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

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

Attention Tiger Fans!!! Tour the Ernie Harwell Collection this Saturday with Mark Bowden


Photo Source: Burton Image Collection

Tour the Harwell Collection with Mark Bowden this Saturday and discover the treasures donated to the Detroit Public Library by the Baseball Hall of Fame and Detroit Tigers sportscaster, Ernie Harwell.

You will learn about his early life and career, the origins of the collection, and what it offers to genealogists.

Saturday, June 13
10:30 am
Friends Conference Room
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, Michigan

Bring a friend — this talk is more about the career of Ernie Harwell and baseball than it is about family history

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

DSGR “Our Ancestors” Gallery – Submit Your Photos Now

Do you have photos of your Michigan ancestors that you would like included in “Our Ancestors” gallery?

Send a jpeg and a brief biography, along with your name and contact information, to for consideration.

Let’s work together to make the past come alive for future generations. Who knows, you might even find a missing relative or two yourself.

*Note: Your contact information will not be published. You can choose whether or not you want your ancestral line included with your photos.
Clarence Monroe Burton  Benefactor of the Burton Historical Collection- Detroit Public Library

Clarence Monroe Burton
Benefactor of the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library


5 days until DSGR’s Research Trip to the Archives of Michigan & Library of Michigan

DSGR’s Research Trip to the Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan in Lansing, Michigan is this┬áSaturday, May 16, 2015!

Join the members and friends of DSGR for a full day of research at the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan. These two facilities are a must visit for every Michigan researcher and they are both in the same building!

A tour of the Archives will be hosted by Kris Rzepczynski at 9:00 am for those who have not been there before. There will be ample time for individual research throughout the day Both the Archives and Library will be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Cost for DSGR members is $20, non-member guests $25. This covers transportation on a full facility (National Trails) bus. Reservations are limited to the first 55 people – so don’t delay, reserve ASAP.

Pleases see the attached flier for registration and additional information.

Download: 2015 Archives of Michigan Trip

DSGR members and friends are welcome to attend, whether you carpool with friends or drive yourself to Lansing..