Oklahoma Obituaries Project

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Oklahoma Obituaries


           There are three levels of volunteering work involved in helping with this project:

  1. Submitting whole obituaries as seen in the newspaper. Permission is required. See bottom of page for information and sample letter.

  2. Indexing the information found in the obituary (Name, dob, dod, locations, parents, spouses, marriage date & location, cemetery, funeral home, date of source, picture availability) . If you live in Oklahoma or know someone who does that subscribes to a local paper, then you can help with this project! You can index the local paper. Permission is not required from the newspaper, so begin today. It is easy, not a lot of typing is involved, just a dedication to saving the obits and typing in the basic information for each one. Estimated amount of time five to ten minutes a day (or save them and do them on the weekend). More information available at bottom of this page.

  3. Individual Obituaries also accepted. Permission is required to place the obit word for word. Otherwise a synopsis or index of the obit can be submitted without permission. Know the city and need the county?

Directory of Obituaries


 Consider submitting your Oklahoma obituaries

  Linda Simpson

Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine
Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw
Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig
Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield
Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper
Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay



 Oklahoma Centennial











McIntosh Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee
Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne
Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottawatomie Pushmataha Roger Mills Rogers
Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa
Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward  

Directory of Special Obituaries

State of Oklahoma Obits - Not County Specific

Public Domain Obituaries (pre-1923)
Indian Journal - (1915)(1916)(1919)(1920)(1921)(1922)

Creek Nation Obituaries
Chickasaw Nation Obituaries
Choctaw Nation Obituaries
Osage Nation Obituaries
 Oklahoma I O O F Obituaries

Newspapers Indexed :

Newspapers Volunteers Needed to Index Obituaries
(and/or contact for permission to post full obituaries)

Participating Newspapers Permission granted for (FULL OBITUARY)

The above includes only a small list of newspapers in Oklahoma, if you would like to volunteer for a newspaper that is not listed, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Here is how you can help with the Obituary Project

  • To volunteer send your name, email address, and the newspaper you will be working from, make a note if you are indexing or submitting whole obits. Once a month, you will email me your file of obit information. We will then place them online. Questions or comments, please contact me: Linda Simpson

  • Contact local newspapers to ask permission for the USGenWeb Archives Project to archive their obituaries.  Here is a sample letter to send to the newspapers. Contact me with the name of the newspaper and name and title of person granting permission from the publication.

  • Check with state archives and genealogical societies to locate microfilm or other sources of pre-1923 (public domain) newspapers to transcribe obituaries from.

  • Something to think about, some newspapers offer subscriptions by mail.

  • Volunteer to transcribe obituaries from newspapers already granting permission (must have access to their publication or website).

Copyright Law: The Oklahoma Obituary Project will abide by today's copyright laws. Obituaries published after December 31, 1922, unless:

  1. you were the original author of the obituary, or
  2. the newspaper in question grants permission to reprint the obituary, or
  3. the obituary is that of a family member (you must give the relation), or
  4. you submit an abstract/INDEX of your obituaries.

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This page was updated: Wednesday, 12-Sep-2018 15:44:13 MDT

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