Grant County, Washington Genealogy

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Guide to Grant County Washington ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1909, when the county was formed.

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Grant County, Washington
Map of Washington highlighting Grant County
Location in the state of Washington (disambiguation)
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Location of Washington in the U.S.
Founded February 24, 1909
County Seat Ephrata
Washington, Grant County Courthouse.png
Address Grant County Courthouse
35 C Street NW PO Box 37
Ephrata, WA 98823-0037
Phone 509.754.2011
Grant County Website

County Overview[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

Parent County(s)[edit | edit source]

Grant County, Washington was created 24 February 1909 from Douglas County.[2]

County Seat:: Ephrata [3] See also Towns and Communities in Grant County, Washington Genealogy. For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[4]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Grant County, Washington Genealogy is surrounded by: Adams | Benton | Douglas | Franklin | Kittitas | Lincoln | Okanogan | Yakima

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Grant County Courthouse
35 C Street NW PO Box 37
Ephrata, WA 98823-0037
Phone 509.754.2011

County Auditor has marriage and land records from 1909.
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records. [5]

See also Archives, libraries, etc. in Grant County, Washington Genealogy.

Dates of Major County Records[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1909 1909 1909 1889 1909 1891 1850
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1907.
General compliance by 1917.
Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Topics for Grant County, Washington Genealogy[edit | edit source]

The topics or headings on this page describe records that are used for genealogy and family history. They include links to web sites with indexes, images, or information about the county.

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Biographical information is often found in state and local histories or genealogies. See also Washington Biography.

Business and Commerce[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Tombstone Project WorldCat
Billion Graves (name) Washington Periodicals WA State Digital Archives
WAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Billion Graves Genealogy Trails
FamilySearch Places
See Washington Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 8,698
1920 7,771 −10.7%
1930 5,666 −27.1%
1940 14,668 158.9%
1950 24,346 66.0%
1960 46,477 90.9%
1970 41,881 −9.9%
1980 48,522 15.9%
1990 54,758 12.9%
2000 74,698 36.4%
2010 89,120 19.3%
Source: "".
Federal Census Contents
Names, ages, birthplaces 1850–1940
Birthplaces of parents 1880–1940
Relationships 1880–1940
Family and Neighbors All years
Immigration year 1900–1930
Citizenship 1910–1940

Censuses 1) Give names, ages, and more about the family; 2) Pinpoint the area to find other records; and 3) Provide clues for further research.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

The information church records provide depends upon the church practices and the record keepers. Records may include names, ages, and dates of events such as baptism, marriage, or burial. See Washington Church Records.

  • Church records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) for Grant County, Washington Genealogy are listed in the FamilySearch catalog. (Press space bar to select town.)

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Grand Coulee

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can clarify family relationships, places of residence, occupations, and family history. See Washington Court Records for courts used through the years.


For specialized court records, see Divorce  · Guardianship  · Land  · Naturalization · Probate

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]


Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]


American Indian[edit | edit source]
Japanese[edit | edit source]

World War II Files, 1942-1946

Public Welfare/Social Security Department, (Japanese Internment) Assistance Cases, Evacuee Referrals for Resettlement and Assistance, 1945-1946 from the Washington State Archives – Digital Archives

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]


Genealogy[edit | edit source]

A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.
Many local libraries and societies have collections of family genealogies. County histories or biographies often include brief genealogies of the featured persons. 

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Guardianship of orphans or adults unable to manage their own affairs were handled by the probate and the District courts. See Washington Court Records.

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories for Grant County, Washington Genealogy may include biographies, history of churches, schools, local government with names of officials, military information, and more. See Washington Local Histories.

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[7]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Eric L. Flom. Grant County -- Thumbnail History, History Essay 8010.

