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January 5, 2005 - December 22, 2006

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Name: Kevin J. Pierce <> 
Date: 2006-12-22 
Earliest Known Ancestor Haddow 
They were from Wyndotte 
Born about January 16, 1915 
Hello Everyone
I have alot of deceased relatives who have lived in Riverview and Wyndotte Mi all their lives. I live in El Paso, Texas and Im finishing my degree in Anthroplogy, so my last act in school is to have Ancestrial chart going back at least possibly five generations (wow) So I hope I can get some help. Thankyou Merry Christmas.

Name: Kevin J. Pierce <> 
Date: 2006-12-22 
Earliest Known Ancestor Haddow 
They were from Wyndotte 
Born about January 16, 1915 
Hello Everyone
I have alot of deceased relatives who have lived in Riverview and Wyndotte all their lives. I live in El Paso, Texas and finishing my degree in Anthroplogy, so my
last act is to have Ancestrial chart going back at least
possibly five generations (wow) So I hope I can get some help. Thankyou Merry Christmas.

Name: Joyce Brown <> 
Date: 2006-12-08 
Earliest Known Ancestor Paternal grandmother 
They were from Scotland 
Born about 1894 
I am the first in my family to emmigrate to the U.S.A. consequently I am tracing my ancestors who were all from England and Scotland.
would your organization be able to work with me? most of the societies in this area are busy researching ancestors in the States

Name: Karen L. Chapin <> 
Date: 2006-11-28 
Earliest Known Ancestor Henry Sable 
They were from Hesse, Germany 
Born about 1830 
Born in Wyandotte, MI to Robert Wheeler Chapin II and Hazel Viola Sable. My mothers passed away when I was nine and we were put in foster homes and it wasn't until years later that I found all my sisters and brothers. However, I have not located my half brother and sister when my mother was married to Frank Reeves. Been trying to start family research on my mothers side, but get stuck at Henry Sable who is my g g grandfather.

Any suggestions?

Name: Joan E. Moore <> 
Date: 2006-11-21 
Earliest Known Ancestor Anton Heppner 
They were from Tiegenhagen, Germany 
Born about September 25,1672 
I have been looking for my family for over twenty years and have been able to pick up some bits of information here and there over the years ,not enough to make a book but maybe a paragraph or two. THANKS FOR THE SITE!!!!!!

Name: Jerry Walker <> 
Date: 2006-11-13 
Earliest Known Ancestor Elbert Upshaw 
They were from Beaver Falls, PA 
Born about August 4, 1897 
Nice website. Maybe I'll get into Detroit and visit.
Have a good holiday.

Name: Eileen Parris <> 
Date: 2006-11-06 
Earliest Known Ancestor Gabor & Rose Csorgo 
They were from Hungary 
Born about 1879 
Researching the area of Sarud, Heves, Hungary. Gabor Csorgo came over in 1904 to Detroit area. His wife, Rose Sebestyen Csorgo came over later with 2 daughters. Researching: Csorgo, Sebestyen, Pocs, Vizes, Malik, and Molnar.

Date: 2006-10-29 
Earliest Known Ancestor JAMES BLUTEAU DIT LARABEL 
They were from GUE DE VELIRE FRANCE 
Born about 1641 

Date: 2006-10-24 
Earliest Known Ancestor Fiscalin/Chartier 
They were from France 
Born about 1070 
Great work! With compliments to every working member! Claire

Name: Thomas King <> 
Date: 2006-10-12 
Earliest Known Ancestor Lillian and Marie Roulo 
Born about 1900 &1902 
I know that there were many Roulo/Rouleau families in Springwells at the turn of the century, but I don't which family our Lilliam came from. 

Name: Bart Simpson <> 
Date: 2006-10-01 
Earliest Known Ancestor Homer Simpson 
They were from Springfield, Illinois 
Born about 1984 
This website is awesome, dude.

Name: Pat from Kansas <> 
Date: 2006-09-25 
Earliest Known Ancestor Jacob Majchszak 
They were from German Poland 
Born about 1833 
Jacob Majchszak/Myshock b 1833 married Veronica Makoska abt 1853, she was b 1827. They came from German Poland and first settled in Detroit. Their children were: Joannes, John, Joseph, Stanislaus, and Francisca.

