Mason County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Mason County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Courthouse

Mason County Courthouse
PO Box 702
Mason, TX 76856
Phone: 915.347.5253

County Clerk has birth, death and burial records from 1903,
marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1877
and land records from 1850[1]

Mason County has had three courthouses.  The first one built in 1875, burned in 1877. The second courthouse was built in 1878. The current courthouse was built in 1909.



Settlement of the county began about 1846.

Parent County

1858--Mason County was created 22 January 1858 from Gillespie County and Bexar Land District. County seat: Mason [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1877 -- The first Mason County Courthouse burned on 22 January 1877 during the Mason County HooDoo War. [3] [4]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Art | Fredonia | Hedwigs Hill |Katemcy | Loyal Valley | Mason | Pontotoc

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories

Local histories are available for Mason County, Texas 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 Texas Local Histories.

  • Mason County Historical Book, 1976, by the Mason County Historical Commission.
  • Mason and Mason County: A History, 1966, revised, 1980, by Stella Gipson Polk.
  • Mason County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.


Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site




Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Societies and Libraries

  • Mason County Historical Commission
    P O Box 524
    Mason, Texas 76856 website
  • Mason County Library
    410 Post Hill
    Mason, Texas 76856
    Phone: 325-347-5446
    Fax: 325-347-6562 website
  • Mason County Museum
    210 Bryan (Northeast corner of Moody & Bryan)
    Mason, Texas 76856 information
    Hours: Thurs-Sat, 10 am-noon & 1-4 pm. Closed January & February.
  • Museum on the Square
    130 Fort McKavett (north side of the square)
    Mason, Texas 76856 website
    Hours: Thurs-Sat, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TEXAS GenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mason County, Texas. Page 669 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia: Mason County War
  4. Mason County Historical Commission