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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[West Virginia|West Virginia]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Mason_County,_West_Virginia|Mason County]]''  
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[West Virginia Genealogy|West Virginia]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Mason_County,_West_Virginia|Mason County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Mason County, West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
{{WVDC}}  
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{{Click|Image:WV_ORP.png|West Virginia Online Genealogy Records}}  
  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
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| founded year = 1804
 
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| founded date = January 2
| seat wl = Point Pleasant
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| seat = [[Point Pleasant, West Virginia|Point Pleasant]]
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| building address = Mason County Courthouse<br> 200 6th Street<br>Point Pleasant, WV 25550<br>Phone:304-675-1997<br>[http://www.pointpleasantwv.org/Government/County/MasonCountyHello.htm '''Mason County Website''']
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Information ===
  
[http://www.pointpleasantwv.org/Government/County/MasonCountyHello.htm Mason County Courthouse]<br>200 6th Street<br>Point Pleasant, WV 25550<br>Phone:304-675-1997
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==== Mason County, West Virginia Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1853
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853<br>Marriage and land records from 1804<br>Military records 1918<br>Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mason County, West Virginia. Page 744 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853<br>Marriage and land records from 1804<br>Military records 1918<br>Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mason County, West Virginia. Page 744 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
[http://www.masoncounty.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx Mason County, West Virginia]  
 
[http://www.masoncounty.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx Mason County, West Virginia]  
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Mason County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/westvirginia/wv-maps.html boundary changes].  
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For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Places / Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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*[[Cabell County, West Virginia|Cabell]]  
 
*[[Cabell County, West Virginia|Cabell]]  
*[[Gallia County, Ohio|Gallia County, Ohio]]
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*[[Gallia County, Ohio Genealogy|Gallia County, Ohio]]
  
 
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*[[Jackson County, West Virginia|Jackson]]  
 
*[[Jackson County, West Virginia|Jackson]]  
*[[Meigs County, Ohio|Meigs County, Ohio]]
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*[[Meigs County, Ohio Genealogy|Meigs County, Ohio]]
  
 
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
  
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==== Family Histories  ====
 
==== Family Histories  ====
  
It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:  
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This bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:  
  
 
*Locate publications about direct ancestors  
 
*Locate publications about direct ancestors  
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'''''Bibliography'''''  
 
'''''Bibliography'''''  
  
*'''[Chapman]''' Machir, Violette S. ''Some Chapman, Jolly, Rayburn and Smith Families in W.Va. &amp; Ohio''. Middleport, Ohio: Quality Print Shop, 1966. {{FHL|284481|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6017211}}.  
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*'''Chapman''' - Machir, Violette S. ''Some Chapman, Jolly, Rayburn and Smith Families in W.Va. &amp; Ohio''. Middleport, Ohio: Quality Print Shop, 1966. {{FHL|284481|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6017211}}.  
*'''[Clemens]''' Bell, Raymond Martin. ''The Ancestry of Samuel Clemens, Grandfather of Mark Twain''. Washington, Pa.: R.M. Bell, 1980. Digital version at {{FSbook|90636}}&nbsp;; {{FHL|147093|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C591brm}}.<br>  
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*'''Clemens''' - Bell, Raymond Martin. ''The Ancestry of Samuel Clemens, Grandfather of Mark Twain''. Washington, Pa.: R.M. Bell, 1980. Digital version at {{FSbook|90636}}&nbsp;; {{FHL|147093|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 C591brm}}.<br>  
*'''[Jolly]''' Machir, Violette S. ''Some Chapman, Jolly, Rayburn and Smith Families in W.Va. &amp; Ohio''. Middleport, Ohio: Quality Print Shop, 1966. {{FHL|284481|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6017211}}.  
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*'''Henderson''' - Crozier, William Armstrong. ''Virginia Heraldica: Being a Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armor, With Genealogical Notes of the Families.'' New York: The Genealogical Association, 1908. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/virginiaheraldic00croz Internet Archive] - free.
*'''[Lane]''' Quackenbush, Nancy. "Some Northern Neck Lanes," ''Magazine of Virginia Genealogy,'' Vol. 24, No. 4 (Nov. 1986):3-22. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6131 Ancestry] ($); {{FHL|478773|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vs}}.
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*'''Hornish''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/324543?availability=Family%20History%20Library Hornish family records&nbsp;: some of the descendants of Martin B. Hornish and Helena Rupert of Point Pleasant, now West Virginia (ca. 1824), Centreville, Wayne County, Indiana (ca. 1829 to 1856), and Tazewell and Peoria Counties, Illinois (1856- )]
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*'''Jolly''' - Machir, Violette S. ''Some Chapman, Jolly, Rayburn and Smith Families in W.Va. &amp; Ohio''. Middleport, Ohio: Quality Print Shop, 1966. {{FHL|284481|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6017211}}.  
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*'''Lane''' - Quackenbush, Nancy. "Some Northern Neck Lanes," ''Magazine of Virginia Genealogy,'' Vol. 24, No. 4 (Nov. 1986):3-22. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6131 Ancestry] ($); {{FHL|478773|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vs}}.
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*'''Somerville''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/128122?availability=Family%20History%20Library A brief biographical sketch of the Somerville family for seven generations&nbsp;: written from the reunion at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, July 4, 1904] digital view.
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Mason+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884890efeeea91ad:0xa96cb1fa37003159,Mason,+WV&gl=us&ei=sXuYT721AqSi2gWBuqCiBw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CCsQ8gEwAQ Mason County, West Virginia Map]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
 
