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== Record Description ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
 
The state of Michigan required registration of deaths beginning in 1867. This collection covers deaths registered through 1897.  
 
The state of Michigan required registration of deaths beginning in 1867. This collection covers deaths registered through 1897.  
  
Two page ledger form provided by the Michigan Secretary of State. The registration ledgers are bound in volumes by year. The counties are listed alphabetically within each volume.  
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This Library of Michigan collection of Michigan death certificates features nearly 1 million records. This statewide collection offers researchers critical information in tracking Michigan ancestors during this time period. Information includes the decedent's birth date and place, parents' names and birthplace, cemetery name and location, and much more.
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The deaths are recorded on a two page ledger form provided by the Michigan Secretary of State. The registration ledgers are bound in volumes by year. The counties are listed alphabetically within each volume.  
  
 
From 1867 to 1897, the township supervisor or city assessor or supervisor annually canvassed their area and recorded the deaths that took place the year preceding the first Monday in April. The supervisor or assessor returned the results to the county clerk within 30 days of completing the canvass. Each year the county clerk forwarded the records to Secretary of State. The Secretary of State had the records bound in books, one for each year, and made an annual report to the Governor. Registration was initially very incomplete. Some counties did not report any deaths during the first three years of this statute. This law remained in effect until 1897, when the state required a death certificate be issued.&nbsp;It is believed that approximately half of the deaths were missed in the time period from 1867 until 1897.  
 
From 1867 to 1897, the township supervisor or city assessor or supervisor annually canvassed their area and recorded the deaths that took place the year preceding the first Monday in April. The supervisor or assessor returned the results to the county clerk within 30 days of completing the canvass. Each year the county clerk forwarded the records to Secretary of State. The Secretary of State had the records bound in books, one for each year, and made an annual report to the Governor. Registration was initially very incomplete. Some counties did not report any deaths during the first three years of this statute. This law remained in effect until 1897, when the state required a death certificate be issued.&nbsp;It is believed that approximately half of the deaths were missed in the time period from 1867 until 1897.  
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Deaths were recorded to serve public health needs. They are also used to probate wills and administer the deceased person’s estate.  
 
Deaths were recorded to serve public health needs. They are also used to probate wills and administer the deceased person’s estate.  
  
Death information was collected during the year following the death of the individual. The assessor or supervisor could obtain the information from anyone who had knowledge of the death. Normally it would be the spouse, parent, or child, but could be another relative, neighbor, physician, or undertaker. The information would only be as reliable as the informant’s knowledge or memory. <br>
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Death information was collected during the year following the death of the individual. The assessor or supervisor could obtain the information from anyone who had knowledge of the death. Normally it would be the spouse, parent, or child, but could be another relative, neighbor, physician, or undertaker. The information would only be as reliable as the informant’s knowledge or memory.  
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text=Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Secretary of State. Department of Vital Records, Lansing.}}
 
  
A full bibliographic record is available in the Family History Library Catalog.
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[[Michigan Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Image ===
  
== Record Content  ==
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Image:Michigan Death Register DGS 4207945 21.jpg|Death Register
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Key genealogical facts found in the Michigan death records are:
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== What Can this Collection Tell Me? ==
  
[[Image:Michigan Death Register DGS 4207945 21.jpg|thumb|right|Michigan Death Register DGS 4207945 21.jpg]]
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Information found in the Michigan death records includes:  
  
 
*Name of deceased  
 
*Name of deceased  
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*Date record was made
 
*Date record was made
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
  
Use death registers to obtain death information. You may also find burial information. The registers normally provide clues for further research, such as; names of parents, birth date, birthplace, and place of residence.  
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate date of death.
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*The place where the death occurred.
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*The names of family members and their relationships.  
  
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 compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. 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.
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452402?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own 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:<br> • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.<br> • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.<br> • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.  
 
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1452402/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Film Number (Digital Folder Number)" which takes you to the images.  
  
== Known Issues with This Collection<br>  ==
 
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Michigan Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?  ===
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*Use death registers to confirm or provide death information.  
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*Use the place and names to locate census records for the time period.  
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*Use the age to calculate the birth date.
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*Use the birth date and place to locate a birth record.
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=== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?  ===
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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*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.
  
== Related Websites  ==
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Michigan, Death Records|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog.}}
  
*[http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/pha/osr/gendisx/search2.htm Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897]
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
*[http://seekingmichigan.org/discover-collection?collection=p129401coll7 Seeking Michigan]
 
*Collection: Death Records, 1897-1920
 
  
This Library of Michigan collection of Michigan death certificates features nearly 1 million records. This statewide collection offers researchers critical information in tracking Michigan ancestors during this time period. Information includes the decedent's birth date and place, parents' names and birthplace, cemetery name and location, and much more.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Michigan Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
  
*[[Michigan|Michigan]]
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== Citing this Collection  ==
*[[Michigan Vital Records|Michigan Vital Records]]
 
  
== &nbsp;Contributions to This Article ==
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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.  
  
{{Contributor invite}}<br>  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text=Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897." Database with Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Secretary of State. Department of Vital Records, Lansing.}} <br> '''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''Image Citation''':<br> {{Image Citation Link
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].&nbsp;
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
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Record Description
Record Type Death Records
Collection years 1867-1897
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What is in the Collection?

The state of Michigan required registration of deaths beginning in 1867. This collection covers deaths registered through 1897.

This Library of Michigan collection of Michigan death certificates features nearly 1 million records. This statewide collection offers researchers critical information in tracking Michigan ancestors during this time period. Information includes the decedent's birth date and place, parents' names and birthplace, cemetery name and location, and much more.

The deaths are recorded on a two page ledger form provided by the Michigan Secretary of State. The registration ledgers are bound in volumes by year. The counties are listed alphabetically within each volume.

From 1867 to 1897, the township supervisor or city assessor or supervisor annually canvassed their area and recorded the deaths that took place the year preceding the first Monday in April. The supervisor or assessor returned the results to the county clerk within 30 days of completing the canvass. Each year the county clerk forwarded the records to Secretary of State. The Secretary of State had the records bound in books, one for each year, and made an annual report to the Governor. Registration was initially very incomplete. Some counties did not report any deaths during the first three years of this statute. This law remained in effect until 1897, when the state required a death certificate be issued. It is believed that approximately half of the deaths were missed in the time period from 1867 until 1897.

Deaths were recorded to serve public health needs. They are also used to probate wills and administer the deceased person’s estate.

Death information was collected during the year following the death of the individual. The assessor or supervisor could obtain the information from anyone who had knowledge of the death. Normally it would be the spouse, parent, or child, but could be another relative, neighbor, physician, or undertaker. The information would only be as reliable as the informant’s knowledge or memory.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Information found in the Michigan death records includes:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Gender and race
  • Age in years, months, and days
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Cause of death
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Parents' names and their residence
  • Date record was made

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of death.
  • The place where the death occurred.
  • The names of family members and their relationships.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own 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.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Film Number (Digital Folder Number)" which takes you to the images.


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

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use death registers to confirm or provide death information.
  • Use the place and names to locate census records for the time period.
  • Use the age to calculate the birth date.
  • Use the birth date and place to locate a birth record.

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.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.


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, Deaths, 1867-1897." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Secretary of State. Department of Vital Records, Lansing.
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 Deaths, 1867-1897.


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897.


How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.