Genealogy Resources



HeritageQuest Online

Census data; family records; banking records; military records; genealogies; local histories; some serials. You must access the database at the library. There is a feature to email your results to yourself.

Billions of genealogy records, including census, death, marriage and military records. is available on Library computers only. 


The subscription databases are openly accessible to all patrons from either of our library locations. Home access to the subscription databases is limited to Mason County District Library cardholders only.


World Vital Records

Access 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.

Find the best free genealogy resources for beginners and experts alike at Search for ancestors, build your family tree and much more. Click here. Biology and Genealogy Master Index

Genealogy/History. Index only. Current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.


Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System

Offered by the Michigan Department of Community Health, search here for death records of Michigan residents who died between 1867-1897.


Local Ludington History

Information on Mason County, local town, historical settlements, early settlers, archeology, etc. available.


Find A Grave - Mason County

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. 


Mason County Cemetery Index online

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 Additional information available at


For copies of local obituaries please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. There is no charge for simple obituaries when full information is provided. Extended searches may require a charge.


Google Archives

Google Archives has many of the issues of the Ludington Daily News available online. Begin your search of Mason County obituaries with Google Archives.


History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy

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.



A large, free database with over one billion indexed records online.