Grant County, Oregon Genealogy

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Guide to Grant County, Oregon ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Grant County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Grant County
Location in the state of Oregon, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Oregon
Location of Oregon in the U.S.
Founded October 14, 1862
County Seat Canyon City
Address Grant County Court
201 S. Humboldt St., #280
Canyon City, OR 97820
Named for: General Ulysses S. Grant

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for President Ulysses S. Grant, who served as an army officer in the Oregon Territory, and at the time of the county's creation was a Union general in the American Civil War. The County is located in the central area of the state. [1]

Grant County, Oregon Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1915 1864 1915 1864 1864 1864 1845
*Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1903. General compliance year unknown.

County Courthouse

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Grant County Courthouse
200 South Humbolt Street
Canyon City, Ore 97820

County Clerk has birth and death records 1915-1929
marriage, land and probate records from 1864, military
records from 1872 and naturalization records  1907-1913
Clerk Circuit Cout has divorce .[3]

County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Grant County Court House as of July 2009.

Grant County Court is structured differently. Check the County Records Inventory link for addresses for location of records (left column).

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Named for General Ulysses S. Grant, General of the Union Army at the time.

Gold was discovered in what is now Canyon Creek in 1862, bringing a gold rush into the area.

Records Loss[edit | edit source]

  • 1870, 1885, 1950 Fires burned the courthouse and some records were damaged.
  • Fire destroyed some pre 1900 marriage records.

Parent Counties[edit | edit source]

14 October 1864: Grant county was created from Wasco and Umatilla Counties. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

17 February 1899: Wheeler County set off.

23 February 1899: Harney County set off.

For animated maps illustrating Oregon County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Oregon County Boundary Maps" (1843-1975) may be viewed for free at the website.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator

The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns

Defunct Post Offices[edit | edit source]

  • Alamo: A Spanish word meaning poplar or cottonwood tree, was made famous in American history in 1836. It is not known if it was named after the Alamo mine which was nearby or after the Texan one. The post office was established May 19, 1900, with Fred McCoy first postmaster. Available records are incomplete and presumed not much after 1905. The post office served mostly the gold mines located on Clear Creek, Olive Creek and Beaver Creek and the placer miners. FamilySearch Catalog

The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Trivia Tidbits[edit | edit source]

Information about localities, too small or too brief to describe in separate pages. Exception to this are Post Offices. > Trivia Tidbits

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
ORGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
ORGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Oregon Cemeteries for more information.

Swick aka Weberg Ranch

This is a very old, unmarked pioneer cemetery that is fenced off from the existing ranch (formerly known as the Weberg Ranch cira 1900-1960. From Suplee, go south on Weberg road about 5 miles and turn east on an unmarked ranch trail leading to the unmarked cemetery (approx 1 mile through the cattle grazing field). The turn is just past the old Weberg ranch house on the left just after crossing the stream culvert. Passable only in summer, dry conditions-SUV or Pickup. Just east of Crook County/Grant County border line

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 2,251
1880 4,303 91.2%
1890 5,080 18.1%
1900 5,948 17.1%
1910 5,607 −5.7%
1920 5,496 −2.0%
1930 5,940 8.1%
1940 6,380 7.4%
1950 8,329 30.5%
1960 7,726 −7.2%
1970 6,996 −9.4%
1980 8,210 17.4%
1990 7,853 −4.3%
2000 7,935 1.0%
2010 7,445 −6.2%
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Federal[edit | edit source]

1870 The portion that is now Harney County was not enumerated.

1880 The portion that is now Harney County was not enumerated. This includes what is now Burns, Harney, etc.

1890 Loss of 1890 Census records





1940 Open Release to the Public, March/April 2012.

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

  • Baker City (Oregon) city directories, including Grant County FHL Collection

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

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History[edit | edit source]

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Land and Property[edit | edit source]

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Maps[edit | edit source]

Morrow CountyUmatilla CountyUnion CountyBaker CountyWheeler CountyCrook CountyHarney CountyMalheur CountyOR GRANT.PNG
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for more resources

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

  • Military list for years 1872-1874 as per return of J.W. King, assessor, and military roll, 1887-1898 FHL Collection
    "Military roll" is on spine of books and printed at the top of each page as a running title, however, there is no military information and only names and precincts are listed. 1900 records also have "State poll tax roll" handwritten across top of pages.

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Rivers and Waterways[edit | edit source]

Details about the rivers and waterways where farms and settlements are often found along them. >> Rivers and Waterways

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Oregon Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Oregon Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

Delayed Birth Certificates

Birth Registers

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Voting Records[edit | edit source]

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Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Grant County Historical Society and Museum
101 S Canyon City Blvd
Canyon City, OR 97820
Facebook Page

Grant County Library
507 S Canyon Blvd
John Day, OR 97845
Facebook Page

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

Grant County Oregon Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant, Oregon" in,_Oregon accessed 27 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grant County, Oregon . Page 572-574 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 563-564.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grant County, Oregon page 572, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. WorldCat 50140092; FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County, Oregon," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Oregon, accessed 14 October 2018.