It was announced today that digitized images of Michigan death certificates from 1921 to 1939 are now freely available online. Digitized certificates for the years 1897 to 1920 were previously available. The index to 1940 through 1952 is said to be available soon. Privacy restrictions keep the actual images for that time period from being released. However, release will come annually, as the 75-year restriction passes. The addition of the 1921-1920 death certificates now brings the total number to 2.6 million.
Search for Michigan Death Certificates 1921 to 1939 by Using the Advanced Search found at the website. Instructions are included. Note that when using the advanced search at this link, you should unclick “Death Records 1897-1920,” and click on “Death Records 1921-1952.”
I searched for the name “Titus” across “all fields” as I could not get Surname to come up under Death Records 1921-1952. I got 304 results, all of which were from Death Certificates for the time period. Searching across all fields also allows the searcher to find females by their married names.
I then narrowed my search to just Tituses within Washtenaw County, getting 14 results. Very cool!
Search for Michigan Death Certificates 1897 to 1920 by Using the Advanced Search found at the website.