Seeking Michigan Death Records

I had a few minutes today, and I spent it looking for family death on Seeking Michigan.  I had copied the information from a ledger at the Ingham County court house, but I wanted the certificate.

This explains how I managed to print the image without the big thick black border,  and save the image to attach to my genealogy program.  All of these images are thumbnails, you may click to enlarge.

Lena Yearnd/Yournd died in 1917.  I went to the website at


I just typed the last name, “Yearnd” into the box on the front page, and clicked the box for “Document”, and the search icon. (This article is not about creative searching!)

What luck, there she was:


When I clicked on the image, I saw several choices:

seeking3I was able to enlarge the image, and look at all the sections, a larger preview.  I clicked print, and the resulting image was exactly as shown on the screen, with the black background.  I decided to do what I have done previously with images from Ancestry and other sources.

I clicked the printable version link again, and the screen looked like this:

seeking4Then, I just clicked “Cancel”.  The result was a screen show of the certificate.  Then I right clicked on the image and selected “Copy image”.

seeking51Then I opened the image in my photo editing program, pasted the image in, cropped off the black border, and saved it again.  The resulting image can be printed without the black border.


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