Every 75 years the State of Michigan releases death certificates to public domain. There is a website dedicated to presenting these certificates, it’s called Michiganology. Many of you may remember the former site we used, it was called Seeking Michigan.
I use my Legacy database to determine which of my ancestors died in a particular year in a certain place. The list this year was a short one with only five people on it. One of those 5 was my great grandmother, Mae Thorp Gould. I had ordered her death certificate years ago.
The others on the list were:
John Murray HART, my half 1st cousin 3 times removed
Roy Jerome HART, my half 2nd cousin twice removed
Robert “Bobby” LINDSAY, Jr., my 2nd cousin once removed
Nellie E. Tibbits GROUT, my 1st cousin 3 times removed
I was able to go to the Michiganology website and conduct the searches to find all 4 of the death certificates. In one case I had to get creative with my search, but eventually located the correct certificate.
Why is it important to locate the actual vital records for our ancestors?
· To obtain unknown information
· To verify information we may already have
· Because it helps us complete the picture of that persons life
· Because as genealogists we cannot have enough evidence to prove the “facts” we have listed for our ancestors
Here are the four death certificates I downloaded and saved.
They have been added to my Legacy database and each one was sourced and information gleaned from them.
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