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Mason County, Kentucky
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Mason County, Kentucky Facts

When was Mason County, KY Created?
Mason County was created on November 5, 1788 from Bourbon County. Currently the county was named in honor of George Mason (1725–1792), statesman known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights" .

What is the County Seat of Mason County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Maysville additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Mason County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Brown County, Ohio (north), Adams County, Ohio (northeast), Lewis County (east), Fleming County (south), Robertson County (southwest), Bracken County (west).

What cities and towns are in Mason County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Dover, Germantown, Maysville, Sardis.

Mason County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Mason County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Mason County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky 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 you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives contains birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which introduced records laws before 1911. The Archives also offers birth and death records before to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records for the entire state.

Mason County, KY Census Records

What Mason County, KY 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 1790, 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Mason Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Mason Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Mason Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Mason Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide

Mason County, KY 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 Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Mason County Clerk has three main responsibilities. One is the recording of Land records (the most common documents recorded are deeds, mortgage releases, entries, warrants, surveys, mortgages, assignments, and indexes), Probate records (may include such documents as wills, estates, letters of administration, administrators, executors, probate journals, probate packets, inventories, settlements, sales, accounts, guardianship, orphans, insolvent estates, bastardy, apprentices, insanity and adoptions) and Marriage Liscenses
    • Address: Main St., Maysville, KY, 41056
    • Phone: (606) 564-3341
    • Marriage Records: 1789
    • Land Records: 1789
    • Probate Records: 1791
  • Mason County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Mason County Justice Center, 100 W. 3rd St., Maysville, KY 41056
    • Phone: (606) 564-4340
    • Court Records: 1789
  • Mason County Tax Information and Contacts. Some early tax schedules list watercourse, value and acreage of real estate, men over age twenty-one, young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, slaves, and horses.
  •  Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989
  • Mason County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Mason County USGenWeb Archives Project

Mason County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Mason Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Mason Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Mason Co. KY General and History Websites

Mason Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Mason Co. KY Military Records

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