Kent County, Delaware Genealogy

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Kent County
This article is about a county in state of Delaware. For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation)

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

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County Information


The county was named for Kent, an English county. The county seat is Dover and the county was created August 8, 1683. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

  • Kent County, Delaware Historical Facts
  • Renamed from St. Johns County, 17 December 1682.
  • Interesting note - Kent County is one of few counties bordering another county with same same across state line, Kent County, Maryland

County Courthouse

Kent County Courthouse
414 Federal Street
Dover, De 19901
Phone: 302-744-2347

Clerk of Peace has marriage records.
Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records.
Recorder of Deeds has land records from 1680.
Register of Wills has probate records. [2]]
Kent County Levy Court
Administrative Complex
555 Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901

Kent County, Delaware

  • Kent County, Delaware Record Dates
Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1680 1681

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • Parent County: Kent County was created 8 August 1673 from St. Jones County. [4]
  • County Seat:

For animated maps illustrating Delaware County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Delaware County Boundary Maps" (1673-1841) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Kent, Delaware online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Delaware Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Kent County cemeteries.


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

Territory and State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Church Records

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

Local Histories

Maps and Gazetteers


Military Records

American Revolution

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital version at Google Books. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. [See Delaware, Kent County on page 126.]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

Index and Images

Kent County, Delaware Probate records, 1680-1800 on line at [1] $ original data: Valinger, Leon de, com/ Calendar of Kent County, Delaware Probate Records, 1680-1800.

  • DeValinger, Leon. A Calendar of Kent County, Delaware Probate Records, 1680-1800. Dover, Delaware: Public Archives Commission, 1944. (Family History Library film 1035860 item 4; fiche 6051248.) Facsimile reproduction of the original (Family History Library book 975.14 P28d.)
  • Indexes to probate records 1801-1833, in three volumes by Mary Marshall Brewer (Lewes,Del.: Delmarva Roots, 2002.)

School Records

Tax Records

Vital Records


Birth Certificate



Death Certificate to mail


Research Facilities


Family History Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Societies, Libraries, and Museums

Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1787
Dover, DE 19903-1787

The Delaware Public Archives
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Dover, Delaware.
302) 744-5016

The Greater Harrington Historical Society
108-110 Fleming St
Harrington DE 19952

Milford Historical Society
501 Northwest Front Street
Milford, DE 19963
302 422-4222


Research Guides


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Kent County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Delaware 04/27/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Castle, Delaware Page 121 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 109-117. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Kent County, Delaware," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 23 October 2018.

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