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Kent County, Michigan
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Kent County, Michigan Facts

When was Kent County, MI Created?
Kent County was created on March 2, 1831 from Michilimackinac County  and unorganized territory .

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 CountyMontcalm CountyMuskegon CountyIonia CountyOttawa CountyAllegan CountyBarry County.

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 18401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Kent County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Michigan courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Michigan residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Kent County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Michigan Corthouse Records Research Guide.

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