  • Indian cultures such as the Interior Salish, Wenatchi, and Okanogan were the earliest inhabitants of the region.
  • Mid 1800s - The first white settlers devoted themselves primarily to raising livestock.
  • 1853 - March 2, U.S. President Millard Fillmore establishes Washington Territory.
  • 1909 February 24 - The Washington state Legislature formally created Grant County .
  • 1942 - Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1942.
  • 1950 - Construction on the Columbia Basin Project bringing the water of the Columbia River to irrigate Grant County's dry land.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land records (especially deeds) may give the name of a spouse, heirs, and witnesses, who are sometimes relatives or in-laws. County deeds, mortgages, and leases show transfers from person to person. See also Court Records for actions involving real estate. See Washington Land for government-to-person records.

Maps[edit | edit source]

OkanoganLincolnAdamsFranklinBentonYakimaKittitasDogulasWA GRANT.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Most residents came to Washington from other states or crossed the border from Canada. (See Seattle Passenger Lists for those who came from other countries.) Although few other migration records exist, try:
• Censuses: (use birthdates and places of children as clues)
• Land Records: (1st deed may reveal previous residence)
• Death-related records of children may give town or county of birth
• Records of relatives and neighbors

Military[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Washington Naturalization and Citizenship for more information. Note: Until 1922 in the United States, women's citizenship was based on that of their husbands.

  • Naturalization and Citizenship 1909-1979 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes Declarations of intention 1909-1945; Depositions 1924-1945; Naturalization cards 1909-1979; Petition evidence 1909-1945; Petitions for naturalization 1898-1946; Orders of the court (admitting the petitioner or denying the petition) 1930-1947.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Small town newspapers provide historical content and contain obituaries, birth or death notices, legal notices, and community news, such as visits to or from out-of-town relatives. See Washington Newspapers for tips, resources, and details.

Finding More Washington Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Grant County, Washington Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Do a search for these and other records in the FamilySearch Catalog. To select a county in Washington, add a comma, slide way down to the county list, then click Search. (Almost every state seems to have a Washington County)

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Obituaries may mention birth, marriage, spouse, parents, living family members, education, occupation, and more. See Washington Obituaries for state level collections and United States Obituaries for tips and insights.

Also check:

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records identify heirs of the decedents, give the (approximate) death dates, and provide specifics about property holdings. The records were kept by the county judge.

These include wills, inheritance records, dockets, and other documents regarding property and estates of individuals who have died. See also Court Records for civil actions involving estates. Also see Washington Probate Records.

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Public records are documents created by civil authorities that either don't fit comfortably in another topic, or that could fit in several topics.

Repositories[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]


Taxation[edit | edit source]

Washington tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Washington Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

The county auditors in Washington kept records of birth, marriage, and death. The county clerk has the divorce records - the earliest dates to the present.

Visit the Washington State Department of Health website to order a Washington Birth, Death, Marriage or Divorce Certificate. See Washington Vital Records for details and history of the records. .

Birth[edit | edit source]

In 1891, coroners, physicians, and midwives were to "return" births and deaths to the county auditor. Many went unrecorded. In 1907, the State Center for Health Statistics assumed this responsibility.[8] See also Washington Birth Records.

For earlier or unrecorded births, search:

  • Washington Delayed Birth Certificates often include statements of witnesses to the birth.
  • Death Records often give birth date, place, parents
  • Censuses to learn age, family members, location, etc.
  • School Censuses in Washington give date of birth and name of parent or guardian
  • Cemeteries usually give birth date or age, and sometimes birth place
  • Obituaries often include birth info, living and deceased family members, and more
Marriage[edit | edit source]

Marriage records include certificates, marriage returns, license applications or affidavits. Counties kept the records until 1968, when the state took over. See also Washington Marriage Records.

  • 1890-2009 Marriage1890-2004 Part of: County Records, 1856-2009 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • See what genealogical information may be in these records.
    • Includes General index to marriage affidavits 1909-1948; General index to marriage records 1909-1992; affidavit record 1890-1954; Marriage certificates (out of county) and unclaimed certificates 1909-1959; certificates 1909-2002; license applications 1955-2004; returns 1909-1942; waivers 1925-1981; Register of marriage statistics 1909-1936.
Divorce[edit | edit source]

Divorce records give the names of the parties and may give the date and place of their marriage. See Washington Vital Records for excellent information.

