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- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Oklahoma
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Oklahoma brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Oklahoma —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
- a how-to article detailing Oklahoma’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Oklahoma research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- Oklahoma, then called Indian Territory, had long been the US government’s chosen location for eastern American Indian tribes. The Trail of Tears from Charleston, Tenn., to Tahlequah, Okla., traces the forced migration of the Five Civilized Tribes—Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole—after the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
- Oklahoma’s 1870 and 1880 censuses are missing, as is the 1890 enumeration, which was ruined due to fire. The 1890 schedule of Union veterans and their widows survived the fire, though; look for it with other US census records.