Name: Jim Trisket <> 
Date: 2006-09-20 
Earliest Known Ancestor william Tresscot 
They were from Hays Wales UK 
Born about 1614 
Hello, I'm looking for the links to the Michigan Trisket line. In the 1700's Triskets moved as Trescotts from Massechusetts & Vermont through NY, and in the 1800's into PA and further. Areas of destination included MI, OH, IN, WA, SC and other states. I would also like to find info on Leo Alexander Triskett and his line. 

Thanks, Jim Trisket

Name: Ken Pontius <> 
Date: 2006-09-06 
Earliest Known Ancestor Edward Bullerdick 
They were from Indiana 
Born about 1866 
Lved in Detroit and Encorse from 1900 - 1930

Name: Lee Krubner <> 
Date: 2006-09-05 
My surname appears in Leelanau county beginning in 1862 - I was born and raised in New Jersey - do not know if I am related to Michigan Krubners but the surname is so rare it suggests common ancestry.

Name: Douglas E. Robbins <> 
Date: 2006-09-04 
Earliest Known Ancestor John Conn 
They were from Ireland 
Born about 1675 
One of John's family, Walter Henry Conn, lived in Wyandotte from 1910 to 1930 according to the census for that time frame.

Name: James McMurdo <> 
Date: 2006-08-29 
Earliest Known Ancestor Rene Duguay 
They were from France 
Born about 1710 
Looking for obituary for Edward S Freeman. Died Lincoln Park, MI July 8, 1973.

Name: Robert Glen <> 
Date: 2006-08-23 
Earliest Known Ancestor unknown 
They were from Hungary 
Born about 9/24/61 
Looking for biological mother, born in Melvindale 1937. Oldest of 5 sibling girls. Her father worked for a local steel company, possible surname of Kovacs of Nagy, was of Hungarian extraction. Quit school in senior year to marry in 1955, divorced in 1959. I was born 9/24/1961 at Crittenton Hospital, diven the name Robert Glen. 

Name: Peggy <> 
Date: 2006-08-22 
Earliest Known Ancestor Reuben Wharfield 
They were from MA 
Born about January 1753 
Reuben Wharfield was a volunteer soldier during the Revolutionary War. His son Henry moved to Wayne County between 1840 and 1850. The family lived in Redford, and Wyandotte. Henry and his wife Mary Ann Wharfield raised 8 children in Wayne County;Ludema, William H., James B. Nancy Ann, Harriet E. Angelette (Lettie) George A. Benjamin Franklin 

Name: Susan Metalski <> 
Date: 2006-08-18 
Earliest Known Ancestor John Miller, Christopher Lukity 
They were from Austria-Hungry 
Born about 1860-1880 
My great-grandparents are buried in the cemetary on Northline Rd. John and Mary Miller came from Austria-Hungry in 1904 with five chidren. They had six children, Peter, Margaret, Frank, John, Anthony, and Anne. Christopher and Catherine Lukity came over in 1905 from Austria-Hungry. They had eight children, Madeline, Regina, Katherine, Jenny, John, Jack, another boy, and Mary. This is a dead end from here.

Date: 2006-08-01 
Earliest Known Ancestor Schuffert 
They were from Germany 
Born about 1812 
Hope to discover more about their lives in Wayne County around 1880-1900.

Thanks for your good work!


Name: David Schmidt <> 
Date: 2006-07-02 
Earliest Known Ancestor William Schmidt 
They were from Wyandotte, Michigan 
Born about 1902 
I am the Grandson of William Schmidt and Mary Louise Julian, Mother and Father of 8 or 9 Children. A tradgic death of the Father William split the family up and the children where sent to work farms and foster care if you have any information about any of these people then please email us -
thank you. 

Name: William G. Champe <> 
Date: 2006-06-30 
Earliest Known Ancestor Nathaniel Champe 
They were from Virginia, Ohio 
Born about 1792 
Nathaniel Champe came to Detroit in the army During the War of 1812. Returned after war, married had 7 children. Built the Temperance Hotel where the Book Cadillac now stands. Turned the hotel over to his son William around 1837, Nathaniel and another son, Melvin, and their 2 families moved to Ingham County in 1852. William remained, I think he had a farm (Emmons????) near Lincoln Park.

