Mason County, Texas Genealogy
Guide to Mason County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places / Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Mason County Courthouse
PO Box 702
Mason, TX 76856
County Clerk has birth, death and burial records from 1903,
marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1877
and land records from 1850
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.
Places / Localities
Art | Fredonia | Hedwigs Hill |Katemcy | Loyal Valley | Mason | Pontotoc
Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.
After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.
The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.
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
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Mason County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
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.
Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.
1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.
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.
See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.
- Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records) Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
- Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
Societies and Libraries
- Mason County Historical Commission
P O Box 524
Mason, Texas 76856 website
- Mason County Library
410 Post Hill
Mason, Texas 76856
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
- TEXAS GenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county
- 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.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Wikipedia: Mason County War http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason_County_War
- Mason County Historical Commission http://www.masonchc.org/masoncountywar.html