March 18, 2009

Michigan Death Records Online

The Seeking Michigan site is a growing collection of unique historical information that - through digitized source documents, maps, films, images, oral histories and artifacts - creatively tells the stories of Michigan’s families, homes, businesses, communities and landscapes.

Seeking Michigan’s first major project is the digitization of roughly 1 million death records covering the years 1897 through 1920. These records - never before available electronically - are indexed for easy searching by name, death date, location and age, and hold tremendous research opportunities for genealogists, historians and students.

With plans in place to add much more material, Seeking Michigan currently includes:

More than 100,000 pages of Civil War documents;
Approximately 10,000 photographs;
A variety of Michigan sheet music;
Roughly 1 million death records;
A rich section about Michigan’s 44 past governors;
Works Progress Administration data (circa 1936-1942) about land and buildings throughout rural Michigan; and
Oral histories with notable Michigan residents.

NOTE FROM LORINE: The launch of the Michigan Death Records yesterday caused overload on the website servers. Seeking Michigan is moving to a new server and until that happens, the death records are not available. From my searches yesterday before the crash, I found several ancestors so am looking forward to them being back up and running!

2 comments:

Miriam said...

Lorine, see my post on how to get to those death certificates through the "back door."

http://ancestories1.blogspot.com/2009/03/sneaking-in-back-door-getting-michigan.html

GeneBugGrams said...

Lorine, Thanks for the alert to this new resource. You are the greatest for helping so many of us.... Diane