A Thread, a Puzzle, a Mystery, a Treasure Hunt? – April 9th DSGR meeting

Join us April 9 for A Thread, a Puzzle, a Mystery, a Treasure Hunt? – April’s DSGR meeting with Bill Priest, a genealogy teacher, nationally known speaker, and member of several Ohio and National genealogical societies. Bill will show examples of four genealogical research methodologies: Assembling a Puzzle – taking pieces with odd edges and assembling them into something that makes sense; Solving a Mystery – using deduction, like Sherlock Holmes, to find the information we need; Finding a Treasurer – using clues to find information that helps us fill in holes in our family trees; Following a Thread – using it to follow a path to find information along the way.

For more information, please see our event wall

Denissen Index Now Available

dsgrThe Detroit Society for Genealogical Research has recently converted The French Families of the Detroit River Region by Rev. Fr Christian Denissen into a digital format.The bulk of the work, 1450 pages of family history, will be made available by the end of the second quarter of 2016 in our Members area.

Index of Genealogy of the French Families of the Detroit River Region by Rev. Father Christian Denissen

This work is being made available for personal research to our members. The copyright is owned by the Burton Historical Collection and it is with their permission that DSGR, as the publisher of the work, is able to place this on our site. This publication was initially a Bicentennial project of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research and the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library.

This project has been approved by the Detroit Bicentennial commission as an authorized Bicentennial project.

Join the DSGR today to have exclusive access to multiple resources in our Members section

DSGR’s 29th annual Allen County Public Library Bus Trip – 12 Mar 2016 – Register Now!

You are invited to join members and friends of the DSGR for a full day of research at the 2nd largest genealogical research library in the United States.

Cost for DSGR members is $35, non-member guests $40; boxed meals $10 (optional)

ft allenThe cost covers transportation on a full facility (National Trails) bus. We will have donuts and bottled water available during the morning ride to Fort Wayne, Indiana. There are vending machines with pop and snacks at rest stops, and the ACPL has a concession area available for lunch (restaurants are also nearby). For the return trip, optional boxed meals can be purchased.

6:30 AM – Depart: Lawrence Technological University parking lot C (Southfield)
7:15 AM – Depart: Chelsea Park & Ride at Exit 159 off I-94
8:30 AM – Rest Stop
10:00 AM – Arrive at Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM – Research Time
6:15 PM – Depart: Fort Wayne, Indiana
8:15 PM – Rest Stop
9:00 PM – Arrive back at Chelsea Park & Ride at Exit 159 off I-94
9:45 PM – Arrive back at Lawrence Technological University parking lot C (Southfield)

Reservations limited to the first 55 people – so don’t delay, reserve Today!

Allen County Public Library Bus Trip

Don’t forget the Michigan Censuses!

With the wicked weather today and tomorrow, many of us will enjoy a bit of ancestor hunting. With US censuses being one of the mosted reviewed record collections in genealogy, this is just a friendly reminder to also check the state censuses as well.
State Census 1884


Two of the more popular Michigan censuses, 1884 &1894, are on Seeking Michigan.




The index for the State Census, 1827-1874 is also on Seeking Michigan. Unfortunately, Wayne County records are not included. The collection contains information on the following counties for the years listed:

Census 1827


Branch (1857, 1874)
Clinton (1864)
Eaton (1845, 1854, 1864, 1874)
Houghton (1864, 1874)
Lenawee (1845)
Kalamazoo (1874)
St. Joseph (1845)
Sanilac (1864)
Washtenaw (1827, 1845, 1854)



Both collections are wonderful resources for your research but not very helpful if your ancestors were living in Wayne County before 1884.

Lucky for us, Ancestry.com has a record collection titled Michigan, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1827-1870, which has almost 40,000 Wayne County census, voter, and tax records.

Some of the record years available for Wayne County (not including US censuses):

1769                                    1802           1806        1810

1820                                    1821           1823        1825 Tax List

1827 Territorial Census       1830           1834        1840 Pensioners List

Stay warm and Happy Hunting!
Deidre Erin

Latest Update on Eloise Cemetery Research Project

Last Tuesday, Wayne County quickly halted the Eloise Cemetery Research Project. This was followed by a chorus of long frustrated sighs echoing throughout the metro Detroit genealogy community.

Original Story: Hidden Eloise Graves Uncovered in Westland  11/30/15
Follow Up Story: Wayne County Halts Unearthing of Eloise Cemetery Graves 12/15/15


Thankfully, Fred Kuplicki, an advisor to the Eloise Cemetery Research Project, posted an update on Detroit Genealogy on Facebook.

fredThank you Fred & the Eloise Cemetery Research Project volunteers!

Happy Hunting!
Deidre Erin

The Burton Historical Library turns 100 today!!

Happy Birthday Burton Historical Library! Did you know that Clarence M. Burton donated his own home along with his personal library to the Detroit Public Library?


Detroit Free Press – 18 Sep 1915


Source: DPL Digital Collection


Clarence Monroe Burton has a special place in the hearts of many Detroit family historians. The sentiments on his plague at the Detroit Public Library are just as strong as the day the tablet was created.

“In honor of Clarence Monroe Burton, a citizen of Detroit, his genius and interest lay in the collection of the original source of the history of this city and state and of the Northwest Territory. Having devoted a lifetime of effort to this work he presented the results of his interest and industry to his fellow citizens. Anno Domini MCMXXI.”


Source: DPL Digital Collection





New Genealogy Research Forms on DSGR.ORG

New genealogy research forms have just been added to the “Resources” section on DSGR.org.

Genealogy Research Forms

Each form has a “fillable” version that that you can use to document your research activities. The filled version cannot be saved with contents. So once you have filled the form in, you should print it before exiting.

Thank you Karen Grizzard for creating these wonderful forms for DSGR and fellow genealogists.

Happy Hunting!
Deidre Erin