Kent

Organized as a County in 1831. Grand Rapids was made the County seat in 1833. Named after Chancellor James Kent, a celebrated jurist of New York State.

Selected general works

Baxter, Albert.
History of the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1991.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F574.G7 B3 1891a

Chapman, Charles.
History of Kent County, Michigan; together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships ... biographies of representative citizens. History of Michigan. 1881.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.K3 H6 1881

Dillenback and Leavitt.
History and directory of Kent County, Michigan: containing a history of each township, and the city of Grand Rapids. 1870.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.K3 H5 1870

Olson, Gordon L.
A Grand Rapids Sampler. 1992.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F574.G7 O47 1992

Tuttle, Charles R.
History of Grand Rapids: with biographical sketches. 1874.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F574.G7 T87 1974

Selected newspapers

Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids Press. 1893-2018.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Cedar Springs.
Cedar Springs Clipper. 1874-1956.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids Enquirer. 1841-1858.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Grandville.
Grandville Star. 1912-1923: 1963-1970.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Lowell.
Lowell Ledger. 1895-1968.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Boyd, Gregory A.
Family maps of Kent County, Michigan. 2005.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.K3 B69 2005

Belden, H.
Illustrated historical atlas of the counties of Ottawa & Kent, Michigan. 1876.
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH 4N  Folio G1413.O9 B44 1876

Grand Rapids Directory Company.
R.L. Polk & Co's Map of the city of Grand Rapids and environs. 1905.
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH MAPS 4N   G4114.G5P2 1905.W3

Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Standard atlas of Kent County, Michigan: including a plat book of the cities, villages and townships of the county. 1907.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   Oversize G1413.K4 O3 1907

Idema, Celene.
1855 plat map of the county of Kent, Michigan

LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   G1413.K4 I3 1987

Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

Sawyer, Evelyn M.
1870 census index to the townships of Kent County, Michigan. 1996.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.K3 S293 1996

Western Michigan Genealogical Society.
Church record index. 1989.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.K3 C57 1989

Daughters of the American Revolution. Sophie de Marsac Campau Chapter (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Kent County cemetery records: gathered and prepared during the years 1925-1932. 1932.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S  F572.K3 D3 1932a

Western Michigan Genealogical Society
State land patents, Kent County, Michigan. 1984.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F 572.K3 S7z

Daughters of the American Revolution. Sophie de Marsac Campau Chapter (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Birth records, Kent County, Michigan / Michigan Works Progress Administration Vital Records Project. 1940.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.K3 B5 1940 v.’s 1-2

Selected government publications

League of Women Voters
Our metropolitan county: a study of local governments in Kent County. 1957.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   JS451.M59 K4 1957

Kent County (Mich.). Board of Supervisors.
Manual of the Board of Supervisors of Kent County, Michigan. 1893.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   JS451.M59 K42 1893

The Civic News Company
Civic news: official journal of the Detroit Municipal League and the Civic Club of Grand Rapids. 1905-1907.
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH 4N  F574.G7 C58 v.’s 1-3

Index to deeds, Kent Co., Michigan; Record of deeds, Kent Co., Michigan. 1983.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S  F572.K3 I5 1983

Kent County citizenship index. 1983.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S  F572.K3 1983 Index

Updated 11/28/2018