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ADOPTION 

Adoption Registry Information by State
A listing of adoption registry contact information for every state in PDF form. This list comes from the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.

Central Adoption Registry
This site is maintained by the Michigan Department of Human Services and contains former parent and adult former sibling statements giving consent or denial to have information about themselves released to an adult adopted person.

Cyndi's List: Adoption
Contains many links to adoption Web sites.

International Soundex Reunion Registry
A mutual consent reunion registry for family members who have been separated from each other by adoption, divorce, foster care institutional care, abandonment, etc.

Michigan Searching
Adoption search and support information for those affected by the closed records adoption system in Michigan.

 


CENSUS
 

Cyndi's List: U.S. Census

Enumeration Forms
1850 to 2000.

Historical Census Browser
This fascinating site can provide statistical data drawn from the census for any state or county from 1790 to 1960.  Maps showing population density or other data for a specific county can be produced.

1870 Michigan Census
Digitized images of the 1870 census for all counties in Michigan.

 


COMPUTER SOFTWARE
 

Genealogy Software Review 2010
From Top Ten Reviews consumer site.

Genealogy Software Reviews: Product Reviews, Comparison Reports
Consumer Search that reviews and compares a variety of genealogy programs.

GenSoftReviews
Genealogy software reviewed and rated by users.

 


ETHNIC RESOURCES
 

AfriGeneas
African-American genealogy research tips and tools.

AfriQuest
Free research site devoted to African American genealogy.

English Versions of Foreign Names (PDF)
Includes Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Slovakian, Russian and Yiddish names.

Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Part A: African American 1870 to Present (PDF)
From FamilySearch.

Finding Records of Your Ancestors: Tracing Your Jewish Ancestors, From the United States to Europe 1850 to 1930
From FamilySearch.

Index of Polish Parish Records
This is an index to names in Polish parish records which have been microfilmed by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Some American parishes are also included.  This database allows you to search for a Polish ancestor and receive information about which microfilm contains the filmed record.  Microfilm rolls can be requested on a loan basis for a nominal processing fee from all Family History Centers or through their affiliate library program.  Brighton District Library is pleased to be one of the FamilySearch affiliate libraries through which these microfilms may be ordered.  Information on ordering FamilySearch microfilms may be obtained at Brighton District Library's Information Desk.

Information Wanted
A database of advertisements for Irish immigrants published in the Boston Pilot from October 1831 to October 1921.

Irish Ancestors
Surnames, magazine searching, and place names.

Italian Genealogy
Useful starting points for exploring Italian heritage.

Jewish Genealogy Home Page
JewishGen Discussion Group, the JewishGen Family Finder (a database of nearly 200,000 surnames and towns), the comprehensive directory of InfoFiles, ShtetLinks for more than 200 communities, and a variety of databases such as the ShtetlSeeker and Jewish Records Indexing-Poland.

 


GENERAL
 

Abbreviations Found in Genealogy
From the Rhode Island USGenWeb Genealogy and History Project.

Ancestry.com
Genealogy databases. The Social Security Death Index is available for no charge.

Caring for Your Collections
From the Library of Congress.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Searchable directory of all newspapers published in the United States. Access newspapers from six states from 1900 to 1910. All the newspapers digitized through the National Digital Newspaper Program eventually will be available through this site. From the Library of Congress.

Cyndi's List
Comprehensive collection of Internet genealogy resources.

DAR Genealogical Research System
Search for Revolutionary War ancestors, their descendants and DAR members, find materials in the DAR catalog and more.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
Genealogy news and events.

Everton Publishers Inc.
Forty databases with more than 85 million names. Some members-only.

Family History Archive
Digitized collection of family histories and other books significant to genealogists, such as biographies, city and county histories, city directories and more. Search by surname, title or author. Narrow your search by keyword to search the full text of documents.

FamilySearch
Genealogy resources from the Church of Latter-day Saints.

FamilySearch Labs
Showcases new family history technologies to solicit user feedback to help refine ideas and bring them to market.

Find a Grave
Search for graves.

