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[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Michigan.htm Michigan Vital Records State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.  
 
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Michigan.htm Michigan Vital Records State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.  
  
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== Vital Records Reference Dates  ==
 
== Vital Records Reference Dates  ==
  
 
Michigan's vital records start the following years:  
 
Michigan's vital records start the following years:  
  
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== Michigan Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
 
== Michigan Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
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'''Births:'''  
 
'''Births:'''  
  
*{{RecordSearch|1459684|Michigan Births, 1867-1902}} - Free; Incomplete  
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*{{RecordSearch|1459684|Michigan Births, 1867-1902}} - Images – Free; Incomplete  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1675348|Michigan Births and Christenings, 1775-1995}} - Free, Index Only; Incomplete
 
*{{RecordSearch|1675348|Michigan Births and Christenings, 1775-1995}} - Free, Index Only; Incomplete
  
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*{{RecordSearch|1675359|Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995}} - Free, Index Only; Incomplete  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1675359|Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995}} - Free, Index Only; Incomplete  
*{{RecordSearch|1452395|Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925}} - Free; Incomplete  
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*{{RecordSearch|1452395|Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925}} - Images - Free; Incomplete
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*{{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan County Marriages, 1820-1935}} - Images - Free; Incomplete  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2092 ''Michigan Marriages to 1850''] - $, Index Only; Incomplete  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2092 ''Michigan Marriages to 1850''] - $, Index Only; Incomplete  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5299 ''Michigan Marriages, 1851-1875''] - $, Index Only; Incomplete
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5299 ''Michigan Marriages, 1851-1875''] - $, Index Only; Incomplete
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'''Deaths:'''  
 
'''Deaths:'''  
  
*[http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/pha/osr/gendisx/search2.htm ''Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897''] - Free, Index Only
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*[http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/gendisx/index.htm Michigan State Death Index, 1867-1897] Index only
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*[http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/pha/osr/gendisx/search2.htm ''Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897''] - Images - Free  
 
*[http://seekingmichigan.org/discover-collection?collection=p129401coll7 ''Michigan Deaths, 1897-1920''] - Free; Incomplete  
 
*[http://seekingmichigan.org/discover-collection?collection=p129401coll7 ''Michigan Deaths, 1897-1920''] - Free; Incomplete  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1675357|Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995}} - Free, Index Only; Incomplete  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1675357|Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995}} - Free, Index Only; Incomplete  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1452402|Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897}} - Free  
 
*{{RecordSearch|1452402|Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897}} - Free  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3171 ''Michigan Deaths, 1971-1996''] - $, Index Only; Incomplete
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3171 ''Michigan Deaths, 1971-1996''] - $, Index Only; Incomplete  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1675357 Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995]
  
 
'''Order a copy of the certificate:'''  
 
'''Order a copy of the certificate:'''  
  
*Order [http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/gendisx/index.htm Michigan Certificates] online - $
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*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Michigan.htm Michigan Certificates]
  
[[Michigan Vital Records#More_Online_Michigan_Vital_Records_Links|More Online&nbsp;Michigan Vital Records Links]]  
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<br>[[Michigan Vital Records#More_Online_Michigan_Vital_Records_Links|More Online&nbsp;Michigan Vital Records Links]]  
  
 
== Birth Records  ==
 
== Birth Records  ==
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Detroit records for births since 1893 may be obtained from:  
 
Detroit records for births since 1893 may be obtained from:  
  
'''[http://www.dethealth.org/index.php?id=128 Detroit Health Department]'''<br>1151 Taylor Street<br>Detroit, MI 48202<br>Telephone: 313-876-4133  
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'''Detroit Health Department''' <br>1151 Taylor Street<br>Detroit, MI 48202<br>Telephone: 313-876-4133  
  
 
=== State Records of Births  ===
 
=== State Records of Births  ===
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'''[http://www.michigan.gov/mdch Office of the State Registrar &amp; Center for Health]'''<br>Michigan Department of Public Health<br>3423 North Logan Street<br>P.O. Box 30035<br>Lansing, MI 48909<br>Telephone: 517-335-8000; 517-335-8666; 517-335-8655 <br>Internet:  
 
