Large numbers of Kentuckians settled in frontier Mason County, Illinois.
The name of the county (Mason) is reminiscent of Mason County, Kentucky - the previous residence of many pioneer settlers.
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed online, through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the University of Illinois at Springfield - search for Mason County records.
Online Resources Illinois Public Land Purchase Records This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century.
Currently there are no Family History Centers located directly in Mason County.
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Civil War service men from Mason County served in various regiments.Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence.Available at Additional Resources Additional resources for Mason County land and property may be found online in the Family Search Catalog.Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States) and are located all over the world.Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy.
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository.