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Find Your Roots at the Library

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The Metropolitan Library System has a variety of genealogical resources, including a physical collection located at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, eResources available from anywhere and a team of knowledgeable librarians. Our collections include family histories, census records, indexes, newspapers, state history, yearbooks and more.



Genealogy eResources

Oklahoma Specific Resources

OK2Explore - Explore vital records including births occurring more than 20 years ago and deaths occurring more than five years ago.

Oklahoma Newspapers - Provides full-text access to a variety of current and archived newspapers across Oklahoma. Use this resource to find birth announcements, death notices, marriage announcements and more.

Oklahoman Digital Archives (1901-present) - Search full-color digital replicas of the Oklahoman to find birth announcements, death notices, marriage announcements and more.

Vital Records

African American Heritage - Find relatives birth certificates, marriage records, death notices, census data, Freedman’s Bank Records (bank created in 1865 for former slaves and their dependents to place and save money), military records and records of freed and slave African Americans.

America's GenealogyBank - Explore a variety of records including a modern social security death index (1937-2014) and historical records including newspapers (1690-1922), books (1749-1900) and documents (1789-1994).

America's Obituaries and Death Notices - Search the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. (In Library Use Only) - Find billions of historical records, photographs, census records, birth, marriage and death records, military records, city directories, immigration and travel records, newspapers and more.

Fold3 - Provides access to historic U.S. military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who served. You can also search archives for African Americans, Native Americans and the U.S. Bureau of Investigation case files, historical newspapers, historical documents, U.S. Census records, U.S. naturalization records and city directories.

HeritageQuest Online - Contains U.S. Federal Census images (1790-1940), map guide to the Federal Censuses (1790-1920), U.S. Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940), slave schedules for the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Federal Census, genealogy and local history books, city directories, pension and bounty land warrant applications from the Revolutionary War, Freedman's Bank Records (1865-1874), and the U.S. Serials Set (1789-present) which records the memorials, petitions and private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress. - This is the U.S. government's official web portal, designed to makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. Use this portal to access the National Archives, the Library of Congress and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.


Maps can be utilized in your genealogical research to learn more about the neighborhood your ancestors lived and look closely at individual lots that belonged to your relatives. This information about your family’s everyday surroundings may help you identify nearby churches, schools, funeral homes, cemeteries or other institutions that may have created records about your family. Maps accessible through the library’s website include:

A to Z Maps Online - View over 100 thousand maps for the U.S., world countries and continents including spatialized maps like antique maps, bathymetric and fishing maps, climate change maps, environmental maps, geography and geology maps, Holy Land maps, tree and bird distribution maps and more.

Sanborn Maps (1867-1970) - Browse more than 660 thousand maps of more than 12 thousand American towns and cities, originally created to assist fire insurance companies in assessing risk.

History Geo - Browse antique maps and atlases with information on original landowners, according to state and federal records. It utilizes a single interactive map containing over 9 million landowners across the 21 states.


A to Z the USA - Find places of interest in your genealogical search in different states and countries including cemeteries, hospitals, churches and other institutions that may help you find records on your ancestors. This resource also contains historical and cultural information to help give you a better idea of the place and time in which your ancestors lived.

African American History Online - Get a better idea of the timeline of historical events during the time of your ancestors. In addition, you can access maps of slavery, the civil rights movement and exploration, and migration and settlement.

Indigenous Peoples: North America - Research the political, social and cultural history of Indigenous Peoples in the United States and Canada from the 16th century until well into the 20th century through manuscripts, monographs, newspapers, photographs, motion pictures, images of artwork and more. This can be helpful in learning more about where your ancestors are from the time they lived.


Newspapers can be a valuable resource in your genealogical research. Local newspapers may contain information such as birth, marriage, and death announcements as well as other aspects of your relative’s daily life. You may find that your relative was involved in local business or other local news. If there was not a newspaper in their town, be sure to check surrounding towns. Newspapers accessible through the library’s website include:


Research Guides
Need Help?

The special collections librarians can provide research assistance and guidance as well as answer specific questions in your genealogy journey. Questions can be sent online HERE or asked over the phone at (405) 606-3859.



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