Death certificates in the archives
Official MI death certificates, 1914-1922, from a local township showed up in a collection my students recently processed. Trying to get them back to the right state dept is a pain. If you request a vital record from MI, birth, marriage, or death certificate, the records request is handled by a company, not a state unit. It took me three emails to find a person to respond so I can send them in. I can imagine the reaction in the unit. What is this old, beat up looking piece of paper? What are we going to do with them?
It took almost 2 weeks but I finally sent them off to a person in the
Division for Vital Records &
Michigan Dept. of Community
Goodby early 20th c. death certificates. Hopefully nobody has been looking for them since 1914.
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