Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy

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Mason County

Guide to Mason County, West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Mason County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Mason County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 2, 1804
County Seat Point Pleasant
Courthouse
Address Mason County Courthouse
200 6th Street
Point Pleasant, WV 25550
Phone:304-675-1997
Mason County Website


County Information

Mason County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1806 1810 1803 1805

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853
Marriage and land records from 1804
Military records 1918
Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records[1]

History

Mason County, West Virginia

Parent County

1804--Mason County was created 2 January 1804 from Kanawha County.
County seat: Point Pleasant [2]

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
WVGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
WVGenWeb Archives
WVTombstone Project
Interment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See West Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

Church

Churches in Mason County, West Virginia

Census

For tips on accessing Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: West Virginia Census.


 Mason County Census Records 

Court

Family Histories

This bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

Bibliography

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Mason County

Military

Revolutionary War

The Battle of Point Pleasant October 10, 1774

  • 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 versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. See Virginia, Western District, Mason County on page 135.
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.
  •  West Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
War of 1812

Mason County men served in the 106th Virginia Regiment.[3]

Civil War

Union

- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[4]
World War II

Naturalization

Newspapers

The Point Pleasant Register
200 Main Street
Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550
Telephone: 304-675-1333

Probate

Online Probate Records

Mason County, West Virginia Will Book 1834 - 1968

West Virginia Will Books

Taxation

How can West Virginia tax lists help me?

  • 1805 - 1846 Heinegg, Paul. "Mason County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1846," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • 1815 Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Mason County is included in Vol. 6.]

Online West Virginia Tax site

West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.

Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.

The search for tax information can start here

Vital Records

. Includes marriages 1806-1812, 1814-1854, 1857, 1861-1969 - free.

Births

Deaths

Marriages

. Includes marriages 1806-1812, 1814-1854, 1857, 1861-1969 - free.

Societies and Libraries

See also a List of West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Mason County Genealogical Historical Society
Henderson, West Virginia 25106

Mason County Public Library
508 Viand Street
Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550
Telephone: 304-675-0894
Fax: 304-675-0895

Hannan Public Library
6760 Ashton Upland Road
Ashton, West Virginia 25503
Telephone and Fax: 304-743-6200

Mason City Public Library
8 Brown Street
Mason, West Virginia 25260
Telephone and Fax: 304-773-5580

New Haven Public Library
P O Box 417
New Haven, West Virginia 25265
Telephone and Fax: 304-882-3252

Source: West Virginia Library Commission Library Directory

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.

The closest family history centers are the Huntington West Virginia Family History Center and the Charleston West Virginia Family History Center.

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mason County, West Virginia. Page 744 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 134. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  4. Ronald R. Turner, 7th West Virginia Cavalry (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb; FHL Book 975.4 M2t.

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