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Bryan County was formed in 1907 with its county seat at Durant, Oklahoma. According to the Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture Bryan County was "named for Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan, a contributor to the 1907 Oklahoma Constitution" ( Milligan 1). Bryan County was originally Choctaw land and was settled by them shortly after their first removal, 1831-1832; however, the one-fourth of the western portion of the county was allotted to the Chickasaw at the time of their removal, 1837-40.

Bryan County has a long educational history. In 1845 the Choctaws established Armstrong Academy (for boys) - Which also served as the capital of the Choctaw Nation during the Civil War- and in 1852 the Chickasaw established the Bloomfield Academy (for Chickasaw girls).It was in Durant in 1909 that the first institution of higher learning in southeastern Oklahoma, Southeastern Normal School, present-day Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Then in 1910 the Choctaw established the Oklahoma Presbyterian College, which is now the site of the governmental offices of the Choctaw Nation.

The County and many of the towns located therein were developed as part of the transportation industry. According to Miligan , "serveral towns sprang into existence with the arrival of the first north-south railroad, the Missouri Kansas and Texas Railway (MK&T, or Katy). Choctaw and White businessmen built the towns of Caddo, Durant, Calera, and Colbert, near the former Colbert's Ferry crossing on the Red River, to serve the train traffic" (Milligan 2).

Surrounding counties in Oklahoma and Texas

# County County Seat
1 Marshall County OK Madill
2 Johnston County OK Tishomingo
3 Atoka County OK Atoka
4 Choctaw County OK Hugo
5 Grayson County TX Sherman
6 Fannin County TX Bonham
7 Lamar County TX Paris

Bryan County Court Clerk's Office

Bryan County Court Clerk

402 W. Evergreen Street

Durant, Oklahoma 74701-4703


The Court Clerk's Office has marriage records from 1907 to the present.

You can search the Bryan County marriage records from 1902-1903 online at the Bryan County Arvhies site.

Links to Bryan County, Oklahoma Research Sites

Bryan County Genealogical Databases

Bryan County Message Boards

Bryan County Mailing Lists

Bryan County Old Queries & Archives

  • View old queries for Bryan County .
  • Index List of Surnames extracted from Byran County Queries
  • Search Surnames extracted from Byran County Queries
  •  Bryan County Archives at USGenWeb
  • Additional Bryan County Resources

  •  List of funeral homes in Bryan County
  • Bryan County picture page
  • Durant Daily Democrat -Local Newspaper
  • Purchase reference books from the Bryan County Genealogy Library & Archives

    Oklahoma Resources

  • Listing of Genealogical and Historical Societies in Oklahoma.
  • How to obtain Vital Records in Oklahoma.
  • Visit the Oklahoma State Resources web page.
  • Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - U.S. - Oklahoma

    Bryan County Lookups

    Caddo History, A Brief Guide Glimpses of Early Settlers James Maloy

    Bryan County Cemeteries Jacque Pearce Reynolds or Gene Phillips

    Some useful Genealogy Links

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    County Coordinator: J. Myles Felihkatubbe State Coordinator: Linda Simpson Asst. State Coordinator: Mel Owings

    This Page Last Modified: Monday, 04-Feb-2014 20:32:37 MST