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*[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Mason+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884890efeeea91ad:0xa96cb1fa37003159,Mason,+WV&gl=us&ei=sXuYT721AqSi2gWBuqCiBw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CCsQ8gEwAQ Mason County, West Virginia Map]
[http://www.us-places.com/West-Virginia/maps/Mason-County-map.htm Map Showing Mason County, West Virginia]  
 
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/firstbattle.html The Battle of Point Pleasant October 10, 1774]  
 
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/firstbattle.html The Battle of Point Pleasant October 10, 1774]  
  
*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841. Digital versions at [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. [See Virginia, Western District, Mason County on page 135.]
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*''A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]''. 1841. Digital versions at [http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/1840c-01.pdf U.S. Census Bureau] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=W7JYAAAAMAAJ Google Books] ''et. al''. 1967 reprint: {{FHL|282860|item}} 973 X2pc 1840. See Virginia, Western District, Mason County on page 135.  
*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). [Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.]
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*''Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions''. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include&nbsp;"an Added Index to States." {{FHL|287870|item}} 973 M24ur; digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48141 Ancestry] ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.  
*&nbsp;West Virginia, Civil War Service [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932429 Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865]
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*&nbsp;West Virginia, Civil War Service [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1932429 Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865]
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/westvirginia/mason.htm Mason County, West Virginia World War II Casualties Army and Air Force]
 
  
 
===== War of 1812  =====
 
===== War of 1812  =====
  
Mason County men served in the 106th Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 134. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>  
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Mason County men served in the 106th Virginia Regiment.<ref>Stuart Lee Butler, ''A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812'' (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 134. {{FHL|669440|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2bs}}.</ref>  
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===== Civil War  =====
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'''Union'''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932429|West Virginia Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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:- [[8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry|8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry]].<ref>Ronald R. Turner, ''7th West Virginia Cavalry'' (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at [http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/ Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb]; {{FHL|433287|item|disp=FHL Book 975.4 M2t}}.</ref>
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===== World War II =====
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/westvirginia/mason.htm Mason County, West Virginia World War II Casualties Army and Air Force]
  
 
==== Naturalization  ====
 
==== Naturalization  ====
  
*West Virginia, {{RecordSearch|1909003|Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}}
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*'''1814 - 1991''' - {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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[http://www.mydailyregister.com/ ''The Point Pleasant Register'']<br>200 Main Street<br>Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550<br>Telephone: 304-675-1333  
 
[http://www.mydailyregister.com/ ''The Point Pleasant Register'']<br>200 Main Street<br>Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550<br>Telephone: 304-675-1333  
  
==== [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030622%3Fcc%3D1909099 &nbsp;]Probate  ====
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==== Probate  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
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*'''1724 - 1978''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9087 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1756 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971}} at [https:/familysearch.org/ FamilySearch] — index and images
 
Mason County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030622%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Book 1834 - 1968]  
 
Mason County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030622%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Book 1834 - 1968]  
  
West Virginia {{RecordSearch|1909099|Will Books}}  
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West Virginia {{RecordSearch|1909099|Will Books}}
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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[[Virginia Tax Lists|How can West Virginia tax lists help me?]]  
 
