Michigan Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996 .
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Michigan, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Death Index
Collection years 1971-1996
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of indexes to deaths for the years 1971 to 1996 from the Michigan Department of Vital and Health Records in Lansing. The index is provided by Ancestry.com.

Collection Content

The index lists the following information:

  • Age at Death
  • Estimated Birth Year
  • DGS Number
  • Date of Death
  • Certificate Number or page number
  • GSU Film Number
  • Image number
  • Name of Deceased
  • Name of Father
  • Name of Mother
  • Name of Spouse
  • Place of Death
  • Sex
  • Page Number

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Date of death
  • Place of death

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. Look at the list of entries created by your search. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.

Be aware that search returns may include a GS Film Number. This is not a searchable Family History Library microfilm number and will not lead you to images for your ancestor. The full record can be obtained from Michigan Department of Community Health.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Make a photocopy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following examples show ways you can use the information:

  • Use the names and relationships as a basis for compiling family groups.
  • Use the names, date, and residence or place to locate the individual or family in the census.
  • Use the names and places to locate additional records about the individual or family such as church and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.
  • Look for burial and probate records in the same location.
  • The informant is often a close relative.
  • If no birth date is given, use age listed to determine an approximate birth date.
  • If the deceased is a child, look for records of the parents.
  • Be aware that search returns may include a GS Film Number. This is not a searchable Family History Library microfilm number and will not lead you to images for your ancestor. The full record can be obtained from Michigan Department of Community Health.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
  • There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing "Michigan, Death Index." Ancestry.com. www.ancestry.com : 1998.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996.

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