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Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th most extensive of the 50 United States. During the 19th century hundreds of thousands of settlers flocked to the state to claim land in the prairies. A number of large-scale ‘land runs’, opening up previously restricted areas, were held to speed up settlement.

The 21,000 records in this set contain details of marriages that took place in the state between 1842 and 1912. They date back to the very formation of the Oklahoma Territory, and continue past Oklahoma becoming the 46th state in 1907. As the territory formed around 1890, counties were required to register marriages, so records generally begin with the creation of each county.

The records can include information such as the first and last names of the bride and groom, their dates of birth, parents’ names, and the date and location of the wedding.