Fold3.com
The Library of Michigan offers on-site access to this subscription Web site. In addition to records from the National Archives, Fold3 has photos, town records, newspapers and more. Its newspaper holdings include some issues of two Michigan newspapers, the Clare County Review (1989, 1994, 2004 and 2005) and the Montmorency County Tribune (2003, 2004 and 2005).

GenealogyBank
This subscription site allows users to search indexes for free. The Historical Newspapers collection includes The Grand Rapids Press, 1901-1922, the Jackson Citizen Patriot, 1849-1858, and many more.

Genealogy Genius
Download U.S. census form templates in Word format.

Genealogy Resources by State
Links to genealogy information for each state. From USA.gov, the U.S. government's official Web portal.

Gravestone Preservation
Tips for cleaning different types of stones.

Making of America
A digital library of primary sources in American social history. It includes the University of Michigan's yearbook, Michiganensian, from 1897 to 1931; some volumes of the Michigan Historical Collections and more.

MeL Genealogy
From the Michigan eLibrary. Web sites recommended by librarians and databases including Heritage Quest, available to all Michigan residents.

One-Step Web Pages by Stephen P. Morse
Additional tools for searching databases such as Ellis Island, Castle Garden and the census.

Online Historical Directories
Links to online city directories organized by location and in date order.

Online Newspaper Directory
United States newspaper list, with links, from GenealogyBuff.com.

Preparing, Protecting, Reserving Family Treasures
From the Library of Congress.

RootsWeb
Genealogy databases, message boards and research tips.

Rudy's List of Archaic Medical Terms
A collection of archaic medical terms and their old and modern definitions.

Social Security Enrollment Applications
Describes information contained in application; generates request to Social Security Administration.

USGenWeb Project
Grassroots project to put genealogy information online for each county in the United States. Each state has a page listing types of records available.

USGenWeb Search Us
Search each state's genealogy Web pages on USGenWeb.

 


HISTORY
 

American History and Genealogy Project
Network of independent sites covering North America.

National Orphan Train Complex
Between 1854 and the 1920s, an estimated 200,000 orphaned, abandoned or homeless children were moved around the country by train and placed with farm families in what is known as the Orphan Train Era.

 


IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION
 

1819 to 1820 U.S. Passenger List
Arrivals in 35 ports in 14 states and the District of Columbia between October 1819 and September 1820.

Archives of Michigan Naturalization Indexes
Indexes to naturalization records for some Michigan counties.

CastleGarden.org
A database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 to 1892.

Ellis Island Records
Original ship manifests including more than 22 million passengers and ship crew members that passed through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
Transcripts by year and ship. Not searchable by name.

Manifest Markings: A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations
A guide to interpreting the markings and annotations found on immigration passenger lists.

National Archives Naturalization Records
Name indexes to some naturalization records.

 


INTERNATIONAL SOURCES
 

1901 Census of England and Wales
Comprehensive name index to more than 32 million individuals.

1911 Census of England and Wales
Search the index for free. Viewing transcripts and digitized images of original census pages requires buying credits.

Australian Family History Compendium
Australian genealogical records on the Internet.

British Columbia Archives Vital Events Indexes
Births, 1872 to 1903; marriages, 1872 to 1930; deaths, 1872 to 1985; colonial marriages, 1859 to 1872; baptisms, more than 120 years old.

Census of Ireland 1911
Returns for Antrim, Cork, Donegal, Down, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, King's County and Wexford. Ongoing.

GENUKI: UK and Ireland Genealogy

Griffith's Valuation Family Name Search
Search surnames and place names in Griffith's Valuation. Also has townland maps with the tenement numbers and lot boundaries overlaid.

Griffith's Valuation Index, Province of Ulster
Ireland's Valuation office conducted its first survey of property ownership in Ireland from 1848 to 1864. The surveyors started this task in the very south of the country so the valuations for Cork or Waterford date from 1848 while the Province of Ulster was last to be valued between 1858 and 1864.

London's Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital
Information about 84,000 child patients treated between 1852 and 1914.

Worldwide Genealogy Resources
Sites for individual countries and regions.

