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Mason County, Michigan Genealogy

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| 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 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'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_County,_Michigan."</ref> ====Mason County, Michigan Record Dates==== {| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="67" | <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, Revised Third ed. (Salt Lake CityProvo, Utah: Ancestry, 19922004), 369346-384349. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="1614.62%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_RecordsBirth|Birth*]]''' | width="1614.62%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_RecordsMarriage|Marriage]]''' | width="1614.62%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_RecordsDeath|Death*]]''' | width="1614.62%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#CensusCourt Records|CensusCourt]]''' | width="1614.62%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Landand Property Records|Land]]'''Land| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]] '''| width="1614.62%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, Michigan Genealogy#ProbateCensus Records|ProbateCensus]]'''
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| width="1614.62%" align="center" | 1867 | width="1614.62%" align="center" | 1867 | width="1614.62%" align="center" | 1867 | width="1614.62%" align="center" | 1820 1867| width="1614.62%" align="center" | 1840 1740| width="1614.62%" align="center" | 1855| width="14.2%" align="center" |1820|-| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.</center>
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==== 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.
==== 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 ==
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [httphttps://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=24&GScnty=1279&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n memorial Findagrave.com]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|452622|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [httphttps://www.findagrave.com/cgicemetery-binbrowse/fg.cgiUSA/Michigan/Mason-County?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=24&CScntyid=1279 county_1279 Findagrave.com]
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| 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/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Michigan&county=Mason&cemetery_name=a# cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mi/mason/5301cem.htm MIGenWeb Archives]
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==== Census ====
''' State Census'''
*'''1894''' - {{RecordSearch|1825187|Michigan State Census, 1894}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
==== Church ====
==== 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 ====
==== 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 Mason 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://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
==== Newspapers ====
==== Obituaries ====
*'''1820-2006''' - {{RecordSearch|2215693|Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
==== Probate ====
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital Records]
=====Birth=====
*'''1867-1917''' - {{RecordSearch|1923472|Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images*'''1867-1902''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1459684 Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902]-- Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1459684 FamilySearch]. 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, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
*'''1820-1937''' - {{RecordSearch|2473289|Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''1820-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1868-1925''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452395 Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925] -- Free name indexes at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452395 FamilySearch]. &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 Mortality 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;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_862" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_263" />&nbsp;Free name indexes and images&nbsp;at&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452402 FamilySearch]. &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 ==
{{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://wwwsites.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mimason/county.html USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
*[http://Masoncountymemories.com 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 Mason County History Companion] - Lots of information about the Mason County Michigan area and resources for researchers and history buffs.
*[http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mason-County-Memories-Old-Places-Familiar-Faces/315444533634 Mason County Memories/Old Places Familiar Faces] - Facebook page has over 2000 historical pictures of Mason County
*[http://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-Lakes-Lights-Lifesaving-Carferries-and-Shipping/125866637479452 Great Lakes Lights Lifesaving Carferries and Shipping] Facebook Page
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MI/Mason-County.htm Mason County MI Genealogy] (LDS Genealogyldsgenealogy.com)
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