Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Michigan Database on Ancestry.com -- Michigan Marriage Records 1867-1952

Michigan genealogists get your bunny slippers (and blankets -- it's cold outside) ready, there is a new Michigan database of digitized original records as of today. Ancestry.com just released: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867 - 1952.

Here are the details. The online index goes up to 1952 but you will only find actual images of the records up to the year 1938 due to Michigan laws. Prior to this, FamilySearch.org had images of marriage records up to 1925. That means there are now 13 more years of images available and 27 more years of index and transcribed records.

Hopefully, the posting of the additional images of the Michigan Death Certificates (up to 1938) on SeekingMichigan.org is closer at hand? (Is everyone crossing your fingers and toes? You can click the mouse or swipe the touchpad with crossed fingers ... maybe with some practice.)

Another interesting database collection added last week on Ancestry.com is the Canada, Quaker Meeting Records, 1786-1988. The database contains digitized black and white images of the various meeting records from the microfilm copies AND an online index. The meetings include one in Lenawee County, Michigan. Unfortunately, we've seen a problem with the search features for this database. Trying to narrow down the search parameters to a specific meeting or area does not seem work no matter which field you try to use. There is not a field specifically for meeting location. Hopefully, it will be addressed soon. Until then you'll need to wade through all the results manually to find the ones for the meeting you seek. Of course, don't forget to investigate the others, you might find something surprising.

Hey Ancestry.com, can we get the New York Quaker Meeting Records like this also and not just the couple certificates currently online?

Good Luck searching everyone!

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!


  1. Hi, LE,

    I just wanted to let you know that this post was featured on my "Friday Finds and Follows" post at my blog, AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors.

    1. Thank you Miriam.

      We've also heard from several of our members that our quick heads-up there's something new for Michigan has resulted in many finds for them too!

      I would have thanked you on your own blog post but it was insisting we switch to Google+ which we are not ready to do yet. So again thank you for the mention.


  2. I didn't even know Macomb County had its own blog. WOOHOO! Thanks to Miriam Robbins I found you. Thank you for the tip on Michigan Marriages on Ancestry. I have a blog called Michigan Family Trails. Most of my family are from Detroit and Macomb County. Here's my blog address www.michiganfamilytrails.com
    I'll be back here for sure.

  3. Thanks Diane, glad you found us!

    We're working towards year two of our blog trying to keep our members and others informed about what is going on here with our genealogy group and our beloved library, along with informing everyone what sources/records are out there on the internet.

    PS Personally I check in on your blog occasionally.