Do you have ancestors in Michigan? If so, there are two fantastic resources you should know about for online records.
FamilySearch.org has birth, marriage, and death records for Michigan online, as follows: Michigan Births 1867—1902, Michigan Marriages 1868—1925, Michigan Deaths 1867—1897. You can search the records through the index, then view and save a digital image of the original record.
The family of Juan Fernandez Hocker and Anna Piper wound up in Berrien county, Michigan. I found marriage records for son Jack F. Hocker [aka Juan Fernandez Jr.] and his wife Mary Cumings (1901), daughter Kate Hocker and husband Alva L. Pratt (1898), daughter Bertha Hocker and husband Clary Van Allen (1902), son William Wilkes Hocker and his wife Alvina Umphrey (1903), son John Oliver Hocker and his wife Olive H. Hosbein (1905), and daughter Elizabeth Hocker and her husband Benjamin Koof (1905).
The other site is SeekingMichigan.org. In conjunction with the Michigan State Library, they’ve put Michigan Death Records 1897—1920 online for free. They’ve got about 25% of the 1 million records online already and are adding more in the coming weeks. You can read the article about the database, including which counties are already available online. They have had some problems with the search and are currently working on it. So, if you have trouble finding what you’re after, try try again later.
Berrien county isn’t yet complete, so I didn’t find any of my Michigan Hockers, but I’ve bookmarked the site and fully intend to be visiting it again in the future.
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