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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'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_County,_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%" 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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==== 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 ==
==== 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 ====
=====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
*[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)
== References ==
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