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{{Maryland-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] > [[Maryland|Maryland]] > Kent County''  
  
 
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:''This article is about a county in the state of Maryland. For other uses, see [[Kent (disambiguation)]].''
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==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
  
[[Image:England-kent.png|thumb|right|400px|Kent County, Maryland takes its name from the English County of Kent.]]  
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[[Image:England-kent.png|thumb|right|400px]]  
  
*By 1631, William Clayborne was appointed Commander of the settlers of the Isle of Kent which he named for his home, the English [[Kent,_England|County of Kent]].
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*By 1631, William Clayborne was appointed Commander of the settlers of the Isle of Kent which he named for his home, the English [[Kent, England|County of Kent]].
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/cemeteries/cecil.txt Cecil Burial Ground, near Lynch]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/cemeteries/cecil.txt Cecil Burial Ground, near Lynch]  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/kent/tsimages/galena/galena.html Galena Cemetery, Galena]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/kent/tsimages/galena/galena.html Galena Cemetery, Galena]  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/cemeteries/olivet.txt Olivet United Methodist Cemetery, Galena]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/cemeteries/olivet.txt Olivet United Methodist Cemetery, Galena]  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/cemeteries/quaker.txt Quaker Cemetery, Millington]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/cemeteries/quaker.txt Quaker Cemetery, Millington]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/kent/tsimages/paulepiscopal/stpaul.html St. Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Chestertown]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/kent/tsimages/paulepiscopal/stpaul.html St. Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Chestertown]  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/kent/tsimages/paulepiscopal/stpaul.html St. Paul's Methodist Church Cemetery, Earleville]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/kent/tsimages/paulepiscopal/stpaul.html St. Paul's Methodist Church Cemetery, Earleville]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/kent/tsimages/westpresb/georgetown.html Westminister Presbyterian Cemetery, Georgetown]
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/md/kent/tsimages/westpresb/georgetown.html Westminister Presbyterian Cemetery, Georgetown]
  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
Maryland State Archives' ''[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_county.cfm Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions]'' identifies all churches known to have existed in Kent County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:
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Maryland State Archives' ''[http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/religion/cfm/dsp_county.cfm Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions]'' identifies all churches known to have existed in Kent County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:  
  
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccolm/m0000/m0300/m339/pdf/m339.pdf Protestant Episcopal (Church of England), Shrewsbury Parish] (includes parish registers 1699-1882, vestry minutes 1701-1861 (gaps), and communicants 1876-1882)
 
*[http://www.msa.md.gov/megafile/msa/speccolm/m0000/m0300/m339/pdf/m339.pdf Protestant Episcopal (Church of England), Shrewsbury Parish] (includes parish registers 1699-1882, vestry minutes 1701-1861 (gaps), and communicants 1876-1882)
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
'''''Provincial Court'''''
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'''''Provincial Court'''''  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/court/res1647-56.txt Residents Appearing at the Provincial Court, 1647-1656]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/court/res1656-60.txt Residents Appearing at the Provincial Court, 1656-1660]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/court/res1647-56.txt Residents Appearing at the Provincial Court, 1647-1656]  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/court/res1662-70.txt Residents Appearing at the Provincial Court, 1662-1670]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/court/res1656-60.txt Residents Appearing at the Provincial Court, 1656-1660]  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/court/res1662-70.txt Residents Appearing at the Provincial Court, 1662-1670]  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/court/res1670-76.txt Residents Appearing at the Provincial Court, 1670-1676]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/court/res1670-76.txt Residents Appearing at the Provincial Court, 1670-1676]
  
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*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
 
*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
  
'''''General'''''
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'''''General'''''  
  
 
*Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. ''Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland''. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=767097 FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1] ff. [Kent County families appear in Vols. 1-3, 7, and 21.]
 
*Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. ''Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland''. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=767097 FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1] ff. [Kent County families appear in Vols. 1-3, 7, and 21.]
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==== Immigration  ====
 
==== Immigration  ====
  
The [http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/speccol/sc4300/sc4341/html/search.html New ''Early Settlers of Maryland''] database is a great place to start searching for immigrants who had arrived in the colony by the 1680s. The database "comprises 34,326 entries from Gust Skordas' ''Early Settlers of Maryland'' and Carson Gibb's ''Supplement to the Early Settlers of Maryland''." Available online, courtesy: [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].
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The [http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/speccol/sc4300/sc4341/html/search.html New ''Early Settlers of Maryland''] database is a great place to start searching for immigrants who had arrived in the colony by the 1680s. The database "comprises 34,326 entries from Gust Skordas' ''Early Settlers of Maryland'' and Carson Gibb's ''Supplement to the Early Settlers of Maryland''." Available online, courtesy: [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].  
  
