Michigan Death Records

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Michigan Death Records Lookup

The Freedom of Information Act makes Michigan death records public and available for anyone to obtain, and the State of Michigan offers records going as far back as 1867. These records are maintained by the Vital Records Office, through the Health Department, located in Lansing. You can obtain death records online, by phone, or in person. Whether you are tracing your ancestry, researching something historical, or handling a loved one’s estate after they have died, the State of Michigan makes it easy for you to obtain the necessary MI death records. The United States is one of the few countries where public records are so accessible and the state of Michigan has a multitude of public record resources that you can access online.

What Is In Michigan Death Records

A death record gives you information on where and when a person died. It will also usually provide

  • cause of death
  • sex
  • race
  • place of birth
  • age at time of death
  • occupation
  • marital status
  • names of parents
  • date record was filed

In addition, the record may include names of their siblings, spouse, and children, and their mother’s maiden name.

Types of Michigan Death Records

When applying for a Certified Copy of a Michigan Death Certificate, it will contain an official seal. This type of record is necessary when you are reporting a loved one’s death to the Social Security Administration, banks, insurance company, or other lenders, etc. It serves as a proof of death.

Unofficial death records that are only useful for research may include obituaries, copies of wills, photographic evidence of a tombstone, or cemetery records.

Obtaining Michigan Death Records Online

If you are looking for death records from 1867-1897 in Michigan, you can search records yourself online for free through the Genealogical Death Index System (GENDIS), provided by the State of Michigan. It is a simple website that includes search tips to help you, and it can be searched with as little as a last name.

To obtain Michigan death records from after 1897, there is a fee for the search and retrieval of the record you wish, and the initial fee only covers searching within one death year, so you will want to be certain of that information when you begin. When you are ready with the information and your valid driver’s license or state ID, you can make the request and pay with credit or debit card online. Through the State of Michigan site you will be forwarded to their only trusted vendor, VitalChek, to complete your request and payment. VitalChek is also able to accept orders by phone, and the State of Michigan also offers the option of emailing them for further information or assistance.

Obtaining Michigan Death Records In Person

Requesting a death record in person is also an option, and this can be done by visiting the Vital Records Office, located at 333 S Grand Ave, Lansing, MI. The office is open Monday through Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, but you must present your request by 3:00pm to receive same day service. There is a fee for this service, and you will be required to show proof of identification. For additional information prior to your visit, you can visit their website or email them.

Michigan strives to respect the Freedom of Information Act and make death records available. The State of Michigan Vital Records Office provides easy to follow instructions for your security and ability to obtain the records you need.

Michigan Death Record - FAQs

Can anyone lookup Michigan death records?

Yes, a Michigan death record is public domain which means anyone can lookup and view death records online. A death certificate however, can only be obtained by immediate family or by court order

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  1. looking for death certificate of my wife Bessie Rebecca Stoner Grand rapids Michigan Birth 11/29/1956

  2. I am looking for a death record of Dougald McNaughton & his wife, Katherine, who were both buried in the Findley Cem. in Ada, Michigan. “Find a Grave” states their headstone shows their death as 1852 & 1864.Is there somewhere I can find a record of this?

  3. I am searching for the burial place of 5 children who died Sept 6, 1949. It was a house fire. The eldest of the five children was: Samuel Walters b. 29 Sep 1935
    Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA d. 6 Sep 1949 (aged 13) Buena Vista Township, Saginaw County, Michigan, USA his siblings were: Mary, Angeline, George & Walter. I have all other death information I need, so I do not need the Certificates… only their place of Interment. Can I get that info? Thank you for you time.

    1. Lettie, there is a great online resource called FindAGrave.com that you can search for the people in question

      1. I am on FindAGrave for almost 13 years. These children were placed on FindAGrave by me. I would like to find where they are buried to place those memorials into the proper Cemetery.

  4. I am researching death of a great grandmother, Anna Radeka. She was residing in Three Oaks MI with her son, Emil Radeka. Anna was in a car accident in 1929 at the age of 70. Have never been able to find a record of her death. Any Assistance you can provide would be very much appreciated.

  5. I was trying to find and old step dad James Edward Young or step sis charlotte young and still NO luck can some one tell me of a free site to look for them ???

  6. Trying to locate death record for Resman Albert Kunesh. I have tried doing this online but I don’t know his date of death so I’m not getting anywhere. Where do I go from here? All I’m interested in is his date of death. He had no living relatives and has been existing on welfare and disability benefits since the early 80’s.

