Grant County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Grant County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Grant County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded March 6, 1868
County Seat Elbow Lake
Grant County Minnesota Courthouse.jpg
Address Grant County Courthouse
Elbow Lake, MN 56531
Phone: 218.685.4520
Grant County Website

County Information


The County was named for Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States. The County is located in the west center area of the state. [1]

Grant County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1869 1879 1850 1872 1875

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1877,
marriage records from 1869, divorce
and court records from 1883.
Probate Judge has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]


Parent County

  • 1868--Grant County was created 6 March 1868 from Stevens, Wilkin, and Traverse Counties. It was attached to Douglas County from 1868 to 1873 for judicial purposes. County seat: Elbow Lake [4]
  • For brief history of how Grant County was named, click here, then select Grant County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places 


Ashby | Barrett | Elbow Lake | Herman | Hoffman | Norcross | Wendell


Delaware Township | Elbow Lake Township | Elk Lake Township | Erdahl Township | Gorton Township | Land Township | Lawrence Township | Lien Township | Logan Township | Macsville Township | North Ottawa Township | Pelican Lake Township | Pomme de Terre Township | Roseville Township | Sanford Township | Stony Brook Township


Erdahl  | Pomme de Terre

Neighboring Counties



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


State Census


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 Minnesota Church Records.


Elbow Lake Lutheran Church

  • Records of Elbow Lake Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]

Immanuel Lutheran Church

  • Records of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grant County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]


Emigration and Immigration


The county register of deeds keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Grant County, Minnesota Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Minnesota Local Histories.


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 1874 Map of Big Stone, Grant, Stevens, and Traverse counties


Naturalization Records

Grant County Naturalization Records  An inventory of naturalization records by the Grant Historical Society.


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



Probate records may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Minnesota Probate Records for additional information.

Online Probate Records


Minnesota tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 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 Minnesota Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota State Registrar of Vital Records, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred], order electronically online ($) or download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.

See also Minnesota Vital Records or How to order Minnesota Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.


Societies and Libraries

Grant County Historical Society
PO Box 1002
Elbow Lake 56531
Telephone: 218-685-4864
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West Central Minnesota Historical Center
University of Minnesota–Morris
Morris, MN 56267

Family History Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 12 Nov 2018
  2. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 385-403. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grant County, Minnesota page 364, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society,, accessed 10 June 2013.