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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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Guide to '''Mason County, West Virginia ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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|county seat= Point Pleasant
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|parent county= [[Kanawha County, West Virginia Genealogy|Kanawha]]<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Cabell County, West Virginia Genealogy|Cabell]]
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|county2= [[Gallia County, Ohio Genealogy|Gallia (OH)]]
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|county3= [[Jackson County, West Virginia Genealogy|Jackson]]
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|county4= [[Meigs County, Ohio Genealogy|Meigs (OH)]]
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== County Information ==
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Description ===
| county = Mason County
 
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| state = West Virginia
 
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| founded year = 1804
 
| founded date = January 2
 
| seat = [[Point Pleasant, West Virginia|Point Pleasant]]
 
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| building address = Mason County Courthouse<br> 200 6th Street<br>Point Pleasant, WV 25550<br>Phone:304-675-1997<br>[http://www.pointpleasantwv.org/Government/County/MasonCountyHello.htm '''Mason County Website''']
 
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=== County Information ===
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{WV Courthouse Intro|Mason}}
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'''Mason County Courthouse'''<br> 200 6th Street<br>Point Pleasant, WV 25550<br>Phone: 304-675-1997<br>[http://masoncounty.wv.gov/countygovernmentagencies/Pages/countyclerk.aspx Mason County Website]<br><br>
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853; marriage and land records from 1804; military records from 1918.<br>
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Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Mason County, West Virginia Record Dates ====
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=== Mason County, West Virginia Record Dates ===
 
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{{WV Record Dates Intro|Mason}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1853
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1806
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1803
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Probate |Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1805
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1810
 
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=== Record Loss ===
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
 
 
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853<br>Marriage and land records from 1804<br>Military records 1918<br>Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mason County, West Virginia. Page 744 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
 
 
=== History  ===
 
 
 
[http://www.masoncounty.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx Mason County, West Virginia]
 
 
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
 
 
'''1804'''--Mason County was created 2 January 1804 from [[Kanawha County, West Virginia|Kanawha]] County.<br>'''County seat:''' Point Pleasant <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
 
 
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/pointpleasant/ptplst.html Point Pleasant, West Virginia]
 
 
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
 
 
For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
 
 
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
 
 
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
=== Places / Localities  ===
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=== Boundary Changes ===
==== Populated Places  ====
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{{WV Boundary Changes Intro|Mason}}
 
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*[[Cabell County, West Virginia Genealogy|Cabell]]  
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*'''1804'''--Mason County was created 2 January 1804 from [[Kanawha County, West Virginia Genealogy|Kanawha]] County.<br>
*[[Gallia County, Ohio Genealogy Genealogy|Gallia County, Ohio]]
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/pointpleasant/ptplst.html Point Pleasant, West Virginia]
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*'''County seat:''' Point Pleasant<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
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*[[Jackson County, West Virginia Genealogy|Jackson]]
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=== Populated Places ===
*[[Meigs County, Ohio Genealogy|Meigs County, Ohio]]
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{{WV Populated Places Intro|Mason}}
  
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=== History Timeline ===
*[[Putnam County, West Virginia Genealogy|Putnam]]
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{{WV Historical Timeline Intro|Mason}}
  
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== Resources ==
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{{WV Resources Intro|Mason}}
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{WV Bible Intro|Mason}}
  
==== African American ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{WV Biographies Intro|Mason}}
  
*Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/masontax.htm "Mason County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1846,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{WV Business Records Intro|Mason}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{WV Cemeteries Intro|Mason}}
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Mason County, West Virginia''' online and in print</center>
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
 
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=52&GScnty=3090&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|425401|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=52&CScnty=3090 Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=52&GScnty=3090&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/cemeteries/cemeteries.html WVGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/wv/mason/cemetery.html WVGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/mason.htm WVTombstone Project]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/mason.htm Interment]
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* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23074&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=96&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/cemeteries/cemeteries.html WVGenWeb]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Mason+West+Virginia&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=West%20Virginia&county=Mason&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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* {{FHL|425401|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Mason+West+Virginia&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/wv/mason/cemetery.html WVGenWeb Archives]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=52&CScnty=3090 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=West%20Virginia&county=Mason&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/mason.htm WVTombstone Project]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[West Virginia Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/mason.htm Interment]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23074&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=96&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[West Virginia Cemeteries| West Virginia Cemeteries]] for more information.
 
