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Mason County, West Virginia
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Mason County, West Virginia Facts

Mason County

When was Mason County, WV Created?
Mason County was established on January 2, 1804 from Kanawha County. The county was named in honor of George Mason (1725-1792), U.S. Constitutional Convention "Father of the Bill of Rights".

What is the County Seat of Mason County, WV?
The County Seat is located in Point Pleasant and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Mason County, WV?
Bordering Counties are Meigs County, Ohio (north), Jackson County (east), Putnam County (southeast), Cabell County (southwest), Gallia County, Ohio (west).

What cities and towns are in Mason County, WV?
Cities and towns located in the County include Apple Grove, Arbuckle, Ashton, Clifton, Gallipolis Ferry, Glenwood, Grimms Landing, Hartford, Hartford City, Henderson, Lakin, Leon, Letart, Mason, New Haven, Point Pleasant, Robertsburg, Southside, West Columbia

Mason County, WV Vital Records

Where can find Mason County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Mason County vital records can be found at the West Virginia Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records from January 1917 to present; marriage records from 1921 to present and divorce records from 1968 to present. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in West Virginia 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 West Virginia Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Mason County, WV Census Records

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

Mason Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Mason Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found 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 West Virginia Census Records Research Guide

Mason County, WV 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. Until 1863 West Virginia was part of Virginia, See Virginia for Info and links for years prior to 1863. See Also West Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Mason County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 Sixth Street, Point Pleasant, WV 25550
  • Mason County Clerk has many duties which include some of the following: the issuance of marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, record births, marriages and deaths in the county, serve as the recorder of all documents, prepare and send to all heirs a Notice to Redeem and take care of publications, redemptions or recording deeds with regard to delinquent property, issue military service discharge records and probate wills and assist in administration of estates.
    • Phone: 304-675-1997
    • Birth / Death Records: 1853
    • Marriage Records: 1806
    • Land Records: 1803
    • Probate Records: 1805 
  • Mason County Clerk of Circuit Court has many responsibilities which include some of the following: Serve as the Clerk to the Circuit and Family Court, Issue mesne (during the progress of a case) process, Issue final process to enforce and execute judgements, Appoint guardian ad litem where required, Responsible for all papers filed in the office; serve as registrar, recorder and custodian for all pleadings, documents and funds pertaining to cases filed in circuit court and family court, Responsible for the administration and management of the petit and grand jury systems in the county.
    • Phone: 304-675-4400
    • Court Records: 1805 

Mason County, WV Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Mason County, WV?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Mason County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a list which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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Mason Co. WV Church & Cemeteries

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Mason Co. WV Military Records

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