Grant County, Indiana Genealogy

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

Grant County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded February 10, 1831
County Seat Marion
Address Grant County Courthouse
Marion, IN 46953
Phone: 765.668.8121
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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1831 1882 1831 1831 1831 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

  • Parent Counties: Formed February 10, 1831 from Adams New Purchase (Madison/Delaware/Randolph) and unorganized territory[2]
  • County Seat: Marion [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Samuel and Moses Grant. Its county seat is Marion and was founded 1831. It is located in the Central area of the state.[4]

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Miami  • Wabash  • Huntington  • Wells  • Blackford  • Delaware  • Madison  • Tipton  • Howard

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business Records[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 4,875
1850 11,092 127.5%
1860 15,797 42.4%
1870 18,487 17.0%
1880 23,618 27.8%
1890 31,493 33.3%
1900 54,693 73.7%
1910 51,426 −6.0%
1920 51,353 −0.1%
1930 51,066 −0.6%
1940 55,813 9.3%
1950 62,156 11.4%
1960 75,741 21.9%
1970 83,955 10.8%
1980 80,934 −3.6%
1990 74,169 −8.4%
2000 73,403 −1.0%
2010 70,061 −4.6%
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For tips on accessing Grant County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.

For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.

Finding More Church Records[edit source]

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Grant County, Indiana Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Histories[edit | edit source]

Grant County was formed in 1831. It was named for Captains Samuel and Moses Grant of Kentucky.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Grant County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the courthouse, where records are currently housed.

See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

Finding More Land Records[edit source]

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Grant County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]

Holliday, Murray, The Battle of the Mississinewa, 1812 (Grant County Historical Society)  FHL 977.269 H2h

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Grant County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Grant County

Civil War Books

  • "Regiment" in Brant & Fuller. 2008. History of Grant County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present. (Chicago: Brant & Fuller.). Pages 483-496. Regiment, Companies, Names. 977.269 H2 v. 1 FHL US/CAN, 977.269 H2 v. 2 FNL Collection; Other Libraries
  • Williamson, Jennifer, and Donna Craig. 2001. 1862 Grant County, Indiana, indexed Civil War draft enrollment lists. (Valparaiso, IN (P.O. Box 248, Valparaiso 46384): Footprints Pub. Co.). 977.269 H2w FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection; Other Libraries
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918[edit | edit source]
World War II, 1941-1945[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the Grant County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records. Online Records

Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Grant County, Indiana Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

School Records[edit | edit source]
Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Grant County Courthouse
Marion, IN 46953
Phone: 765-668-8121

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1831.
County Auditor has land records. [7]

Archives[edit | edit source]
Libraries[edit | edit source]
  • Marion Public Library
    600 S. Washington Street
    Marion, IN 46953-1992
    Phone: 765-668-2900
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
  • Grant County Historical Society
    PO Box 1951
    Marion, IN 46952
    Phone: 765-664-6520
  • Jonesboro Historical Society
    PO Box 195
    Jonesboro, IN 46938-0195
  • Matthews Covered Bridge Historical Society
    PO Box 153
    Matthews, IN 46957-0153
  • Upland Area Historical Society
    PO Box 577
    Upland, IN 46989-0577
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records[edit source]

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Grant County, Indiana Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Grant County Health Department (Births prior to October 1907. After that, they are available through Indiana State Department of Health Vital Records)
401 S. Adams St.
Marion, IN 46953
Phone: 765-651-2401, ext. 5.
Grant County Health Department

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Grant County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grant County, Indiana. Page 211-218 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), 208-211.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 11 December 2019.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grant County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.