Name: Therese Boussneur McClain <> 
Date: 2006-06-12 
Earliest Known Ancestor John Boussneur 
They were from France 
Born about 1825 
I am not having much luck with the Boussneur family research. I am especially trying to connect the John (Jean) Boussneur and Nicholas Boussneur families. John bought property in Greenfield Twp. on April 5, 1864. He was also witness to the purchase of land of Nicholas Boussneur. If anyone has information on the Boussneur family I would appreciate your help.

Name: Therese Boussneur McClain <> 
Date: 2006-06-12 
Earliest Known Ancestor Nicholas Boussneur 
They were from France 
Born about 1843 
One of the first landowners in Michigan. 

"Bousiner, Nicholas and Christine of Redford, pur. fr. Philip Weber and w. Mary of Redford, May 25, 1860, thirteen and one-third acres at N.E. corner of S.E. quarter of S.E. quarter, sec. 1, twp. 1, S. Range 10 E., being part of 30 acres. Witnesses: Jean Bousseneur and Nicholas Martin. Reg.: H.S. Roberts. Res. June 26, 1860." 

First Landowners - Detroit, Vol. 83, p. 226

Name: Gina Persons Davis <> 
Date: 2006-05-31 
Earliest Known Ancestor Robert M. Williams 
They were from Trenton, MI 
Born about 1949 
Robert M. Williams is my niece's father. He died quite some time ago in Rushville, Rush, IN. Looking for any family members to complete a family tree for her.

Other family members are from OH, IN, KS and IL - PERSONS, POULTON, VERMILLION, FOUST, LITTREAL, STEPHENS. Thanks for your help.

Name: Bill Bonner <> 
Date: 2006-04-25 
Earliest Known Ancestor John Clark 
They were from New York 
Born about 1777 
He is my great great grandfather and I'd like to know more about him and his family.

Name: melissa marra <> 
Date: 2006-04-18 
Earliest Known Ancestor Nettnay,Behm,Bahm,Werth,Worth 
They were from Germany 
I saw the name Nightingale in the family pages. I have some old photos if someone related might be interested.

Name: Karen L. Chapin <> 
Date: 2006-04-04 
Earliest Known Ancestor Orin and Susan Sable 
Looking into my family genealogy. My mother Hazel Viola (Sable) Chapin passed away on December 22, 1964 and my father Robert Wheeler Chapin is 89 and doesn't remember many details. So searching I will do. My mother siblings are: (to my knowledge): Floyd, Stella B, Irene, Edith,my mom, Betty, Effie, Ester. They lived in Wayne county and I am not sure if it was Wyandotte - much likely. Any suggestions on where to look; please let me know.

Name: Claire GAUTHIER Boutain <> 
Date: 2006-03-15 
Earliest Known Ancestor Charles GAUTHIER 
They were from France 
Born about 1655 
Just back from the monthly meeting--As usual it was full of great people and good information, AND good munchies! 

Name: Ken Pontius <> 
Date: 2006-02-21 
Earliest Known Ancestor Nicolas Pontius 
They were from Germany 
Born about 1570 
Looking for information on Edward Bullerdick who was in Ecorse in 1920 census.

Name: rose ann bolton <> 
Date: 2006-02-07 
Earliest Known Ancestor John pierzchala 
They were from poland 
Born about 1884 
this is my grandfather and he was buried in holy cross. unfortunately I don't know a whole lot about him, but i'm doing my genealogy and trying to find where he lived. I feel closer to my ancestors doing this.

Name: rose ann bolton <> 
Date: 2006-02-07 
Earliest Known Ancestor jahn pierzchala 
They were from poland 
Born about 1884 
this is my grandfather and he was buried in holy cross. unfortunately I don't know a whole lot about him, but i'm doing my genealogy and trying to find where he lived. I feel closer to my ancestors doing this.

