The website https://michiganology.org/vital-records/ has many wonderful records & historical information for Michigan researchers.
Certainly the one I’ve used the most is their death index and images. The images for records from 1897-1920 have been online for a while now.
The images for 1921-1952 are being released as the 75 year restriction rolls around. As of today, they have uploaded the images up to and including 1940.
So, today, I’m going to use my Legacy search function and see how many, if any, of my ancestors have deaths in Michigan in 1940.
To accomplish this I will go to the “Search” tab and then “Find.”
I want two criteria in my search:
- Place of death = Michigan
- Date of death = 1940
And, here is my list
Let’s go over to seekingmichigan.org (UPDATE Oct 2019 - the seekingmichigan website if closed down - the new site is michiganology.org) and see how many of those four certificates I can locate.
NOTE: As you know, uploading and indexing are not perfect sciences. So, just because we hear that records are available, doesn’t mean they ALL will be.
How many of these death certificate images did I find?
FOUR OUT OF FOUR!!!
Wonderful! I’ve downloaded each of them, cropped and corrected them and now I can add them to Legacy and source them. That’s what I call 15 minutes well spent online.
TIP: I do not like the look of images as they appear in our downloads. I don’t like the black surrounding them and I don’t like them to be crooked or too grey. I fix all of this before I ever save the digital image to my computer. I takes about one minute to perform the task and makes your images look so much better in any report or if you upload them online. See my “Other Posts” below for a post I wrote about this process.
Time to go work on those records. Please let me know how many new records you find in this collection.
OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
MICHIGAN DEATH RECORDS ONLINE - Where can you find them?
Legacy 8 - THE SEARCH FUNCTION - What Can You Find?
EASY DOCUMENT EDITING - How to Straighten & Correct Images
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