Monday, September 25, 2006

Michigan Death Records, 1897-1920

Michigan Death Records, 1897-1920, Now Available at the Library:
The 1897-1920 Michigan Death Records, a brand-new resource that is available at the Library of Michigan, will benefit family history researchers across the state. The Library of Michigan is able to provide these records thanks to a generous gift from the Michigan Genealogical Council and the Abrams Foundation.

"This records set supplements the Library's existing vital records collection, which also includes Michigan death records from 1867 to 1897, and fills a gap in Michigan genealogical research," said Randy Riley, Special Collections Manager at the Library of Michigan. "These statewide records were not previously available outside of the Michigan Department of Community Health, so this is a real boost for genealogists here, and for those who travel from other states to use the Library."

Public Act 73 of 2006, sponsored by Sen. Tom George (R-Kalamazoo), calls on the state registrar to "transmit on microfilm or microfiche or by other electronic means copies of the following vital record certificates or reports or indexes of the certificates or reports from the system of vital statistics to the Library of Michigan to be made available to the public to facilitate genealogical research:"

  • Each death record certificate that is 75 years old or older.
  • Each marriage record certificate that is 75 years old or older, excluding those marriage record certificates issued under 1897 PA 180, MCL 551.201 to 551.204.
  • Each divorce record that is 75 years old or older.
  • Each birth record certificate that is 110 years old or older unless the certificate has been sealed or the disclosure of that certificate is otherwise prohibited by law