Name: James Fullmer <> 
Date: 2006-01-27 
Earliest Known Ancestor Jean Guyon DuMontier 
They were from France 
Born about 1620 
I would like to pursue the history of my maternal ancestors: Gagnon, DuMontier, and Godbout. 

Name: Henry F. Gonzalez Berndt <> 
Date: 2006-01-26 
Earliest Known Ancestor Johann Heinrich Berndt,Albertina Kuschel 
They were from Niemietzke in Pommern 
Born about 1847 and 1849 
Came to Michigan on SS Carl that sailed from Bremen in 1873. Raised a family of nine children, all born in Michigan. 

Keep up the good work! Excelent web site.

Name: Donna Wilber Fromm <> 
Date: 2006-01-24 
Earliest Known Ancestor Elijah Goodell 
They were from Massachusetts 
Born about 1778 
I may not have the date listed correctly. I have to go back to my extensive records,but it is close. My family names are: 
Goodell, Riopelle, Quandt, Kohl, and Wilber. My father was Donald William Wilber. His mother was Mary Philomene Quandt, and grandmother was Mary Oceana Goodell. My great Aunt Ethel Quandt Barko was a dear person and active with the historical society, I believe. I have many more pictures I could share at some point. I think our family contributed some at the time of my grandmother's death in 1982. I would love to correspond with someone associated with the historical society. 


Name: Paul Gallagher <> 
Date: 2006-01-14 
Earliest Known Ancestor Dennis Sullivan - Patrick Beattie 
They were from Ireland 
Born about 1827 
I am doing research on the Sullivan/Beattie famlies (among others) that lived in Wyandotte. If anyone else has information on these familes, I'de welcome the chance to talk with another researcher.

Name: Gregg E. Douglas <> 
Date: 2005-12-29 
Earliest Known Ancestor Elias Hibbard Douglass 
They were from WhiteHall, Washington Co., New York 
Born about 14 Oct 1799 
Elias Douglass 1850 
Michigan, Wayne Co., Taylor Township 
Roll 366, Book 1 Page 396b 

Name: Harry Bauman <> 
Date: 2005-11-19 
Earliest Known Ancestor Conrad Baumann 
They were from Germany 
Born about 1843 

Name: Harold St.Aubin <> 
Date: 2005-11-16 
Earliest Known Ancestor Rose Anna Marker 
They were from Ecorse. MI 
Born about 1827 
Rose Anna Marker is my Gr Grandmother. She married Francis St.Aubin in St. Joseph's Church in Toledo, Ohio ca 1846. I believe she was of Indian heritage.

Name: Nanette M.S. Long <> 
Date: 2005-11-14 
Earliest Known Ancestor Francis Reno 
They were from Ecorse? Michigan 
Born about 1798/1800 
Married Polly Born 1812 Michigan

Name: j. huffman <> 
Date: 2005-11-07 
Earliest Known Ancestor forsthoffer 
They were from hungary 
Born about ???? 
detroit, delray area.

Name: Diane Sparling <> 
Date: 2005-11-04 
Earliest Known Ancestor John Closser 
They were from New York 
Born about 31 August 1802 
My brother and I are seeking any information we can obtain on the family related to John and his wife Sally Moore. We have been doing research over 20 years and just found the transcription for the headstone. Thank you to whoever did this for us. 
Our direct link to John is our Great Grandfather George Washington Closser born in 1843.

Name: brian eastwood <> 
Date: 2005-10-23 
Earliest Known Ancestor john eastwood 
They were from ireland 
Born about 1640 
john eastwood was the sheriff.and later in 1679 .the lord mayor of dublin.ireland.if i can get any info at all i would be must greatful. i am trying to find a connection between the lord mayor and a detective john eastwood of the r.i.c dublin castle c1800s (possibly 1883) 

Name: Myroin Tucker <> 
Date: 2005-10-08 
Earliest Known Ancestor Jehan Mercier 
They were from France 
Born about 1590 

Main ancestors include Grignons, delanglade, Brisbois,Wilbers, Kitsons 

Name: Charles W Kremkow <> 
Date: 2005-10-06 
Earliest Known Ancestor Charles w kremkow Sr 
They were from MI 
Born about 1933 

