Family History & Genealogy

The Family History Room houses the premier genealogical and family history collection in Oklahoma. The collection consists of the combined resources of Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society (SWOGS), Lawton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution 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. There is a full time qualified genealogy librarian, and a part-time library assistant. The Family History Room collection consists of over 26,000 books and periodicals, 150,000 microfiche, and 6,000 rolls of microfilm. It includes all Federal census schedules, local and area newspapers from 1901, Indian-Pioneer History Collection, Indian records, family histories, vital records, Oklahoma Tract Books with surname index, and research reference aids. Family Search, Ancestry, Heritage Quest, Dawes Roll, 1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census, Freedman's Bank Records, Official Records of the Union and Confedeate Armies and Navies, Southern Historical Society Papers, Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, Indexes to First Landowners of Pennsylvania, and Early Connecticut Vital Records (the Barbour Collection and more) are accessible on the Family History Room computers. The area of emphasis is Oklahoma and the major migration areas from where its people and their ancestors came. The Native American collection focuses on the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache tribes and contains several important records. The main section of the library also houses other valuable historical reference material.

Genealogy Requests

The Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society will do “lookups” in most indexed material in the Family History Room of the Lawton Public Library and offer suggestions for further research when appropriate.  Census lookups are not done.  Neither the Lawton Public Library nor SWOGS does actual research.

When requesting a lookup please provide names, dates, and places as much as possible and be specific in what you are looking for.

The lookup fee is $5.00 per lookup payable in advance.   Please include an SASE.

Mail request, with fee to:   SWOGS / PO Box 148 / Lawton, OK 73502

For newspaper lookups including obituaries: please supply the date the article ran or the date of the event (i.e., death date for an obituary).  A search will then be conducted up to seven days after the provided date.


The Comanche County Biographical Index

The biographical index is a listing of the local biographies found in various local histories found in the Lawton Public Library Family History Room including the vertical file.

We have this info online but we are still tweaking it. If you see any corrections, please let the Family History Librarian know.

Native American Obituary Index

This index is a listing of primarily Comanche, Kiowa, Apache, and Fort Sill Apache obituaries with some Caddo/Wichita and Cheyenne/Arapaho obituaries included. The index is early 1900s to 2010. It is not a complete list.


Access World News

Access World News Newsbank

This comprehensive resource offers hundreds of millions of current and archived full-text articles from over 7,000 news sources worldwide in a single, fully searchable online resource. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, and real estate so you can research topics and subjects, find events and milestones, and more. Includes over 30 Oklahoma news sources as well as 2,200 sources from across the United States.

Password: 14 digit Library Card Number



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No Outside Library Access. Available in main library only.



Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to a growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.

Outside Library Access

Password: library card number (example: 29056001000000)

Lawton Constitution

Lawton Constitution Through Access World News

Search the Lawton Constitution archives from 1985 – today. Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues. Includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Available from inside the library or from home.

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