Kent County, Ontario Genealogy

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

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Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Writing for a More Recent Birth, Marriage, or Death Record[edit | edit source]

  • ServiceOntario, Birth Records is the only government-authorized source for obtaining birth certificates. Go to the section entitled "Order a Birth Search". This is the most economical, searches the widest time period, and allows searches for people not immediately related. A letter of information is provided rather than a certificate.
  • ServiceOntario, Marriage Records offers a marriage search option and a historical certificate option.
  • ServiceOntario, Death Records offers a death search option and a historical certificate option. Also official death certificates are available to a wider range of relatives than birth and marriage certificates.

FamilySearch Library Microfilmed Records[edit | edit source]

Some of the church/civil records have been microfilmed by FamilySearch.These microfilms may be available for viewing at Family History Centers around the world. To find a microfilm:

a. Click on records for Canada, Ontario, Kent County. You will see a list of available records for the county.
b. You will also see above the list the link Places within Canada, Ontario, Kent County. This will take you to a list of towns in the counties, which are links to records for the specific town.
c. Click on any topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
d. Some combination of these icons will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record. FHL icons.png. The magnifying glass indicates that the microfilm is indexed. Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Year Census Links


Ontario and Nova Scotia Census, 1800-1842

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Canada Census, 1851

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Census of Canada, 1861

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Census of Canada, 1871

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Census of Canada, 1881

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Census of Canada, 1891

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Census of Canada, 1901

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Census of Canada, 1911

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Census of Canada, 1921

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Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records can include baptisms, marriages, burials, membership lists, financial business, and other records for a particular congregation. They may be available online or on microfilm, but frequently they are still with the local church or in centralized archives by religion. The Canadian census records asked for the religion of those listed, so you will be able to narrow down which archives to consult. For help with writing a letter requesting copies of records, see Letter Writing Guide for Genealogy.

Online Church Records[edit | edit source]

These records are incomplete.


Cemetery Records[edit | edit source]

See, Ontario Cemeteries for information on cemetery record collections not yet digitized, but available in published sources and on microfilm.

Online Cemetery Records[edit | edit source]

Populated Places Table[edit | edit source]

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FORMER NAME, if applicable TYPE



 Baldoon      Link   Link
 Blenheim        Link   Link
 Botany        Link
 Bothwell        Link   Link
 Camden   Township    Link   Link
 Cedar Springs       Link   Link
 Chatham       Link   Link
 Chatham   Township     Link   Link
 Clachan       Link   Link
 Dawn Mills        Link   Link
 Dover      Township     Link   Link
 Dresden      Link   Link
 Erie Beach          Link   Link
 Fairfield         Link   Link
 Grande Pointe        Link   Link 
 Guilds      Link   Link
 Harwich   Township   Link     Link
 Highgate       Link   Link
 Howard   Township   Link   Link
 Lindsley         Link   Link
 Louisville        Link   Link
 Merlin        Link   Link
 Moraviantown       Link   Link
 New Fairfield        Link   Link
 North Buxton        Link   Link
 Orford     Township    Link   Link
 Paincourt       Link   Link
 Palmyra      Link   Link
 Raleigh   Township  Link     Link
 Ridgetown      Link   Link
 Romney    Township     Link   Link
 Stevenson       Link   Link
 Thamesville        Link   Link
 Tilbury        Link   Link
 Tilbury East    Township     Link   Link
 Troy       Link   Link
 Tupperville       Link   Link
 Turin        Link   Link
 Wabash        Link   Link
 Wallaceburg        Link   Link
 Wheatley          Link   Link  
 Zone     Township     Link   Link

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Kent Ontario GenWeb - free
  • Forebears, Kent County - The Forebears website will give you an extensive list of websites that could have information for people who lived in this county. Some sites cover just the county, some cover all of Ontario, and some cover all of Canada. Some sites are databases of names and facts about people; other sites cover background information such as maps, history, geography, or genealogy strategies and methods for the region.