Kent County, Michigan Genealogy Guide2016-06-23T12:02:25+00:00

Kent County, Michigan Genealogy Guide

Kent County, Michigan (Map It) was created on March 2, 1831 from Michilimackinac County  and unorganized territory . The county was named for New York jurist James Kent, who represented the Michigan Territory in its dispute with Ohio over the Toledo Strip. . Learn More About State of Michigan History

Kent County is bordered by Newaygo County (north), Montcalm County (northeast), Muskegon County (northwest), Ionia County (east), Ottawa County (west), Allegan County (southwest), Barry County (southeast).

Kent County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Cedar Springs, East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Lowell, Rockford, Walker, Wyoming, Caledonia, Casnovia, Kent City, Sand Lake, Sparta.

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

A Map of Kent County, Michigan contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Kent County, Michigan Courthouse Records

Kent County, Michigan Courthouse
Kent County, MI Courthouse

The Kent County Courthouse is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Learn More About State of Michigan 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 Clerk has Births & Deaths from 1867 and Marriage Records from 1845. The 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. See also Kent County Clerk Information for Genealogists
  • Kent County Register of Deeds has Land from 1860.The 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.
  • Kent County Clerk of the Probate Court has Probate from 1898. The 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.
  • Kent County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Court from 1854. The 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.

Kent County, Michigan Census Records

Kent County, Michigan Vital Records

Kent County, Michigan Resources

Kent County, Michigan External Links

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