Seeking Michigan Adds Free Death Records

Seeking Michigan Adds Free Death Records

The historical records site Seeking Michigan has added Michigan death certificates from 1897 to 1920. You can search athe index and click to view a record—free.Run a basic search by name or construct an advanced search by typing keywords and assigning a data field for each term (such as...

The historical records site Seeking Michigan has added Michigan death certificates from 1897 to 1920. You can search athe index and click to view a record—free.

Run a basic search by name or construct an advanced search by typing keywords and assigning a data field for each term (such as first name, last name, city/village/township, etc.). The advanced search is the same for all Seeking Michigan’s collections, so scroll to the bottom of each field pull-down menu for fields specific to the death records.

To browse the death records, click View Collection next to the basic search box (or just use this link).

The records are available through a partnership with the Library of Michigan. Also on Seeking Michigan, you’ll find Civil War photographs and records, WPA property invoices (documents describing the land, buildings and surroundings of building in rural Michigan), oral histories, maps and more. Here’s an overview of the collections.

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  1. Your article is incomplete. The records are available through a partnership of the Library of Michigan "and the Archives of Michigan." In addition, as of March 19, 2009 the database has only about 250,000 death records posted. This came to me directly from a library staff person. More will be added in the future. So readers should not be disappointed if they cannot locate their family records. 75% of the Michigan death records have not yet been posted. We will all have to watch for the weeks ahead. On the new web page click on the tab in the upper right corner marked "Look." That will lead to a blog that shows what has been posted so far. Happy Hunting.

  2. Looks to me like the advanced search is broken. I searched the death records for first name Daniel, last name Lake. It finds hundreds of hits in Lake township, none I checked having the decedent’s last name Lake.