 
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/obituaries/surnamepage.html Mason County Obituaries]
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*[http://wvcpaweb.org/cemeteryregister/Mason/MasonCoCemetery.html West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc - Mason County]
 
*[http://wvcpaweb.org/cemeteryregister/Mason/MasonCoCemetery.html West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc - Mason County]
 
*[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/WV/MS.html Political Graveyard Mason County, West Virginia]
 
*[http://politicalgraveyard.com/geo/WV/MS.html Political Graveyard Mason County, West Virginia]
 
*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
 
*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
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=== Census Records ===
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{{WV Census Intro|Mason}}
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/census/censusindex.html  Mason County Census Records]
  
==== Church ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{WV Church Intro|Mason}}
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/masoncochurches.html Churches in Mason County, West Virginia]  
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/masoncochurches.html Churches in Mason County, West Virginia]
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{WV Court Intro|Mason}}
  
{{WVcensus}}  
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=== Directories ===
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{{WV Directories Intro|Mason}}
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/census/censusindex.html &nbsp;Mason County Census Records&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1335392647436_723" />]
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{WV Emigration Intro|Mason}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{WV Ethnic Groups Intro|Mason}}
  
==== Family Histories  ====
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==== African Americans ====
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{{WV African Americans Intro|Mason}}
  
This bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:  
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*Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/masontax.htm "Mason County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1846,"] ''Free African Americans.com.'' Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.
  
*Locate publications about direct ancestors  
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family  
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{{WV Funeral Homes Intro|Mason}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{WV Genealogies Intro|Mason}}
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This bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:
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*Locate publications about direct ancestors
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*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
 
*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
 
*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
  
'''''Bibliography'''''  
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*'''Chapman''' - Machir, Violette S. ''Some Chapman, Jolly, Rayburn and Smith Families in W.Va. &amp; Ohio''. Middleport, Ohio: Quality Print Shop, 1966. {{FHL|284481|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6017211}}.
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*'''Clemens''' - Bell, Raymond Martin. ''The Ancestry of Samuel Clemens, Grandfather of Mark Twain''. Washington, Pa.: R.M. Bell, 1980. Digital version at {{FSbook|90636}} ; {{FHL|147093|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C591brm}}.
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*'''Henderson''' - Crozier, William Armstrong. ''Virginia Heraldica: Being a Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armor, With Genealogical Notes of the Families.'' New York: The Genealogical Association, 1908. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/virginiaheraldic00croz Internet Archive] - free.
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*'''Hornish''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/324543?availability=Family%20History%20Library Hornish family records some of the descendants of Martin B. Hornish and Helena Rupert of Point Pleasant, now West Virginia (ca. 1824), Centreville, Wayne County, Indiana (ca. 1829 to 1856), and Tazewell and Peoria Counties, Illinois (1856- )]
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*'''Jolly''' - Machir, Violette S. ''Some Chapman, Jolly, Rayburn and Smith Families in W.Va. &amp; Ohio''. Middleport, Ohio: Quality Print Shop, 1966. {{FHL|284481|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6017211}}.
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*'''Lane''' - Quackenbush, Nancy. "Some Northern Neck Lanes," ''Magazine of Virginia Genealogy,'' Vol. 24, No. 4 (Nov. 1986):3-22. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6131 Ancestry] ($); {{FHL|478773|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vs}}.
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*'''Somerville''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/128122?availability=Family%20History%20Library A brief biographical sketch of the Somerville family for seven generations written from the reunion at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, July 4, 1904] digital view.
  
