|Welcome to the Mason County,
Illinois ILGenWeb site
Mason County, in the western part of Central Illinois, was formed from parts of Menard and Tazewell Counties in 1841. Menard County had, itself, been formed from the northwestern portion of Sangamon County in 1838. Therefore, depending on what time frame you're researching in Mason County, records might be found in Mason, Menard, Sangamon, and/or Tazewell counties.
Covering 583.94 square miles, Mason County's population in 2010 was 14,666 as estimated by the Census Bureau.
Mason County, Illinois was named for Mason County, Kentucky, which had been named for political leader, George Mason.
There are currently 13 townships in Mason County: Allen Grove, Bath, Crane Creek, Forest City, Havana, Kilbourne, Lynchburg, Manito, Mason City, Pennsylvania, Quiver, Salt Creek, and Sherman. More information can be found at Townships.
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It occurred to me when I started posting announcements for a family reunion here in Mason County, that it might be nice to have a section on this site for people to do that. Whether the reunion is taking place in Mason County, or you want people in Mason County to know about a reunion, please send me an email at E-mail. In the meantime, check out the new Reunions Section.
New items are now being added to various sections weekly. Any major additions will be highlighted here.
More Biographies are being added. This week, some with surnames beginning with "R" have been added. Bios "R" List
Documenting Cemeteries with a Digital Camera - Excellent article
U.S. farm weeklies published in the late 19th & early 20th centuries - browseable
1940 Census is all indexed on ancestry. At this point, you may have to think outside the box when searching by name. One example, I was searching "Beal" where I knew they were. Finally, after searching by first names, I found them as "Besl." As time goes along, ancestry will have indexes updated with more possiblities under names.
"Genealogy in Time" - FREE online magazine Check it out!
There are more cemeteries to be added. Continue to check the Burial Index
Probate Index for Mason County, 1841-1973. Names are being added every week. If you're looking for a name whose letter isn't online yet, e-mail me and I can look it up in the records I'm using.
If there is anything you can help with (look-ups, etc.) that's not already listed, please e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mason County, Illinois ILGenWeb site would not exist without the contributions of generous and devoted researchers. It may take awhile to get everything up-to-date from the old e-mail address, but please keep contributing.
Mason County Coordinator
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PAGE LAST UPDATED 05 March 2013.
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Copyright 2013 by Donna Mayer.