Michigan Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995 .

Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1775 through 1995.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in death or burial index entries may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Name of the spouse (if married)
  • Death or burial date
  • Death or burial place
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws, not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1775-1995 Marriages, 1822-1995 Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995
Alcona 987 2,885 2,051
Alger 0 613 0
Allegan 23,592 29,964 41,421
Alpena 10,048 24,059 24,604
Antrim 2,812 6,300 4,832
Arenac 1,262 2,714 1,588
Baraga 1,308 2,839 2,587
Barry 17,402 37,999 5,559
Bay 37,923 35,266 12,046
Benzie 1,397 3,986 3,310
Berrien 19,516 82,461 59,575
Branch 18,548 28,979 10,847
Calhoun 20,128 63,972 27,967
Cass 14,611 35,976 16,851
Charlevoix 2,766 5,090 1,614
Cheboygan 4,208 7,973 6,122
Chippewa 9,460 17,519 4,178
Clare 1,010 2,409 13,965
Clinton 12,834 22,474 0
Crawford 264 725 3,967
Delta 7,346 7,254 12,243
Dickinson 4,825 9,665 5,615
Eaton 13,905 32,124 12,880
Emmet 2,047 3,729 12,341
Genesee 16,327 37,014 16,243
Gladwin 0 731 0
Gogebic 4,070 17,218 18,938
Grand Traverse 3,847 9,912 6,407
Gratiot 12,096 20,568 17,617
Hillsdale 9,373 14,824 3,577
Houghton 49,043 34,780 20,417
Huron 15,370 13,709 10,167
Ingham 15,591 33,491 11,099
Ionia 13,610 24,732 9,438
Iosco 14,456 5,940 6,082
Iron 1,587 5,479 3,098
Isabella 10,923 11,625 7,198
Jackson 21,022 39,797 27,572
Kalamazoo 25,556 46,988 73,403
Kalkaska 926 1,017 0
Kent 39,819 43,807 2,736
Keweenaw 3,857 1,202 3,288
Lake 2,675 4,740 1,530
Lapeer 23,448 26,405 10,246
Leelanau 7,131 1,682 5,858
Lenawee 16,716 20,972 0
Livingston 9,218 13,067 11,662
Luce 0 500 3,617
Mackinac 17,818 3,999 4,475
Macomb 0 19,899 14,898
Manistee 15,453 12,625 7,903
Marquette 27,102 18,005 15,265
Mason 6,553 9,168 6,505
Mecosta 7,194 6,538 5,446
Menominee 12,050 14,607 4,632
Michigan 284,713 286,653 273,674
Midland 2,481 4,367 2,496
Missaukee 958 706 2,546
Monroe 16,785 12,483 292
Montcalm 11,766 8,806 10,242
Montmorency 108 216 511
Muskegon 19,497 23,746 22,782
Newaygo 4,927 11,249 7,484
Oakland 13,967 37,485 25,624
Oceana 5,374 3,190 0
Ogemaw 129 1,028 1,279
Ontonagon 2,855 4,339 3,714
Osceola 4,450 6,259 7,586
Oscoda 444 622 734
Otsego 140 6,305 3,459
Ottawa 32,997 20,786 9,025
Presque Isle 1,543 4,681 2,537
Roscommon 0 1,878 332
Saginaw 44,907 55,833 43,325
Sanilac 17,357 20,441 1,879
Schoolcraft 1,035 1,332 0
Shiawassee 9,812 8,781 0
St. Clair 38,622 40,601 8,955
St. Joseph 9,201 12,072 32,125
Tuscola 21,024 23,592 5,823
Van Buren 17,039 21,433 27,736
Washtenaw 26,359 29,673 18,071
Wayne 408,737 273,559 218,404
Wexford 2,935 4,217 9,150
Total 1,631,192 1,908,349 1,355,265

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This is an index of some and deaths and burials throughout Michigan. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why the Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Michigan.

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Michigan Family History Network

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Example of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

"Michigan Death and Burials, 1800-1995." index, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org): accessed 15 March 2011. entry for Elizabeth Thompson, died 22 August 1895 citing Death Records; FHL microfilm 1,005,435; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch,org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, or archive for the original records.

"Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995" index, "FamilySearch" (https://familysearch.org). Index includes the IGI, digital copies of original records, and compiled records. FHL digital and microfilm copies. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article  Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.