*'''Chapman''' - Machir, Violette S. ''Some Chapman, Jolly, Rayburn and Smith Families in W.Va. &amp; Ohio''. Middleport, Ohio: Quality Print Shop, 1966. {{FHL|284481|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6017211}}.
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=== Guardianship ===
*'''Clemens''' - Bell, Raymond Martin. ''The Ancestry of Samuel Clemens, Grandfather of Mark Twain''. Washington, Pa.: R.M. Bell, 1980. Digital version at {{FSbook|90636}}&nbsp;; {{FHL|147093|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C591brm}}.<br>
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{{WV Guardianship Intro|Mason}}
*'''Henderson''' - Crozier, William Armstrong. ''Virginia Heraldica: Being a Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armor, With Genealogical Notes of the Families.'' New York: The Genealogical Association, 1908. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/virginiaheraldic00croz Internet Archive] - free.
 
*'''Hornish''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/324543?availability=Family%20History%20Library Hornish family records&nbsp;: some of the descendants of Martin B. Hornish and Helena Rupert of Point Pleasant, now West Virginia (ca. 1824), Centreville, Wayne County, Indiana (ca. 1829 to 1856), and Tazewell and Peoria Counties, Illinois (1856- )]
 
*'''Jolly''' - Machir, Violette S. ''Some Chapman, Jolly, Rayburn and Smith Families in W.Va. &amp; Ohio''. Middleport, Ohio: Quality Print Shop, 1966. {{FHL|284481|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6017211}}.
 
*'''Lane''' - Quackenbush, Nancy. "Some Northern Neck Lanes," ''Magazine of Virginia Genealogy,'' Vol. 24, No. 4 (Nov. 1986):3-22. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6131 Ancestry] ($); {{FHL|478773|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vs}}.
 
*'''Somerville''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/128122?availability=Family%20History%20Library A brief biographical sketch of the Somerville family for seven generations&nbsp;: written from the reunion at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, July 4, 1904] digital view.
 
  
==== Land ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{WV Land Intro|Mason}}
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{WV Histories Intro|Mason}}
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'''West Virginia Archives'''
  
==== Maps  ====
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*Evans, Norma Pontiff. ''First Families of McDowell County, West Virginia''. s.l. Author, 1981; 929.1 M138.<br>
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*Friedl, Joseph. ''A History of Education in McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1976''.
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*Parsons, West Virginia, McClain Printing Company, 1975; 370.9754 F911h.<br>
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*Goodykoontz, Wells. ''Address Delivered by Wells Goodykoontz, Tuesday, June 14, 1927, at the Unveiling of Tablet of Black Wolf, McDowell County, West Virginia'' . s.l., n.p., 1927. 929.2 H287 Pam.<br>
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*Grisby, Louise Carter. ''Come Back With Me to Gary, West Virginia''. s.l., n.p., n.d. 975.449 G857.&nbsp;<br>
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*Lad, Virginia. ''Sodom and Gomorrah of Today; or the History of Keystone, West Virginia''. s.l., n.p., 1912; 975.449 L153.<br>
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*''McDowell County Centennial'', 1858-1958. s.l., n.p., 1958. 975.449 M138c.<br>
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*McDowell County, West Virginia, The Nations Coal Bin. s.l., n.p., n.d. 917.5449 M138.<br>
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*Solins, Mrs. Samuel and Jones, Mrs. Paul. ''McDowell County History; A Pictorial History of McDowell County, West Virginia''. Fort Worth, Texas, University Supply and Equipment Company, 1959. 975.449 M138.<br>
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*Sowers, Auburn Daniel. Facts About McDowell County, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., 1912. 975.449 S731 Pam.<br>
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*''Welch West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia''. s.l., n.p., n.d.; 917.5449 W439 Pam.
  
