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.
On May 7th hackers using ransomware hacked into the city of Baltimore servcers. This is the second attack on Baltmore city government in two years. The first disrupted all emergency services and lasted a day. The current attack is in its second week. The city hopes to resolve it without paying the ransom, but doesn't know how much longer it will take. While emergency services continue to function this time, other government functions are stopped: home sales are delayed, residents can't pay water bills, property taxes, parking tickets, and there are no government emails as 10,000 city computers are locked. The hackers initially demanded $23,600 and said after 10 days Baltimore would not be able to get the data back. Baltimore has hired experts and has no cyber insurrance to cover the cost which may be millions. Other cities should be checking their cyber security and buying insurance. To read more about it click here https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48371476
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