Michigan Birth Certificates

Enter a name to search for Michigan birth certificates. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to Michigan birth certificates.. Additional information on how to obtain Michigan birth certificates is available below.

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Michigan birth certificates

Birth certificates contain information about a person's birth, including the date of birth, place of birth, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the birth. Birth certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.

Birth certificates can be used to establish a person's date and place of birth. Most birth certificates provide the mother's maiden name. Birth certificates are often required to obtain other documents, licenses or to prove eligibility.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Michigan birth records, Michigan birth ceritificates, Michigan birth notices, Michigan birth indexes, and other related Michigan genealogy records.

Birth records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the birth takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store birth records into various online archives. This has brought access to online birth records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of births, and in addition to birth certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. Newspapers typically do not announce the names of the newborn, but list the sex of the child, the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing birth records of Michigan. We also suggest searching for "Michigan birth records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain Michigan Birth Certificates

Birth, death and marriage records have been registered on a state level since 1867. Marriages prior to that time may be found at the county level. For birth and death records after January 1867, and for marriages after April 1867, write:

Vital Records
3423 North Martin Luther King Boulevard
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, MI 48909

State office has records of births and deaths that occurred and were filed with the state since 1867. Some of the records (especially pre-1906 births and pre-1897 deaths) were not filed with the state.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to State of Michigan. Cost for copy is $15.00. Additional copies of the same record, ordered at the same time are $5.00 each. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (517) 335-8656. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at: http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/pha/osr

Copies of records may also be obtained from the County Clerk in county where even occurred. Fees vary from county to county. Records of Detroit births occurring since 1893 and deaths since 1897 may be obtained from the city of Detroit Health Department.

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