[[Image:Wvmason.jpg|thumb|right|200px|<center>Mason County</center>]]  
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{WV Maps Intro|Mason}}
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[[Image:Wvmason.jpg|thumb|right|200px|<center>Mason County</center>]]
  
*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
 
*[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Mason+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884890efeeea91ad:0xa96cb1fa37003159,Mason,+WV&gl=us&ei=sXuYT721AqSi2gWBuqCiBw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CCsQ8gEwAQ Mason County, West Virginia Map]
 
*[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Mason+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884890efeeea91ad:0xa96cb1fa37003159,Mason,+WV&gl=us&ei=sXuYT721AqSi2gWBuqCiBw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CCsQ8gEwAQ Mason County, West Virginia Map]
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{WV Migration Intro|Mason}}
  
===== Revolutionary War  =====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{WV Military Intro|Mason}}
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/firstbattle.html The Battle of Point Pleasant October 10, 1774]  
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==== Revolutionary War ====
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{{WV Revolutionary War Intro|Mason}}
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/firstbattle.html 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 [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. See Virginia, Western District, Mason County on page 135.  
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*''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 [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 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&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.  
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.
*&nbsp;West Virginia, Civil War Service [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932429 Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865]
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* West Virginia, Civil War Service [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932429 Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865]
  
===== War of 1812 =====
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==== War of 1812 ====
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{{WV War of 1812 Intro|Mason}}
  
Mason County men served in the 106th Virginia Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 134. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>  
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Mason County men served in the 106th Virginia Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 134. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>
  
===== Civil War =====
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==== Civil War ====
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{{WV Civil War Intro|Mason}}
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{{WV Civil War Regiments|Mason}}
  
'''Union'''  
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'''Union'''
  
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932429|West Virginia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932429|West Virginia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)  
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*'''1861-1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
  
 
:- [[8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry|8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry]].<ref>Ronald R. Turner, ''7th West Virginia Cavalry'' (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at [http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/ Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb]; {{FHL|433287|item|disp=FHL Book 975.4 M2t}}.</ref>
 
:- [[8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry|8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry]].<ref>Ronald R. Turner, ''7th West Virginia Cavalry'' (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at [http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/ Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb]; {{FHL|433287|item|disp=FHL Book 975.4 M2t}}.</ref>
  
===== World War II =====
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==== World War II ====
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{{WV World War II Intro|Mason}}
  
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/westvirginia/mason.htm Mason County, West Virginia World War II Casualties Army and Air Force]
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/westvirginia/mason.htm Mason County, West Virginia World War II Casualties Army and Air Force]
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{WV Naturalization Intro|Mason}}
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*'''1814-1991''' {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{WV Newspapers Intro|Mason}}
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*[http://www.mydailyregister.com/ ''The Point Pleasant Register'']<br>200 Main Street<br>Point Pleasant, WV 25550<br>Phone: 304-675-1333
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{WV Obituaries Intro|Mason}}
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/obituaries/surnamepage.html Mason County Obituaries]
  
*'''1814 - 1991''' - {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Other Records ===
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{{WV Other Records Intro|Mason}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{WV Periodicals Intro|Mason}}
  
[http://www.mydailyregister.com/ ''The Point Pleasant Register'']<br>200 Main Street<br>Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550<br>Telephone: 304-675-1333
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{WV Probate Intro|Mason}}
  
==== Probate  ====
 
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
  
*'''1724 - 1978''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9087 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1724-1978''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9087 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*'''1756 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971}} at [https:/familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1756-1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971}} at FamilySearch — index and images
Mason County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030622%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Book 1834 - 1968]  
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*Mason County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030622%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Book 1834-1968]
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*West Virginia {{RecordSearch|1909099|Will Books}}
  
West Virginia {{RecordSearch|1909099|Will Books}}
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=== School Records ===
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{{WV Schools Intro|Mason}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{WV Tax Intro|Mason}}
  
[[Virginia Tax Lists|How can West Virginia tax lists help me?]]  
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[[Virginia Tax Lists|How can West Virginia tax lists help me?]]
  
*'''1805 - 1846''' Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/masontax.htm "Mason County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1846,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
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*'''1805-1846''' Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/masontax.htm "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|692063|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Mason County is included in Vol. 6.]
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*'''1815''' Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|title-id|disp=FHL}}. The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Mason County is included in Vol. 6.
  
