Michigan Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Michigan Births, 1867-1902 .

Record Description

This Collection will include records from 1867 to 1902.

County birth records were entered into register books with multiple entries to a page. Pages are preprinted and entries are handwritten.

Clerks of each County Court recorded births that were reported by parents, doctors, and midwives, beginning in 1867. This information was then sent to the secretary of the state. From 1867 to 1879, about 15% to 20% of the births were recorded; from 1880-1902, coverage increased to about 60% to 70%.

The state required counties to begin recording births to document the occurrence of a birth and to track public health issues.

Information on birth records is generally reliable, though there is always the chance of misinformation.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org. Source citations include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Michigan, Births, 1867-1902." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Secretary of State. Department of Vital Records, Lansing.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in Michigan birth records include:

  • Birth date and place of birth
  • Name of child
  • If still-born, illegitimate, or twin
  • Gender
  • Color or race
  • Names of parents, father's occupation and their residence
  • Birth place of father
  • Birth place of mother
  • Date and number of record

How to Use the Records

Birth records are the best source of birth information after 1867. Use the family residence at time of birth to find other records about the family. Use the parents' names to search for information about them and earlier generations.

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors 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 look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. 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.

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Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Michigan Births, 1867-1902."  database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 25 March 2011. entry for James Bler, born 12 June 1877; citing Birth Records, FHL microfilm 4,206,432; Michigan Department of Vital Records, Lansing, Michigan.