Where do I find Detroit and Wayne County (Death) vital records online? – Part 2 – Other Family Search collections for Detroit and Wayne County Deaths

I completely understand the frustration Detroit researchers feel when their ancestor is not found in the Family Search Michigan death (and burial) record collections. These are a few other collections on Family Search that can help you zero in on a death date for your Detroit and Wayne County ancestors.

United States Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
308,492 Detroit Death Records
716,450 Wayne County Death Records
This collection is the master index file of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration from 1962 to September 30, 2012. There are even a few deaths from 1937 to 1961 thrown in.

Typical information found on SSDI files

  • Name of the deceased
  • Birth date
  • Death date
  • Age
  • Social Security Number
  • State or territory where the Social Security number was issued
  • Last place of residence on file, zip code and corresponding localities

 

United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968
If you had a doctor in the family, these physician bios might help fill in some of the blanks. This collection contains record images from the American Medical Association (AMA) deceased physician card file. Usually, the front of the card has a obit-like typed bio and the back has hand written notes from over the years. Now these records you have to work a bit for since they are not indexed but may be a goldmine.

Typical information found on AMA’s deceased physician cards

  • Name
  • Death date
  • Where practiced

The cards may also list

  • Where they attended school
  • Where they were stationed during a war
  • Where living at the time of death
  • Cause of death
  • Professional affiliations

Phy bio 1- side 1

Phy bio - side 2

 

United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949
1,212 Detroit Death Records
This collection contains applications for headstones received by the Cemeterial Division of the Quartermaster General during 1925-1949. It is a wonderful resource especially when the veteran’s Michigan death certificate is transcribed incorrectly on Family Search.

Tombstone order Record

 

Next post: Seeking Michigan (seekingmichigan.org)

Where do I find Detroit and Wayne County (Death) vital records online? – Part 1 -Michigan & Ontario Family Search Death Record Resources

Ahh… Death records. Many family historians will or already have altered out-of-state family vacations to obtain death information on their ancestors. Whenever I travel, I locate county clerk offices, courthouses, cemeteries, and state archives along the way, just in case I might need to stop for records I cannot obtain online or in my home state.

Fortunately, Michigan researchers are only a click away from unearthing Detroit and Wayne County death information ranging from 1800–1996. Better yet, Detroit and Wayne County death record images are available from 1867 – 1920 online for free thanks to Family Search and the Archives of Michigan – Seeking Michigan (seekingmichigan.org). Just in the past year, researchers have been able to view indexed Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952 information and request image copies from Family Search for free.  How to receive free Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 images on Family Search will be covered shortly.

Typical information found on Michigan death records
(Varies by record collection)

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Birth date and place
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Cause of death
  • Name and relationship of informant
  • Burial date and place

With so many resources at our disposal, the topic of Detroit death records will be spread out over several posts (Michigan & Ontario Family Search death records, Other Family Search death records, Ancestry.com & Seeking Michigan, etc.) over the next few weeks. Today, we’ll be looking at Michigan & Ontario Family Search death record resources.

Family Search

Michigan, Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995
140,196 Detroit death records
268,302 Wayne County death records
A random collection of indexed Michigan deaths and burials from 1800-1995

 

Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996
382,644 Detroit death records
622,675 Wayne County death records
The collection is an index is provided by Ancestry.com and consists of indexes to deaths for the years 1971 – 1996 from the Michigan Department of Vital and Health Records (Lansing, MI).

 

Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897 **With Images**
73,042 Detroit death records
94,096 Wayne County death records
Registration of Michigan deaths began in 1867 and continued until 1897 when the state required a death certificate be issued. This collection covers deaths registered by county clerks from 1867-1897. With only a smidgen over 500,000 records in the entire collection, Family Search estimates that nearly half of Michigan deaths were not recorded.

