Jackson County
Oklahoma



Welcome to the OKGenWeb site for Jackson County Genealogy!

The Jackson County flag above is from the Jackson County Government site, described there as "the result of a poster contest during County Government Week in 1997. It is the product of three students in Mrs. Joyce Wikoff's class, Matthew Mills, Tina Butler and Leslie Moss. These students have made a great contribution to their county and we are very proud to display the flag."

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Jackson County was formed in 1907 from "Old Greer" County when Oklahoma became the 46th state. Old Greer has a fascinating history: thanks to a surveying error, the territory was in dispute between Texas and Oklahoma for many years until a Supreme Court decision in 1896 when the territory was assigned to Oklahoma Territory.
A brief history of the dispute and resolution can be read at Greer County OKGenWeb page.
Another good history of Jackson County is at the Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture.

Jackson County is bordered by
Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Tillman Counties in OK
and Hardeman and Wilbarger in TX.
Click on a county name to visit their site.

The townships in Jackson are:
Baucum
Carmel
Duke
Elmer
Eldorado
Headrick
Martha,
Navajo
Olustee.
(In 1910 there was also
a township called Jay.)
Jackson is home to the following
cities and towns:

(Click a name or a number for various articles about the town)

*Note: Altus was called Leger
from 10 July 1901-14 May 1904



Note the name changes on the maps below: Altus was temporarily changed to Leger in the early 1900s; Era was changed to Creta by 1906.
Also note the road change from Olustee to Eldorado.

1903 Map of Old Greer (with modern Jackson overlay added)
by James Newton Matthews
from Historic Maps of Oklahoma

1909 Map of Jackson
by George F. Cram, in The Art of Our Country
from Historic Maps of Oklahoma

Some lesser populated or no longer existing towns are:
  • Aaron
  • Alfalfa
    (changed to Friendship)
  • Alsford
  • Bonnie
  • Butte
  • Carmel
  • Chilton
    (changed to Dunbar)
  • Creta
    (formerly Era)
  • Crista
  • Dunbar
    (formerly Chilton)
  • Duncan
  • Era
    (changed to Creta)
  • Frazer, forerunner of Altus
  • Friendship (1) (2) (3)
    (formerly Alfalfa)
  • Gladys
  • Granville
  • Hampton
  • Hazel
  • Hess (1) (2)
  • Hightower
  • Humphreys
  • Jay
  • Lemon
  • Lincoln
  • Lock
  • Madden
  • Marty
  • Mesquite
  • Morris
  • Navajoe
  • Odema
  • Otis
  • Ozark
  • Poe
  • Prairie Hill
  • Ricks
  • Roark (Jct.)
  • Victory
  • Warren
  • Welon
  • Wellington Jct.
  • Willowvale
  • Wilmoth
  • Yeldell
Old Greer County Post Offices 1886-1907
lists the various post offices, postmasters,
dates of appointment, and notes on discontinuation.
This area included what is now Jackson.


Jackson County Courthouse
101 N. Main St.
Altus, OK 73521
Telephone: (580) 482-4420
The Court Clerk has marriage, divorce, and civil court records from 1907.
The County Clerk has land records.

Historic images of the courthouse


Featured Photo of Jackson, April 2014


anyjazz65 (Fred) took this terrific picture of the Oklahoma Centennial Mural in Duke.
The first panel commemorates "burying the hatchet" in 1912, read the story here.
You can see more of Fred's wonderful Oklahoma pictures here at flickr.


More great photographers' pictures will be featured on these pages each month - come back and see!