'''[http://www.michigan.gov/mdch Office of the State Registrar &amp; Center for Health]'''<br>Michigan Department of Public Health<br>3423 North Logan Street<br>P.O. Box 30035<br>Lansing, MI 48909<br>Telephone: 517-335-8000; 517-335-8666; 517-335-8655 <br>Internet:  
  
Statewide indexes to births from 1867 to 1915 and deaths from 1867 to 1914 are at the Library of Michigan. County-wide indexes are listed in:  
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*''Sourcebook of Michigan Census, County Histories, and Vital Records'' <ref>Callard, Carole, ed. ''Sourcebook of Michigan Census, County Histories, and Vital Records''. Lansing, Michigan: Library of Michigan, 1986. (Family History Library {{FHL|616453|title-id|disp=book 977.4 A3sm; fiche 6101261}}.)</ref>
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*[[Michigan Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Michigan Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
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*[[Michigan Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Michigan Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records]][[Michigan Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|)]]<br>
  
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Statewide indexes to births from 1867 to 1915 and deaths from 1867 to 1914 are at the Library of Michigan. County-wide indexes are listed in:
  
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*''Sourcebook of Michigan Census, County Histories, and Vital Records'' <ref>Callard, Carole, ed. ''Sourcebook of Michigan Census, County Histories, and Vital Records''. Lansing, Michigan: Library of Michigan, 1986. (Family History Library {{FHL|616453|title-id|disp=book 977.4 A3sm; fiche 6101261}}.)</ref><br>
  
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*[http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-60126_7116_7125_7656-287404--,00.html Central Adoption Registry]
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*[http://michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5452_7116_7125-14884--,00.html Closed Adoption Records]
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*[http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-60126_7116_7125-14050--,00.html Confidentional Intermediary Program]
  
 
== Marriage Records  ==
 
== Marriage Records  ==
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An 1867 law required the counties to send copies of the records to the Office of the State Registrar (see address above). Licenses were not required until 1887. The Family History Library has marriage records for most counties, from county creation to 1920 or later, and some indexes to the 1950s or later.  
 
An 1867 law required the counties to send copies of the records to the Office of the State Registrar (see address above). Licenses were not required until 1887. The Family History Library has marriage records for most counties, from county creation to 1920 or later, and some indexes to the 1950s or later.  
  
*'''[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Greens]].''' When a Michigan '''eloping''' couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like [[Lake County, Indiana|Crown Point IN]], or [[St. Joseph County, Indiana|South Bend IN]], or [[Steuben County, Indiana|Angola IN]].<ref name="Eakle1">Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in ''Genealogy Blog'' at http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/ (accessed 8 January 2011).</ref> Port Huron, [[St. Clair County, Michigan|St. Clair, Michigan]] was a Gretna Green for couples from [[Ontario]], especially Lambton County.<ref>Fay Lucille Lucas Bertrand, "1839-1898 Marriages St. Clair County, Michigan (Mainly Port Huron, Michigan)" in ''Granny's Genealogy Gardens'' at http://www.granniesgenealogygarden.com/Granny1/clair1.html (accessed 10 January 2011).</ref>
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*'''[[Gretna Greens in the United States|Gretna Greens]].''' When a Michigan '''eloping''' couple's marriage is not in their home county, search for it in alternate places like [[Lake County, Indiana|Crown Point IN]], or [[St. Joseph County, Indiana|South Bend IN]], or [[Steuben County, Indiana|Angola IN]].<ref name="Eakle1">;Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in ''Genealogy Blog'' at href="http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/"http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/(accessed 8 January 2011).;</ref> Port Huron, [[St. Clair County, Michigan|St. Clair, Michigan]] was a Gretna Green for couples from [[Ontario]], especially Lambton County.<ref>Fay Lucille Lucas Bertrand, "1839-1898 Marriages St. Clair County, Michigan (Mainly Port Huron, Michigan)" in [http://www.granniesgenealogygarden.com/Granny1/clair1.html Granny's Genealogy Gardens]</ref>
 
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== Death Records  ==
 
== Death Records  ==
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Detroit records for deaths since 1897 may be obtained from:  
 
Detroit records for deaths since 1897 may be obtained from:  
  