Date: 2005-09-05 
Earliest Known Ancestor peter hermetet 
They were from france 
Born about 1750 
just another hermetet trying to fill in the blanks

Name: robert v. van Trees <> 
Date: 2005-09-03 
Earliest Known Ancestor Verdries, Johann 
They were from Germany 
Born about 1700 
Looing for information concerning the location of the 
cemetery in Sandwich, Ontario ca 1810

Name: Jill Koslouski <> 
Date: 2005-08-18 
Earliest Known Ancestor John J. Koslouski 
They were from mass 
Born about 1939 
Looking for relatives

Name: Andrea Woolnough Edwards <rk 1982> 
Date: 2005-08-16 
Earliest Known Ancestor John Fergus Clark 
They were from Scotland 
Born about mid 1980 
I'm glad to have the opportunity to have contact with the 
Downriver Genealogical Society and hope to make some contacts 
with my search back home in the Wyandotte area. You have 
such a great site and I will send in for my membership. Thank you and keep up the great service you provide!

Name: Linda Swisher <> 
Date: 2005-08-11 
Earliest Known Ancestor Stephen & Lorain Lewis 
They were from Louisville & Owensboro,Ky 
Born about 1899-1905 
My mother and father moved to Detoit (known in mid-thirties as the Solvay Projects in Delray) and by 1939 moved to River Rouge,Mi. My mother lived in River Rouge until her death in 1972. I have been mainly searching in Ky. It would be interesting to see what I could find here in Mi. 

Name: Colleen Kelm <> 
Date: 2005-08-10 
Earliest Known Ancestor Alexander Gunning 
They were from Ireland 
Born about 1820 
Downriver ancestors: 
McQuade (McQuaid) 

Name: Deborah McKay <> 
Date: 2005-08-07 
Earliest Known Ancestor Bernard Ambrose Roberts 
They were from Rockwood, Monroe, MI 
Born about 11 Jul 1907 
According to the SSDI, he died in March 1970 in Rockwood, Monroe County, MI. Would love to know what cemetery he is buried in, and will purchase the proper book if I locate the cemetery. His history is a mystery to the family, and we have to start somewhere. Would appreciate any assistance I could get.

Name: Dorothy Gibbs <> 
Date: 2005-07-29 
Earliest Known Ancestor James Munro 
They were from Scotland 
Born about 1808 
Looking for Grandson James Robinson. Found a James Robinson in Flat Rock Cemetery. Do not know if its the James I am looking for. Ours was born 1863 and Married Emily Goodchild in 1888 in Arenac Co., MI.

Name: Cy McMahon <> 
Date: 2005-06-24 
Earliest Known Ancestor Edward A. Zielke 
They were from Varymin, Germany 
Born about 1872 
Edward A. Zielke came to America on January 4, 1880 along with his wife Charlotte Venzke Loll and their children, Edward Herman Zielke (my grandfather), Albert and Margarete. Charlotte's child by her first husband, Wm Loll also arrived with them. They settled on the East side of Detroit, Sylvester Ave.

Name: rich renaud <> 
Date: 2005-06-06 
Earliest Known Ancestor gilliume renaud 
They were from France 
Born about ? 
great site. I will be using it plenty. thanks. Richard T. Renaud

Name: karen <> 
Date: 2005-05-14 
Earliest Known Ancestor charlesedwardjuchartz 
They were from wyandotte michigan 
Iam trying to find some information about my stepdad. Iknow he was from wyandotte michigan. Please if you can i would like to get anything that u can find. Thank you very much

Name: Mary Lou (Hitchcock) Jensen <> 
Date: 2005-05-01 
Earliest Known Ancestor Oliver N Miles, Sr. 
They were from NY>PA>MI 
Born about 1802 
I've been here before; checking to see if you have any updated information. I enjoy checking through all the sites, whether they pertain to my family, or not. I always learn new things, and some of the pictures, etc. bring back memories from my childhood; as I was born in Bay City, but grew up in both the Pontiac, and Detroit areas. 

