Congratulations: David C. Bailey

Congratulations to David C. Bailey, one of our contributing authors in the Detroit Society fof Genealogical Research Magazine, for being awarded the Ilinois Community Service Award for his work in documenting Civil War soldiers connected  to Illinois by the Illinois State Genealogical Society.    David's series of articles titled, A Roster of Detroit Post # 384, Grand Army of the Republic, is currently running in our magazine.

The DSGR Invites You to Join Us
September 10, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
Explorer's Room at the Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Avenue
Matthew Pacer, Staff Librarian, Library of Michigan will present "Resources Available for Genealogy at the Library of Michigan." This session will focus on print materials (paper & film) in the collections, including (but not limited to): newspapers and indexes, city directories and state gazetteers, current NARA film collection and Canadian census, Michigan plat, and other maps and atlases, land records, county and local histories (and other various treasures in the "Michigan Counties and Towns" area of the Michigan Collection, cemetery readings, vital records, Michigan documents (including the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society's Collection), an update on Michigan periodicals, and more!

Summer 2016 Issue of DSGR Magazine

Attention:  The Summer, 2016, issue of the DSGR Magazine will be published a bit late.   As you are aware, we are a total Volunteer organization and our Editor has had a number of personal issue arise that have caused this issue to run late.   Your patience is appreciated.  Check back and this notice will be updated when the magazine has been sent to the printer.
Our Editor, Bill Ruddock, has asked to be relieved of his duties as Editor of the Magazine.   While this may seem to be a HUGE undertaking for any one person, please consider volunteering to be our new editor -- OR AS A MEMBER OF THE EDITORIAL TEAM.   The Board of Directors would be willing to work with a team of members who have varying skills that could all fit together to accomplish the publication of our magazine in its 80th year.   If you are interested in the position or in the kinds of skills that might help as part of the team, see the Volunteer Opportunites Section of our web site or send an email to    Thank you.

Denissen Index Now Available

Genealogy of the French Families of the Detroit River Region by Rev. Father Christian Denissen. 
The 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. 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. 
The index is now available to the general public: Denissen Index.   

Cumulative Index Project

The Detroit Society for Genealogical Research is conducting an on-going effort to provide internet access to its magazine (DSGRM). Access will be provided through its website, Although the website includes separate digitized indexes (PDF files) for each annual volume of the magazine, 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.
Now, we undertaking a project to incorporate the missing indexes for volumes 32-50 into the cumulative index. DSGR is seeking volunteers who would be interested in giving 4-5 hours of their time to perform an index comparison task. Each volunteer would compare the newly created (OCR) Word document against the original index images (PDF files) for a single year (or part thereof). Any inconsistencies identified between the two indexes will be highlighted on the OCR Word document. The highlighted Word document would then be sent back to the project team. DSGR is NOT asking the volunteer to make any changes, but to merely highlight an entry that does not look the same in both indexes. Validation and corrections will be made by the project team.
Please volunteer for this new DSGRM Cumulative Index Project now by sending an email to: with “VOLUNTEER” in the subject line.