 


LAND RECORDS AND MAPS
 

Historical Maps of the United States
From the University of Texas at Austin.

Land Patents
Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office land patents prior to 1908.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist
A searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company. Find date and place information for maps made by the Sanborn Map Company.

 


LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES
 

Archives of Michigan Circulars
Guides identify records on a given topic.

Bentley Historical Library
Part of the University of Michigan.

Brigham Young University Family History Archive

Burton Historical Collection
Part of the Detroit Public Library.

Clarke Historical Library
Part of Central Michigan University.

Cyndi's List: Libraries, Archives and Museums Index

LDS Family History Centers

Library of Michigan Genealogy Collection Guides

Library of Michigan Genealogy Collection virtual tour

Michigan Technological University Archives & Copper Country Historical Collections

National Archives

National Archives Access to Archival Databases
Access online indexes and records from the National Archives. Only a small percentage of NARA's records and indexes are available online.

National Archives Archival Research Catalog
Search for keyword, digitized image or location. Search by organization, person or topic using advanced function.

National Archives Genealogy Page
Finding aids, guides and research tools to prepare for a visit or request records.

National Archives Microfilm Rental Program

National Archives Passport Records
Passport applications from October 1795 to March 1925. The U.S. Department of State has passport applications from April 1925 to present.

National Archives Records Available Online on Footnote
Digital images of some records preserved in the National Archives.

Public Libraries of Saginaw

Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History

 


MICHIGAN
 

50 Best Michigan Genealogical Resources
Wide range of resources covering different time periods and groups of people.

1870 Michigan Census
Indexes family names in each household in every county and township in Michigan in 1870. Compiled by the Library of Michigan.

African American Clippings Index Search
Includes about 70 newspapers from around Michigan, as well as Chicago. From the Grand Rapids Public Library.

American Ancestors of Michigan Governors
Information available in several formats.

Cass City Newspapers
Searchable scanned images of the Cass City Chronicle and the Cass City Enterprise dating to the 1800s. From the Rawson Memorial Library in Cass City.

Index to the Battle Creek Enquirer
Battle Creek newspapers indexed from 1852 to 1962, and 1975 to present. On the Advanced Search page in the catalog, select Local Newspaper Index under the Library dropdown menu to search this index.

Indexes to Michigan Newspapers
A finding aid to indexes to Michigan newspapers available at libraries around the state and electronically.

Kalamazoo Public Library Local Indexes & Community Information
Kalamazoo Gazette, complete subject and name index, 1972 to 2005; Kalamazoo Gazette obituaries, 1857 to 1888, with more date information available from the Kalamazoo Public Library. When searching the database, select Local Indexes & Community Information under the library drop-down menu and choose a subject search.

Lake Orion Review
Most of the issues of the Lake Orion Review published since 1935, plus many older issues. To search, click on the "Lake Orion Review" link in the "Choose an Index" column on the lefthand side. From Orion Township Public Library.

Leelanau Cemetery Database
A listing of the text on every gravestone in the county. Ongoing project.

Macomb County Cemetery Master Index
A guide to the cemetery transcription work done by the Mount Clemens Public Library and the Macomb County Genealogy Group.

Making of Modern Michigan
Digitized local history materials, such as photographs, family papers, oral histories and genealogical materials, from around the state.

Making of Modern Michigan Newspapers
Primarily images from the Gobles News of Van Buren County for 1925 to 1932.

Michigan Biographical Index
Name index of many Michigan publications and manuscripts.

Michigan Cemetery Sources
Lists published cemetery transcriptions located at the Library of Michigan. Identifies the location of more 3,700 cemeteries in Michigan. Links to online cemetery transcriptions.

Michigan Centennial Farms
The Centennial Farm Program is intended to recognize farms that have remained in the same family for a hundred years or more and highlight the family farm's contributions to Michigan's development.

Michigan County Clerks Directory
Contact information, hours and genealogy research procedures.

Michigan County Histories
Digitized reproductions of Michigan county atlases and histories dating from 1866 to 1926. Ongoing project.