    Thank you.

  7. I would like to obtain death record for an ex-husband, Edward Demski, an iron worker and union member who passed away, I believe, on 9-10-1982 in Michigan.
    In approx. 1967, I posted a bail bond for Mr. Demski. I secured a divorce from Mr. Demski in approx. 1969. Mr. Demski’s name is showing up on the title to my home and I need to clear up this issue. Mr. Demski was never an owner of my home; his name appears only thru papers by a bails bond man. I would like to secure copy of his death certificate. Please advise what is necessary.

    Thank you. Margaret A. Froehling

  8. I am trying to obtain a death certificate in order to cancel a loan. I do not know how to reach the deceased family to obtain one. What can I do? The year of death is 2002.

    1. Try calling the Michigan Department of Health, they manage death record for the state of Michigan. They can advise you on your options for obtaining a Michigan death certificate for official purposes. Their phone number is 855-275-6424 for your convenience

  9. I have a copy of my grandfather’s death certificate. On the certificate it mentions an autopsy was performed. Is there a process to obtain a copy of the autopsy or view it online?

    1. Jim, you will want to reach out to the Michigan Department of Health to obtain a certified copy of your grandfather’s death certificate. Typically there will be listed a cause of death and you can inquire with this department on how to obtain a copy of the Michigan autopsy. Our Michigan death record resources are for online reference only and they don’t include the cause of death in our records.

  10. I would like a copy of my Mothers Death Certificate. Her name is Maxine Amelia Herrick. She lived in Mason, Michigan. Ingham County.

    1. Ray, we are happy to assist you with looking up a Michigan death record however if you want to obtain a copy of her death certificate then you will want to reach out to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services directly. You can login to their website and download the forms to make your Michigan death certificate request by mail. Since you are immediate family this should be a simple process. There will be a nominal fee for this Michigan death certificate copy and it will be mailed to you in a few weeks once your application is processed. Their phone number is 866-443-9897 if you would like to order this vital record by phone.

  11. Are there any death records for Michigan from before 1867? The ancestors I’m looking for died in 1841 and 1861. Thank you for your time.

    1. Ginny, our Michigan death records only go back about 50 years. Since these are very old Michigan death records you’re looking for you will want to reach out to the Michigan state archives, the Michigan Department of Health or an Ancestry website.

      How to Find Old Michigan Death Records

      1. Search the Michigan State Archives Website
      2. Contact the Michigan Vital Records Department
      3. Research via Ancestry Websites
      4. Lookup Old Newspaper Obituaries

  12. Is it possible to find out the cause of death without obtaining a certificate.
    This person is not a relative.
    Thank you

    1. The short answer, yes. The typical public information that is available for Michigan death records is the name of the person, their residency, birth date and date of death. If you’re interested in finding out more about how to obtain a Michigan Death Record then contact the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. They are the managing state agency for vital records such as a death record. Below is their phone number for your convenience.

      Michigan Department of Health Phone Number

      MI Department of Health Phone Number: 517-335-8656

    1. It’s unclear why your father’s Michigan death record is difficult to locate. Another option to obtain a copy of your father’s Michigan death certificate is to visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website. They are the controlling state agency of Michigan for vital records. These include birth and death records and marriage and divorce records. See below on more instructions on how to obtain a copy of your father’s Michigan Death Certificate.

      How To Obtain a Copy of a Michigan Death Certificate

      1. Visit the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services website
      2. Request a copy of a Michigan Death Certificate
      3. Fill out the form and all required fields
      4. Pay the $10 fee and recieve the death record in 4-5 weeks
      5. You can pay an extra $12 fee to expedite the order in 2-3 weeks

  13. Please tell me how to get a death certificate for:
    Maude E. Mulder
    She had been married to Pete Mulder who I believe passed away about 1946.
    They at one point lived in Almont , Michigan .
    Thank you for your help.

    1. Jane,

      In order to obtain an official death certificate copy you will need to contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services directly.

      How to Get a Death Certificate in Michigan

      1. Contact the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
      2. You can contact them directly, by phone or online
      3. For online Michigan Death Certificates use VitalCheck
      4. You must show valid identification & pay the fees
      5. Processing of death certificate is 2 weeks

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Last Updated: August 31, 2022

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