Co., Southeastern Oklahoma Citizen & Bryan Co. Democrat, and others.

Publications

The Library has published over 100 books preserving Bryan County records and history, selected Indian Territory and Oklahoma county records, and several books on our neighboring counties.  Our dedicated volunteers are compiling, on average 4-5 books at any given time.  See Publications page for a complete list.

We also have books in our library that were printed by previous volunteers and researchers. We do not have copies of them for sale, but they are valuable sources of information.