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

Kent County, Delaware Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1680 1681

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 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

Parent County

Kent County was created 8 August 1673 from St. Jones County. [3]


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.[4]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Native American Reservations

Populated Places




  • Rising Sun-Lebanon
  • Riverview
  • Rodney Village
  • Woodside East

Hundreds: More information can be found at Delaware Hundreds.

  • Duck Creek
  • East Dover
  • Kenton
  • Little Creek
  • Milford
  • Mispillion
  • North Murderkill
  • South Murderkill
  • West Dover


  • Dover Air Force Base

Kent County, Delaware Genealogy Resources

Bible Records


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.

Church Records

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups




Land and Property


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Revolutionary War
  • 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

Naturalization and Citizenship




Poorhouse, Almshouse


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.)




Vital Records

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

Societies and Libraries

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

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.



  1. 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
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Kent County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Delaware 04/27/2017.