Michigan Disasters
Articles and photos from the events that affected ancestors' lives.

Michigan Genealogist Newsletter
Genealogy newsletter from the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries.

Michigan Grand Army of the Republic Records
List of known Michigan G.A.R. records and location.

Michigan Historical Collections
Digitized reproduction of Michigan Historical/Pioneer Collection.

Michigan Newspaper Holdings at the Library of Michigan
List of Michigan newspapers on microfilm, organized by county.

Michigan Poorhouse History
Photos and links to more information on Michigan poorhouses.

Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Collection
Information on more than 3,000 one-room schools in the state. Maintained by Van Buren District Library in Decatur.

MIGenWeb Project

Mount Clemens City Directory Master Index
Business and personal names for various years between 1896 and 1926. Ongoing.

Saginaw Cemeteries Search
Records from Brady Hill, Forest Lawn and Oakwood cemeteries. An ongoing cooperative effort by the Public Libraries of Saginaw and the City of Saginaw.

Saginaw City Directories 1866-1934

Sault Ste. Marie Evening News Index
Evening News, 1888 to present; other Sault Ste. Marie papers, 1887 to 1903. Ongoing.

Seeking Michigan
The online collection of the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries. Ongoing.

Shiawassee County Surname File
Searchable database of genealogy card index at the Shiawassee District Library.

Statewide Search for Subdivision Plats
Includes all plats in the State of Michigan beginning with the plats created under the 1821 territorial act for recording town plats. From the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

Women's History Clippings Index Search
Includes about 70 newspapers from around Michigan, as well as Chicago. From the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Woodmere Cemetery Research
Online index to burials at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit. Ongoing project.

Wyandotte City Directories
Digitized directories between the years 1898 and 1936.

 


MILITARY
 

American Battle Monuments Commission Burial Listings
Burial information for some soldiers in the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

American Civil War Homepage
Histories, bibliographies, documentary records, rosters and regimental histories.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
The National Parks Service database contains very basic facts about servicemen who served on either side during the Civil War.

Index to Descriptive Recruitment Lists of Volunteers for the United States Colored Troops for the State of Missouri, 1863-1865
More than 5,500 entries. Browse by recruits' names or by slave owners' names.

Institute of Heraldry
Information on United States Army heraldic entitlements, including images of badges, insignia, decorations and medals, and how they are displayed, and how and why it is worn.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator
Database listing burial locations of veterans and their family members in Veterans Affairs' national cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries and other military cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.

Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion
30-volume set. Browse down first page to see links to individual volumes listed under "United States. Naval War Records Office."

United States Army Heritage and Education Center

U.S. Army Heritage Collection Online
From the Special Collections Branch of United States Army Military History Institute. Users may search for books and digitized manuscripts, letters and photos. Digital Documents include digitized versions of manuscripts, published materials, photographs, artifacts, authority documents and finding aids.

U.S. Military Academy at West Point Alphabetical Locator of Graduates and Former Cadets
A listing of every cadet admitted to West Point from its formation in 1802 to 2000, whether they graduated or not.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
The Virtual Wall of the 58,000 who are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Maintained by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

The Wall USA: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Database of those listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Maintained by veterans of the 4th Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment.

The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies
70-volume set. Browse down page to links to individual volumes listed under "United States. War Dept."

 


NATIVE AMERICAN RESOURCES
 

All Things Cherokee: Joining the Nation - What Is Required?
An article with information about tracing Cherokee heritage.

Association on American Indian Affairs FAQ
Some information on establishing Native American heritage.

Association on American Indian Affairs Researching Your Ancestry

Bureau of Indian Affairs: How Do I Trace Indian Ancestry?

Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry (PDF)
From the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Historical Maps of Indian Land
Keyword search for "Indians of North America" yields a number of maps on this Library of Congress site.

Immigration... Destroying the Native American Cultures
A look at the impact of immigration on Native Americans. From the Library of Congress American Memory Project.

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet

Indian Reservations in the Continental United States
Map numbers indicate the locations of Indian reservations within the continental United States. Both Federal and State Reservations are displayed. The key to reservation names is available on the accompanying map index linked at the top of the page. From the National Parks Service.