 
'' Online West Virginia Tax site ''
 
'' 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.  
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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.  
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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 [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]  
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The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{WV Vital Intro|Mason}}
  
*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1806-1812, 1814-1854, 1857, 1861-1969 - free.
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*[http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx West Virginia Vital Records, 1865-1969 (varies)] - Includes birth, death, and marriage.
  
==== Births  ====
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==== Birth ====
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{{WV Birth Intro|Mason}}
  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/births/mcbirths.html Mason County, West Virginia Births]
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/births/mcbirths.html Mason County, West Virginia Births]
  
==== Deaths  ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{WV Marriage Intro|Mason}}
  
==== Marriages ====
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*'''1801-1962''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=washington%2cwa West Virginia, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48420 Mason County, West Virginia Marriages, 1806-1915] at Ancestry ($)
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48420 Mason County, West Virginia Marriages, 1806-1915] at Ancestry.com ($)  
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*[http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx West Virginia Vital Records, 1865-1969 (varies)] - Includes birth, death, and marriage.
*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1806-1812, 1814-1854, 1857, 1861-1969 - free.  
 
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/marriages/mcmsuname.html Mason County, West Virginia Marriages]
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/marriages/mcmsuname.html Mason County, West Virginia Marriages]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Death ====
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{{WV Death Intro|Mason}}
  
See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-society-archive/ West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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==== Divorce ====
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{{WV Divorce Intro|Mason}}
  
[[Mason County Genealogical-Historical Society|Mason County Genealogical Historical Society]]<br>Henderson, West Virginia 25106
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{WV Research Facilities Intro|Mason}}
  
[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/ Mason County Public Library]<br>508 Viand Street<br>Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550<br>Telephone: 304-675-0894<br>Fax: 304-675-0895
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=== Archives ===
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{{WV Archives Intro|Mason}}
  
[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/hannan.htm Hannan Public Library]<br>6760 Ashton Upland Road<br>Ashton, West Virginia 25503<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-743-6200
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/mason_city.htm Mason City Public Library]<br>8 Brown Street<br>Mason, West Virginia 25260<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-773-5580
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*The closest family history centers are the [[Huntington West Virginia Family History Center|Huntington West Virginia Family History Center]] and the [[Charleston West Virginia Family History Center|Charleston West Virginia Family History Center]].<br>
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]<br>
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*[[Masontown West Virginia Family History Center]]
  
[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/new_haven.htm New Haven Public Library]<br>P O Box 417<br>New Haven, West Virginia 25265<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-882-3252
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=== Libraries ===
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{{WV Libraries Intro|Mason}}
  
Source: [http://www.wvlc.lib.wv.us/html/libdirectory/county/mason.html West Virginia Library Commission Library Directory]  
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*[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/ Mason County Public Library]<br>508 Viand Street<br>Point Pleasant, WV 25550<br>Telephone: 304-675-0894<br>Fax: 304-675-0895<br>
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*[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/hannan.htm Hannan Public Library]<br>6760 Ashton Upland Road<br>Ashton, WV 25503<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-743-6200<br>
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*[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/mason_city.htm Mason City Public Library]<br>8 Brown Street<br>Mason, WV 25260<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-773-5580<br>
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*[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/new_haven.htm New Haven Public Library]<br>P O Box 417<br>New Haven, WV 25265<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-882-3252
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Museums ===
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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{{WV Museums Intro|Mason}}
  
The closest family history centers are the [[Huntington West Virginia Family History Center|Huntington West Virginia Family History Center]] and the [[Charleston West Virginia Family History Center|Charleston West Virginia Family History Center]].
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== Societies ==
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{{WV Societies Intro|Mason}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*[[Mason County Genealogical-Historical Society|Mason County Genealogical Historical Society]]<br>Henderson, WV 25106<br>
*[[Masontown West Virginia Family History Center]]
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*Source: [http://www.wvlc.lib.wv.us/html/libdirectory/county/mason.html West Virginia Library Commission Library Directory]
  