Online Records

Death[edit | edit source]

In 1891, coroners, physicians and midwives were to report (or return) all births and deaths under their supervision to County Auditors. On July 1, 1907, the State took over.[9] See Washington Death Records.

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Check back often with websites. Local societies and libraries may know of other websites.

Sites with online indexes or images of records
Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
Grant County WAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Washington State Digital Archives Free Includes indexes, some linked to images.
  • Type county name, click Search, then select a collection.
  • Collections were posted to the appropriate headings for this Wiki page in December, 2013.
FamilySearch Historical Collections Free Search indexes or browse images at
  • Click "Last Updated." Collections through December 2013 have been posted to the appropriate topics for this Wiki page.
Sites that search for links pertaining to Grant County, Washington Genealogy
Websites at RootsWeb - Grant WA Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($) Free "Grant County, Washington Facts"
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Grant County, Washington Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library (Indiana)
See also local libraries and Washington Archives and Libraries

Archives, Libraries, etc.[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in {{{1}}} County. For state-wide facilities, see Washington Archives and Libraries.

Resources for Grant County, Washington Genealogy are available in libraries, archives, and other repositories at all levels: the town, the county, the state (including universities), and the nation.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Local public libraries—even smaller ones—often have Unique Genealogical Collections that are not online for the area they serve. Many libraries in Washington have an area dedicated to local history and genealogy.

Online Resources:
The public libraries in Grant County are part of North Central Regional Library. Their Research and Homework Center includes Heritage Quest. Library cards and passwords may be required for access.

Coulee City Community Library, 405 W Main, Coulee City 99115 Phone: (509) 632-8751
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Ephrata Community Library, 45 Alder Nw, Ephrata 98823 Phone: (509) 754-3971
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Grand Coulee Community Library, 225 Federal, Grand Coulee 99133 Phone: (509) 633-0972
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Mattawa Community Library, 61 Government Way, Mattawa 99349 Phone: (509) 932-5507
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Moses Lake Community Library, 418 E 5th Ave, Moses Lake 98837 Phone: (509) 765-3489
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Quincy Community Library, 108 B St Sw, Quincy 98848 Phone: (509) 787-2359
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Royal City Community Library, 356 Camelia, Royal City 99357 Phone: (509) 346-9281
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Soap Lake Community Library, 32 E Main, Soap Lake 98851 Phone: (509) 246-1313
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Warden Community Library, 305 S Main, Warden 98857 Phone: (509) 349-2226
Online Resources:
Unique Collections:
Museums[edit | edit source]


Societies[edit | edit source]

Grant County Historical Society
742 Basin Street NW
Ephrata, WA 98823

Grant County Historical Museum
742 Basin St NW
Ephrata, WA 98823
509 754 3334

Populated Places[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:[10]

Unincorporated communities
  • Adco
  • Adrian
  • Bacon
  • Beverly
  • Burke
  • Corfu
  • Lakeview Park
  • Low Gap
  • Mae
  • Ruff
  • Schawana
  • Smyrna
  • Stratford
  • Tiflis
  • Trinidad
  • Wheeler
  • Winchester
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Haven
  • Jericho

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County, Washington," in,_Washington. accessed 17/07/2019
  2. The Evolution of Washington Counties by Newton Carl Abbott, Fred E. Carver, 1979. Published by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Klickitat County Genealogical Society.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grant County, Washington page 732, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grant County, Washington . Page 732-735 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), 733-734.
  7. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  8. Washington State Archives - Digital Archives, Birth Records, About this Collection
  9. About Death Records at Washington State Digital Archives.
  10. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County, Washington," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Washington, accessed 13 March 2019.