Michigan Births, 1867-1902 is a free genealogy name index with images at FamilySearch for Michigan birth registrations statewide.

The records may include:

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

“The collection consists of an index and images to Michigan statewide birth registration entries for the years 1867 to 1902. County birth records were entered into register books with multiple entries to a page. Pages are printed 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. Because of the way the births were recorded, some information may be slightly off or inaccurate. Users are advised to locate additional sources to confirm anything found in this collection.”

“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.”