Maps 'n' More
Oklahoma, Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory Maps
|Why Use A Map?
records of genealogical value in the United States are kept by county governments,
knowing which county an ancestor lived in, and which counties are nearby,
is an important part of U.S. genealogical research. Among the county
records of importance are:
These may be actual records,
licenses, or bonds, with the names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage (or license or bond), and often
the names of the parents, minister (or Justice of the Peace), and witnesses.
- Probate Records
Wills and other papers relating
to the deceased. These will usually show the names of family members and
give their relationships to the departed.
- Land and Property Records
Deeds and other records
of the transfer or lease of property, with the names of the seller and
buyer, a description of the property, the price of the transaction, and
- Court Records
These can range from civil
to criminal cases, as well as county business, granting business licenses, and other activities.
- Census Schedules
Although not compiled by
county governments, the federal censuses (taken every ten years beginning
in 1790) were organized by counties [and territories]. Beginning in 1850, federal censuses
showed every member of the family with his or her age and birthplace.
Resources for History of State and Counties
Office Records - NARA
Paula E. Rabkin
Postal History Corporate Information
United States Postal Service
[U.S. Postal Service records address as of March 17,
The current US Postal
Service has very little on past operations of the former Post Office Department.
If you contact the USPS headquarters in Washington, they can tell you when
the Post Master was appointed and the date (s)he resigned or was replaced.
Records of the old Post Office
Department are now record group 38 in the National Archives, original ledgers
of postmaster appointments show only the appointment dates.
"Post Office Site Reports"
have been microfilmed. Periodically the Post Office Department would request
that a Post Master fill out a form that described the location of his office
usually in relation to other offices, railroads, rivers, etc. They also
requested a map - hand drawn usually, varying greatly in quality). These
were used to create the Department postal route maps. If a person was Post
Master for any length of time, it is likely that he filed at least one
of these reports. The Post Office Site Report form will not tell you anything
about the Post Master, but you can obtain a copy of some interesting documents
written in his own hand. Every office will not necessarily have these reports,
some were never filed or not kept, thus every Post Master may not be on
The entire microfilm of the
records is several hundred rolls. Try interlibrary loan on the microfilm
for the set of county of interest.
through OSU Library Special Collections, for a small copying charge.
You may call (405) 744-6311 to inquire about cost and shipping.
You will note there are some that are the same year - they were prepared
by different map makers/surveyors and/or varying agencies of the U.S. Gov't.
Details will vary. Where available scale is noted after size. John
|Date - Size
|I.T. Survey (parts of KS, TX, NM also)
|I.T. w/ part of KS
I.T. w/ part of KS
parts KS, IT, TX, NM
Map of Qualla Reserv
Indian Res of U.S.
|AR & parts of I.T.
Osage Lands at Ft. Dodge
|G4020 1882 C7
|1882 13X10 1:40mi
|Cherokee Strip I.T
|G4020 1883 U55
|1883 31X24 1:12mi
|Terr. Limits of Cherokee Nation
|Cherokee Strip I.T.
|Cherokee Nation West
|G4020 1887 U5
|G4020 1887 U5
|G4020 1889 U5