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Grant County, Washington (Map It) was created on February 24, 1909 from Douglas County. The county was named in honor of Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), 18th U.S. President. 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. Learn More About State of Washington History.
Grant County is bordered by Douglas County (north), Okanogan County (northeast), Adams County (east), Lincoln County (east), Franklin County (southeast), Benton County (south), Yakima County (southwest), Kittitas County (west).
Grant County Cities and Towns include 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. A Map of Grant County, Washington contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Grant County, Washington Courthouse Records
Grant County, WA Courthouse
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do 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.
The Grant County record dates below are from the earliest date to present time. They may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, voter registration, court records, and so forth.
- Grant County Auditor has Birth and Death Records from 1909, Marriage Records from 1909 and Land Records from 1889. The 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.
- Grant County Clerk has Court Records from 1891 and Probate Records from 1889. The 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. For judicial purposes, many of the Washington counties were attached to other counties.
- 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.
- The Grant County Health District can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait.
Grant County, Washington Census Records
- Learn More: State of Washington Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State and Territorial Population Schedules: 1857-1892
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Grant County, Washington Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Washington Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from July 1, 1907 to present.
- Marriage and Divorce Records: from January 1, 1968 to present
- Locations: Washington Department of Health
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth / Death Certificate or the Marriage / Divorce Certificate Applications.
- In Person: Center for Health Statistics, Department of Health, 101 Israel Road SE, Tumwater, WA 98501
Grant County, Washington Resources
- Grant County Genealogical Society & Library, 45 Alder St, NW, Ephrata, WA 98823-1663.
- Grant County Historical Society, 742 Basin Street N, P O Box 1141, Ephrata, WA 98823.
- 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.
- State Archives Central Branch
- Grant County, Washington Message Boards
- Grant County, Washington Genealogy Forum
- Washington State Digital Archives