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Grant County, Wisconsin
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Grant County, Wisconsin Facts

Grant County

When was Grant County, WI Created?
Grant County was created on December 8, 1836 from Iowa County. The county was named for probably a trader named Grant, who made contact with area natives in 1810, but about whom little else is known .

What is the County Seat of Grant County, WI?
The County Seat is located in Lancaster and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Grant County, WI?
Bordering Counties are Crawford County (north), Richland County (northeast), Iowa County (east), Lafayette County (east), Jo Daviess County, Illinois (southeast), Dubuque County, Iowa (south), Clayton County, Iowa (west).

What cities and towns are in Grant County, WI?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cities which consist of Boscobel, Cuba City, Fennimore, Lancaster; Towns consist of Beetown, Bloomington, Cassville, Castle Rock, Clifton, Ellenboro, Glen Haven, Harrison, Hazel Green, Hickory Grove, Jamestown, Liberty, Lima, Little Grant, Marion, Millville, Mount Hope, Mount Ida, Muscoda, North Lancaster, Paris, Patch Grove, Platteville, Potosi, Smelser, South Lancaster, Waterloo, Watterstown, Wingville, Woodman, Wyalusing; Villages consist of Bagley, Bloomington, Blue River, Cassville, Dickeyville, Hazel Green, Livingston, Montfort, Mount Hope, Muscoda.

Grant County, WI Vital Records

Where can find Grant County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Grant County vital records can be found at the Wisconsin Office of Vital Records has copies of Birth, Marriage, Divorce & Death Records reported since 1907. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Grant County, WI Census Records

What Grant County, WI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Grant County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840 (as Wisconsin Territory), 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890 (fragment, see below), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

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

There are Wisconsin State censuses from 1895 and 1905. Also the Wisconsin Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index for 1820-1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Wisconsin Census Records Research Guide

Grant County, WI Courthouse and Government Records

Grant County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Grant County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Grant County.The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

It has been estimated that less than 50 percent of the vital records, for example, were prepared and submitted for permanent filing prior to 1907. Land deeds, probate, and court records generally begin in Wisconsin with the organization of the county. Prior to that date, check the County or Counties it was created from. Some counties formed from other counties transcribed their portion of property deeds to be kept with the new county deed records. See Also Wisconsin Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Grant County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 111 S. Jefferson Street, Lancaster, WI 53813; Phone: 608.723.2675
  • Grant County Register of Deeds purpose is to provide official record keeping for Records or files land record documents authorized by law, such as deeds, mortgages, satisfactions, certified survey maps, plats and Federal Tax liens. Files and indexes Birth, Death and Marriage records, Military Discharges, and issues certified copies upon request.
    • Phone: 608-723-2727
    • Birth Records: 1870
    • Marriage Records: 1842
    • Death Records: 1876
    • Land Records: 1837
  • Grant County Register in Probate Office has the responsibility to maintain and update files regarding probate of estates, guardianships, protective placements, adoptions and mental commitments. This is a statutory office with the position of Register in Probate filled by judicial appointment.
    • Address: 130 W. Maple Street, Lancaster, WI 53813
    • Phone: 608-723-7370
    • Probate Records: 1836 
  • Grant County Clerk of Court Office is required to maintain a record of all documents filed with the courts, keep a record of all court proceedings, and collect various fines and forfeitures ordered by the court and specified by statute.
    • Address: 130 W. Maple Street, Lancaster, WI 53813
    • Phone: (608) 723-2752
    • Court Records: 1836
  • Public Records of the Consolidated Court Automation Programs provides access to certain public records of the circuit courts of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1935
  • U.S., Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats, 1785-1898
  • BLM Land Records

Grant County, WI Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Grant County, WI?
A list of Grant County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Wisconsin Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Grant County, WI Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Grant County, WI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Grant County. Many 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 listing which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

Grant Co. WI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Grant Co. WI Church & Cemeteries

Grant Co. WI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Grant Co. WI General and History Websites

Grant Co. WI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Grant Co. WI Military Records

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