Native American History in Michigan
Includes a map of Native American trails. From the Arts of Citizenship Program at the University of Michigan.

Native American Records at the National Archives

Native American Resources
Links selected by Isabella County MIGenWeb.

Native Nations
Links to pages that have either been set up by the nations themselves, or are pages devoted to a particular nation, and are alphabetical by tribal name.

Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry
A PDF from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

Tribal Governments in Michigan
Michigan is home to 12 federally acknowledged Indian tribes. From the State of Michigan.

 


SOCIETIES AND ASSOCIATIONS
 

Association of Professional Genealogists

Cyndi's List: Societies and Groups
Education, events, activities, libraries, archives and museums, professional researchers, message boards and volunteer online regional projects.

Federation of Genealogical Societies

Gratiot County Historical and Genealogical Society

Michigan Genealogical Council

Michigan Genealogical Council: Member Organizations
Contact information for member genealogy societies.

National Genealogical Society
Service organization for the national genealogical community. Provides online classes and genealogical standards.

 


STATE AND REGIONAL SOURCES
 

1895 U.S. Atlas
State and county maps from the Rand McNally Corporation.

Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy
Information from documents from Louisiana, Texas, France and Spain regarding the slave trade. Includes African slave names, genders, ages, occupations, illnesses, family relationships, ethnicity, places of origin, prices paid by slave owners, and slaves' testimony and emancipations.

Atlases of New York City
1850s to 1940s. From the New York Public Library.

Chicago, 1900-1914
Scans of maps held at the University of Chicago Library's Map Collection.

Chicago Ancestors
Share historical information about Chicago. From the Newberry Library.

Colonial Connecticut Records
Digitized volumes of the Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636 to 1776.

Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection
Digital versions of newspapers found on microfilm at the Colorado Historical Society's Stephen H. Hart Library. Coverage from 1859 to 1923.

Early California Population Project
California's historic mission registers, which include baptism, marriage, and burial records of each of the California missions. Information on the Indians, soldiers and settlers of Alta California from 1769 to 1850.

Encyclopedia of Chicago

Freedmen's Bureau Online
Transcribed records of the Bureau arranged by state.

Genealogy Research Guides - State Census Records

Historic Pittsburgh
Online access to a portion of the archival and manuscript collections held by several local cultural heritage institutions in Pittsburgh. Offerings include images, maps and books.

Indiana WPA Vital Records Microfilm Index
Guide lists county, record type and date range for each microfilm reel of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) Indexes to Indiana County Vital Records. This microfilm set is available at the Library of Michigan.

Iowa Old Press
Transcriptions of many Iowa newspapers from the 1800s and early 1900s.

Louisiana Biography and Obituary Index
More than 650,000 names from obituaries and death notices published in New Orleans newspapers from 1804-1972 and biographical information published in older Louisiana collective biographies. From the Louisiana Division of New Orleans Public Library.

Milwaukee Waterways
Photographs of the city of Milwaukee from the late 19th century to the present, of the Port of Milwaukee and Great Lakes vessels.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
The homepage of one of the nation's largest genealogical organizations. Access the society's databases at the Library of Michigan.

New York State Newspaper Project
New York newspapers on microfilm at the New York State Library by city of publication.

Northern New York Historical Newspapers
Online access to selected historical newspapers from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.

Ohio Memory
Primary sources from archives, historical societies, libraries and museums.

PA's Past
Digitized Pennsylvania county histories, atlases, Civil War regimental histories and other materials. From Penn State Libraries, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State Library in Harrisburg, the Free Library in Philadelphia and the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh.

Pennsylvania State Archives
Card files for Civil War veterans, Revolutionary War, World War I and more.

Rediscovering New York History and Culture
From the New York State Archives. Lists organizations collecting and making historical records available around New York. Provides contact information for record holders.

Philly History
Images from the Philadelphia City Archive.

Richmond Daily Dispatch
November 1860 to December 1865.

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Historical county plat maps from South Central Wisconsin and early Madison city directories.

