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, 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

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