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''{{breadcrumb| link1=[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] | link2= [[Michigan Genealogy|Michigan]] | link3=| link4=| link5=[[Image:Gotoarrow.pngMason County, Michigan Genealogy|Mason County]]'' '''Mason County''' }}
Guide to '''Mason County, Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
 {{MIDCClick|Image:MI_ORP.png|Michigan Online Genealogy Records}}  
{{Infobox U.S. County
| county = Mason County
| founded date = April 1
| seat = Ludington
| building image = Mason County courthouse.jpg
| building address = Mason County Courthouse<br>304 E Ludington Ave.<br>Ludington, MI 49431<br>Phone: (231) 843-8202<br>Fax: (231) 843-1972<br> [http://www.masoncounty.net/ '''Mason County Website'''] }}
=== County Information ===
==== Mason County, Michigan Record Dates ====
{| width=== County Information === ==== Description ====  The County was named for Stevens T. Mason, Governor of Michigan. The County has Ludington as its seat and the County was created 1840. The County is located in the west area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Mason County, Michigan" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "100%https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_County,_Michigan." </ref> ====Mason County, Michigan Record Dates==== {| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"|-| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mason County, Michigan . Page 343-351 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 346-349.</ref></center>
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| width="10014.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan| '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="6#e4d8e5" align="center" | <'''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center>" | '''Beginning Dates for Major [[Mason County , Michigan Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''<ref>Alice Eichholz[[Mason County, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County Michigan Genealogy#Land and Town Sources, Revised edProperty Records|Land]]'''| width="14. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, 1992), 369-384Michigan Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''| width="14. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center>" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="1614.62%" bgcoloralign="center" |1867 | width="#e4d8e514.2%" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]''' 1867| width="1614.62%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]''' 1867| width="1614.62%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]''' 1867| width="1614.62%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Census|Census]]''' 1740| width="1614.62%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']] 1855| width="1614.62%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''1820
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| widthcolspan="16.6%" align=7"center" | 1867| width="16.6%" align="<center" | >Statewide registration started in 1867| width="16for births and deaths.6%" align="center" | 1867| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1820| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840| width="16General compliance by 1915.6%" align="</center" | 1855>
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== County Courthouse ==
[http://www.masoncounty.net/departments/clerk/ County Clerk] has birth, marriage, death, divorce and court records from 1867.<br>City Clerks have burial records.<br>[http://www.masoncounty.net/departments/courts/probate-court/ Probate Court] has probate records. <br>[http://www.masoncounty.net/departments/register-of-deeds/ Register of Deeds] has land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mason County, Michigan page 348, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
== History ==
==== Parent County ====
'''1840--'''Mason County was created 1 April 1840 from [[Mackinac County, Michigan Genealogy|Mackinac]] County. Formerly Notipekago County, until the name was changed to Mason 8 March 1843. It was attached to Ottawa County prior to organization 13 February 1855.&nbsp;'''County seat:''' Ludington <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
"The Native Americans who lived on the shores of what would become known to us as the Pere Marquette Lake were the first mariners. They were the first to travel along the Michigan lakeshore and also to cross the narrow and shallow harbor entrance that existed at the base of the hill coming down from the bluffs to the narrow strip of land eventually known as the Buttersville Peninsula.
==== Record Loss ====
For a list There is no known history of record loss courthouse disasters in Michigan counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-countiesthis county.html#courthouse Michigan Counties with Burned Courthouses]
== Places/Localities ==
==== Neighboring Counties ====
[[Lake County, Michigan Genealogy|Lake]] {{•}} [[Manistee County, Michigan Genealogy|Manistee]] {{•}} [[Newaygo County, Michigan Genealogy|Newaygo]] {{•}} [[Oceana County, Michigan Genealogy|Oceana]] <center>{{MIMason County, Michigan Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
== Resources ==
==== Cemeteries ====
{| width="80%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"|-| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''|-| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|452622|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Michigan/Mason-County?id=county_1279 Findagrave.com]|-| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://ludingtonmichigan.net/index.php?page=cemetery USGenWeb]| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Mason+Michigan&qt=results_page WorldCat]| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]|-| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mi/mason/5301cem.htm MIGenWeb Archives]| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" || bgcolor="#F0F0F0" ||-| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/michigan/mason.htm Tombstone Project]| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" || bgcolor="#F0F0F0" ||-| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/mi/mason.htm MIInterment]| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" || bgcolor="#F0F0F0" ||-| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=21969&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=22&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" || bgcolor="#F0F0F0" ||-| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" || bgcolor="#F0F0F0" ||-| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Michigan Cemeteries| Michigan Cemeteries]] for more information.|}[http://ludingtonmichigan.net/index.php?page=cemetery Mason County History Companion] - Database with over 25,000 residents of Mason County Cemeteries. Click "Cemetery Database" under "Navigation" on the right hand side of the page. ==== Census ====''' State Census'''*'''1894''' - {{RecordSearch|1825187|Michigan State Census, 1894}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
==== Church ====
Mason County, Native American
 
