Grant County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Guide to Grant County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Grant County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Grant County
Location in the state of Minnesota, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 6, 1868
County Seat Elbow Lake
Courthouse
Grant County Minnesota Courthouse.jpg
Address Grant County Courthouse
Elbow Lake, MN 56531
Phone: 218.685.4520
Grant County Website



County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States. The County is located in the west center area of the state. [1]

Grant County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1877 1869 1877 1883 1872 1875 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]



Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1877,
marriage records from 1869, divorce
and court records from 1883.
Probate Judge has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1868--Grant County was created 6 March 1868 from Stevens, Wilkin, and Traverse Counties. It was attached to Douglas County from 1868 to 1873 for judicial purposes. County seat: Elbow Lake [4]
  • For brief history of how Grant County was named, click here, then select Grant County.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places [edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships
Ghost towns


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
MNGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project FamilySearch Places
MNInterment
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 340
1880 3,004 783.5%
1890 6,875 128.9%
1900 8,935 30.0%
1910 9,114 2.0%
1920 9,788 7.4%
1930 9,558 −2.3%
1940 9,828 2.8%
1950 9,542 −2.9%
1960 8,870 −7.0%
1970 7,462 −15.9%
1980 7,171 −3.9%
1990 6,246 −12.9%
2000 6,289 0.7%
2010 6,018 −4.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information, see Minnesota Church Records.

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Elbow Lake Lutheran Church

  • Records of Elbow Lake Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[6]

Immanuel Lutheran Church

  • Records of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grant County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[6]


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

The county register of deeds keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:

MINNESOTA, Grant – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Grant County, Minnesota Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Minnesota Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Wilkin CountyOtter Tail CountyTraverse CountyStevens CountyPope CountyDouglas CountyMN GRANT.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

1874 Map of Big Stone, Grant, Stevens, and Traverse counties

Military[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Grant County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Minnesota Probate Records for additional information. Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Since Minnesota tax records include only persons who owned taxable property, many residents were not included. Still they complement land records and can be used in place of missing censuses or the years between censuses. There may also be gaps. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota State Registrar of Vital Records, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Minnesota Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Grant County Historical Society
PO Box 1002
Elbow Lake 56531
Telephone: 218-685-4864
Facebook Home

West Central Minnesota Historical Center
University of Minnesota–Morris
Morris, MN 56267
Website

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_County,_Minnesota accessed 12 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grant County, Minnesota. Page 362-370 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 362-365.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grant County, Minnesota page 364, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Grant County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_County,_Minnesota, accessed 28 January 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.