Oklahoma Vital Records


Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.

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Ancestry.com  Payne County, Oklahoma Marriages, 1894-99 Formed in 1890 from the Cherokee Outlet, Payne County, Oklahoma is located a short forty miles north of Oklahoma City. The records in this database were taken from existing marriage records in the county courthouse at Stillwater and include the names of over 6100 men and women. Researchers will find the marriage date, name of bride and groom, age, birth location, parents' names, witnesses, and ceremony officiator. It provides information regarding marriages performed in the county between 1894 and 1899. For researchers of central Oklahoma ancestors, this can be a helpful source of information.  (Requires Ancestry.com Membership) Get 14 Days Free Access!!!

Vital Records Service
Oklahoma State Dept of Health
1000 Northeast Tenth, Room 117
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-4040

Please make your check or money order payable to the Vital Records Service. The office is open to the public from 8:30 A.M. until 4:00P.M. Monday through Friday. If you go to the office, you can pick up copies of records in about one hour, depending upon how busy they are.

Tulsa office:
Vital Records Service
108 N. Greenwood
Tulsa, OK 74120
(918) 582-4973

Birth  $5.00  Since Oct 1908 
Note: Oklahoma will only release Birth Certificates to the PERSON or the PARENT of the person named.

Death  $10.00  Since Oct 1908 

Certified Copies of birth and death records may be obtained:

Information required to process a request for birth or death certificates includes:

  • The name on the birth or death record being requested.
  • The date and place of birth or death.
  • Father's full name, (last, first, middle).
  • Mothers full name, including her maiden name.
  • Relationship to the person whose certificate is being requested and purpose for needing the copy.
  • Your daytime telephone number with area code.
  • Your handwritten signature and complete return mailing address.
  • A photocopy of your picture ID, such as your driver's license.

In addition to your written request, you must include the necessary fees. Please make your check or money order payable to the Vital Records Service.

Marriage  Divorce
These records are available from the Clerk of Court in the county where the event occurred. Fees vary.

Oklahoma State Dept of Health
Vital Records Service

1000 Northeast Tenth, Room 117
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-4040

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