Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897 is a free genealogy name index with images at FamilySearch for Michigan death registrations. The records may include:

  • 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

“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.”

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