I have learned from personal experience that when you order a death certificate from the State of Michigan during this time period, they take the exact data off these records to fill in the certificate. They have no more information that what you see on the Family Search images so you might want to save yourself $36+ unless you’d like death certificate with the raised seal from the State of Michigan.

 

Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952
454,692 Detroit death records
592,534 Wayne County death records
The collection consists of an index of death records from the Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics (Lansing, MI) and was indexed by Family Search volunteers in 2012 & 2013. If you were researching your Michigan ancestors at the time, you anxiously awaited (and constantly checked Family Search) for the release of this collection.
(Lansing, MI)

So how do I receive free Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 images on Family Search?

With Family Search’s Photoduplication Service, you can request photo copy of Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 or any other record not found online at familysearch.org or at books.familysearch.org.

Diane Gould Hall of Michigan Family Trails posted a wonderful “how to” guide on requesting a Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952 from Family Search’s photoduplication services and where to find the correct information to fill out the request form.
Photo Duplication Requests on Family Search – Plus A Little Bit About Legacy and Evernote

 

Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947
Being so close, Many Detroiters enjoyed crossing over to Ontario, Canada for various reasons like vacations, business, or to visit family.
This collection is a tad finicky. If you type in the place of death as “Detroit”, anyone who died (1939-1947) or was buried (1869-1937) in Detroit will come up.

I  had one 2nd Great Grandfather retire in Ontario after living in Detroit for 45+ years. Image my surprise to find his death certificate when not one time in the years I researched his life was there a mention of his summer home in Riverside, Ontario.

Robert Keller Ontario Death Certificate

Next post: Other Michigan Death Records on Family Search

 

 

 

Where do I find Detroit and Wayne County (marriage & divorce) vital records online?

Marriage records can either knock brick walls down or reinforce them. Those little slips of paper can hold a treasure trove of family information and Wayne County researchers have multiple online resources at our disposal.

Typical information found on Michigan marriage records
(varies by record collection)

• Name of the bride and groom
• Date of marriage license
• Date and place of marriage
• Age of bride and groom
• Race of bride and groom
• Residence of bride and groom
• Birthplace of bride and groom
• Name of bride’s and groom’s parents
• Occupation of bride and groom
• Number of times previously married
• Name of person performing the marriage
• Witnesses to the marriage and their residence

 

Family Search

Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935
22,188 Wayne County marriage records

Michigan, Marriages, 1822-1995
440,926 Detroit marriage records
659,434 Wayne County marriage records
While this electronic index collection is not complete for all of Michigan, it is a wonderful resource for Wayne County.

Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925
596,637 Detroit marriage records
748,724 Wayne County marriage records
Name index and images of marriages recorded in the State of Michigan. This is an excellent resource for Detroit researchers since the collection doesn’t just contain marriage records but marriage licenses, applications, registers, and certificates as well.

 

Ancestry.com

Michigan Marriages, 1851-1875
22,006 Wayne County marriage records
The Wayne County records in this database cover the years 1851 through 1869.

Michigan Marriages to 1850
18 Wayne County marriage records
(Eh.. I guess better than none)

U.S. Special Census on Deaf Family Marriages and Hearing Relatives, 1888-1895
4,513 Detroit marriage records
If you are lucky enough to find your ancestors in this database, you’ll be delighted with the wonderfully detailed documentation.
Information recorded on U.S. Special Census on Deaf Family Marriages includes:
• Names of husband and wife
• Whether deaf or hearing
• Age at which deafness occurred and the cause of deafness
• If attended school
• Occupation
• Details relating to the couple’s marriage (including date and place)
• Details relating to couple’s children, parents, and their siblings

  • names
  • number deaf or hearing
  • dates of birth
  • dates of death & cause of death

 

MIGenWEB

The Dibean Michigan Marriage Index
Jack and Marianne Dibean collected Michigan marriage information from various places over the years and researchers have sent them their ancestor’s marriage information to be organized into a free index that is available on MIGenWEB

 

Divorce

Sometimes marriages just do not work and couples divorce. Usually to find Detroit divorce records information, researchers would most likely have to go to a courthouse or the State of Michigan Archives in Lansing. Not anymore. Ancestry.com added Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952 on June 11, 2014 and I’m sure many Genealogists/family historians did little happy dances as they located their ancestors.

Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952
1,089,951 Wayne County marriage records
This database includes divorce records created by the Michigan Department of Health, Bureau of Records and Statistics, as well as court returns of divorces.

Information on the divorce records may include:
• county and court of decree
• names and ages of both parties
• marriage date and location
• number of children
• who filed the complaint and the date of filing
• date of the final action
• alleged cause of divorce
• whether case was granted, contested, refused, or withdrawn
• whether the divorce was granted absolutely or with conditions

The issuing court may have more detailed information on the event.

Where do I find Detroit and Wayne County vital records online?

When you begin researching an individual, it is best to start with the 3 most treasured vital records of Genealogists/family historians: Birth, Marriage, and Death records. Let’s begin with Detroit/Wayne County birth records.

There are several great online resources for Detroit/Wayne County birth records. Please remember that even though all births were to be recorded by the county clerk and forwarded to the state of Michigan starting in 1867, some residents didn’t comply and sometimes paperwork became lost between the county clerk receiving the information and the state actually recording the data. Sometimes the birth was recorded by the state 12 – 18 months after the event.

Family Search
Michigan Births, 1867 – 1902

  • Index and images of Michigan statewide birth registration entries for the years 1867 to 1902.
  • 213,435 Detroit records
  • 267,515 Wayne County records

Michigan, Births and Christenings, 1775-1995

  • A random collection of indexed Michigan births and christenings during the years 1775 to 1995
  • 342,182 Detroit records
  • 446,484 Wayne County records

Ancestry.com
Michigan, Births and Christenings Index, 1867-1911

  • This database is an index extracted from more than 1.5 million birth, baptism, and christening records from Michigan.
  • 231,502 Detroit records
  • 297,563 Wayne County records

FamilySearch Adds More Than 10.7 Million Images to Collections from Australia, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Peru, Spain, and the United States

April 23, 2014

FamilySearch has added more than 10.7 million images to collections from Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, BillionGraves, Brazil, Czech Republic, England, France, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 3,662,720 indexed records from the New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839–1973, collection; the 913,314 indexed records from the England, Lancashire, Parish Register 1538–1910, collection; and the 473,107 images from the United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse), collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Australia, Tasmania, Correspondence of the Immigration Office Concerning the Nomination, Arrival and Settlement of Migrants, 1920–1943 0 36,424 New browsable image collection.
Bahamas, Civil Registration, 1850–1959 231,492 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1911 21,372 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621–1910 21,372 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798–1906 0 946 Added images to an existing collection.
BillionGraves Index 383,150 383,150 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Bahia, Passenger Lists, 1855–1961 0 29,687 New browsable image collection.
Brazil, Paraíba, Catholic Church Records, 1731–2013 0 241,872 Added images to an existing collection.
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552–1948 18,931 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538–1911 454,789 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
England, Lancashire, Parish Register 1538–1910 913,314 0 Added images to an existing collection.
France, Finistère, Quimper et Léon Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1772–1863 2,992 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
France, Protestant Church Records, 1536–1863 0 11,162 Added images to an existing collection.
Italy, L’Aquila, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865, 1911–1943 12,240 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Italy, Trento, Diocesi di Trento, Catholic Church Records, 1548–1937 91,115 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839–1973 3,662,720 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1890–2005 0 256,111 New browsable image collection.
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 0 17,464 Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Castellón, Municipal Records, 1732–1952 0 61,524 New browsable image collection.
Arizona, Douglas, Arrival Manifests, 1906–1955 0 20,852 New browsable image collection.
Arkansas, Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Records, 1867–2013 0 25,618 New browsable image collection.
California, San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving, 1954–1957 0 23,717 New browsable image collection.
Iowa, State Census, 1925 0 327,118 New browsable image collection.
Montana, Chouteau County Records,1876–2011 7,127 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Nebraska, State Census, 1885 747,367 27,732 New indexed record collection.
North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979 11,240 988,324 Added images to an existing collection.
South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861–1941 0 7,346 New browsable image collection.
United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861–1934 868,571 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Washington, Soldier Home Records, 1891–1945 0 98,141 New browsable image collection.
Washington, Western District, Naturalization Records, 1853–1957 0 139,772 New browsable image collection.
United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 174,891 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (Image Browse) 0 473,107 Added images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 6.6 Million Indexed Records and Images to Collections from Austria, Brazil, England, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States

