If you had an ancestor who was a member of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Michigan during the 1930s, you are in luck. There is now available online the volumes from the Masonic lodges have a “In Memoriam” section which identifies all of the known members of the Michigan masonic community that had died in the previous calendar year. This alphabetical listing provides individual’s names, death date, the lodge name, its number and the location of the lodge in Michigan. With this type of information you can locate an obituary or death certificate much easier. There are approximately 16,500 names in the collection which covers 1929 to 1936, again the deaths are noted for the previous year.
Each file of names are in PDF format so anyone can view them on their computer. For example surnames letters ‘R -S’ has 59 pages of names in columns. Full names, death date and location will be the most important items. However, do not overlook the Masonic Lodge name and number. You should contract that lodge and see what information they still have in their archives. Most lodges will keep photographs and information on members for decades.
Just click on the surname listing and then scroll the collection. Even if you are not such if an ancestor was a member of a Michigan Masonic Lodge, look over the collection, you might e surprised.
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