Grant County, Washington

Grant County

Grant County was founded on February 24, 1909 from Douglas County. The county was named in honor of Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), 18th U.S. President.

The Grant County Seat is situated in Ephrata and the county government website is http://www.co.grant.wa.us/

Locations bordering Grant County are Douglas County (north), Okanogan County (northeast), Adams County (east), Lincoln County (east), Franklin County (southeast), Benton County (south), Yakima County (southwest), Kittitas County (west).

Cities and towns found in Grant County consists of Banks Lake South, Cascade Valley, Coulee City, Coulee Dam (partial), Desert Aire, Electric City, Ephrata, George, Grand Coulee, Hartline, Krupp (also known as Marlin), Lakeview, Mattawa, Moses Lake, Moses Lake North, Quincy, Royal City, Soap Lake, Warden, Wilson Creek

In the late nineteenth century, the county was traversed by railroads: the Great Northern; the Northern Pacific; and the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul. The railroads brought settlers into the county, attracted by its rich soil and agricultural potential. The Columbia Basin Irrigation Project of the 1930s also made a significant impact on the county while the completion of the Grand Coulee Dam (the largest all concrete structure on earth) opened lands for farming and furnished electric power for industry. Today the county is a major bean and pea producer and food-processing center.

Grant County vital records can be found at the Washington Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Washington for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Grant County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Washington Birth or Death Certificate and Marriage or Divorce Certificate Applications to mail.

Grant County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules exist for 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. You'll find free down loadable in addition to printable census forms that can help with your research.

Grant County Society and Family History Resources

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

  • Washington Genealogy Network Community (plus.google.com)
  • Washington State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
  • Grant County Genealogical Society & Library, 45 Alder St, NW, Ephrata, WA 98823-1663. Library collection housed at the Ephrata Public Library. Has a room in the Ephrata Public Library with a small reference collection, vertical file of local interest items, an obituary file from local newspapers, scrapbooks of articles, index to homesteaders, genealogical journals, the Big Bend Register newspaper, and census of Douglas County.
  • Grant County Historical Society, 742 Basin Street N, P O Box 1141, Ephrata, WA 98823. Operates the Grant County Village and Museum.
  • Ephrata Family History Center, 1301 E Division, Ephrata, WA. Phone 509-754-4762.
  • Moses Lake Family History Center, 1515 S Division, Moses Lake, WA. Phone 509-765-8711.
  • Quincy Family History Center, 1102 Second Ave SE, Quincy, WA. Phone 509-787-2521.
  • Grant County Village & Museum, 742 N Basin St, NW, Box 1141, Ephrata, WA 98823. Phone 509-754-3334. Membership available. Village has 28 buildings with artifacts displaying life in the early 1900's. The Museum has exhibits highlighting the prehistoric period, local Indians, the stockmen and homesteaders, and the Columbia Basin Project. Large collection of photographs, school pictures, newspaper clippings, and histories of Grant County schools.
  • State Archives Central Branch Bledsoe & Washington Archives Building, Central Washington University, 400 E. University Way, Mail Stop 7547, Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7547. Phone: 509-963-2136. Research Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Grant County, Washington Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Grant County
  • Grant County, Washington Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Grant County
  • Washington State Digital Archives (digitalarchives.wa.gov)
  • USGenWeb Archives for Grant County (usgwarchives.net)

Grant County Courthouse and Government Records


Grant County Courthouse

Genealogist often forget the benefits of Grant County court, probate, and land files as a source of genealogy information and facts. Buried away in Washington courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and frustrations of countless Washington men and women.

The possibilities are great that your ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least a few factors of their lives in the Grant County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods which could have lead to her or him appearing in court records.

The below specifics denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records will be in Grant County. The dates pointed out below could be the first noted records for this particular county.

Please make sure to speak to the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other details prior to visiting or seeking information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are accessible to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of workers will help individuals in finding the resources, however it is up to the man or women to complete the research. Although originally held in the county seat, many county land, probate, and court records have been transferred to the state archive's regional branches.
  • Grant County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 35 C Street NW, PO Box 37, Ephrata WA 98823-0037
    • Courthouse hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Grant County Auditor has many responsibilities which include the recording of real property documents such as deeds and other recorded documents, issuing various licenses such as marriage liscense. Need names of both parties to the transaction and approximate dates of the transactions. If prior to 1965, need to know the type of transaction being searched.
    • Birth and Death Records: 1909
    • Marriage Records: 1909 
    • Land Records: 1889
  • Grant County Clerk is the administrator of the Superior Court Clerk's Office. The Clerk's Office is responsible for keeping the permanent records of all cases filed in Superior Court. The type of cases filed are felony criminal cases, civil lawsuits, petitions for protection from domestic violence, family law matters (dissolutions 3rd Party Custody, parenting plans, modifications) probates, guardianships, Last Will & Testaments, paternities, adoptions and mental commitments. The following fees are in effect: $2.00 for the 1st page, $1 for each additional page. Research fee, per name, per hour, is $10.00. No personal checks. Please send letter of request containing the following information: complete names of all parties, approximate date of event, and research/copying fees. For judicial purposes, many of the Washington counties were attached to other counties.
    • Court Records: 1891 
    • Probate Records: 1889
  • Grant County Treasurer is the property tax collector for the County. Property Taxes are levied on the property by the various taxing authorities based on the valuation and current property usage as set by the Assessor's Office. Copies of original plats, parcel cards (1970's) and atlases are readily available in our office. Other items are in storage.
  • The Grant County Health District can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.

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: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is simply a directory that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to present your own favorite Grant County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Grant Co. WA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Grant Co. WA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Grant Co. WA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Grant Co. WA Census Records

Grant Co. WA Church & Cemeteries

Grant Co. WA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Grant Co. WA General and History Websites

Grant Co. WA Immigration & Naturalization

Grant Co. WA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Grant Co. WA Military Records

Grant Co. WA Schools & Directories

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