Family History Month – DSGR’s November Member Meeting

Hidden or Rarely Used Genealogy Resources
November 8th at 10:30 AM
Explorer’s Conference Room
Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Michigan

Diane V. Gagel, professional genealogist and author, and Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society, will cover unusual sources in government offices, libraries, and historical societies often overlooked by genealogists.

Note: Free fenced-in parking is available for all Saturday Library events on the south (Putnam Street) side of the Library.

Family History Month – Home of the Friendless Shelter

538275_10102202629669304_1404232497_nThe Home for the Friendless dates back to May of 1860 when the Ladies’ Christian Union was organized. It took in homeless women and children and “stray old ladies”. Some of the children that were there were the children of inmates in jail or in the Detroit House of Correction. In 1866, the home took in as boarders the children of widows and persons in service.

DSGR has a publication on the Home and a number of the residents that passed through: Record of the Juvenile Inmates of the Home for the Friendless, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI 1862-1868. This book lists the admissions and departures of the children housed there. Soft bound, 99 pages, indexed, published in 1995. Patricia Ibbotson; Indexed by James N. Jackson.

Family History Month – Detroit Police Department Records


1903 Detroit Police Captains (L – R) – Back Row: James McDonnell (Chief of Detectives); Third Row: Alfonso Baker, Lemuel Guyman, Pierce Hanrahan, & William Nolan; Second Row: William Thompson, Jesse Mack, Edmund F Culver, & A.H. Bachmann; Front Row: C.C. Starkweather, John T Spillane, Joan Martin, & Andrew J Rogers

Our boys in blue! If you had family members in the DPD, you’ll be happy to learn that some staff records are available in the Burton Historical Library and at the Archives of Michigan in Lansing.

Burton Historical Library
Detroit Police Department records, 1867-1907

Archives of Michigan
Police Force Pay Rolls
1887 – 1896
1902 – 1903
1907 – 1915
1921 – 1924
1931 – 1934
1943 – 1947

Did you know…

Detroit’s first police cruiser (late 1910) was a souped-up Oldsmobile that sped to crime scenes with up to 15 officers clinging to its doors and running boards.

This snazzy car replaced the Flying Squadron’s motorcycles.

Crusier 2

(L – R) Capt. Alphonse Baker, Sergt. John C Staples, and patrolmen Williams Fields, Fred Raymond, William Fisher, and Ora Tuttle