Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996
Beginning April 5, 1867, the State of Michigan required cities and townships to take an annual assessment of births and deaths. Statewide registration of marriages also started in 1867. Michigan instituted a statewide divorce registration in 1897. Michigan Death Index covers the years from 1971 to 1996, making this database of particular interest to those with relatives from Michigan. Each entry includes the following information: the full name of the decedent, gender, birth and death dates, the state, county and town of residence at time of death, and a link to order a copy of the original record.
- Michigan Death Records, 1867-1897 index plus scanned images from the death ledgers (free)
- Michigan Death Records, 1897-1952 from Seeking Michigan includes scanned images of the death certificates from 1897-1941; 1942-1952 is index only (free)
- Michigan Death Records, 1867-1950 includes scanned death registers from 1867-1897; and scanned death certificates from 1897-1941; 1942-1950 is index only.
To obtain additional Michigan vital records:
- Contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Vital Records Requests, P.O. Box 30721, Lansing MI 48909, or call 517-335-8666.