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Genealogy of the French families of the Detroit River region, revision, 1701-1936

by Christian Denissen; Harold Frederic Powell; Robert Louis Pilon

  Print book  |  1987 revision

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Definitive genealogy work   (2013-04-03)


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by RLPilon

Fr. Denissen travelled to churches in the area until 1911 and collected all available church marriage records in the SE Michigan area from 1701 to the date of his visit.  A group from the DSGR, led by Harold F. Powell, PhD, put the information in genealogical research form as a bicentennial project for 1976 publication.  A limited run of 500 numbered copies were made available, easily sold out, which copies are collector's items.  Ten years later another group of DSGR volunteers re-printed the work with the addition of information through the mid-1930s as submitted by genealogists and verified by the volunteers.  This made 1,000 more copies available for researchers, and they were completely sold out again by 2001.  Many Midwestern libraries have copies available for researchers, and the opportunity to locate ancestors via this two volume set should not be missed.  Indexing is excellent and family groups are alphabetical in the books.  Many of the lines of French families have been connected with their Canadian origins.

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