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State Resources — Michigan

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has records of births and deaths that occurred and were filed with the state since 1867. Some of the records (especially pre-1906 births and pre-1897 deaths) were not filed with the state. Copies of records may also be obtained from the County Clerk in county where even occurred.  Fees vary from county to county.  Records of Detroit births occurring since 1893 and deaths since 1897 may be obtained from the city of Detroit Health Department. For marriage and divorce they have records since 1867.  Some marriages (especially pre-1926) and divorces (especially pre-1924) were not filed with the state.

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

On the Internet: State of Michigan.
Call (517) 335-8666 for information on record lookup fees.
Write to:
Vital Records
3423 North Martin Luther King Boulevard
P.O. Box 30721
Lansing, MI  48909
For county marriage records, contact the County Clerk in the county where the license was issued.
For county divorce records, contact the County Clerk in the county where the divorce was granted.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have divorce records, marriage records, civil records, military records, naturalization and immigration records, incomplete census records, cemetery records, published family histories, how-to books on researching your family history, newspapers, and brochures that will help you with your research.

Call (517) 373-1408. Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-6:00, Saturday 9:00-5:00, Sunday 1:00-5:00, closed state holidays.
Write to:
State Archives
Bureau of History
Department of State
P.O. Box 30740
Lansing, MI 48909-8240

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
Michigan Genealogical Council
P.O. Box 80953
Lansing, MI 48908-0953
  Publications: Michigan Genealogical Council Newsletter
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