'''[http://www.dethealth.org/index.php?id=128 Detroit Health Department]'''<br>1151 Taylor Street<br>Detroit, MI 48202<br>Telephone: 313-876-4133  
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'''Detroit Health Department'''<br>1151 Taylor Street<br>Detroit, MI 48202<br>Telephone: 313-876-4133  
  
 
=== State Records of&nbsp;Deaths  ===
 
=== State Records of&nbsp;Deaths  ===
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=== '''Death Indexes'''  ===
 
=== '''Death Indexes'''  ===
  
[[Michigan Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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[http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/gendisx/search.htm Genealogical Death Indexing System ](1867-1897) &nbsp;furnished by the Michigan Department of Community Health
  
== Divorce Records  ==
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[http://www.deathindexes.com/michigan/index.html Michigan Death Records &amp; Indexes] (deathindexes.com)
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*[[Michigan, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Michigan, Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>[[Michigan Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Michigan Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>[[Michigan Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Michigan Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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=== Divorce Records  ===
  
 
The earliest records of divorce were recorded in the supreme court. Later divorce papers are usually kept by the clerk of the circuit, chancery, or county court. The Family History Library has few divorce records for Michigan. Many divorce and other vital records have been abstracted and published in genealogical periodicals.  
 
The earliest records of divorce were recorded in the supreme court. Later divorce papers are usually kept by the clerk of the circuit, chancery, or county court. The Family History Library has few divorce records for Michigan. Many divorce and other vital records have been abstracted and published in genealogical periodicals.  
  
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== Adoption Records  ==
  
== Adoption Records<br> ==
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open / closed / state statutes
  
 
== Additional Helps  ==
 
== Additional Helps  ==
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*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.<br>
 
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.<br>
  
=== [[Image:Fire.png|thumb|right|110px]]Burned, Lost, or Missing Records  ===
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For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see the following:  
 
For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see the following:  
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*[http://www.michlist.com Michigan Biographical Index] is a full-name index merging many Michigan publications and manuscripts  
 
*[http://www.michlist.com Michigan Biographical Index] is a full-name index merging many Michigan publications and manuscripts  
*USGenWeb.org [http://migenweb.com/ Michigan Site] - Free  
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*USGenWeb.org [http://www.migenweb.net/ Michigan Site] - Free  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Michigan Michigan Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com] - Free  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Michigan Michigan Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com] - Free  
 
*German Roots Links for Michigan [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Michigan Birth &amp; Marriage] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records - Free/$ This site includes all vital records, not just those of German descent.  
 
*German Roots Links for Michigan [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Michigan Birth &amp; Marriage] and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records - Free/$ This site includes all vital records, not just those of German descent.  
 
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Michigan''' or '''MI''' - Free/$  
 
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Michigan''' or '''MI''' - Free/$  
 
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Michigan/michigan.htm Michigan Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] - Free
 
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Michigan/michigan.htm Michigan Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] - Free
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*[[Michigan Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Michigan Death and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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United States Gotoarrow.png Michigan Gotoarrow.png Vital Records


Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Michigan Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Contents

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Vital Records Reference Dates

Michigan's vital records start the following years:



Births Marriages Deaths
Earliest 1867 County Formation 1867
Statewide Registration 1867 1805 1867
General Compliance 1915 1805 1915



Michigan Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Michigan Vital Records which consist of birthsmarriages, divorces, and deaths.  Most online resources for Michigan Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Births:

Marriages:

Deaths:

Order a copy of the certificate:


More Online Michigan Vital Records Links

Birth Records

County registration of births in Michigan began in 1867 and was generally complied with by 1915. You can obtain copies of a county record by writing to the county clerk. You can also obtain records of delayed registrations of births for many counties.

It is easy to determine the county where the event occurred, as according to Michigan law, no town or city crosses county lines. Towns or cities can cross township boundaries, however, the individual will be found to be living in either a town or a township, never both, although some may have the same name.

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of these records for most counties. The library's holdings often date to 1913 or later, with indexes to the 1970s. The library has the unindexed birth records from Wayne County for 1867 to 1917. They do not include records from the city of Detroit.