Thanks for all your excellent work. 
Mary Lou (in Dansville, NY)

Name: Judy <> 
Date: 2005-04-25 
Earliest Known Ancestor John Frederick Westphal 
They were from Germany 
A while back someone wrote in about the name Larabell. I remember my mother and aunt mentioning this name. I have the 1926 edition of the yearbook of Trenton High School, the Monguagon. There is a Nina Larabell in the eighth grade with Uncle Frank. 

Name: Pam Looney <> 
Date: 2005-04-22 
Earliest Known Ancestor Ziesmer/ Gath 
They were from Germany 
This is a wonderful site! Thank you! 

Name: Pat Sabourin <> 
Date: 2005-04-16 
Earliest Known Ancestor Jean Sabourin 
They were from France to Quebec, Canada 
Born about 1621 
My great grandfather left Montreal and came to Bay City. He was a carpenter and worked in shipyards. He then traveled to River Rouge with my Grandfather. My Dad was born in River Rouge and then moved to Lincoln Park. I have lots of information on my French-Canadian and Swedish side of the family, but very little on my Irish and Canadian-Irish side of the family. They lived in Corktown and River Rouge.

Name: Billie Abram <> 
Date: 2005-03-31 
Earliest Known Ancestor Michael Zamecki 
They were from Laskowa, Znin, Poland 
Searching Zamecki lineage from Poland immigrated to Penn. and then to Wayne Co. MI

Name: Karen Torango <> 
Date: 2005-03-25 
Earliest Known Ancestor James Leeth 
They were from Virginia 
Born about 1730 
James Leeth is from Scotland we believe would like to where in scotland

Name: Stanley G. Ruth <> 
Date: 2005-03-22 
Earliest Known Ancestor Mary and Eli Odette 
They were from Ecorse 
Born about 1880 
My mothers Grandmother had a farm on Noth Line Rd.

Name: Linda S (Susie) Ruttschaw <> 
Date: 2005-03-20 
Earliest Known Ancestor Janse VanAntwerpen 
They were from Netherlands 
Born about 1608 
Anyone woking on this line that can trace through: 
Daniel Janse 1635 Antwerp Holland 
Arent Danielse abt 1681/1685 NY 
Johannes abt 1718 NY 
Daniel 29 Oct 1754 NY 
Henry 8 Oct 1782 NY 
George Washington 8 Jan 1831 NY 
Ella Ascenia 2 June 1876 
Please contact me 
Thank You 

Name: jeanine garcia <> 
Date: 2005-02-20 
Earliest Known Ancestor amos ramalia 
They were from germany 
Born about 1734 
Its weird to see your own name on history. jg

Name: Sharon Niesen <> 
Date: 2005-02-12 
Earliest Known Ancestor Bennett Niesen ( Neisen) 
They were from Germany 
Born about 1849 
Bennett married Anna Tillman also from Germany. My gg grandparents on my grandfather's side. My gg grandparents on my grandmothers side are LaPointe and Druillard also from that area. Many of my family members still live in your area.

Date: 2005-02-10 
Earliest Known Ancestor clement bluteau 
They were from gue de velluire france 
Born about 1600 
bluteau the orinal name of the larabel family

Name: Marilyn Deprest <> 
Date: 2005-02-07 
Earliest Known Ancestor Antoine Valade 1566 
They were from France 
Born about 1566 
Wish I lived in the area. You have a lot to offer. 

Name: Jennifer Martino <!@#> 
Date: 2005-02-02 
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Name: Pat DePrez <> 
Date: 2005-01-22 
Earliest Known Ancestor Joseph Bolda 
They were from Prussia 
Born about 1867 
I know very little about my great grandparents Joseph and Susanna (Zywicki) Bolda. I know they were married 11 November 1888 in St. Albertus Church. They had I think 11 children which 9 lived to adulthood. They lived in Hamtramck. If someoneone could help me find more information I would appreciate it.

Name: Clyde William Ziegler <> 
Date: 2005-01-08 
Earliest Known Ancestor William Ziegler and G. Lewis Rechlin 
They were from Michigan and Prussia 
Born about 6 Sep 1858 and 28 July 1829 
William Ziegler married Mary Rechlin, daughter of G. Lewis Rechlin

Name: faizan <> 
Date: 2005-01-05 
They were from pakistan 
plz visit this web site :) 
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