Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917 is a free collection at FamilySearch with a searchable name index and browsable images for birth records from county courthouses in Michigan.

 

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What Can I Learn from Michigan Birth Records?

The key genealogical facts found in birth or christening index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Race
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

 

How Can Birth Records Help Me Find Other Records?

With Birth Records information you can:

  • Look for the child or parents in the state or federal census and put an entire family together
  • Use the place of birth to search for other church records for this child or family
  • Use the parents’ names and child’s place of birth to search for this family in a local city directory & learn about the parents’ employment from a city directory search
  • Use the parents’ places of birth to start searching for their birth records and migration records
  • Use the child’s place of birth to search for parents’ land records
  • Use the child’s place of birth and parent’s names to search for any tax or court records
  • Estimate the parents’ marriage date–if parents married, they generally married before a child’s birth and you may be able to estimate the parents’ marriage date based on children’s birth dates
  • Use a child’s birth date to help estimate draft registration date and find draft registration records or military service records

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