Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday's Tip - Michigan Collections on FamilySearch

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  FamilySearch has 13 historical record collections for the state of Michigan.

On the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page, if you put "Michigan" in the search filter box (upper left-hand corner), you can see the list of 13 Michigan record collections currently on FamilySearch:

The collections are:

*  Michigan, Births and Christenings, 1775-1995: 1,612,291 indexed records, no images, updated 09 Mar 2012
*  Michigan, Births, 1867-1902: 1,409,988 indexed records, with images, updated 31 Mar 2014
*  Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935: 371,310 indexed records, with images, updated 03 Jan 2012
*  Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952: 1,681,256 indexed records, no images, updated 26 Apr 2013
*  Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996: 2,052,472 indexed records, no images, updated 16 Dec 2011

*  Michigan, Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995: 1,372,536 indexed records, no images, updated 04 Oct 2012
*  Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897: 507,104 indexed records, with images, updated 09 Jan 2014
*  Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954: 845,964 indexed records, with images, updated 26 Nov 2012
*  Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995: no index, Browse Images, updated 30 Dec 2013

*  Michigan, Marriages, 1822-1995: 1,908,148 indexed records, no images, updated 04 Mar 2012
*  Michigan, Marriages, 1868-19251,533,863 indexed records, with images, updated 26 Feb 2013

*  Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973: no index, Browse Images, updated 27 Jun 2012

*  Michigan, State Census, 1894: 92,831 indexed records, no images, updated 08 Jul 2011

There are six collections that don't have record images;  the other seven have record images.

 Only two collections are Browse Images only, and the other 11 are indexed.  For those Browse Images collections, users will have to look for indexes in the digitized record books, and use information from the index to find records for their research target. 

Researchers looking for Micihigan passenger lists and naturalization records may find records for their research targets in those collections.

The gem in this list of Michigan record collections, for me, is the Probate Records.  Those collections have the potential to solve research mysteries for researchers.  However, there are only 13 counties covered at the present time (but one of them is the largest in population - Wayne county).

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Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Sonja Hunter said...

I may have some people in those Michigan probate records, but as there is no index and I don't have a year of death for a couple of people I'm not sure if there is a strategy to find them other than page through. Any thoughts on how to tackle these records?
Also, a note on the Michigan 1894 census. The images are available at SeekingMichigan.org, but you may need to hunt for them because the website doesn't support fuzzy searches. And, unfortunately, census records no longer exist for many counties. The Seeking Michigan website has a list of the counties for which 1894, 1884, and select earlier census records are available on their site.

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