January 28, 2022

Public Records: Harry Houdini’s Death Certificate Among New Michigan Records Searchable Online

From MLive.com:

It’s pretty well known that stunt performer Harry Houdini died in Detroit on Halloween in 1926 after developing complications from getting punched in the stomach.

If you want to see his death certificate for yourself, it’s among 2.6 million such documents now searchable online at the Archives of Michigan, which this week made available death certificates from the years 1921 to 1939.

The certificates join others from 1897 to 1920 that were previously posted online.

From the Michigan Historical Center:

The index for records from 1940-1952 will be made available in the next few weeks, with additional certificate images to be released each year as privacy restrictions are lifted; for example, 1940 images will be released in January 2016. Together with the records from 1897-1920 that have been available here for years, this collection makes Seeking Michigan the one-stop destination for more than 2.6 million free, publicly-available 20th century death records for your Michigan ancestors.


If you’re already used to searching Seeking Michigan’s earlier death records collection, the new collection will seem very familiar. You can search up to four different data fields at once, and instructions for searching can be found here. You can search both collections at once by selecting both of them in the menu that drops down when you click the advanced search button at the top of every page on Seeking Michigan.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.