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Published: 28 September 2010
By: Shirley Gage Hodges Biography & Archived Articles
If you have Michigan ancestors there are many sources that will help you find information about them. One of my favorites is the Seeking Michigan site. I would encourage you to spend some time checking out what is available there and then try using it to find information about your people. You will be amazed at the many categories that you can use to find information about your family.
You can initiate a search from the main page but I always recommending going to the Advanced Search feature. By utilizing this feature you can combine many different types of requests. In the following example I was looking for death records for any Tietsort family members who died in MI between 1987-1920.
I was very fortunate that I found death records for 6 of my family members.
Another site that I really find to be of value is the Genealogical Death Index System (GENDIS).
You will find information on 170,000 Michigan death records from 1867-1884.
I did a search for all Morris deaths that occurred in Eaton Co., MI.
I was able to find 7 death records for family members. This is the exact information that I would get if I had ordered a Certified Death Record.
Another wonderful source for your Michigan ancestors are the Michigan GenWeb pages.
This happens to be the page for Cass County, MI. When I went to that site and did a search for my Tietsort family I found 54 entries. There is a wealth of information there.
You can find a page for every state in the U. S. I would encourage you to spend some time looking for your families on these sites.
Some other suggested web pages for Michigan research:
Until next time :)
Shirley Hodges firstname.lastname@example.org
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Editor's Note: Shirley Hodges is the author of the popular Guide to United States Census, 1790-1930:
BOOK - Guide to United States Census, 1790-1930
By Shirley Gage Hodges
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton
Guide to the United States Census, 1790-1930 explains what the United States census records are, what information they contain and how to use each census. Each individual year of the Federal Census between 1790 and 1930 (census were compiled every 10 years) is explained in detail. This guide is designed to help the census novice and intermediate researcher come to grips with this valuable genealogical research tool. Experts will also find this guide useful.
ISBN 978-1-897446-01-0 More information
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