Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ford Archives Project

Do you have any ancestors who worked at the Ford Motor Company? My great-grandfather Joseph Buszek worked there. He took the streetcar to work everyday. He was made of strong stuff. One time a load of coal fell on him! The guys quickly dug him out and he got right back up and went back to work. Ford now has an archive online! The Benson Ford Research Center of The Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company Archives jointly manage the historical records of the Ford Motor Company through the Ford Historical Resources Collaborative. The publicly-accessible records, which are available through the Benson Ford Research Center, include archival records, printed material, photographs, graphics, audio files, and video files. To maintain a comprehensive record of Ford Motor Company, in 2007 we began the periodic web capture of the company's website,, which became in late 2010. The Ford Historical Resources Collaborative has partnered with San Diego State University to crawl and capture four times a year, save the dataset in a preservation environment, and provide access through
. In this way, we can continue to serve the research needs of educators, students, scholars, writers, and automotive enthusiasts.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Seeking Michigan Death Certificate Images now online!!

The Archives of Michigan is thrilled to announce that images of Michigan death certificates from 1921-1939 are now available for free at Seeking Michigan: 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 at the site 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 Michigan ancestors. This 1921-1952 collection of death certificates and indexes, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health and FamilySearch, covers a critical period in the growth and development of Michigan. Here, researchers will find evidence of the influx of Eastern European immigration, the emergence of Detroit as the automotive capital of the world, and a state crippled by the Great Depression. Those ancestors that immigrated to Michigan, worked the assembly line, and struggled to make ends meet can all be found here. An individual’s last name, first name, county and township/village/city of death, birth year, age, and parents’ names are all indexed and searchable. Additional information, including the decedent’s occupation, cause of death, burial location, and birthplace is listed on the certificate itself. Michigan death records from 1897-1952 are now all in one place, for free! And, as luck would have it, Seeking Michigan is also celebrating its 6th birthday today. Enjoy and happy searching!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Windsor Public Library Obituaries

To those of you who have Canadian Roots, the Windsor Public Library has Obituaries online. The notices include last name, first name, maiden name if applicable, spouse's name if applicable, and the date the obituary appeared in the Windsor Star.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Seeking Michigan

Don't forget to check SEEKING MICHIGAN when you are researching your Michigan ancestors!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Church Covenant Cadets 1893

I have been given permission to share this photo online by the owner of the photo. He is a descendant and the namesake of Chas. Pudrith/Pudritzky/Puderitzke. Born in Detroit on July 23, 1878. His parents were Carl Pudritzky/Puderitzke and Dorothea Bauermeister Pudritzky. They were married in Brandenburg, Germany in 1864. These are the Church Covenant Cadets of 1893: Aldrich Baxter, Arthur Langguth, Gus Ciliax, Paul Krause, Alex Lisk, Arthur KR, Harry Yager, Ed Pokorny, Chas. Pudrith and George Petersen. If you have any information on this group, please comment.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The volunteers at WayneGenWeb, MiGenWeb and USGenWeb would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Don't forget to open the door and let the new year in!

Michigan Probate Records on Family Search

Record Description: The collection consists of probate records from county courthouses in Michigan for the years 1797 to 1973. Most of the collection contains estate files. The content and time period varies by county. Some of the records date before 1837 when Michigan became a state. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973.