Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sneaking in the Back Door: Getting Michigan Death Certificates

Because of the high volume of use of the Seeking Michigan website by the public searching the 1897 - 1920 Michigan Death Certificate database and images, it has been inaccessible to many.

I know how to get to that data a different way!

Go to http://haldigitalcollections.cdmhost.com/ and click on Search in the left-hand column.

At the bottom of the search page, click the Clear All button to erase searching all the collections. Then check Death Records, 1897 - 1920. Go to the top of the page and enter your info in the search fields. Click Search.

I was able to continue searching this way, even when I couldn't access the data through the Seeking Michigan portal. I couldn't figure out how to download or save the image using Mozilla Firefox's browser, but could do it with Internet Explorer, by right-clicking on the image and choosing Save Picture As.

Enjoy!
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