Michigan Obituaries (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Michigan, United States
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Location of Michigan
Record Description
Record Type Obituaries
Collection years 1820-2006
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images to an obituary collection for the years 1820 to 2006. It is organized by county or newspaper and then alphabetically. Extracted information as well as newspaper clippings are represented. The originals are housed in several libraries and repositories throughout Michigan. Some collections contain obituaries from other states and nearby regions.

The Van Buren County card files contain no surnames that begin with the letter G.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The records usually contain:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Age
  • Birth date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Names of parents, spouse or other relatives
  • Name of cemetery
  • Name of newspaper, date and place of publication

Collection Content

Sample Image


How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual
  • The date of the event or the name of a spouse or parent

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select Location
  2. Select Name or Name Range

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the information found in the record to locate the death record. (Only keep this sentence if the collection is obituaries or cemetery records)
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.


Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 5 June 2017. Various offices and archives, Michigan.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006.

Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006.

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