Saturday, January 7, 2017

Oklahoma Vital Record Index to Open January 9th 2017

Great news for Oklahoma genealogists! The Vital Records Index for the state of Oklahoma will open up on Monday January 9th.

This will be a free searchable index of births and deaths. From that site you will then have the option of ordering official copies of the original record. In addition, you have the option of searching by name, date (of birth or death), county and gender! And note that the only set of records that are not part of this database appear to be marriage records. However, still having access to birth and death will provide a much needed boost for many Oklahoma ancestored researchers.

 Of course many who research Dawes records know that there are some pre-statehood vital records to be found among the many application packets. In addition one can also find marriage records among that collection. However, being able now to access a searchable index is a wonderful new tool that Oklahoma based families will appreciate.

Researchers from bordering states and from communities near the state line are also encouraged to use this database. In some cases young couples would cross the state line to marry, and one may find a "missing" marriage record in that database as well.

This link will provide easy access to the Vital Records Index.

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