Kent County, Texas Genealogy
Guide to Kent County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places / Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
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.
After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.
The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.
Local histories are available for Kent County, Texas Genealogy. 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.
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Kent County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."
Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.
Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.
See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.
Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.
See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.
- 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.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 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