Michigan Death Records Now Available

The Archives of Michigan is thrilled to announce that images of Michigan death certificates from 1921-1939 are now available for free at Seeking Michigan:http://seekingmichigan.org/ The index for records from 1940-1952 will be made available in the next few weeks, with additional certificate images to be released each year as privacy restrictions are lifted; for example, 1940 images will be released in January 2016. Together with the records from 1897-1920 that have been available at the site for years, this collection makes Seeking Michigan the one-stop destination for more than 2.6 million free, publicly-available 20th century death records for Michigan ancestors.
This 1921-1952 collection of death certificates and indexes, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health and FamilySearch, covers a critical period in the growth and development of Michigan. Here, researchers will find evidence of the influx of Eastern European immigration, the emergence of Detroit as the automotive capital of the world, and a state crippled by the Great Depression. Those ancestors that immigrated to Michigan, worked the assembly line, and struggled to make ends meet can all be found here.
An individual’s last name, first name, county and township/village/city of death, birth year, age, and parents’ names are all indexed and searchable. Additional information, including the decedent’s occupation, cause of death, burial location, and birthplace is listed on the certificate itself.
Michigan death records from 1897-1952 are now all in one place, for free! And, as luck would have it, Seeking Michigan is also celebrating its 6th birthday today.
Enjoy and happy searching!

The Detroit News Indexes

The Archives of Michigan received well over 1 million index cards from The Detroit News at the end of 2014. These cards have been scanned into batches of 500-1000 cards per PDF file. The tables of files are organized alphabetically by starting and ending subject. These index cards appear to cover from the beginning of The Detroit News into the late 1990s.
The Archives of Michigan does not have microfilm of The Detroit Newspaper at this time.
Because the cards are organized by subject, be prepared to look for different but related subjects if the first subject you try doesn’t yield a result.
Happy Hunting at Seeking Michigan!


Research Trip to the Archives of Michigan
and Library of Michigan
located in the Michigan Library and Historical Center
Lansing, Michigan
Saturday, May 16, 2015
You are invited to join the members and friends of DSGR for a full day of research at the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan. Cost for DSGR members is $20, non-member guests $25. This covers transportation on a full facility (National Trails) bus. We will have donuts and bottled water available during the ride to Lansing. There are vending machines with pop and bottled water, but the Michigan Library and Historical Center has no food service on Saturdays, so please bring your own lunch.
Reservations are limited to the first 55 people - so don't delay, reserve early.
Refunds after May 1, 2015 are contingent on a waiting list for finding a substitute willing to go in your place.
7:30 AM: Depart from Lawrence Technological University, Parking Lot "C" in Southfield
8:00 AM: Pick up at Brighton Park & Ride, I-96 Exit 147
9:00 AM: Arrive at State of Michigan Archives
9:00 - 10:00 AM: Behind the Scenes Tour of the Archives / ID Badge Issue
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Archives and Library open for research
4:00 PM: Depart Lansing
4:30 PM: Arrive back at Brighton Park & Ride
5:30 PM: Arrive back at Lawrence Technological University, Parking Lot "C" in Southfield
Members: Please log on to the members only section to register at the discounted rate.
Non-Member Guest Registration
Prefer to register by mail? Download the registration form and submit ASAP to secure your reservation.

On-Line Membership Renewal & Application

DSGR now has on-line membership renewal and new member application available.   Payment is made through PayPal.  For renewals, you simply enter the necessary information and you will receive confirmation of your payment and then within a few days, confirmation of your renewal.   If any of your contact information has changed, be sure to send updated information (including your member number) to our Membership Chair.
For new members, you must also fill out a membership application: Sign up for NEW membership.  You will need to make your payment through PayPal and also fill out the member application  (it appears after the New Member - 3 Year option.)  As soon as your payment and application have been matched and reviewed, you will receive an E-Mail confirmation.

DSGR Magazine Digitization Project

The digitization project to put all issues of the DSGR Magazine on our web site has been completed.   Volumes 1 (1937-1938) through the current issue have been added to the Members Only area.  A new page appears in the Members Only area -- DSGR Magazine Guide.    This lists the volume numbers and the years in which they were published. 
The indexes for Volumes 20 - current appear in the public area called Indexes.   Looking thru each index at just the Subject Listing will give you an idea of the breadth of the information available.
The Copyright to these files remains the property of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, Inc.   Any unauthorized use of these files is prohibited.

Tax Deductible Donation Status

The Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, Inc. is a 501C3 corporation which means that donations to us are deemed a charitable contribution on your income tax return.   For both the Contributing and Sustaining membership options, the amount in excess of the standard $20.00 membership fee is tax deductible.