The Birth Notices Index and Birthdays Index is currently available only as a pdf file which is downloaded to your computer.

To request a birth notice, contact Genealogy and Local History Librarian Mark Mullinax at 810-229-6571 x217 | email

About the Brighton Birth Notices and Birthdays Index
Library staff and volunteers are compiling a list of birth notices published in all of the existing Brighton Argus, the Livingston County Argus-Dispatch, the Livingston County Daily Press and Argus and the Livingston Daily Press & Argus newspapers from 1880 to the present.  Currently the index is complete from 1880 through 1926.

Newsprint was expensive to produce in the late 1800s and early 1900s so the amount of information included in birth notices was scant. Many are merely a single sentence such as “A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Doe last Friday.” Sometimes the mother’s maiden name was included. Occasionally the baby’s name was listed. The actual date of the birth was rarely included. Even though the amount of information included is frequently less than we would like, the birth notice can be used to prove the existence of a child–particularly if the child was born after a census and died before the next census was taken.

Newspaper articles were sometimes written about birthdays of local people. The amount of information contained varies widely. For younger persons, a guest list and brief description of the event are frequently found. For older individuals, a brief biography of their life is included.

History of the Livingston Daily Press & Argus
The Brighton Argus began publication in 1880. It was published once a week, usually on Wednesday. It retained the Brighton Argus name throughout its history except for the four years immediately following a merger with the Pinckney Dispatch (Oct. 6, 1965 – April 23, 1969) when it was known as the Livingston County Argus – Dispatch. The newspaper regained its original Brighton Argus name in 1969 and was sold in 1976 to the company that eventually became known as HomeTown Communications Network (HCN). HomeTown Communications Network subsequently purchased the Livingston County Press in 1980. In 1997 the two papers became twice-weekly by publishing a joint Sunday edition. On September 7, 2000 the two newspapers completed their merger and began publishing a daily edition entitled the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus.  On January 12, 2015 the paper was renamed the Livingston Daily Press & Argus.
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