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Kent County, Michigan
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Kent County, Michigan Facts

Kent County

When was Kent County, MI Created?
Kent County was created on March 2, 1831 (Organized on April 4, 1836) from Michilimackinac County  and unorganized territory . This county was named for New York jurist James Kent, who represented the Michigan Territory in its dispute with Ohio over the Toledo Strip. .

What is the County Seat of Kent County, MI?
The County Seat is located in Grand Rapids also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Kent County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Newaygo County (north), Montcalm County (northeast), Muskegon County (northwest), Ionia County (east), Ottawa County (west), Allegan County (southwest), Barry County (southeast).

What cities and towns are in Kent County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Cedar Springs, East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Lowell, Rockford, Walker, Wyoming, Caledonia, Casnovia, Kent City, Sand Lake, Sparta.

What Townships are in Kent County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Ada, Algoma, Alpine, Bowne, Byron, Caledonia, Cannon, Cascade, Courtland, Gaines, Grand Rapids, Grattan, Lowell, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Solon, Sparta, Spencer, Tyrone, Vergennes.

Kent County, MI Vital Records

Where can find Kent County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Kent County vital records can be found at the Michigan Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records since 1867. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Michigan 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 Michigan Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Kent County, MI Census Records

What Kent County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Kent County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Kent Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Kent Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Kent Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Michigan Census Records Research Guide

Kent County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Kent County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Kent County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Kent County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Michigan Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Kent County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 300 Monroe N.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Kent County Clerk is responsible for keeping records of births, deaths, assumed names, co-partnerships, issuing and filing marriage licenses, gun permits, notary bonds and processing passports. The date listed for each category of record is the earliest record known to exist in that county. It does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and certainly does not indicate that all such events that year were actually registered. Kent County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 616-632-7640
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1845
  • Kent County Register of Deeds is the official recording officer for all legal documents pertaining to the transfers and encumbrances of all real estate property within the County. The Register also provides permanent storage for approved original subdivision plats, condominiums, land surveys and section corners.
    • Phone: (616) 632.7610
    • Land Records: 1860
  • Kent County Clerk of the Probate Court responsibilities include adjudicating and disposes of cases involving property of persons who have died or become incompetent, interprets wills and trusts, commits the mentally ill when necessary and appoints guardians and conservators for minors, incapacitated individuals and individuals with developmental disability.
    • Address: 180 Ottawa Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • Phone: (616) 632-5440
    • Probate Records: 1898 
  • Kent County Clerk of the Circuit Court provides a variety of functions for the court such as, but not limited to: filing and maintaing the official record for all cases that come before the court; providing staff to assist in the operation of the court; working with the Jury Commission and notifying all potential jurors to appear for jury duty; and, processing felony criminal cases bound over from the District Court.
    • Address: 180 Ottawa Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • Phone: (616) 632-5220
    • Court Records: 1854 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Kent County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

Where can I connect with other Kent County, MI Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Kent County, MI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Kent County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is just a list that has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

Kent Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Kent Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Kent Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Kent Co. MI General and History Websites

Kent Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Kent Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Kent Co. MI Military Records

Kent Co. MI Schools & Directories

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