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.
Detroit is full of traditions but I didn’t heard this one growing up.
Mr. Stone did so much more than hosting Halloween parties that Stone Memorial Park and Pool in Detroit was named in his honor by his fellow Detroiters.
The 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.
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.
Christmas has come early for Detroit researchers!
Detroit News Article: Historic Detroit News Items Go To State Archives