==== Emigration and Immigration ====
*'''1929 - 1966''' {{RecordSearch|2426314|Michigan, Crew Lists for various ports, 1929-1966}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
==== Land ====
{{MI Land Intro}}
==== Local Histories ====
{{MI History Intro}}
[http://ludingtonmichigan.net/index.php?page=books Mason County History Companion] - A listing of printed matter and published books pertaining to the Mason County Area
==== Maps ====
 [[Image:Mimason.jpg{{MI Neighboring Counties Intro|600px|Mimason.jpg]] county={{MI Mason County}}}}
*[http://ludingtonmichigan.net/index.php?page=maps Mason County History Companion] - Mason County Maps
*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
==== Military ====
*[http://ludingtonmichigan.net/index.php?page=military httpMason County History Companion] - Military Related Links ===== World War I ===== *'''1917-1919''' - {{RecordSearch|3007553|Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919}} at [https://ludingtonmichiganfamilysearch.netorg/search FamilySearch] — index.php?page=military] Military related Links
==== Newspapers ====
Ludington Daily News; Archives from 1867 to 2007 are available on the Google News Archives this . This is a great resource and ; you can use a screen capture to save your family obituaries and columns for transcription  {{MI Newspaper abstracts|Mason}} ==== Obituaries ====
*'''1820-2006''' - {{MI Newspaper abstractsRecordSearch|Alcona2215693|Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
==== Probate ====
{{MI Probate Intro|Mason}} '''Online Probate Records'''
'''Online Probate Records'''
*'''1784 – 1980''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8793 Michigan Wills and Probate Records 1784-1980] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*'''1797 – 1973''' {{RecordSearch|2013878|Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
{{MI Vital Intro}}
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital Records] =====Birth===== *'''1867-1917''' - {{RecordSearch|1923472|Michigan Birth Registrations, County Births, 1867-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images*'''1867-1902'''&nbsp;-- Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http1459684 Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902]-- Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1459684 FamilySearch Record Search]. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.  =====Marriage=====*'''1585-1945''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=michigan%2cmi Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $*'''1820-19251937''' -{{RecordSearch|2473289|Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820- Free name indexes 1937}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/searchFamilySearch] — index*'''1820-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940}} at [https:/collection/show#uri=httpfamilysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images*'''1868-1925''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1452395 Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925] -- Free name indexes at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452395 FamilySearch Record Search]. &nbsp;Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.  =====Death=====*'''1850-1880''' - {{RecordSearch|2632078|Michigan Death RegistrationsMortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images*'''1867-1897'''-[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452402 Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897] --&nbsp;&nbsp;Free name indexes and images&nbsp;at&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#urip=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1452402 FamilySearch Record Search]. &nbsp;&nbsp;Records include such information as name of deceased, date and place of death, gender, color, marital status, age in years, months and days, disease or apparent cause of death, birthplace, names and occupations of parents, and the date the record was made.
== Societies and Libraries ==
 
'''Mason County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 549<br> Ludington 49431<br><br>
 
'''Mason County Historical Society'''<br> 1687 S. Lakeshore Drive<br> Ludington, MI 49431<br>Telephone Number: 231-843-4808<br>[http://www.masoncountyhistoricalsociety.com/ Website]<br><br>
 
'''Mason Area Historical Society'''<br>200 E Oak St,<br>PO Box 44<br> Mason, MI 48854<br><br>
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-society-archive/ List of Michigan Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
*[[Ludington Michigan Family History Center]] 416 E Melendy St, Ludington, MI 49431 United States
== Web Sites Websites ==
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mason-county/ Mason County, MI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117010845362856133445 Michigan Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/241315555879711/ Michigan Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~mimason/county.html USGenWeb project. ] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county. *[http://Masoncountymemories.com http://Masoncountymemories.com]&nbsp;Mason County Memories ] has over 350 history columns as published in the Ludington Daily News related to the history of the Mason County Area<br> *[http://ludingtonmichigan.net http://ludingtonmichigan.net]&nbsp;Mason County History Companion ] - Lots of information about the Mason County Michigan area and resources for researchers and history buffs. *[http://greatlakesmaritime.com http://greatlakesmaritime.com]&nbsp;Great Lakes Maritime History Facebook Page] - The site is under construction but is putting up history and photographs pertaining to the Great Lakes *[http://carferry.info http://carferry.info]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Carferry History is also under construction but is focused on the history of the Pere Marquette Carferries as well as other carferry operations on the Great Lakes *[http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mason-County-Memories-Old-Places-Familiar-Faces/315444533634 http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mason-County-Memories-/Old-Places-Familiar-Faces/315444533634]&nbsp; Mason County Memories on - Facebook page has over 2000 historical pictures of Mason County *[http://www.facebook.com/?sk=pages#!/group.php?gid=5750267757 http://www.facebook.com/?sk=pages#!/group.php?gid=5750267757]&nbsp; I Grew up in Ludington is a facebook page where you can view vintage pictures and discuss what it was like growing up in Ludington *[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-Lakes-Lights-Lifesaving-Carferries-and-Shipping/125866637479452 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-Lakes-Lights-Lifesaving-Carferries-and-Shipping/125866637479452&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;]&nbsp;Great Lakes Lights Lifesavers &amp; Carferries Facebook Page *[http://www.facebookldsgenealogy.com/?sk=pages#!MI/groupMason-County.php?gid=353727131507 http://www.facebook.com/?sk=pages#!/group.php?gid=353727131507htm Mason County MI Genealogy] &nbsp;Vanished Ludington is a facebook page where you can view vintage pictures and discuss&nbsp;Ludington History *[http://www.facebook.com/?sk=pages#!/groups/32254487659 http://www.facebook.com/?sk=pages#!/groups/32254487659]&nbsp;Remembering Scottville is a facebook page where you can view vintage pictures and discuss Scottville History *[http://usdebtweb.ning.com/main/authorization/signUp?target=http%3A%2F%2Fusdebtweb.ning.com%2F%3Fxgi%3D5bL5HASfB2ccdV%26xgkc%3D1 http://usdebtweb.ning.com/main/authorization/signUp?target=http%3A%2F%2Fusdebtweb.ning(ldsgenealogy.com%2F%3Fxgi%3D5bL5HASfB2ccdV%26xgkc%3D1] A NING Forum for the discussion of Mason County History and Genealogy)
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