== Websites ==
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== Websites ==
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{{WV Websites Intro|Mason}}
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/mason-county/ Mason County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/mason-county/ Mason County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]  
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Mason|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv CYNDI'S List West Virginia]
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv CYNDI'S List West Virginia]  
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/biographysurnames.html Biographies of Mason County, West Virginia]
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/biographysurnames.html Biographies of Mason County, West Virginia]  
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/familyhistories.html Family History Pages]
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/familyhistories.html Family History Pages]  
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/websites.html Family Websites of Mason County Folk]
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/websites.html Family Websites of Mason County Folk]  
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/tnt/TNT.html Point Pleasant's West Virginia Ordinance Works]
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/tnt/TNT.html Point Pleasant's West Virginia Ordinance Works]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohmeigs/references/mason_refs.html Mason County West Virginia Reference Materials]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohmeigs/references/mason_refs.html &nbsp;Mason County West Virginia Reference Materials]  
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*[http://www.angelfire.com/oh5/flowers0/family/flowers.html Flowers Family of Mason County, West Virginia]
*[http://www.angelfire.com/oh5/flowers0/family/flowers.html Flowers Family of Mason County, West Virginia]  
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|190051|West%20Virginia|Mason}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
*&nbsp;Learning How to [[Help:Contributor Help|Edit our Wiki Sites]]<br>
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{{WV Research Guides Intro|Mason}}
  
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Latest revision as of 19:20, 15 March 2018

United States
West Virginia
Mason County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Point Pleasant
Organized: January 2, 1804
Parent County(s): Kanawha[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cabell  • Gallia (OH)  • Jackson  • Meigs (OH)  • Putnam
See County Maps
Courthouse
Point Pleasant Monument Square.jpg
Location Map
Wv-mason.png
Adoption

County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Mason County Courthouse
200 6th Street
Point Pleasant, WV 25550
Phone: 304-675-1997
Mason County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853; marriage and land records from 1804; military records from 1918.
Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records.[2]

Mason County, West Virginia Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

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

Record Loss

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

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.

Populated Places

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Mason County, West Virginia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See West Virginia Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records

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

Church Records

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

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]

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See West Virginia Land and Property for additional information about early West Virginia land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section West Virginia Local Histories. West Virginia Archives

  • Evans, Norma Pontiff. First Families of McDowell County, West Virginia. s.l. Author, 1981; 929.1 M138.
  • Friedl, Joseph. A History of Education in McDowell County, West Virginia, 1858-1976.
  • Parsons, West Virginia, McClain Printing Company, 1975; 370.9754 F911h.
  • Goodykoontz, Wells. Address Delivered by Wells Goodykoontz, Tuesday, June 14, 1927, at the Unveiling of Tablet of Black Wolf, McDowell County, West Virginia . s.l., n.p., 1927. 929.2 H287 Pam.
  • Grisby, Louise Carter. Come Back With Me to Gary, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., n.d. 975.449 G857. 
  • Lad, Virginia. Sodom and Gomorrah of Today; or the History of Keystone, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., 1912; 975.449 L153.
  • McDowell County Centennial, 1858-1958. s.l., n.p., 1958. 975.449 M138c.
  • McDowell County, West Virginia, The Nations Coal Bin. s.l., n.p., n.d. 917.5449 M138.
  • Solins, Mrs. Samuel and Jones, Mrs. Paul. McDowell County History; A Pictorial History of McDowell County, West Virginia. Fort Worth, Texas, University Supply and Equipment Company, 1959. 975.449 M138.
  • Sowers, Auburn Daniel. Facts About McDowell County, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., 1912. 975.449 S731 Pam.
  • Welch West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Welch, McDowell County, West Virginia. s.l., n.p., n.d.; 917.5449 W439 Pam.

Maps and Gazetteers

Mason County

Migration

Military Records

Revolutionary War

  • 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.[4]

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Mason served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Mason County:

Union

- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[5]

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

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Tax Records

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

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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