I was happy to discover that not only was there a Kent County, Michigan, Deed Index on microfilm (F572.K3I5, r.1 and FHC# 1392829*), there were several rolls containing the deeds, too. [The Shaws lived in Kent county in 1860] *Use the F572 number at the Library of Michigan; use the FHC number at the Family History Center(s)
The index (Roll #1) stated that it contained a "Re-indexing of Records Saved from Fire and Ends January 1861."
My interpretation of an entry in the index was SHAW, Benjamin Franklin to John SHAW & wife, Liber R, Page 585; my first reaction was yipee, I found them! Not so fast.
I then looked up deed R-585 in Roll #6. The surname on R-585 was SHAVER, not SHAW. Even though I was hoping for a SHAW breakthrough (perhaps a deed giving their residence as Livingston Co., New York), it was helpful that both the index and the deeds were available for view. I realized the discrepancy right away.
My research then went in another direction.