Source Information

Ancestry.com. Oklahoma, Territorial Census, 1890 and 1907 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data:
  • First Territorial Census for Oklahoma, 1890; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1811, 1 roll); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • 1907 Census of Seminole County, Oklahoma; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1814, 1 roll); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Other Oklahoma records are available for research at the Oklahoma State Archives, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

About Oklahoma, Territorial Census, 1890 and 1907

In June 1890 a territorial census of Oklahoma was taken. It enumerated the following seven counties:

  • Beaver
  • Canadian
  • Cleveland
  • Kingfisher
  • Logan
  • Oklahoma
  • Payne

In 1907 a census of Indian and Oklahoma territories, comprising the proposed state of Oklahoma, was also taken. However, only the schedules for Seminole County exist. These schedules are also included in this database.

Information available in this database includes:

  • Enumeration place (town, county, state)

  • Name of individual

  • Relationship to the head of household

  • Race

  • Gender

  • Age

  • Place of birth*

  • Number of years in the U.S.*

*Only in the 1890 census.

Additional information about an individual may be listed on the original record. This information can be obtained by viewing the census image.

Why this census is important:

The 1890 U.S. Federal Census was damaged and destroyed by fire in 1921. None of the Oklahoma population schedules survived. In fact, less than 1% of all the schedules are available for research today. Because of this problem, the Oklahoma Territorial Census is a highly valuable source, as it provides a wealth of information that would otherwise be found in the Federal Census.