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10 Million Michigan Records Now Available To Family Tree Researchers Online at

14 Nov 2022 3:46 PM | Anonymous

Each year, thousands of researchers look for records, photographs, and maps that tell Michigan’s accounts to tour the Archives of Michigan in Lansing, which is part of the Department of Natural Resources Michigan History Center. In addition, tens of thousands of guests visit the archives’ online collections. This year Michigan genealogy got a huge boost with a new archival website that has gone online this fall. 

The archives launched, a new Michigan genealogy website that makes more than 10 million records available online, free of charge. These documents include death and naturalization records, which family researchers use to learn more about their family’s history.

Replaces Popular “Seeking Michigan” Website

The new website replaces “Seeking Michigan,” the archives’ first online platform for sharing digital records. went live in March 2009 with nearly 1 million records.

Over the past ten years, the software used to develop the Seeking Michigan website has become obsolete and difficult to update. Furthermore, hundreds of thousands of new digital records overloaded the system. The archives team determined that although Seeking Michigan was unique, it was time to create a new system with more capacity to better serve the public.

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  • 15 Nov 2022 8:05 AM | Anonymous
    Unfortunately this website isn't as easy to use as the old "Seeking Michigan". I have sent in several suggestions for improvements over the past few years and it hasn't made a difference. Among the improvements are enabling a fuzzy search, grouping by year, listing the county on the results--these are for the death certificate search. Also there's no way to suggest changes when the name is transcribed incorrectly. Having said that it is a wonderful site to find death certificates past 75 years in Michigan.
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    • 15 Nov 2022 8:06 AM | Anonymous
      By the way it's been around for much longer than what this article says. Maybe they did do some improvements????
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  • 16 Nov 2022 7:34 PM | Anonymous went live back in late Summer 2019 with some usable records by September 2019. The article comments on the Thumbwind website are from Fall 2019, it is likely the website had a change/update that changed the article posting date.

    The pandemic has delayed the website development. The Death Certificates (and index) are the most accessible records. Record collections that were on the SeekingMichigan website (state census, etc.) are buried with no specialized search interface.

    Naturalization records though digitized and indexed are not yet linked together so the new collection is not published yet.
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