Virginia Land Office Patents and Grants
Land patents issued prior to 1779; land grants issued by the Virginia Land Office after 1779; grants issued in the Northern Neck from 1692 to 1862; and original and recorded Northern Neck surveys.

Wyoming Newspaper Project
Selected years, ranging from 1867 to 1922, of more than 200 titles, including The Cheyenne Daily Leader, The Laramie Sentinel, The Natrona County Tribune, The South Pass News, The Torrington Telegram and The Inter-Mountain Globe. Ongoing.

 


VITAL RECORDS: MICHIGAN
 

Barry County Clerk's Office Vital Records Indexes
Death index starts in 1867; marriage index in 1839.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Access through the Brighton District Library.

Branch County Clerk's Office Vital Records
Death index.

Brighton District Library Obituary Index
Livingston County Press & Argus (formerly the Brighton Argus), 1880 to 2008.

Calhoun County Clerk Death Index
1969 to present.

Charlevoix Courier Obituary Database

Obituaries published in the Charlevoix Courier from 1900 to present.  Ongoing project.

Cheboygan County Index to Deaths and Marriages
Index to deaths from 1867 to 1933 and marriages from 1869 to 1925.

Chelsea District Library Family History Index Online
15,500 obituary entries for Chelsea residents from its founding in 1834 to the present.

Clinton County Births to 1900 from Newspapers and Other Sources
Abstracted and compiled by the Genealogists of the Clinton County Historical Society.

Clinton County Death Record Search
1934 to present.

Clinton County Deaths from Newspapers and Other Sources
Abstracted and compiled by the Genealogists of the Clinton County Historical Society.

Clinton County Marriage Record Search
1927 to 2007.

Clinton County Marriages 1863 to 1900
Abstracted and compiled by the Genealogists of the Clinton County Historical Society.

Clinton County Marriages 1901 to 1940
Abstracted and compiled by the Genealogists of the Clinton County Historical Society.

Delta County Genealogical Society Indexes
Births, 1867 to 1915; divorces, 1883 to 1949; marriages, 1862 to 1927; probates, 1873 to 1975.

Diamond Drill (Iron County) Obituary Index
1907 to 1996. Browsable.

Free Obituaries Online: Michigan
Links to sites containing obituaries, and death and funeral notices.

GENDIS (Genealogical Death Indexing System)
Michigan Department of Community Health Death Index, 1867 to 1882.

Genesee County Clerk's Vital Records Services
Death index begins in 1930; marriage index begins in 1963.

Genesee County Birth Index
1878 to 1907.

Genesee County Death Index
1867 to 1930.

Genesee County Marriage Index
1867 to 1934.

Grand Traverse County Records
Death and marriage indexes.

Ingham County Democrat Newspaper Index
Name index to the deceased, 1876 to 1915.

Ingham County Records
Indexes to deaths, 1986 to present, and marriages, 1992 to present.

Users must register at no charge to search the indexes.

Isabella County Enterprise: Births, Deaths, Marriage Licences and Marriages
Newspaper transcriptions, 1875 to 1900.

Isabella County Obituary Index
Obituaries published in Mount Pleasant newspapers.

Isabella County Online Vital Statistics Index
Transcriptions of births, 1867 to 1904; deaths, 1867 to 1924; marriages, 1857 to 1890.

Kalamazoo County Vital Records
Birth index, 1867 to 1909; birth records, 1867 to 1903; death index, 1867 to 1975; death records, 1867 to 1916; marriage index, 1831-1975; marriage records, 1831 to 1941.

Kent County Clerk's Office
Death index for 1989 to present; marriage index,1989 to present.

Leelanau Enterprise Obituary Archive
1999 to May 2003.

Lenawee County Newspaper Extractions
Death and marriage notices transcribed from Adrian and other area newspapers, 1850s to 1870s.

Livingston County Michigan Death Index
1867 to 1948.

Macomb County Clerk
Death index from 1960 to present. Also includes some pre-1960 deaths.

Macomb County Obituary Index
Limited coverage from 1880 to present (Complete coverage for obituaries from 1968 to 2004).