Detroit records for births since 1893 may be obtained from:

Detroit Health Department
1151 Taylor Street
Detroit, MI 48202
Telephone: 313-876-4133

State Records of Births

The state of Michigan has copies of the counties' vital statistics records. You can write to:

Office of the State Registrar & Center for Health
Michigan Department of Public Health
3423 North Logan Street
P.O. Box 30035
Lansing, MI 48909
Telephone: 517-335-8000; 517-335-8666; 517-335-8655
Internet:

Wiki articles desctibing online collections are found at:

Statewide indexes to births from 1867 to 1915 and deaths from 1867 to 1914 are at the Library of Michigan. County-wide indexes are listed in:

  • Sourcebook of Michigan Census, County Histories, and Vital Records [1]

Adoptions

Marriage Records

An 1805 law required registration of marriages with the clerk of the local district court. Most counties kept marriage records from the date the county was created. You can obtain copies from the county clerk's office.

An 1867 law required the counties to send copies of the records to the Office of the State Registrar (see address above). Licenses were not required until 1887. The Family History Library has marriage records for most counties, from county creation to 1920 or later, and some indexes to the 1950s or later.

Wiki articles descrbing online collections are found at:

Death Records

County registration of deaths in Michigan began in 1867 and was generally complied with by 1915. You can obtain copies of a county record by writing to the county clerk. You can also obtain records of delayed registrations of births for many counties.

It is easy to determine the county where the event occurred, as according to Michigan law, no town or city crosses county lines. Towns or cities can cross township boundaries, however, the individual will be found to be living in either a town or a township, never both, although some may have the same name.

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of these records for most counties. The library's holdings often date to 1913 or later, with indexes to the 1970s. The library has the unindexed death records from Wayne County for 1867 to 1917. They do not include records from the city of Detroit.

Detroit records for deaths since 1897 may be obtained from:

Detroit Health Department
1151 Taylor Street
Detroit, MI 48202
Telephone: 313-876-4133

State Records of Deaths

The state of Michigan has copies of the counties' vital statistics records. You can write to:

Office of the State Registrar & Center for Health
Michigan Department of Public Health
3423 North Logan Street
P.O. Box 30035
Lansing, MI 48909
Telephone: 517-335-8000; 517-335-8666; 517-335-8655
Internet:

Statewide indexes to births from 1867 to 1915 and deaths from 1867 to 1914 are at the Library of Michigan. County-wide indexes are listed in:

  • Sourcebook of Michigan Census, County Histories, and Vital Records [4]

Death Indexes

Genealogical Death Indexing System (1867-1897)  furnished by the Michigan Department of Community Health

Michigan Death Records & Indexes (deathindexes.com)

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Divorce Records

The earliest records of divorce were recorded in the supreme court. Later divorce papers are usually kept by the clerk of the circuit, chancery, or county court. The Family History Library has few divorce records for Michigan. Many divorce and other vital records have been abstracted and published in genealogical periodicals.


Adoption Records

open / closed / state statutes

Additional Helps

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths. Other substitute records.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.

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Burned, Lost, or Missing Records

For a list of record loss in Illinois counties see the following:

Substitute Records

These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.

  • Church Records: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
  • Cemetery Records: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information.  These records may also reveal family relationships.
  • Census Records: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
  • Newspapers: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices.  Also check newspaper social columns for additional information. 
  • Periodicals: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
  • Military Records:  Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information,  In addtion, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
  • Probate Records: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.
  • History:  Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.

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References

  1. Callard, Carole, ed. Sourcebook of Michigan Census, County Histories, and Vital Records. Lansing, Michigan: Library of Michigan, 1986. (Family History Library book 977.4 A3sm; fiche 6101261.)
  2.  ;Arlene H. Eakle, "Have you searched and searched for a marriage without finding it?" in Genealogy Blog at href="http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/"http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2007/02/19/have-you-searched-and-searched-for-the-marriage-without-finding-it/(accessed 8 January 2011).;
  3. Fay Lucille Lucas Bertrand, "1839-1898 Marriages St. Clair County, Michigan (Mainly Port Huron, Michigan)" in Granny's Genealogy Gardens
  4. Callard, Carole, ed. Sourcebook of Michigan Census, County Histories, and Vital Records. Lansing, Michigan: Library of Michigan, 1986. (Family History Library book 977.4 A3sm; fiche 6101261.)


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