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Gene Phillips - Bryan County Archivist
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Welcome to Bryan County Archives! Everything in the archives is organized alphabetically and by soundex whenever possible. What is new at the Archives? Whenever, I update a file or add a new file, the date at the bottom of the page is automatically updated and the date in the index will be in red. It will stay red for at least one month.

Since I live in Mississippi, I cannot personally do any research for you. However I will try to direct you to someone who may help you if you can't find what you want here.

To make this project grow, please submit your information to the Archives. We are looking for transcriptions of cemeteries, deeds, federal census (free, slave, mortality, agriculture, veterans...schedules), state census, vital records (marriage, birth, death), Court records (county, federal, civil, circuit, probate....), church records (membership lists, baptisms...), prison records, military records (rosters, muster rolls,service records,pension applications...), land records (deeds, land transfers,federal landgrants, surveyor's records..), tax records (land, property,state, federal,local....), newspaper articles (obits, marriage & birth announcements, local events...), family histories, biographies, obituaries and etc. that pertains to Bryan County, Oklahoma - please send themto me for inclusion here. This information needs to be in plain text, no HTML or no images.

Looking for marriage records for individuals that lived in Bryan County? Check surrounding counties Atoka, Choctaw, Marshall, Johnston, Oklahoma and Grayson County, Texas. Index to Marriage records for Marshall County 1907-1919, is available online! My ancestors that lived in Cartwright, (Bryan Co.) caught the train to Madill, OK (Marshall County) to get married.

After the Rev. War new laws were passed regulating marriages, requiring that a an ordained minister, justice of the peace or other judicial official perform the ceremony. However, in the push westward the ability to comply with the laws was difficult. Weddings were often held in the home of the bride with the justice of the peace or the presiding probate judge officiating. Therefore, searching for marriage records prior to statehood (1907) is not an easy task. Oklahomas was a territory for 17 years. May 2 1890 to Nov 16, 1907. One available resource prior to statehood is the Chickasaw Nation Marriage Records Books A and B- which are on microfilm at the courthouse in Ardmore, Oklahoma (Carter Co.) some marriages dating back to 1894. Records are available, be creative and open minded in searching for early marriage records. Some books available: Bryan County Pre-Statehood Marriages 7/1902-11/1907, 1995, 216pp; Bryan County, OK, Pre-statehood Marriages July 1902 thru November 1907; MARRIAGES OF THE CHOCTAW NATION 1890 - 1902 Total of 11 books, all soft bound with index.

Marriage Records

The Bryan County Court house in Oklahoma has given over 8000 original marriage licenses to the Bryan County Heritage, Research Library in Calera, Oklahoma. The licenses are from 1902 to 1932. Please remember one thing, many of the individuals lived in Texas. Some were from other states as well. There was no waiting period to be married in Oklahoma. If you are a descendant or family member of one of the individuals listed on the marriage licenses, please send your request , using the Groom's name along with a Stamped Self Addressed Envelope to the Bryan County Heritage Assoc., P. O. Box 153, Calera, OK 74730. You will then be notified as to how to obtain the Original License. Please do not write and request all of any particular name, you will not be able to obtain them in that manner. Please be specific. Please be sure to request a specific name beginning with the grooms name. They are filed by the grooms name at this time.

These are not all of the marriages in Oklahoma from 1902 to 1932.  They are licenses which were not picked up by the Bride and Groom, that were given to BCHL by the County Clerk's office.

1902-1932 Marriages Organized by Surname:
(Two alphabetically listing: first list by groom and second list by bride)
A 32k, B 103k, C 101k, D 56k, E 20k, F 39k, G 50k, H 108k, I 7k, J 42k, K 34k, L 53k, M 117k,
N 23k, O 15k, P 62k, Q 4k, R 63k, S 114k, T 45k, U 5k, V 14k, W 90k, Y 11k, Z 5k

Other Marriage Records:

Marriages-Marriages in Marshall Co with Bryan Co. Ties-Oct 1999-Contributed by Various Individuals -

Marriage Records-St. Clair Homer to Valree Miller-Apr 1999-Donated by Okbits

Marriage Records-Pearce, Bowles, Ritchie, Shaw, Hamilton, Moody-May 1999-Jacque Reynolds

Birth Records

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Death Records

Condit Burials-List of Deaths & Burials related to Conditt-29 Jan 2006-Kay Conditt Robertson

Various Death Records-Blanton, Clancy, Fryer, Lee, Overstreet, Reasor, Templeton, Thomas, Wallace, Widner, Wiley, Williams-Apr 1999-Donated by Okbits &Jacque Reynolds

Death Certificate-Bennett, Iva Lee [Broadway]-13 Nov 2005-Sandra Haley

Marriage Records after 1907 are available through the county clerk:

Bryan County Clerk
402 West Evergreen
Durant, OK 74701-4744
(580) 924-2201

   
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