Grant County, Oregon Genealogy

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Grant County, Oregon
Map of Oregon highlighting Grant County
Location in the state of Oregon
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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

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Quick Facts

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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, bring a gold rush into the area.

County Courthouse

  • Records Held at the Courthouse
    County Records Inventory listing the records held at the Grant County Court House as of July 2004.

Records Loss

Fire destroyed some pre 1900 marriage records.

Parent Counties

14 October 1864: Grant county was created from Wasco and Umatilla Counties. [1]

Boundary Changes

17 February 1899: Wheeler County set off.

23 February 1899: Harney County set off.

Places / Localities

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

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



Cemeteries (Rural)

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




the portion that is now Harney County was not enumerated.


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


Loss of 1890 Census records


Open Release to the Public, March/April 2012.

Church History and Records

Court Records


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

Emigration and Immigration


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Land and Property

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Military History and Records

  • 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.


Probate Records


Vital Records


Voting Records

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Societies, Libraries and Museums



  1. WorldCat 50140092FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)