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Mason County, Michigan Genealogy

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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'', ",_Michigan."</ref>
==== Mason County, Michigan Record Dates ====
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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%" 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>
==== 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 ==
==== Maps ====
 [[Image:Mimason.jpg{{MI Neighboring Counties Intro|600px|Mimason.jpg]] county={{MI Mason County}}}}
*[ Mason County History Companion] - Mason County Maps
*[ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
==== 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 [ FamilySearch] — index
==== Newspapers ====
*'''1585-1945''' - [ Michigan, United States Marriages] at [ FindMyPast] — index $
*'''1820-1937''' - {{RecordSearch|2473289|Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937}} at [ FamilySearch] — index
*'''1820-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940}} at [ FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1868-1925''' - [ Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925] -- Free name indexes at [;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.
*'''1850-1880''' - {{RecordSearch|2632078|Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [ FamilySearch] — index and images*'''1867-1897''' - [ 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;[;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
*[ Michigan Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
*[ Michigan Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
*[ USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
*[ 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>
*[ Mason County History Companion] - Lots of information about the Mason County Michigan area and resources for researchers and history buffs.
*[!/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
*[ Great Lakes Lights Lifesaving Carferries and Shipping] Facebook Page
*[ Mason County MI Genealogy] (LDS
== References ==
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