Kent County
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Welcome to Kent County in Southwestern Michigan.
It became a county in 1831. 
On March 22, 1842, the legislature changed the name of the town from Kent to Grand Rapids.  It is the county seat.
Settlers from the east began arriving in the 1820's and the area became the furniture manufacturing capital of
America by the turn of the century. The current Grand Rapids area population is about 500,000,
making it the second largest city in the state. 

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Historical and Biographical Books

   Dillenback's 1870 History & Directory

Tuttle's 1874 History of Grand Rapids

Memorials of the Grand River Valley by Franklin Everett, 1878 

Chapman's 1881 History of Kent County

Baxter's 1891 History of Kent County

  Index to Biographical Sketches, Bowen's History of Grand Rapids & Kent County, 1900 

Index to Goss' 1906 History of Grand Rapids and Its Industries 

Etten's 1926 Citizens' History 

Personal Sketches-History of Kent County, Ed. Arthur S. White, 1924

The Catholic Church in the Grand River Valley by Father McGee, 1833-1950  


Kent County Coordinator: Jan Cortez -
  Michigan State Coordinator: Jan Cortez   <>

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Old Records Pertaining to Kent County
To Be Placed on this GenWeb.

  • BOOKS/BOOKLETS: such as old school yearbooks, church anniversary books, women's and men's organizations that give listings of members.

  • TOWNSHIP RECORDS:  Old voter registrations, early marriage and death records, school records, etc. 

  • PHOTOS: Pictures of schoolhouses or classes, sports teams, etc. with their names and years.

  • OTHER: Old family letters, local businesses, and more.
    These would need to be the early years until about 1940 time period.  Birth Records, if they are family records, are fine.  If they are from official records, then they need to be 100 years old.  Death and Marriage Records to the present.  If you send photocopies or scanned photos and articles, we would appreciate them.  
    OR if you have material that you would loan us to scan or transcribe to put on the website, please let us know.
            Jan Cortez  - new email address:

    A big "Thank You" to those who have responded. 
    Everyone working together can make this website even better.

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