Genealogy and Local History

If you are looking for information on or around the time of our 1893 Cherokee Strip Land Run, we have microfilm of newspapers and local directories dating back to 1893 available for viewing/scanning/photocopying. If you are unable to visit our library, please call 580-616-7196 or email to to make arrangements for access to this microfilm.  Approximate dates and names are helpful.

In addition, there are individuals that are members of the Oklahoma Historical Society located right here in Enid, Oklahoma.  The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center has a wealth of information and they specialize in the time right around the 1893 Land Run.

Helpful Genealogy Websites is a site dedicated to family history. It’s a place to learn about family members from historical records collections and other resources. IN-LIBRARY Access Only.

Family Search is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. FamilySearch gathers, preserves, and shares genealogical records worldwide.

Heritage Quest Online  Search for family history in the U.S. Census (1790-1930), genealogy books, PERSI, Revolutionary War records, and the Freedman’s Bank. For remote access, use the word "enid" and your 6 digit library barcode with no spaces. Remote Access

News Bank's America's Genealogy Bank Quickly find your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and government reports. Search over 1,000 newspapers; the American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set and more. Find obituaries, birth & marriage notices, pension records, etc., and the Social Security Death Index. For remote access, use the word "enid" and your 6 digit library barcode with no spaces.

Gateway to Oklahoma History is an online repository of Oklahoma history from the Oklahoma Historical Society. You may browse through hundreds of thousands of newspaper pages dating from the 1840s to the 1920s.  Click on Advanced Search to select newspapers by title under the "collection" option menu.  Early Enid newspapers are included here and are being added often.

Ok2Explore is a free 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.

National Archives is a government records database that houses records used by genealogists including Census, Military, Immigration (Ship Passenger Lists), Naturalization, and Land records.