Manistee County Records of Death Index
1869 to 1973.

Michigan Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records
PDF of a brochure on requesting records from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Michigan Obituary Project
Links to Michigan counties with user-contributed, transcribed obituaries.

Michigan Vital Records
Michigan birth, death and marriage records since 1867; Michigan divorce records since 1897.

Monroe County Obituary Search
1800s to present. Maintained by the Monroe County Historical Commission Archives. In progress.

Muskegon County Death Index
1867 to 1965.  In progress.

Newaygo County Local Records Database
Obituaries, marriages, births, anniversaries and military service.

Online Michigan Death Records & Indexes
Guide to Web sites.

Ottawa County Death Records
Transcriptions of ledger books dated 1867 to 1901.

Saginaw County Death and Marriage Indexes
1995 to present.

Saginaw News Obituary Index
200,000+ obituaries. Project is ongoing.

Saint Clair County Vital Records
Death index from 1868 to 1974. Transcribed marriage ledger books from 1838 to 1898.

Saint Joseph County Death Index
1867 to 1929; 1997 to 1998.

Schoolcraft County Death Index
1870 to 1899.

Southwest Michigan Obituary Index
70,000+ entries. Includes newspapers from Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. The project is ongoing.

Stockbridge Newspaper Death Index
1886 to 1955, 1960 to 1966 and 1968 to 1999.

Traverse City Record-Eagle Obituaries
May 1, 1999 to present.

Trenton Historical Online Databases
Index to city death certificates, 1908 to 2005; index to obituaries of city residents, 1905 to present; transcriptions of Bloomdale, Butler and the Old Burial Ground Cemeteries.

Tuscola County Death Index
About 1872 to 1902.

Tuscola County Deceased Veterans
More than 5,000 entries with information about deceased veterans from Tuscola County.

Washtenaw County Clerk/Register's Office
Death index, 1960 to present; marriage index, 1965 to present.

Washtenaw County Newspaper Notices
Index of obituaries, deaths, marriages, birthdays and other notices. Begins with the 1840s.

Western Michigan Genealogical Society Online Databases
Indexes to marriages, obituaries and more.

 


VITAL RECORDS
for other U.S. states  

Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates
Digitized images of original records. Births, 1855 to 1932; deaths, 1844 to 1957.

California Births, 1905-1995
From Family Tree Legends.

California Deaths, 1940-1997
From Family Tree Legends.

Colorado Historical Records Index Search
Statewide divorce index, 1880 to 1939; birth, marriage and death information for some counties. For more information, see the Records Description List. When searching, select "Birth," "Death," "Divorce" or "Marriage" from "Record Type" dropdown menu.

Cook County (Ill.) Clerk's Office: Genealogy Online
Birth certificates 75 years or older, marriage licenses 50 years or older, death certificates 20 years or older.

Delaware Probates Records Database
Index to probate records for all three counties from 1680 to 1925. Index includes only the names of the deceased for whom the files were created.

Free Obituaries Online
Links organized by country and state to sites containing obituaries, and death and funeral notices.

Georgia Death Certificates, 1919-1927
The collection also includes a number of certificates from 1914-1918, with the bulk dating from 1917 and 1918.

Idaho State Death Index, 1911 to 1956

Illinois State Archives Records
Statewide death and marriage indexes, as well as local records and Illinois veterans records.

Indiana Marriages through 1850

Indiana Marriages, 1993 to 2002

Kentucky Death Records
Death index, 1911 to 2000.

Kentucky Vital Records Index
Deaths, 1911 to 1992; divorces, 1973 to 1993; marriages, 1973 to 1993.

Kentucky Vital Records Project
Nearly 250,000 images of Kentucky death records added to a searchable database by volunteers. The records are mostly from between 1911 and 1918, but many more recent records also have been added.

Maine Death Records
Index, 1960 to 1997.

Maine State Archives: Deaths
Index, 1960 to 1996.

Maine State Archives: Marriages
Index, 1892 to 1996; there is a gap from 1967 to 1976.

