Recommended for: Genealogy, local history and biography researchers.
HeritageQuest Online includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses. It offers more than 22,000 digitized book titles, including early family histories and local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records and more. It also includes Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, the Freedman’s Bank Records, and the U.S. Serial Set Private Relief Actions, Memorials and Petitions. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only - for Mason County District Library, you must access the database at the library. There is a feature to email your results to yourself at home. Click here for access.
Access WorldVitalRecords.com in the library, or in the home. Search over 5 billion Genealogy and Family History records and 28 million family trees including US and world censuses and images, military records, and 1 billion newspaper articles. Unique and exclusive local and world collections. Click here for access.
Ancestry - Library Edition makes family research easy for beginners while still providing in-depth tools for even the most advanced genealogists. Recent search enhancements offer intuitive content organization, image enhancing and simplified on-screen navigation. Plus, a new Enhanced Viewer allows nearly all content to be viewed through this one interface.
Whether you are charting your family tree, researching your ancestry or seeking information on family or social history, the resources you’ll find in this gateway will get you started or move you forward in your quest.
Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System - Click here
Offered by the Michigan Department of Community Health, search here for death records of Michigan residents who died between 1867-1897.
Local Ludington History - Click here
Information on Mason County, local town, historical settlements, early settlers, archeology, etc. available.
A searchable online index of Mason County's 31 Cemeteries. Includes maps to locate each cemetery and pictures of each grave, along with birth and death information (as available). Users may also update site information.
A Link to the index of the 31 Mason County Cemeteries. Information available is only what was inscribed on the tombstone. Survey and Indexing done prior to 1990. Cemetery listing courtesy of ludingtonmichigan.net. Additional information available at www.historicwhitepinevillage.org.
For copies of obituaries please contact: Librarian@MCDLibrary.org There is no charge for simple obituaries when full information is provided. Extended searches may require a charge.
Google Archives has many of the issues of the Ludington Daily News available online. Begin your search of Mason County obituaries with Google Archives.
Library sponsored Genealogy Classes & Workshops
A good how-to and guide for the average person who wants to start delving into family history. Includes links to website genealogy resources, ways to improve your genealogy skills, how to record your own current family's history, and links to military sites with genealogy records.