Detroit Area Vital Records Indexes
Because families migrated throughout
America looking for work, we often find branches
of our extended family in regions far from our place of
birth. Many of our society members have links to
Detroit, the site of a significant and numerically
substantial Polish-American population. For this
reason, we have created several databases to assist
researchers in finding missing branches of their family
The names in the databases of birth, death and marriage were
taken from various printed sources we have at our disposal,
including newspapers, parish bulletins and parish histories.
THE DATA COLLECTIONS ARE NOT COMPLETE.
They represent only what was able to be taken from these
secondary printed sources.
Polish language newspaper which
served the Detroit area,
Dziennik Polski, was very
inconsistent in its provision of birth, death and marriage
information. In some years, there were only occasional
paid death notices. In other years, there were
frequent marriage announcements but no death and birth
notices. For some years, notably 1912 and 1923,
several months of the newspaper are missing. These
lists should not in any way be considered comprehensive.
They do, however, mirror what the newspaper carried for a
In many cases, first names were not
given, merely initials. In other cases, names are
spelled wrong because they were either typeset incorrectly
or were spelled wrong on the original document from which they were extracted.
The birth notices at times gave the name of
the child. However, many list the name of the mother
not the baby.
The names in the death index include lists of deaths
published in the newspaper or parish bulletin and may or may
not be the actual date of death.
Most of the marriage information lists the date the
announcement of the issue of the marriage license appeared
in the printed source and is usually not the date of
marriage but provides a close approximation of when the
marriage took place.
On the following pages, each year will have a series of
letters. Click on the letter of the surname in which
you are interested. If there are no letters following
the year, this indicates that there is only a small quantity
of information and division by letter was not necessary.
Birth Announcement Index
Death Announcement Index
Marriage License Index