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Kent County, Rhode Island

Kent County

Kent County was established on June 11, 1750 from part of Providence County. The county was named for the County of Kent, England..

The Kent County Seat is situated in West Warwick.

Areas adjoining Kent County are Providence County (north), Bristol County (east), Washington County (south), New London County, Connecticut (west), Windham County, Connecticut (west), Newport County (southeast).

Cities, towns, and villages (Villages are census division, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in) located in Kent County consists of Coventry, East Greenwich, Warwick, West Greenwich, West Warwick.

Kent County vital records can be found at the Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island for current fees and application process. Please be advised that in most cases you will receive your records more quickly from the City and Town locations than from the State Office

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 Rhode Island Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Kent County includes Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Kent Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Kent Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Kent Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You will discover free down loadable in addition to printable census forms to aid with your research.

Kent County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Kent County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Kent County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Kent County court, probate, and land files as a resource of genealogy information. Hidden away in Rhode Island courthouses and archives everywhere are often the ambitions and frustrations of the many Rhode Island men and women.

The chances are very good that your chosen ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least a number of elements of their lives in the Kent County court records. Even if your forebears is not brought up in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

You should call the clerk's department to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or looking for information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are accessible to interested parties, barring private issues. Most employees will aid persons in obtaining the materials, however it is up to the particular person to perform the research.

The following details denotes exactly what birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and legal records are located in Kent County. The years stated listed below are considered the first widely known records in this county.

  • Coventry was established in 1639 and incorporated in 1743 from Warwick. It has Land Records from 1741, Probate Records from 1741 and Court Records from 1741. Villages include Anthony, Arkwright, Greene, Harris, Hopkins Hollow, Potterville, Quidneck, Rice City, Spring Lake, Summit, Tiogue, Washington, Whitman. COVENTRY TOWN HALL 1670 Flat River Road, Coventry, RI. 02816-8911 (FAX # 822-9132); HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; CLERK: 822-9173. More info.
  • East Greenwich (called Dedford or Deptford, 1686-89) was formed in 1677 from Greenwich. It has Land Records from 1679, Probate Records from 1679 and Court Records from 1679. Villages include Frenchtown and Sun Valley . EAST GREENWICH TOWN HALL: P.O. Box 111, East Greenwich, RI. 02818-0111 (FAX # 886-8625); HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Labor Day to May 31); 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (June 1 to Labor Day); CLERK: 886-8604. More info
  • West Greenwich was established in 1639 and incorporated in 1741 from East Greenwich. It has Land Records from 1741, Probate Records from 1741 and Court Records from 1741. Villages include Escoheag, Hopkins Hill, Kitt's Corner, Mishnock, Nooseneck, Robin Hollow, West Greenville Center, Wickaboxet. WEST GREENWICH TOWN HALL: 280 Victory Highway, West Greenwich, RI. 02817 (FAX # 397-6890); HOURS: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Wednesday); CLERK: Janet E. Olsson 397-5016. More info
  • West Warwick was established in 1648 and incorporated in 1913 from Warwick. It has Land Records from 1913, Probate Records from 1913 and Court Records from 1913. Villages include Arctic, Birch Hill, Centerville, Clyde, Crompton, Harris, Jericho, Lippitt, Natick, Phenix, River Point, Wescott. WARWICK CITY HALL: 3275 Post Road, Warwick 02886 (FAX # 738-6639); HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; CLERK: 738-2000 X 6212. WEST WARWICK TOWN HALL: 1170 Main Street, West Warwick 02893-4829 (FAX # 822-9212); HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. FIN. TOWN MTG: 3rd Tuesday; 6/1 to Labor Day: 8:30 a.m. in May to 4:00 p.m.; CLERK: David D. Clayton 822-9200. More info

Kent County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Kent County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a directory that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to furnish your own most popular Kent County genealogy or family history associated sites.

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Kent Co. RI Military Records

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