Michigan, Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Michigan, Church Records, 1819-1991
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Michigan, 
United States
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Location of Michigan
Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1819-1991
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Michigan State University


Why Should I Look at This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains church records from various denominations in Michigan for the years 1819 to 1991. The record content and time period varies by denomination and locality. Additional records may be viewed by clicking the Family History link and then clicking on the camera.

The churches represented include:

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What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Church records may include:

  • The names of individuals
  • Dates of birth, christening, marriage, and death
  • Names of witnesses to events
  • The officiator
  • Names of parents or other relatives

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Michigan.

Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

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