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Kent County, Rhode Island Genealogy

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).


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


DescriptionEdit

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 DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* 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 CourthouseEdit

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 FactsEdit

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Kent_County, Rhode Island

Named for County of Kent, England.

Parent CountyEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

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 LossEdit

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

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

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]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Census-designated places


ResourcesEdit

Archives and LibrariesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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
RIInterment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Rhode Island Cemeteries for more information.

CensusEdit

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

ChurchEdit

CourtEdit

LandEdit

HistoryEdit

MapsEdit

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


Military History and RecordsEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Online Probate Records

TaxationEdit

Vital RecordsEdit

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.

BirthsEdit

MarriagesEdit

DeathsEdit

Societies, Libraries and MuseumsEdit

LibrariesEdit

  • 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 CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

WebsitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_County,_Mississippi, Last accessed 10 October 2019.