April 3, 2014

FamilySearch has added more than 6.6 million indexed records and images to collections from Austria, Brazil, Dominican Republic, England, Mexico, Nicaragua, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,631,210 indexed records from the Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546–1971, collection; the 411,508 images from the U.S., Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860–1949, collection; and the 1,117,286 images from the Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537–1920, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537–1920 0 1,117,286 Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875–2013 0 187,787 Added images to an existing collection.
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 0 751,108 Added images to an existing collection.
Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801–2010 0 181,862 Added images to an existing collection.
England, Norfolk Register of Electors, 1844–1952 67,098 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
England, Northumberland, Cumberland, Durham, Miscellaneous Records, 969–2007 0 107,121 Added images to an existing collection.
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627–1978 44,393 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546–1971 1,631,210 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545–1977 76,270 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657–1994 16,594 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605–1980 32,331 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Nicaragua, Civil Registration, 1809–2013 183,723 117,825 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835–1938 0 190,710 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537–1911 0 616 Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records, 1566–1956 0 10,682 Added images to an existing collection.
Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officers, 1833–1960 0 187,704 Added images to an existing collection.
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1834 35,826 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., District of Columbia Marriages, 1811–1950 5,287 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Bonneville County Records, 1867–2012 0 3,160 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Lee County Records, 1830–1954 0 9,521 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860–1949 0 411,508 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787–1938 0 153,000 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1785–1950 0 156,679 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712–1970 0 114,332 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762–1979 198,482 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1850–1983 0 192,530 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Oregon, Grant County Records, 1851–1992 0 35,132 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., South Carolina, Darlington County Records, 1798–1928 0 77,316 Added images to an existing collection.
United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907–1933 357,892 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Adds Close to 11.1 Million Indexed Records and Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the United States

March 26, 2014

FamilySearch has added close to 11.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Barbados, BillionGraves, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; the 766,368 indexed records and images from the new Canadian Headstones, collection; and the 2,917,490 indexed records from the England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free atFamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Barbados, Church Records, 1637–1887 253,209 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
BillionGraves Index 534,057 534,057 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804–2013 0 109,743 Added images to an existing collection.
Canadian Headstones 766,368 0 New indexed record collection.
England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538–2010 171,083 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570–1907 2,917,490 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Mexico, Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Miscellaneous Marriage Records, 1539–1939 0 65,075 Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889–1997 0 137,860 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Lamego, Diocesan Records, 1529–1963 0 237,263 Added images to an existing collection.
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645–1969 0 1,329 Added images to an existing collection.
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895–1972 11,622 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951–2006 10 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784–1956 0 106,020 Added images to an existing collection.
Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577–1907; index 1625–1860 30,025 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906–1991 275,482 0 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Iowa, County Marriages, 1838–1934 223,134 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Yates County, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723–2009 63,947 87,588 New indexed records and images collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663–1979 30,607 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910 2,610,151 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787–1931 0 7,940 Added images to an existing collection.
United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798–1892 1,703,529 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899–2012 3,322 4,154 New indexed records and images collection.
United States Social Security Death Index 213,017 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.