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Guide to Kent County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Kent County's first courthouse was built in Clairemont in 1893. It burned in 1955, a year after the county seat was moved to Jayton. The second (and present) courthouse opened in 1957.
Kent County Courthouse
County Clerk - Richard Craig Harrison
Deputy County Clerk - Stacy Burchett
P. O. Box 9
Jayton, TX 79528
Fax: 806-237-2632 fee schedule
Kent County Government Website
Kent County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar and Young Land Districts and organized in 1892. County seat: Clairemont (1892-1954); Jayton (1954-present). 
1955--The Old Kent County Courthouse in Clairemont, built in 1893, was burned in April 1955. The building was vacant because the county seat moved to Jayton in 1954. No record loss. 
Places / Localities
Clairemont | Clipper | Girard | Harmony | Jayton | Luzon | Polar
Populated Places from the Kent County TXGenweb site.
Kent County Cemeteries from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
Local histories are available for Kent County, Texas. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.
- Kent County and Its People, 1983, by Jewell G. Pritchett and Erma B. Black.
- Kent County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
Kent County Military Records from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas or How to order Texas Vital Records
A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred, ordered electronically online or download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.
- Kent County Births 1926-1945 from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
- Kent County Marriages 1968-2002 from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
- Kent County Deaths 1964-1999 from the Kent County TXGenWeb site.
- Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records) Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
- Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kent County, Texas. Page 667 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- ↑ GenDisasters.com - Claremont, TX Kent County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1955 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7493/clairemont-tx-kent-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1955
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