Other Kent County immigration resources include:
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Other Kent County immigration resources include:  
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/immigration/nat051669.txt Act of Naturalization of Several Individuals]
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/immigration/nat051669.txt Act of Naturalization of Several Individuals]  
*Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Correspondence with the American Colonies 1739-1782," ''The Genealogist'', Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 1998):108-128; Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 1998):189-205. [Overseas correspondence of residents of Chester Town [Chestertown] and Kent County with the following surnames: Ringold and Wilmore.] Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=94040&disp=The+Genealogist+%28American+Society+of+G%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL].
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*Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Correspondence with the American Colonies 1739-1782," ''The Genealogist'', Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 1998):108-128; Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 1998):189-205. [Overseas correspondence of residents of Chester Town [Chestertown] and Kent County with the following surnames: Ringold and Wilmore.] Available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=94040&disp=The+Genealogist+%28American+Society+of+G%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL].  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/immigration/immig1663-67.txt Kent County Immigration Index 1663-1667]  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/immigration/immig1663-67.txt Kent County Immigration Index 1663-1667]  
 
*[http://www.immigrantservants.com/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Kent&placeOfIndentureColony=Maryland&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Kent County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: [http://www.immigrantservants.com Immigrant Servants Database]. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of ''Maryland Gazette'' runaways.]
 
*[http://www.immigrantservants.com/search/advancedResults.php?surname=&givenName=&varientSurnameSpellings=&gender=&dateOfBirthDay=&dateOfBirthMonth=&dateOfBirthQuantifier=&dateOfBirthYear=&placeOfBirthParish=&placeOfBirthTown=&placeOfBirthCity=&placeOfBirthCounty=&placeOfBirthColony=&placeOfBirthNation=&occupations=&religions=&orphan=&familyPosition=&immigrationYearQualifier=&immigrationYear=&portOfDepartureTown=&portOfDepartureCity=&portOfDepartureCounty=&portOfDepartureNation=&placeOfArrivalTown=&placeOfArrivalCounty=&placeOfArrivalColony=&shipName=&convict=&yearOfIndentureQualifier=&yearOfIndenture=&lengthOfIndentureYears=&lengthOfIndentureMonths=&yearOfFreedomQualifier=&yearOfFreedom=&placeOfIndentureTown=&placeOfIndentureCity=&placeOfIndentureCounty=Kent&placeOfIndentureColony=Maryland&agentSurname=&agentGivenName=&agentTitle=&masterSurname=&masterGivenName=&masterTitle=&residenceParish=&residenceTown=&residenceCity=&residenceCounty=&residenceColony=&residenceNation=&landowner=&literate=&spouseSurname=&spouseGivenName=&spouseMarriageDateDay=&spouseMarriageDateMonth=&spouseMarriageDateQualifier=&spouseMarriageDateYear=&spouseMarriageLocationParish=&spouseMarriageLocationCounty=&spouseMarriageLocationColony=&spouseMarriageLocationNation=&deathDateDay=&deathDateMonth=&deathDateQualifier=&deathDateYear=&deathLocality=&deathCounty=&deathColony=&deathState=&testate=&proofServantStatus=&proofConvictStatus=&headright=&preServitudeSources=&postServitudeSources=&comments=&family=&sourceCitations=&interestedResearchers= List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe] who served labor terms in Colonial Kent County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: [http://www.immigrantservants.com Immigrant Servants Database]. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of ''Maryland Gazette'' runaways.]
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/ Maryland Judiciary] and the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives], free images and indexes of the complete series of Kent County Deed Books (1648-present) have been uploaded to their website: [http://mdlandrec.net/msa/stagser/s1700/s1741/cfm/index.cfm MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland]. (Requires free registration.)
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Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the [http://www.courts.state.md.us/ Maryland Judiciary] and the [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives], free images and indexes of the complete series of Kent County Deed Books (1648-present) have been uploaded to their website: [http://mdlandrec.net/msa/stagser/s1700/s1741/cfm/index.cfm MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland]. (Requires free registration.)  
  
