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Genealogy and Family History Resources

The following is a selected list of resources for researching genealogy and family history, with an emphasis on Oklahoma.

Indian Territory and Genealogical and Historical Society

The Indian Territory Genealogical and Historical Society is located in the T.L. Ballenger Room of the NSU Library. Many useful resources are found in the Ballenger Room, which is staffed by volunteers from the community. To learn when the Ballenger Room is open, please visit the Society's web site linked above.

Family History and Genealogy Resources

Biographical Resources

  • American National Biography (Ref. CT 213 .A68) - 24 volumes + Supplement
  • Dictionary of American Biography (Ref. E 176 .D56) - 20 volumes + Supplements
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography (Ref. CT 203 .E56) - 17 volumes
  • National Cyclopedia of American Biography (Ref. E 176 .N27) - 63 volumes


Special Collections holds many historic maps of Indian Territory and Oklahoma.

Interviews and Oral Histories

Resources found in the NSU Library:
Cherokee Nation Papers (Special Collections) contains personal, family and business papers (1830-1907).
The Slave Narratives (Federal Writers' Project) series of books are found in the Library print collection.

Finding Articles

Historical Full-Text Newspapers

State and National Digital Resources

Finding and Borrowing Books

The NSU Library Catalog (Discovery) can be used to identify and locate a wide variety of resources that can be used in genealogical and historical research.

WorldCat can be used to find books not owned by the NSU Library.

If a book is not available at the NSU Library, it may be available through interlibrary loan.