Kent County, Maryland Genealogy Guide

Kent County, Maryland (Map It) was created on December 30, 1637 from unorganized territory . This county was named for the English county of Kent. Learn More About State of Maryland History.

Kent County is bordered by Cecil County (north), New Castle County, Delaware (northeast), Kent County, Delaware (southeast), Queen Anne's County (south).

Kent County Cities and Towns include Betterton (incorporated 1906), Chestertown (incorporated 1805), Galena (incorporated 1858), Millington (incorporated 1890), Rock Hall (incorporated 1908) .

A Map of Kent County, Maryland contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries. Also view Maryland Town / Municipal Maps.

Kent County, Maryland Courthouse Records

Kent County, Maryland Courthouse
Kent County, MD Courthouse
Old Kent County, Maryland Courthouse
Old Kent County, MD Courthouse

The Kent County Courthouse is located in Chestertown, Maryland. A courthouse fire in 1720 destroyed some records. Learn More About State of Maryland Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Kent county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Kent County Circuit Court Clerk has Marriage Records from 1648 and Land Records from 1648. The County Circuit Court Clerk is responsible for recording documents related to property. Documents recorded consist of, but are not limited to, deeds, mortgages, restrictions, notaries, public and elected county officers. Other documents, such as Military Service Discharges, foreign birth certificates, as well as obscure documents like cattle brands, are also recorded here.
  • Kent County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1674. The County Register of Wills/ Orphan's Court Clerk responsibilities include supervising Clerk's office personnel in the civil, criminal, courtroom clerks, business license, marriage license, land records, and juvenile units.
  • Kent County Government Records are available in original, microfilm and digital formats from the Maryland State Archives.

Kent County, Maryland Census Records

Kent County, Maryland Vital Records

Kent County, Maryland Resources

Kent County, Maryland External Links

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