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Kent County was established on June 21, 1680 from Whorekill (Hoarkill) County and New Castle County (originally named St. Jones County, renamed in 1682). The county was named by William Penn for the English county of Kent.
Areas neighboring Kent County are New Castle County (north), Salem County, New Jersey (northeast), Cumberland County, New Jersey (east), Cape May County, New Jersey (east), Sussex County (south), Caroline County, Maryland (southwest), Queen Anne's County, Maryland (west), Kent County, Maryland (west).
Cities and towns situated in Kent County include Dover, Harrington, Milford, Bowers, Camden, Cheswold, Clayton, Farmington, Felton, Frederica, Hartly, Houston, Kenton, Leipsic, Little Creek, Magnolia, Smyrna, Viola, Woodside, Wyoming.
Communities and CDPs include Dover Air Force Base, Highland Acres, Kent Acres, Rising Sun-Lebanon, Riverview, Rodney Village, Woodside East.
Hundreds include Duck Creek, East Dover, Kenton, Little Creek, Milford, Mispillion, North Murderkill, South Murderkill, West Dover.
Kent County vital records can be found at the Delaware Office of Vital Records which 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 Delaware for current fees and application process.
You can search online for Kent County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Delaware Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail. Same day service is available to walk-in customers. This is the fastest way to obtain a birth certificate. Walk-in address is Jesse S. Cooper Building - (302) 744-4549 - Office Hours 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM Monday through Friday except Holidays
Kent County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules can be found for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Kent Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Kent Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Kent Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There's free down loadable and printable census forms to aid with your research.
A list of Kent County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Delaware Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
Genealogist typically overlook the value of Kent County court, probate, and land files as a source of genealogy and family history details. Buried away in Delaware courthouses and archives everywhere are the desires and worries of countless Delaware people.
The possibilities are excellent that your particular ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least some facets of their lives in the Kent County court records. Even if your forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which could have lead to him or her showing up in court records.
The below details denotes exactly what birth, death, marriage, land, probate, and courtroom records are located in Kent County. The years stated listed below are considered the first noted documents in this county.
The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relating to Kent County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Kent County genealogy or family history related sites.