Genealogy and Local History

Genealogy & Local  History Information

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 refdesk@enid.org to make arrangements for access to this microfilm.  Approximate dates and names are helpful.

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

Library Genealogy Searches

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Ancestry.com (in-library edition)

Learn your family history from historical record collections and other resources. IN-LIBRARY access only.

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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 "ENID" and your 6-digit library number (ex: ENID222222).

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America's GenealogyBank

Find your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, and government reports. Search over 1,000 newspapers: the American State Papers, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, and more. Find obituaries, birth & marriage notices, pension records, and the Social Security Death Index. For remote access, use the word "ENID" and your 6-digit library card number (ex: ENID222222).

Other Genealogy & Local History Websites

  • 1940 Census allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.
  • 1950 Census allows you to access 1950 census images and records.
  • Dawes Final Rolls records are used to trace your ancestry to one of the Five Tribes. This website is brought to you by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
  • 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.