Jackson Libraries, Museums, Historical and Genealogical Societies
Altus Public Library
The library has cemetery books, contributed family files, early newspapers, etc.
Tammy Davis, who works at the Altus library, will do lookups in their holdings as time permits.
Contact Tammy for information and cost - be sure to give relevant information (names, dates, etc.).
Western Trail Historical Society
P.O. Box 11
Altus, OK 73522
Museum
of the
Western Prairie
Images from the
Museum of the
Western Prairie
Facebook page for
Museum of the
Western Prairie

(open to public viewing)
Western Trails
Genealogical
Society

Southwest Oklahoma
Genealogical Society
Greer County
Genealogical and
Historical Society
Oklahoma
Historical
Society


History of Jackson County
1907 - A New State - A New County
Map of the New State of Oklahoma in the Newspapers, with an error!
Jackson County in the
Encyclopedia of OK
History & Culture
A History of Jackson
by Jodean Martin
Historical Places of
Jackson County
National Register
of Historic Places

(8 entries)
Jackson Bridges at
Oklahoma Bridges

(great photos)
Oklahoma
Archeological
Survey
No markers listed at the
Historical Markers Database!!
Can you help?
Old Greer
(parent county
of Jackson)


Records and Data of Jackson County OK
Please submit your Jackson County data to share!
Jackson County People and Statistics
from the first Oklahoma State Manual 1909
Marriage
Records

Greer (pre-Jackson) 1901-1907
Jackson 1907-1920
Land
Records
Probate General Index
Entries for Dockets 1-3
(1907-1920s)
Greer Co TX Tax Lists
(= Jackson, Greer, Harmon, and part of Beckham)
Military and Veterans
Records

They Came to Jackson
Foreign Born Residents
1900-1910 Jackson
Jackson County in the News
Articles concerning Jackson
and its people from various
OK Newspapers, through 1907 (statehood and county formation)
Google news digital issues of
The Altus Times Democrat

5 issues each
from January of
1920, 1930, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, and 1980.
Cemeteries of Jackson with links to listings
Various Jackson County Obituaries can be found at:
Genealogy Trails USGenWeb Archives Altus Times Obits
USGenWeb Archives
Oklahoma
Cemeteries
Obituary Central
Pg: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6
Kincanon Funeral Home Obituaries Lowell-Tims Funeral Home Obituaries



Old Blair Drug Store in Blair, on West Main at Zinn
Photo by Wesley Fryer, 22 Apr 2009
See more of
Wes's terrific Oklahoma pictures here at flickr


Family Sites with Jackson County Connections
Submit your site here!
You will need to do a text search for "Jackson" on some of these pages to find the Jackson connection.

Current message boards and query sites for Jackson County:

Archived Researchers and Queries from December 1996 - March 2002
Researcher Profiles:
A thru L
Researcher Profiles:
M thru Z
- Surname Register and
Query Index: A thru L,
Surname Register and
Query Index: M thru Z
Dec 1996 - Jan 1997 Feb - Jun 1997 Aug - Nov 1997 Dec 1997 - Feb 1998 Mar 1998 - May 1999
Jun - Jul 1999 Aug - Nov 1999 Dec 1999 - Feb 2000 Mar - May 2000 Jun - Sep 2000
Oct 2000 - Jan 2001 Feb - Apr 2001 May - Aug 2001 Sep 2001 - Feb 2002 March 2002


Links to other sites with Jackson County Info
(The search for Jackson County is already done for your convenience - these are the results pages, with lots more links to follow)
USGenWeb Archives Project Cyndi's List Rootsweb Resources familysearch.org wiki Family History
Library Catalog
Genealogy Trails History Group linkpendium.com Kindred Trails tqpeiffer's Jackson County USGenNet
- Southwest Oklahoma
Family History
OK Historical Society
Encyclopedia of Oklahoma
History & Culture
Wikipedia Articles -


Jackson County Today
Jackson County Government
Official County Site

Desert Forktail (Ischnura barberi)
Picture by Victor W. Fazio III, "a wildlife biologist with a camera"
"An adult male Desert Forktail (Ischnura barberi) at a roadside crossing of a minor tributary of Sandy Creek appx. 3 miles SSE of Eldorado, Jackson, OK.
This site is the only known location for the species in sw. Oklahoma and one of only a half-dozen in the Southern Great Plains."
Photo taken 26 Jun 2008 using a Panasonic DMC-FZ50.
See more of Victor's fabulous work here on flickr
flickr photos for
Jackson Co OK
County QuickLinks
from US Census Bureau
City of Altus
County QuickFacts
from US Census Bureau
Altus Times
National Weather Service
Current and 7 Day Forecast
Altus Air Force Base


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