Libraries to bring vital records to public’s fingertips

GENESEE COUNTY – The Genesee District Library and Flint Public Library have come together to help promote the access of vital records online.

Genesee County Clerk John Gleason said he turned to the libraries for help informing the public it doesn’t have wait in long lines at the clerk’s office in downtown Flint to obtain copies of marriage, death and birth certificates, as well as information from the Register of Deeds department.

Gleason said his department took the lead in accepting credit and debit card payments and has now made vital records and deeds available online. The challenge, he said, has been making people aware of these services.

“John got us aboard and showed us a demo of the software,” said Kay Schwartz, director of the Flint Public Library. “This is a pretty cool tool for our public.”

The libraries are not only promoting the program, called “Online, Not In Line,” but they are encouraging residents who might not have Internet access or who need assistance navigating the Web to come to their local library to access the vital records data.

“It’s about access,” said Dave Conklin, director of the Genesee District Library. “The level of technology is different than years gone by.”

To publicize the county’s vital records online, the libraries are handing out bookmarks featuring the promotion which includes the county clerk’s Website,, and a list of forms and records available.

Those records and forms include: vitals, legal forms and 7th District Circuit Court records, personal protection order information, forms and fees and Register of Deeds documents.

There is also a scanner tag available for Smartphone users to scan, giving them access to the county website by their handheld devices.

Gleason said he is pleased with the collaboration between the library systems and his office.

“These folks have dedicated their staff,” he said. “They are helpful and supportive in getting people online to take advantage of these services.”

Both library directors said their staffs will help any library patron get online and access the county Website to get the records they need.

Schwartz and Conklin said the public should look forward to future collaborations between the library systems.

In September it is National Library Card Month and in honor of that occasion, 27 Genesee County businesses will be offering promotions to customers who show either their Flint of Genesee District Library card.

A complete list of participating businesses can be found at the Flint Public Library Website at and the Genesee District Library site at

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