Kent County, Michigan Genealogy

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Template:Michigan-stubUnited States > Michigan > Kent County

This article is about a countyin the state of Michigan. For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation).

County Courthouse

Kent County Courthouse
300 Monroe Ave. NW.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 632-7590


Parent County

1831--Kent County was created 2 March 1831 from Mackinac County and unorganized territory. It was organized  4 April 1836. County seat: Grand Rapids [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Grand Rapids



Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War service men from Kent County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Kent County.

- 1st Regiment, Engineers and Mechanics, Michigan - Companies A, B, C, D, F, and Company unassigned




Vital Records

  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch Record Search. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.
  • Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925 -- Free name indexes at FamilySearch Record Search.  Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.
  • Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897-- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch Record Search.   Records include such information as name of deceased, date and place of death, gender, color, marital status, age in years, months and days, disease or apparent cause of death, birthplace, names and occupations of parents, and the date the record was made.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).