[[Virginia Tax Lists|How can West Virginia tax lists help me?]]  
  
*'''[1805-1846] '''Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/masontax.htm "Mason County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1846,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]  
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*'''1805 - 1846''' Heinegg, Paul. [http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/masontax.htm "Mason County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1846,"] ''Free African Americans.com. ''[Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]  
*'''[1815] '''Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Mason County is included in Vol. 6.]
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*'''1815''' Ward, Roger D. ''1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer)''. 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at {{FHL|692063|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Mason County is included in Vol. 6.]
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'' Online West Virginia Tax site ''
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West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.
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Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.
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The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]  
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
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*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1806-1812, 1814-1854, 1857, 1861-1969 - free.
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==== Births  ====
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/births/mcbirths.html Mason County, West Virginia Births]
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==== Deaths  ====
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/births/mcbirths.html Mason County, West Virginia Births]
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==== Marriages  ====
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/marriages/mcmsuname.html Mason County, West Virginia Marriages]  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48420 Mason County, West Virginia Marriages, 1806-1915] at Ancestry.com ($)
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*{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1806-1812, 1814-1854, 1857, 1861-1969 - free.
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/marriages/mcmsuname.html Mason County, West Virginia Marriages]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
'''Mason County Family History Hall of Fame<br>"May we preserve their memories &amp; Contributions!"<br>Please write about deceased historians &amp; Genealogist!'''
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-society-archive/ West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
[[Mason County Genealogical-Historical Society|'''Mason County Genealogical Historical Society''']]<br>Henderson, West Virginia 25106  
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[[Mason County Genealogical-Historical Society|Mason County Genealogical Historical Society]]<br>Henderson, West Virginia 25106  
  
[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/ '''Mason County Public Library''']<br>508 Viand Street<br>Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550<br>Telephone: 304-675-0894<br>Fax: 304-675-0895  
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[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/ Mason County Public Library]<br>508 Viand Street<br>Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550<br>Telephone: 304-675-0894<br>Fax: 304-675-0895  
  
[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/hannan.htm '''Hannan Public Library''']<br>6760 Ashton Upland Road<br>Ashton, West Virginia 25503<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-743-6200  
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[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/hannan.htm Hannan Public Library]<br>6760 Ashton Upland Road<br>Ashton, West Virginia 25503<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-743-6200  
  
[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/mason_city.htm '''Mason City Public Library''']<br>8 Brown Street<br>Mason, West Virginia 25260<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-773-5580  
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[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/mason_city.htm Mason City Public Library]<br>8 Brown Street<br>Mason, West Virginia 25260<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-773-5580  
  
[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/new_haven.htm '''New Haven Public Library''']<br>P O Box 417<br>New Haven, West Virginia 25265<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-882-3252  
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[http://masoncounty.lib.wv.us/new_haven.htm New Haven Public Library]<br>P O Box 417<br>New Haven, West Virginia 25265<br>Telephone and Fax: 304-882-3252  
  
 
Source: [http://www.wvlc.lib.wv.us/html/libdirectory/county/mason.html West Virginia Library Commission Library Directory]  
 
Source: [http://www.wvlc.lib.wv.us/html/libdirectory/county/mason.html West Virginia Library Commission Library Directory]  
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
The closest family history centers are the [[Huntington West Virginia Family History Center|Huntington West Virginia Family History Center]] and the [[Charleston West Virginia Family History Center|Charleston West Virginia Family History Center]].  
 
