Michigan Cemetery Records Research Guide

Michigan cemetery records are often used by genealogists when they are researching family history for others. Why bother paying an intermediary to do all the work, when you can access Michigan cemetery records yourself and do your own research?

You are probably going to be required to pay a small fee to get copies of most Michigan cemetery records, but it is still a lot less than paying someone else, who will add the extra fees to their bills.

You can save a lot of money by doing your own family tree research, and you will find that when you have documents such as Michigan cemetery records, it is a fun project that you will really get into.

Michigan Cemetery and gravestone inscriptions are a rich source of information for family historians. For Definitions of all Cemetery Terms See Symbols on Gravestones and Their Interpretations

Learn More than You May Expect

Many people think that the only thing they are going to learn from Michigan cemetery records is when a person died. Actually, these records contain a lot more information that you need to have in order to have truly accurate family trees.

Michigan cemetery records can tell you a lot about a person, including:

  • How old they were when they died
  • Where they lived when they died
  • The hospital where they died
  • The attending physician at the time of death (this is not always available)
  • The name of the person’s spouse
  • The names of the person’s next of kin
  • The names of the person’s parents and siblings (this is not always available)

The more information you can get, the better you will be able to do research and have a complete family tree when you are all finished. Using Michigan cemetery records is a great way to get a lot of the information you are going to need.

Of course, you cannot just stop with the Michigan cemetery records. There are many other documents that will be important for your research, including birth records, marriage records, census records and more.

The days of having to hire a professional genealogist to do your family tree are long gone. With so many websites on the subject, as well as books and other literature, it is easy for anyone to be able to access

Michigan cemetery records and other documents, and create their own family trees that they can leave for future generations to add to.

Research In Michigan Cemetery Records

There are more than 1,000 books full of published and transcribed Michigan tombstone listings located in the Burton Historical Collection and at the Library of Michigan.

The Michigan Cemetery Compendium (Spring Arbor, Mich.: HAR-AL, 1979) lists the majority of the state’s cemeteries and their locations, if in-person research is required.

Famous People Buried in Michigan Cemeteries

CountyName / Date / CemeteryDescription
CalhounTruth, Sojourner
12/1/1904 – 11/26/1883
Oak Hill Cemetery
Abolitionist and Social Reformer.
In 1828, she successfully fought a legal battle to regain custody of her son, becoming the first black woman to win a lawsuit against a white man.
ChippewaEdmund Fitzgerald Shipwreck Memorial

Great Lakes Shipwrecks Museum
Great lakes Freighter Disaster.
On November 10, 1975, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald was lost with her entire crew of 29 men on Lake Superior, 17 miles from Whitefish Point, Michigan.
ChippewaPitre, Didier ‘Cannonball’
9/1/1883 – 7/29/1934
Riverside Cemetery
Hall of Fame Professional Hockey Player.
He played for the teams, Montreal Nationals (1903 to 1905), Michigan Soo Indians (1904 to 1907), Montreal Shamrocks (1907 to 1908), Edmonton Eskimos (1907 to 1908), Renfrew Millionaires (1908 to 1909), Vancouver Millionaires (1913 to 1914), and the Montreal Canadiens (1909 to 1923).
InghamOlds, Ransom Eli
6/3/1864 – 8/26/1950
Mount Hope Cemetery
American inventor and automotive pioneer, best known as the founder of the car company that became Oldsmobile Motor Division of General Motors Corporation (GM).
He was born Ransom Eli Olds on June 3, 1864, in Geneva, Ohio, the younger of two sons of Pliny Fisk Olds and Sarah Whipple Olds.
KalamazooKing Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther

Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
Memorial monument erected in the memory of Dr King.
KentFord (Bloomer), Betty (Elizabeth Ann)
4/8/1918 – 7/8/2011
Gerald R.
Ford Museum
US Presidential First Lady.
Wife of 38th President Gerald R.
KentFord (King, Jr. ), Gerald (Leslie Lynch) Rudolph
7/14/1913 – 12/26/2006
Gerald R.
Ford Museum
38th United States President.
Born as Leslie Lynch King, Jr.
KentYork, Dick
9/4/1928 – 2/20/1992
Plainfield Cemetery
Actor, most remembered for his role as Darrin Stephens, the often-frustrated husband of Elizabeth Montgomery, in the Television sitcom series, Bewitched.
Born Richard Allen York in Fort Wayne, Indiana on 4 September 1928, he quickly found work in the entertainment industry.
WayneClarke, Tony
4/13/1940 – 8/28/1971
United Memorial Gardens
Singer, Songwriter, Producer.
Born Ralph Williams, he wrote for many legendary artists, including Etta James’ “Two Sides to Every Story” and “Pushover” and David Ruffin’s early hit song “Mr.
WayneFord, Henry
7/30/1863 – 4/7/1947
Ford Cemetery
Pioneer IndustrialiSt. 
Founder of the Ford Motor Company.
WayneJackson, Michael
8/29/1958 – 6/25/2009
Woodlawn Cemetery
Musician, Entertainer.
He was called the “King of Pop,” and is best remembered for his revolutionary videos such as “Thriller” (1982), and “Dangerous” (1991), as well as two Guinness World Records: Most successful entertainer of all time (with 13 Grammy Awards, 13 Number One single hits in a solo career, and sales of over 750 million in albums worldwide), and for having the greatest selling album of all time (“Thriller”).
WayneParks (McCauley), Rosa (Rosa Louise)
2/4/1913 – 10/24/2005
Woodlawn Cemetery
Civil Rights Pioneer and Social ActiviSt. 
An African-American working woman, she became most famous for her refusal in 1955 to give up a bus seat to a white man who was getting on the bus, an incident that led to her arrest and inspired Dr.
WaynePeppard, George
10/1/1928 – 5/8/1994
Northview Cemetery
Actor, he is best remembered for his breakthrough role of Paul “Fred” Varjak in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), and for his role of Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith in the television series “The A-Team” (1983-1986).
Born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of opera singer and building contractor Vernelle Rohrer.
WayneRuffin, David
1/18/1941 – 6/1/1991
Woodlawn Cemetery
R & B singer and lead for the famed Motown group The Temptations.
David Ruffin could not capitalize on his first solo singles for various labels, so he shared his private pain in the Temptations’ biggest hits.
WayneStubbs, Levi
6/6/1936 – 10/17/2008
Woodlawn Cemetery
He was the lead vocalist of the legendary musical Motown group The Four Tops.
WayneWar Memorial

Woodmere Cemetery
Erected by the Veteran’s Association, the monument is dedicated to the memory of the soldiers of 19th US Infantry and other regiments who served in the Civil War.
WayneWilson, Jackie (Jack Leroy)
6/9/1934 – 1/21/1984
Westlawn Cemetery
Born Jack Leroy Wilson in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Jack and Eliza Wilson from Columbus, Mississippi.

Michigan Cemeteries

Cemetery NameCemetery City
Mount Joy CemeteryAlcona
Forest Hill CemeteryAnn Arbor
Fort Custer National CemeteryAugusta
Roseland Park CemeteryBerkley
St. Clements CemeteryCenter Line
St. John’s Catholic CemeteryClaybanks Township
Resurrection CemeteryClinton Township
Pine Tree CemeteryCorunna
St. Hedwig CemeteryDearborn Heights
Elmwood CemeteryDetroit
Holy Cross CemeteryDetroit
Mount Elliott CemeteryDetroit
Mount Olivet CemeteryDetroit
Woodlawn CemeteryDetroit
Machpelah CemeteryFerndale
Michigan Memorial CemeteryFlat Rock
Great Lakes National CemeteryHolly
Maple Ridge CemeteryHolt
Glen Eden Lutheran Memorial ParkLivonia
Eden CemeteryMason
Hawley CemeteryMason
Leek CemeteryMason
Maple Grove CemeteryMason
Pine Grove CemeteryMillington – Kayla Rolland
Evergreen CemeteryMuskegon
Lakeside CemeteryMuskegon
Oakwood CemeteryMuskegon
Restlawn CemeteryMuskegon
Mona View CemeteryMuskegon Heights
Knapp CemeteryNorthville
Rural Hill CemeteryNorthville
Thayer CemeteryNorthville
Waterford CemeteryNorthville
Yerkes CemeteryNorthville
Norton CemeteryNorton Shores
Guardian Angel CemeteryOakland Township
Lakeside CemeteryPort Huron
Oakview Cemetery & MausoleumRoyal Oak
Holy Sepulchre CemeterySouthfield
White Chapel CemeteryTroy
Detroit Memorial Park EastWarren
All Saints CemeteryWaterford Township
William Ganong CemeteryWestland
Mount Carmel CemeteryWyandotte

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