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Guide to Kent County, Rhode Island ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

This article is about a county in the state of Rhode Island. For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation).

Kent County, Rhode Island
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Kent County
Location in the state of Rhode Island, United States Genealogy
Founded June 11, 1759
County Seat
Named for: Kent, England
Website: Kent Rhode Island

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the county of Kent, England. The County is located in the east central area of the state. [1]

Kent County, Rhode Island Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Marriage Court Land Probate Census
at town creation at town creation at town creation 1750 1679 1679 1747
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1853. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Kent County Courthouse
222 Quaker Lane;
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone: 401.841.835 

(Town and City Clerks have birth, marriage, death, burial, probate and land records
(Five twns in Kent Co) Towns Organized Before 1800; Coventry 1741, East Greenwich 1677, Warwick 1642-3, West Greenwich 1741

There is no county government. The government is located at town and state levels.

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Kent_County, Rhode Island

Named for County of Kent, England.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

11 June 1759: Created from the Providence Plantations Genealogy. [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Rhode Island County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Rhode Island County Boundary Maps" (1643-1963) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Census-designated places

Resources[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
RIGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project FamilySearch Places
Billion Graves
See Rhode Island Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 8,851
1800 8,487 −4.1%
1810 9,834 15.9%
1820 10,228 4.0%
1830 12,789 25.0%
1840 13,083 2.3%
1850 15,068 15.2%
1860 17,303 14.8%
1870 18,595 7.5%
1880 20,588 10.7%
1890 26,754 29.9%
1900 29,976 12.0%
1910 36,378 21.4%
1920 38,269 5.2%
1930 51,390 34.3%
1940 58,311 13.5%
1950 77,763 33.4%
1960 112,619 44.8%
1970 142,382 26.4%
1980 154,163 8.3%
1990 161,135 4.5%
2000 167,090 3.7%
2010 166,158 −0.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Kent County, Rhode Island Genealogy census records online, see: Rhode Island Census.

Church[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

ProvidenceBristolNewportWashingtonNew London, ConnecticutWindham, ConnecticutRI KENT.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Rhode Island Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Rhode Island Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Births[edit | edit source]

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Rhode Island Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 433,

Greenville Public Library
573 Putnam Pike,
Greenville, RI 02828

Rhode Island Historical Society
110 Benevolent St,
Providence 02906-3103

Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Rhode Island State Library,
    State House, 2nd floor,
    Providence, RI 02903
    Phone: (401) 222-2473
  • Rhode Island Historical Society Library,
    121 Hope Street,
    Providence, RI 02906
    TEL: (401) 273-8107
  • East Greenwich Free Library,
    82 Pierce Street East,
    Greenwich, RI 02818
  • Lincoln Public Library,
    Old River Road,
    Lincoln, RI 02865,
    Phone: (401) 333-2422
  • Louttit Memorial Library,
    274 Victory Highway,
    West Greenwich, RI 02817
    Phone: (401) 397-3434
  • Robert H Champlin Library,
    1043 Main Street,
    West Warwick, RI 02893,
    Phone: (401) 828-3750
  • Warwick Public Library,
    600 Sandy Lane,
    Warwick, RI 02886

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Kent, Rhode Island" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_County,_Rhode_Island accessed 3 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kent County, Rhode Island . Page 602 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 589-591.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Kent County, Rhode Island," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_County,_Rhode_Island, Last accessed 16 September 2020.