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Grant County, Oregon

Grant County was created on October 14, 1864 from Wasco County and Umatilla County. This particular county was named in honor of Ulysses S. Grant (1822 - 1885), army officer who served in the Oregon Territory; a Union general in the American Civil War at the time of the county's creation; and subsequently President of the United States (1869–1877).

The Grant County Seat can be found in Canyon City plus the county government website is

Areas adjoining Grant County happen to be Malheur County (southeast), Harney County (south), Crook County (west), Wheeler County (west), Morrow County (north), Umatilla County (north), Union County (northeast), Baker County (east).

Cities and towns situated in Grant County consists of Monument, Mount Vernon, Prairie City, Seneca, Canyon City, Dayville, Granite, John Day, Long Creek.

Grant County does have Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Grant Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Grant Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Grant Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. There is free down loadable and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Grant County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Grant County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Grant County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Grant County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Oregon courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Oregon residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Grant County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records.

Please contact the clerk's office to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of occasionally changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many workers will guide people in finding the resources, however it is up to the particular person to undertake the research.

The below specifics indicates whatever death, marriage, birth,, land, probate, and court records are typically in Grant County. The dates stated below are considered the first noted records data for this county.

  • Grant County Clerk has many duties which include vital statistics (births, deaths, marriage) and keeps a permanent public record of real estate transactions.
    • Address: 201 S Humbolt Street, Canyon City, OR 97820
    • Phone: (541) 575-1675
    • Marriage Records: 1864
    • Land Records: 1862
  • Grant County Circuit Court Clerk has general jurisdiction over all civil and criminal cases, and typically handle cases beyond the jurisdiction of other courts. Circuit Courts also handle divorce, child custody, disputes over title to land, probate matters, juvenile cases, guardianship, adoption, involuntary commitment, and requests for injunctions.
    • Address: PO Box 159, 201 S. Humbolt St., Canyon City, OR 97820
    • Phone: 541.575.1438
    • Court Records: 1864
    • Probate Records: 1864
  • Grant County Records Inventory ( The Oregon Historical County Records Guide includes descriptions and listings for each type of record in the inventory. Each series description includes a title and a description of how the records are used (function); types of records that may be included in each category (physical content); type of information that may be found (informational content)
  • Oregon Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records has birth and death records dating from 1903; marriage records from 1906; and divorce certificates (not decrees) from 1925. There is a fee for each copy requested.

Grant County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Grant County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is just a list that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to suggest your own most popular Grant County genealogy or family history related sites.

Grant Co. OR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Grant Co. OR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Grant Co. OR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Grant Co. OR Census Records

Grant Co. OR Cemeteries & Church Records

Grant Co. OR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Grant Co. OR General and History Websites

Grant Co. OR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Grant Co. OR Military Records

Grant Co. OR Schools & Directories

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