Volunteer Opportunities
The DSGR is dedicated to bringing new resources to members and non-members alike. WE NEED YOUR HELP! We have a number of ways in which you can help us make the Society stronger. You can work in the comfort of your own home or in the classic surroundings of the Burton Historical Collection Reading Room at the main Detroit Public Library. 
Help us preserve the past for future generations.
Book Reviewer & Editor
Book Review Editor
  • The Book Review Editor will receive submitted reviews of various new publications that would be of interest to the genealogical community.   Responsibilty would be to edit those reviews and prepare them for publication in the Quarterly DSGR Magazine.   Reviewers will coordinate with the editor to ensure that the work has not been already reviewed in the publication and that it is not in progress by another reviewer.    Once the edit is completed, the review is submitted to the chief editor of the DSGR Magazine.   If interested contact DSGR Editor.
Book Reviewer
  • The position(s) of book reviewer would entail the reading and then writing of a review of a new publication that would be of interest to the genealogical audience.   Agreement on the appropriateness of the publication would be between the reviewer and the Book Review Editor.   Submissions to the editor would need to be on a timely basis to meet deadlines for publication in the Quarterly DSGR Magazine.  If interested, contact DSGR Editor.
Your Personal Documents / Genealogies
  • For 79 years the material printed in the DSGR Magazine has been contributed by members like you. We invite you to contribute your genealogy, articles, Bible records, birth marriage & death records, probate, deed, pension, tax or military records, diaries, letters and other interesting and pertinent items you may have collected or transcribed.
Manuscript Transcriptions
  • The DSGR Magazine has been given access to manuscripts in the Burton Historical Collection and has been transcribing these to appear in the magazine.    These manuscripts have never been published before.   Transcription projects can be done in your own home (you will receive electronic versions of the pages you are to transcribe) and then you type the information into MS Word or MS Excel depending on the type of information in agreement with the DSGR Magazine Editor.
They Came to Michigan profile
  • You probably have ancestors who came to Michigan at some point. Our feature "They Came to Michigan", which has been in the Magazine for nearly 50 years, needs contributions. These are "thumbnail sketches" of ancestors who came to Michigan before 1915. Here is an example: JOSEPH FRUMVELLER was born in Garrebourg, France, 11 November 1826, the son of Joseph Fromweiller and Genevieve Meguin; died Detroit, November 1855, buried Mt. Elliott Cemetery. He was a tinsmith. He married in St. Mary's Church, Detroit, 15 November 1848, MARY STOLL. They had three children, all born and died Detroit, buried in Mt. Elliott Cemetery, all surname FRUMVELLER: 1) Elizabeth, b. August 1849; d. July 1861. 2) Anthony, b. 1853 or 1854; d. 3 May 1888. 30 Joseph, b. 1855, d. 10 November 1874.  
Contact Our Editor
  • The Editor, will be happy to answer your questions and assist with your material. Please contact him at: Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Attn: Editor c/o Burton Historical Collection Detroit Public Library 5201 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202-4007 Or email him at editor@dsgr.org
Cumulative Index Project
  • Although the website includes separate digitized (PDF) indexes for each annual volume, we have also uploaded a partial, cumulative full-name index, based on earlier work of the Society, which merges volumes 1- 31 and 51-76.  Shortly, we will be kicking-off a volunteer project to incorporate the missing indexes for volumes 32-50 into the cumulative index.  The necessary files for this project have already been created.  We will NOT need volunteers to index, but to simply compare the original index images for a single year (or part thereof) against an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Word document for that same index to identify inconsistencies between the two.  We ask that you then just highlight them on the Word document – do not change them.  Both files, in the same alphabetical sequence, for a given volume (year), along with instructions, will be sent to a volunteer for making the comparison.  At the volunteer’s convenience, these files can be easily compared side by side on a single computer screen making the highlight task fairly simple.  If you are not comfortable using a computer, we could send printouts for you to compare.  Please volunteer for this new DSGRM Cumulative Index Project now by sending an email to: askdsgr@dsgr.org with “VOLUNTEER” in the subject line.