Other Kent County land resources include:
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Other Kent County land resources include:  
  
[http://www.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/ Land Records (scroll over half way down the page)]
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[http://www.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/ Land Records (scroll over half way down the page)]  
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
[http://www.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/ Wills and Estate Records (scroll to bottom of page)]
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[http://www.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/ Wills and Estate Records (scroll to bottom of page)]  
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
'''''Birth'''''
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'''''Birth'''''  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/vitals/births/colonial.txt Colonial Births 1650-1681]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/vitals/births/colonial.txt Colonial Births 1650-1681]
  
'''''Marriage'''''
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'''''Marriage'''''  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/vitals/marriages/colonial.txt Colonial Marriages 1654-1676]  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/vitals/marriages/colonial.txt Colonial Marriages 1654-1676]
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'''''Death'''''
  
'''''Death'''''
 
 
*[http://mdvitalrec.net/cfm/index.cfm Maryland Death Certificate Index 1898-1944], available online, courtesy: Vital Records Indexing Project, [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].
 
*[http://mdvitalrec.net/cfm/index.cfm Maryland Death Certificate Index 1898-1944], available online, courtesy: Vital Records Indexing Project, [http://www.msa.md.gov/ Maryland State Archives].
  
Other Kent County death resources include:
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Other Kent County death resources include:  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/vitals/deaths/colonial.txt Colonial Deaths 1655-1678]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/md/kent/vitals/deaths/colonial.txt Colonial Deaths 1655-1678]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
'''Societies'''
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'''Societies'''  
  
[http://www.kentcountyhistory.org/ The Historical Society of Kent County, Maryland]
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[http://www.kentcountyhistory.org/ The Historical Society of Kent County, Maryland]  
  
'''Libraries'''
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'''Libraries'''  
  
[http://www.kentcountylibrary.org/index.php Kent County Public Library]
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[http://www.kentcountylibrary.org/index.php Kent County Public Library]  
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==

Revision as of 21:52, 26 August 2010

United States > Maryland > Kent County
This article is about a county in the state of Maryland. For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation).
MD Kent map.png

Contents

County Courthouse

http://www.kentcounty.com/
Government Center
400 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
(410) 778-7435

History

England-kent.png
  • By 1631, William Clayborne was appointed Commander of the settlers of the Isle of Kent which he named for his home, the English County of Kent.

Parent County

  • Created 30 December 1637 from the Colonial lands.

Boundary Changes

  • 19 February 1661, Talbot County was set off.
  • For a time much of Cecil County was attached to Kent County until 1659 then attached to Baltimore County.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Towns
  • Betterton
  • Chestertown
  • Galena
  • Millington
  • Rock Hall
Communities
  • Fairlee
  • Golts
  • Lynch
  • Kennedyville
  • Massey
  • Still Pond
  • Tolchester Beach
  • Worton

Neighboring Counties

Anne Arundel | Baltimore | Cecil | Harford | Queen Anne's | Delaware counties: Kent | New Castle

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules.

Church

Maryland State Archives' Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions identifies all churches known to have existed in Kent County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. The following records, taken from its collection, have been digitized and made available to view for free online:

Court

Provincial Court

Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

General

  • Barnes, Robert W., F. Edward Wright, Vernon L. Skinner and Henry C. Peden. Colonial Families of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 23 vols. Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1996-2003; Lewes, Del.: Delmarva Roots and Colonial Roots, 2007. FHL US/CAN Book 975.21 D2b v. 1 ff. [Kent County families appear in Vols. 1-3, 7, and 21.]

Bibliography

  • [de Hinojosa] Hoff, Henry B. "Alexander de Hinojosa and His Descendants in Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 79, No. 4 (Oct. 2004):260-273.
  • [Elena] Russell, George Ely. "Portuguese and Spanish Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2001):50-60.
  • [Elenor] See Elena.
  • [Holman] See Rue.
  • [Rue] Utermohlen, William J. "The Ancestry of Richard Rue and His Holman and Vansant Connections," The American Genealogist, Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct. 1994):235-245.
  • [Vansant] See Rue.

Gazetteers

Immigration

The New Early Settlers of Maryland database is a great place to start searching for immigrants who had arrived in the colony by the 1680s. The database "comprises 34,326 entries from Gust Skordas' Early Settlers of Maryland and Carson Gibb's Supplement to the Early Settlers of Maryland." Available online, courtesy: Maryland State Archives.

Other Kent County immigration resources include:

Land

Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Kent County Deed Books (1648-present) have been uploaded to their website: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Other Kent County land resources include:

Land Records (scroll over half way down the page)

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Private Papers

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Correspondence with the American Colonies 1739-1782," The Genealogist, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 1998):108-128; Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 1998):189-205. [Overseas correspondence of residents of Chester Town [Chestertown] and Kent County with the following surnames: Ringold and Wilmore.] Available at FHL.

Probate

Wills and Estate Records (scroll to bottom of page)

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Other Kent County death resources include:

Societies and Libraries

Societies

The Historical Society of Kent County, Maryland

Libraries

Kent County Public Library

Web Sites

References