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

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Neighboring Counties

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

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Boundary Changes

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

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


Bible Records


Business Records


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

For tips on accessing Grant County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Church Records

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.

Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




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

Local Histories

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

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

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


Military Records

War of 1812

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

Civil War

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

World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
World War II, 1941-1945

Naturalization and Citizenship



Probate Records

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 county courthouse.

Online Records

Finding More Probate Records

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

Public Records

School Records
Voter Registration



Grant County; 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.
Co Auditor has land records. [4]

Office hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Grant County Government website


Marion Public Library
600 S. Washington Street
Marion, IN 46953-1992
Phone: 765-668-2900

Marion Public Library Indiana History and Genealogy Site


Grant County Historical Society
PO Box 1951
Marion 46952
Telephone Number: 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

Upland Area Historical Society
PO Box 577
Upland, IN 46989-

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.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the Family History Center directory.


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.

Finding More Tax Records

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

Vital Records

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
Marriage Records
Death Records

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:

Web Sites



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  4. 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.
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