Welcome to Seeking Michigan! As a partner in the site, The Library of Michigan is excited to make these Michigan death certificates for the years 1897 to 1920 freely available online. The years 1915 to 1920 are particularly significant, as a readily available statewide index did not exist previously.
There are terrific ancestral discoveries just waiting to be made in this statewide collection. Take Guy Robinson, for example. His death certificate is exceptionally detailed, even more so than usual. Guy died 17 May 1914 in Delta Township, Eaton County. In addition to both his parents’ names (his mother’s maiden name, too), the certificate identifies his mother’s specific county of birth – Dodge County, Wisc. Guy’s father’s birthplace is even more specific – Woodland Township, Barry County, Mich., as is his own – Oneida Township, Eaton County, Mich. Guy’s burial was at Union Cemetery in Eaton County, perhaps at a family plot there. The certificate’s informant was Guy’s father, Loell Robinson, giving a certain validity to the information. If this were your “Guy,” you’d be ecstatic.
Currently, there are about 250,000 of the approximately 1,000,000 certificates on this site, or about 25 percent of the total collection. We’ll be adding additional records regularly in the next few weeks, so check back often.
So what years and counties are here? The list below details what records are currently available; [incomplete] means that particular county (or Detroit) is not yet fully loaded, not that the whole run of counties listed is incomplete. Remember that the Library of Michigan will be regularly adding records in the coming weeks.
Lenawee – Midland [incomplete]
Alcona – St. Clair
St. Joseph – Wexford
Gratiot – Ionia [incomplete]
Menominee – Washtenaw [incomplete]
Alcona – Crawford
Midland – Wexford
Alcona – WexfordDetroit [incomplete]
Alcona – Wexford
Delta – Gratiot [incomplete]
Lapeer [incomplete] – Detroit [incomplete]
Genesee [incomplete] – Wexford
Alcona – Berrien [incomplete]
Kalamazoo [incomplete] – Wexford
We hope you enjoy Seeking Michigan and wish you happy searching. I hope you find your “Guy!”