The closest family history centers are the [[Huntington West Virginia Family History Center|Huntington West Virginia Family History Center]] and the [[Charleston West Virginia Family History Center|Charleston West Virginia Family History Center]].  
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Mason|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/mason-county/ Mason County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Mason|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv CYNDI'S List West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv CYNDI'S List West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/biographysurnames.html Biographies of Mason County, West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/mason/biographysurnames.html Biographies of Mason County, West Virginia]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohmeigs/references/mason_refs.html &nbsp;Mason County West Virginia Reference Materials]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohmeigs/references/mason_refs.html &nbsp;Mason County West Virginia Reference Materials]  
 
*[http://www.angelfire.com/oh5/flowers0/family/flowers.html Flowers Family of Mason County, West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.angelfire.com/oh5/flowers0/family/flowers.html Flowers Family of Mason County, West Virginia]  
*&nbsp;Learning How to [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Help:Contributor_Help Edit our Wiki Sites]<br>
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*&nbsp;Learning How to [[Help:Contributor Help|Edit our Wiki Sites]]<br>
  
 
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== References  ==
  
 
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Guide to Mason County, West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Mason County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Mason County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 2, 1804
County Seat Point Pleasant
Courthouse
Address Mason County Courthouse
200 6th Street
Point Pleasant, WV 25550
Phone:304-675-1997
Mason County Website


County Information

Mason County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1806 1810 1803 1805

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1853
Marriage and land records from 1804
Military records 1918
Circuit Court Clerk has divorce and court records[1]

History

Mason County, West Virginia

Parent County

1804--Mason County was created 2 January 1804 from Kanawha County.
County seat: Point Pleasant [2]

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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African American

Cemeteries

Mason County Tombstone Transcription Project
Mason County Obituaries 
West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc - Mason County
Political Graveyard Mason County, West Virginia

Church

Churches in Mason County, West Virginia

Census

For tips on accessing Mason County, West Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: West Virginia Census.


 Mason County Census Records 

Court

Family Histories

This bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

Bibliography

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War

The Battle of Point Pleasant October 10, 1774

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census]. 1841. Digital versions at U.S. Census Bureau and Google Books et. al. 1967 reprint: FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840. See Virginia, Western District, Mason County on page 135.
  • Rejected or Suspended Applications for Revolutionary War Pensions. Washington, D.C., 1852. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1969, and 1991. Reprints include "an Added Index to States." FHL Collection 973 M24ur; digital version at Ancestry ($). Includes veterans from this county; Virginia section begins on page 238.
  •  West Virginia, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
War of 1812

Mason County men served in the 106th Virginia Regiment.[3]

Civil War

Union

- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[4]
World War II

Naturalization

Newspapers

The Point Pleasant Register
200 Main Street
Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550
Telephone: 304-675-1333

Probate

Online Probate Records

Mason County, West Virginia Will Book 1834 - 1968

West Virginia Will Books

Taxation

How can West Virginia tax lists help me?

  • 1805 - 1846 Heinegg, Paul. "Mason County Personal Property Tax List, 1805-1846," Free African Americans.com. [Heinegg abstracted free blacks listed in these records.]
  • 1815 Ward, Roger D. 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners (and Gazetteer). 6 vols. Athens, Georgia: Iberian Pub. Co., 1997-2000. Available at FHL. [The source for this publication is the 1815 land tax. Mason County is included in Vol. 6.]

Online West Virginia Tax site

West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.

Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.

The search for tax information can start here

Vital Records

. Includes marriages 1806-1812, 1814-1854, 1857, 1861-1969 - free.

Births

Deaths

Marriages

. Includes marriages 1806-1812, 1814-1854, 1857, 1861-1969 - free.

Societies and Libraries

See also a List of West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Mason County Genealogical Historical Society
Henderson, West Virginia 25106

Mason County Public Library
508 Viand Street
Point Pleasant, West Virginia 25550
Telephone: 304-675-0894
Fax: 304-675-0895

Hannan Public Library
6760 Ashton Upland Road
Ashton, West Virginia 25503
Telephone and Fax: 304-743-6200

Mason City Public Library
8 Brown Street
Mason, West Virginia 25260
Telephone and Fax: 304-773-5580

New Haven Public Library
P O Box 417
New Haven, West Virginia 25265
Telephone and Fax: 304-882-3252

Source: West Virginia Library Commission Library Directory

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


The closest family history centers are the Huntington West Virginia Family History Center and the Charleston West Virginia Family History Center.

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mason County, West Virginia. Page 744 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. Stuart Lee Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 (Athens, Ga.: Iberian Pub. Co., 1988), 134. FHL Book 975.5 M2bs.
  4. Ronald R. Turner, 7th West Virginia Cavalry (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb; FHL Book 975.4 M2t.