Have you had an interest in discovering your family’s history? Discovering where you family came from and how your ancestors came to the United States can be rather exciting.
To begin the discovery process, you will need a few basic tools, a note book or two, a pencil and some free time in your day to start researching. Wait a moment a pencil in today’s electronic world? Actually, yes, a pencil is necessary, from experience of researching there will be times information seems correct but you will discover its not always correct and you will need to change it. Where to begin, a family Bible is a great start, many times births, deaths and marriages were recorded in the Bible. Talk to your oldest living family members as well and ask some questions about your family.
The questions you can ask are unlimited. A few common ones to ask are, “Where was mom/dad born?” If you have a relative with a sense of humor, they may say a hospital of course. “Where did the family live?”, “Did they immigrate here from a foreign country?” These basic questions will lead you to a deeper search for who your ancestors were. There are many sites on line to use some are free and some you have to pay for to use them. Familysearch.org, ancestry.com, geni.com to just name a few. Cemeteries and city clerk offices are good resources as well. As an important note birth certificates are not public record, death certificates are a public record in the State of Michigan, please check with your state to be sure the death record is public. Below you will find a helpful list of resources to begin your search.
MICHIGAN CEMETERY RECORDS ONLINE
- www.mtelliott.com – records for Mt. Elliott, Mt. Olivet, Resurrection, All Saints, Guardian Angel, and The Preserve cemeteries
MICHIGAN CHURCH RECORDS ON MICROFILM AVAILABLE FOR USE AT THE BACON MEMORIAL LIBRARY, WYANDOTTE
These microfilms may include birth, baptism, confirmation, marriage, and death records
- The First Congregational Church, Wyandotte – records for 1921-1990
- Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dearborn Heights – records for 1866-1947
- St. John's UCC Church, Wyandotte – records for 1870-1924
- St. Stephen's Protestant Episcopal Church, Wyandotte, records for 1898-1925
- St. Paul's UCC Church, Taylor – records for 1913-1995
- Trinity Lutheran Church, Wyandotte – records for 1851-1920 and 1946-1995
MICHIGAN CITY DIRECTORIES ONLINE
- http://18.104.22.168:8080/ResCarta-Web/jsp/RcWebBrowse.jsp# – for Wyandotte, Michigan
MICHIGAN CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS
- www.suvcwmi.org - registration of Civil War soldiers buried in Michigan.
MICHIGAN COSTUME RESOURCES
- www.recollections.biz – online only company located in Michigan (this is where I bought my mourning outfit)
- www.timelessthreads.biz – online only company located in Michigan; email: email@example.com, Shirley Reinhart
MICHIGAN DEATH RECORDS ONLINE
- www.seekingmichigan.org – you will find the actual Michigan death certificates for 1897-1941; moved September 1, 2019 to www.michiganology.org.
- www.michiganology.org - replaces www.seekingmichigan.org as of September 1, 2019.
- www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/search/node/wayne%20county%20death%20record- this is an index of Wayne County deaths but does not include Detroit deaths
- www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1968532 - this is an index of Michigan deaths for the years 1921-1952
- http://www.trentonhistoricalsociety.org/databases.aspx - this is an index for those who died in Trenton, Michigan
MICHIGAN DEATH RECORDS ON MICROFILM AT BACON MEMORIAL LIBRARY, WYANDOTTE
- Wyandotte and Ford City – death certificate records for 1897-1998
MICHIGAN DEATH RECORDS ON MICROFILM AT FAMILY HISTORY CENTERS
- Wayne County (County Clerk) death records (actual death certificate!) for 1908-1998 (film number 2,115,273) – go to your nearest Family History Center and pay a few dollars to have the roll of film sent to that location for your use.
MICHIGAN PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS
- Derek J. Blount -- firstname.lastname@example.org; www.LostBranches.com; 906 N. Alexander Ave., Royal Oak, Michigan 48067; (248) 224-9505
MICHIGAN RESTORATION REPAIR
- Sevonty Restoration LLC, Andrea Sevonty, email@example.com, (313) 662-5582
- www.legalgenealogist.com – got a question about the legality of your research, making photocopies, taking photos of cemetery headstones, etc.?
DETROIT STREET NUMBER CHANGES, 1921
Sources were gathered by and credit is given to Gail Hershenzon.