Maryland State Archives: Death Index
State death index, 1898 to 1951; Baltimore death index, 1875 to 1972.

Massachusetts Vital Records Search
Birth and death indexes, 1841 to 1911.

Minnesota Birth Certificates Index
1900 to 1934.

Minnesota Death Certificates Index
1904 to 2001.

Missouri Birth & Death Records Database, Pre-1910
Abstract of the birth, stillbirth and death records recorded before 1909 and available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives.

Missouri Death Certificates
Index and images, 1910 to 1957.

Montana State Death Registry Index Pre-1954 and 1954 to 2002
Browseable index.

MortalitySchedules.com
Transcriptions of some of the census mortality schedules for Michigan and other states. Michigan mortality records are available for every census year between 1850-1880. Information given regarding those who died within the 12 months preceding the census.

New Jersey Index to Marriage Records, 1666-1799
Index includes the Secretary of State's Marriage Bonds and Licenses, 1711 to 1795, and marriages recorded in colonial deed books and other collections.

New Jersey Index to Marriage Records, 1848-1867
May 1, 1848 to May 31, 1867.

New Mexico Death Index Project, 1899 to 1949

New York City Birth Index
1901 to 1907.

New York City Death Index
Manhattan only, 1891 to 1894; Manhattan and Brooklyn only, 1895 to 1897; all boroughs, 1898 to 1948.

New York City Grooms Index
Kings County, 1864 to 1907; Manhattan, 1866 to 1907; New York City, 1908 to 1936.

New York City Brides Index
Bronx County, 1899 to 1937; Kings County, 1871 to 1913, 1931 to 1937; Manhattan, 1866 to 1937; Richmond County, 1898 to 1937; Queens County, 1905 to 1937.

North Dakota Public Death Index
1881 to 12 months prior to current date.

ObitFinder
Searches obituaries from more than 650 national and international newspapers.

Ohio Online Death Certificate Index
Death index, 1913 to 1944.

Ohio Obituary Index
Obituaries, death and marriage notices, and other sources; 1810s to present.

Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records
A directory of online indexes by state and county.

Oregon Death Index
1903 to 1930. Ongoing.

Public Record Databases
More than 1,525 searchable public record databases. Includes national, state, regional and Canadian. Some fee-based.

Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
From RootsWeb.

South Carolina Death Indexes, 1915 to 1957.
Links to all of the death index log files from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Division of Vital Records.

Must download the DjVu Image Viewer plugin to view indexes.

South Dakota Birth Records Index
Births more than 100 years old.

Tennessee Death Indexes
Davidson County Death Records, 1900 to 1913; Index to Tennessee Death Records, 1908 to 1912; Nashville Obituaries & Death Notices for 1913; and Statewide Index to Tennessee Death Records, 1914 to 1927.

Texas Births, 1926-1995
From Family Tree Legends.

Texas Deaths, 1964-1998
From Family Tree Legends.

Texas Divorce Index
1968 to 2007.

Texas Marriage License Application Indexes
1966 to 2005.

Texas Marriages
From Family Tree Legends.

Texas Marriages, 1966-2007
From GenLookups.com.

Utah Death Certificates
Death certificates from 1905 to 1956.

Virginia Death Records Index
1853 to 1896 for some counties.

Washington State Digital Archives
Washington State Death Certificate Index 1907 to 1960, as well as births, marriages and additional deaths for some counties, naturalization records, military records and more.

West Virginia Veterans Memorial Archives Database
Information on more than ten thousand men and women from West Virginia who died during 20th century military actions.

West Virginia Vital Records
Births, marriages and deaths. Deaths cover 1917 to 1957, plus some additional years for some counties. Births and marriages available for some counties for some years.

Western States Marriage Records Index
Pre-1900 marriages for Arizona, Idaho and Nevada, as well as many counties in those states into the 1930s and beyond. Marriages for selected counties in California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Wisconsin Vital Records
Birth, marriage and death indexes, 1840s to 1907, as well as 150,000 Wisconsin Name Index records, including biographical sketches, obituaries and newspaper articles published before 2000.

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