Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society is a non-profit tax-exempt organization which was chartered in 1976. The society is located in Lawton (Comanche County), OK and covers the counties of Beckham, Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Stephens, Tillman and Washita. Our mailing address is: S. W. O. G. S., P. O. Box 148, Lawton, OK 73502.
FAMILY HISTORY ROOM - The Family History Room at the Lawton Public Library, 110 S.W. Fourth Street, houses the combined collections of SWOGS, Lawton Chapter of DAR and the Lawton Public Library. Contributions have also been made by the Daughters of 1812, Southwest Oklahoma Historical Society, other heritage groups, authors and patrons. A full-time qualified genealogy librarian and a part-time assistant are provided by LPL.
The Family History Room collection consists of over 28,000 books and periodicals; 150,000 microfiche, and 6,000 rolls of microfilm. It includes the International Genealogical Index, federal census schedules for many states, including the 1900 through 1930 Oklahoma, with soundex, local newspapers from 1901, Indian-Pioneer History Collection, Indian records, family histories, vital records, Oklahoma Tract Books with surname index, research reference aids, and much more. The area of emphasis is Oklahoma and the major migration areas from where its people and their ancestors came. The library also has free access to Ancestry.com and Fold3.com.
The Lawton Public Library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The phone number is (580) 581-3450. The Family History Room is ext. 6. This room is open the same hours as the library, however, a room assistant is not available after 6:00 p.m.
PUBLICATIONS - Look here for a list of publications of the society and how to order. SWOGS will also consider trading publications with other societies.
SUGGESTIONS FOR BEGINNERS - Look here for suggestions on how to begin your family history research.
1895 MAP OF SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA
SW OKLAHOMA GENEALOGICAL QUERIES - Look here for information on how to submit queries for publication in The Tree Tracers quarterly, Tree Tracers newspaper column and our Web Page. Also view our current SW Oklahoma Web Queries.
MEMBERS' GENEALOGICAL QUERIES - View Web Queries submitted by our members. The location of these queries may be anywhere in the world.
MEMBERS' AHNENTAFEL CHARTS
BIBLE RECORDS - View Bible records submitted by our members.
FEDERAL TRACT BOOKS OF OKLAHOMA TERRITORY - The Tract Books were made when the land was first offered or opened to entry by the Federal Government. The books include people who applied for homesteads or Indian allotments in Oklahoma Territory (not Indian Territory). They do not include allotments of the Five-Civilized Tribes and Osage Indians.
SWOGS offers a research service for these books. Click on title for more information.
LINKS TO OTHER INTERESTING WEBSITES FOR THE GENEALOGICAL RESEARCHER