During Fort Wayne Ancestry Day's Ask the Experts Panel, we received so many questions that we were unable to answer them all during the event. The following are questions asked and The Genealogy Center staff's responses.
Are probate records available on Ancestry (for Michigan)?
Ancestry has approximately 40 databases that pertain to probate records, but none of those are for Michigan. Michigan's probate records are normally kept at the County Probate Courthouse. Family Search has filmed some of Michigan's probate records if the county's probate court office gave permission. The Archives of Michigan has some probate records (see their circular #6 for details).
How do I obtain school records from a Catholic Diocese from the early 1900's (Lansing, Michigan)?
According to staff from the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, they do not have school records. It is the Diocese's policy to have student academic records held at the school where the student attended. Should the school no longer exist, you may wish to contact the Diocese to see if school's records were sent to their Archives. You may contact their archivist, Msgr. George Michalek, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 517-342-2540.