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Guide to Grant County, Washington Genealogy genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records, since 1861, when the county was formed.

County QuickStart:

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

County Overview

Parent County(s)

Grant County, Washington was created 24 February 1909.[1]

County Seat:: Ephrata [2]For Courthouse, see Archives, libraries, etc.

Neighboring Counties

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

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Boundary Changes

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[3]

Dates of Major County Records

Note: The dates you see below have not yet been adapted to Grant County, Washington Genealogy.

Beginning dates for major county records
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss


The types of records that follow are used for genealogy and family history. Most tell what you may learn and how to locate the records. Links to Internet sites usually go directly to Grant County, Washington Genealogy entries with names, images, or information.

Bible Records



Cemetery records often reveal birth, death, relationship, military, and religious information. Tombstones, sextons (caretakers) records, and burial records each have slightly different information. See Washington Cemeteries.

Grant County, Washington Genealogy cemeteries from state and national resources
Online County-wide Name Searches
Published Grave
Lists of Cemeteries
(Several will also link to names)
FindAGrave (Add a name to the search) FamilySearch Library Click Cemeteries. Press space bar to select town FindAGrave
WA State Archives - Digital Collections Click any cemetery for search window, select county, enter name(s). WorldCat Interment.net
Billion Graves Switch to "Person Lookup" Washington Periodicals Washington State Digital Archives Put county name in Search box
Billion Graves
USGenWeb Tombstone Project
Genealogy Trails
See Washington Cemeteries for details about these and other sites.


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.

  • See Washington Census for online indexes and images of US federal censuses. of: 1856, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940.
  • See statewide printed indexes, including 1856.
  • Check county indexes when online indexes fail. Created by people who knew the families of the area, they are often more accurate and they may have added insights. See periodicals and local libraries or other record holders.
  • 1890 Veterans
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930
  • 1940

Church Records

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.)

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Grand Coulee

Court Records

Many of your ancestors may be found in court records as defendants, plaintiffs, witnesses, or jurors. Court records can establish family relationships and places of residence, occupations, and other family history information. See Washington Court Records for the various courts through the years.

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


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

American Indian

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



A FamilySearch Community Tree is available for this place.


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


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

Historical County Boundaries from Newberry Library[4]

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Wilma, David. Grant County -- Thumbnail History, History Link.org 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.
  • 1909 February 24 - The Washington state Legislature formally created Grant County .
  • 1944-48 – With the completion of Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin Reclamation Project, many people moved to Grant County to work on farms.

Land and Property

Land Records reveal
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Tips -or- Land Contents

Land records (especially deeds) may give the name of a spouse, heirs, and witnesses, who may be 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.


This map highlights the county within the state of Washington. The map soon will have inter-active links.



Naturalization and Citizenship

Declarations of Intent before 1906 often include the nation of origin, his* foreign and "Americanized" names, residence, and date of arrival. See Washington Naturalization and Citizenship for more information.    (*Women were not naturalized until 1922 in the United States.)

Washington State Digital Archives has digitized various types of naturalization-related records, including declarations of intentions, delayed birth files, naturalization affidavits, notifications of application for admission to US citizenship, orders fixing naturalization terms, petitions and records, petitions, receipts for certificates of citizenship, record of final decrees of citizenship and record of petitions dockets. Depending on the county, records range from 1854-1988.


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)



Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Probate Records

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



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

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.

See also How to order Washington Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Washington Birth or Death Certificate and Marriage or Divorce Certificate Applications to mail. See Washington Vital Records for details and history of the records. .


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.

  • Washington Death Certificates 1907-1960 A free internet index to the 1907-1960 death certificates can be found at FamilySearch Record Search, no images are available. A transcribed death certificate may contain such information as name of the deceased, date and place of death, age, gender, birth date and birth place, mother’s maiden name and name of spouse, place of residence, occupation and certificate numbers.


Archives, Libraries, etc.

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.


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]

FamilySearch 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.


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.
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.

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:

Towns and Communities

See a list of towns and communities in Grant County per Wikipedia.


  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. John H. Long, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Chicago: Newberry Library, 2006) online.
  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.