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Mason County, Illinois
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Mason County, Illinois Facts

Mason County

When was Mason County, IL Created?
Mason County was established on January 20, 1841 from Menard County and Tazewell County. This county was named for Mason County, Kentucky, itself named after George Mason.

What is the County Seat of Mason County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Havana (prior county seats was Havana from 1841–1843, Bath from 1843–1851) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Mason County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Fulton County, Tazewell County, Logan County, Menard County, Cass County, Schuyler County

What cities and towns are in Mason County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Bath, Biggs, Bishop, Easton, Forest City, Havana, Kilbourne, Manito, Mason City, Matanzas, Natrona, Poplar City, San Jose, Saidora, Snicarte, Teheran, Topeka, Union.

What Townships are in Mason County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Kilbourne, Havana, Forest City, Allens Grove, Bath, Crane Creek, Quiver, Pennsylvania, Mason City, Lynchburg, Manito, Sherman, Salt Creek.

Mason County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Mason County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Mason County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Mason County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Mason County, IL Census Records

What Mason County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Mason County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Mason Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Mason Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Mason Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Mason County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Mason County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Mason County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Mason County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Mason County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 125 N Plum, Havana IL 62644-0077
  • Mason County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: 309-543-6661
    • Marriage Records: 1841
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1827
  • Mason County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Phone: 309-543-6619
    • Probate Records: 1841
    • Court Records: 1841
  • Mason County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Mason County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Mason County, IL?
A list of Mason County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Illinois Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Mason County, IL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Mason County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Mason County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

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Mason Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

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Mason Co. IL Military Records

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