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Mason County, Michigan Facts

Mason County

When was Mason County, MI Created?
Mason County was created on April 1, 1840 (Organized on February 13, 1855) from Mackinac County (originally named Notipekago County, until the name was changed on March 8, 1843 ). This county was named for Michigan Governor Stevens T. Mason.

What is the County Seat of Mason County, MI?
The County Seat is located in Ludington also, the county government website is www.masoncounty.net.

What counties are adjacent to Mason County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Manistee County (north), Lake County (east), Newaygo County (southeast), Oceana County (south).

What cities and towns are in Mason County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Ludington, Scottville, Custer, Fountain, Free Soil.

What Townships are in Mason County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Amber, Branch, Custer, Eden, Free Soil, Grant, Hamlin, Logan, Meade, Pere Marquette Charter, Riverton, Sheridan, Sherman, Summit, Victory.


Mason County, MI Vital Records

Where can find Mason County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Mason County vital records can be found at the Michigan Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records since 1867. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Michigan 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 Michigan Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.


Mason County, MI Census Records

What Mason County, MI 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 1840, 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 Michigan Census Records Research Guide


Mason County, MI 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 Michigan Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Mason County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 304 East Ludington Avenue, Ludington, MI 49431
  • Mason County Clerk is responsible for keeping records of births, deaths, assumed names, co-partnerships, issuing and filing marriage licenses, gun permits, notary bonds and processing passports. The date listed for each category of record is the earliest record known to exist in that county. It does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and certainly does not indicate that all such events that year were actually registered. Mason County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 231-843-8202
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1867
  • Mason County Register of Deeds is the official recording officer for all legal documents pertaining to the transfers and encumbrances of all real estate property within the County. The Register also provides permanent storage for approved original subdivision plats, condominiums, land surveys and section corners.
    • Phone: (231) 843-4466
    • Land Records: 1840
  • Mason County Clerk of the Probate Court responsibilities include adjudicating and disposes of cases involving property of persons who have died or become incompetent, interprets wills and trusts, commits the mentally ill when necessary and appoints guardians and conservators for minors, incapacitated individuals and individuals with developmental disability.
    • Phone: (231) 843-8666
    • Probate Records: 1855 
  • Mason County Clerk of the Circuit Court provides a variety of functions for the court such as, but not limited to: filing and maintaing the official record for all cases that come before the court; providing staff to assist in the operation of the court; working with the Jury Commission and notifying all potential jurors to appear for jury duty; and, processing felony criminal cases bound over from the District Court.
    • Phone: (231) 845-1445
    • Court Records: 1867
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Mason County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Mason County, MI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Mason County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is just a list that has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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Mason Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

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