Downriver Genealogical Society

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Mr. Robert Kalich
Email: kalkar@wyan.org
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About Our Club

Downriver Genealogical Society

Our 20th Year as a Society

Current Membership is over 250 members from around the corner and around the country.

Serving the following Downriver Communities Allen Park, Brownstown, Ecorse, Flatrock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, South Rockwood, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven, Wyandotte, MI

OUR HISTORY
In the fall of 1979, an eight-session genealogy workshop was held. The persons attending the workshop desired to keep the initiative alive and met for the first time in January 1980 with fourteen people in attendance.The Downriver Genealogical Society became a reality. Within 10 short years our Society hosted the statewide Michigan Genealogical Council 3 day Seminar.The Downriver Genealogical Society has built a large genealogical library that is beneficial to members and to all persons seeking their heritage. Our society has numerous publications that are sold at our meetings, at our library and by mail. A more detailed list will be included in your new member packet. We welcome you to join and share the fun and excitement of your interest with other members of the Downriver Genealogical Society.

Purpose:
To preserve and perpetuate the records of our ancestors.
To encourage and assist members in genealogical research.
To compile and prepare records.
To promote the exchange of knowledge and aid individual members.
To encourage the deposit of genealogical records with the society.
To cooperate with other genealogical societies.
To sponsor educational courses and activities in genealogy and history.
To publish a genealogical newsletter.

Meetings - Newsletter - Library

Regular meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month(excluding July, August and December) at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Church in Wyandotte, located at 4th and Chestnut.

Newsletter:
DRGS publishes a quarterly newsletter, THE DOWNRIVER SEEKER, which is printed in February,May, August and November. Included is genealogical news, new publications, articles on local history, future programs, queries,local sources, additions to our surname index,etc. Members are encouraged to submit items for publication.

Our Library:
Our collection is housed at the Lincoln Park
Historical Museum located at 1335 Southfield.
Lincoln Park. In addition to many fine reference
books are included copies of members' five
generation charts, surname index and research
locality profiles. The library is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00 PM until
5:00 PM.
Additional library hours 7 pm to 9 pm on the
first Wednesday evening of the following
months: November, December 1999, February,
March and April 2000.


Workshops -Seminars -Trips etc.

The Downriver Genealogical Society conducts workshops and seminars that appeal to beginners as well as advanced researchers and cover a broad range of topics.
The society sponsors research bus trips to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN and hosted their first trip to Salt Lake City in 1998.
Microfilm Readers and Film:
The Downriver Genealogical Society owns several microfilm readers as well as census for the surrounding area that is available to members for a nominal users fee.

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