The morning started at The Forum in the Michigan Historical Center with a Welcome by Thomas Koselka, President of MGC. Kris Rzepczynski, Archives of Michigan Archivist followed with a few newsworthy announcements:
- The Archives of Michigan is the recipient of the Detroit News archives, including their index cards. The index cards should be available online at SeekingMichigan.org by May 2015.
- The Archives of Michigan has been working over the past year on making naturalization records available online as well. The index will be made available to Family Search and the actual images will be at Seeking Michigan. See what has already been indexed, here.
- Currently, Seeking Michigan has images of Death Certificates from 1897-1920. It was announced a while ago that more certificates, 1921-1952, would be available at Seeking Michigan. Genealogists kept hearing they would be available soon. There have been a couple of glitches getting those records online. Saturday, we heard they would be online soon! They are coming. Michigan imposes a 75 year restriction on access to death records and when the next group is released it will be for years 1921-1938, 1939 if not released until January.