The Downriver Genealogical Society represents eighteen communities in south-eastern Wayne County, Michigan.


Due to the state of emergency, all scheduled on-site in-person meetings have been suspended until further notice. All city buildings, libraries, and museums are closed or in the process of phased re-opening with restrictions. We will update you via email and posts on our website and Facebook page when we have more information on when we will be allowed to gather again.
In the meantime, stay home and stay safe.

The Downriver Genealogical Society Library is closed when Flat Rock Schools are closed. The DRGS Library is closed until further notice.


The Downriver Genealogical Society represents 18 communities in south-eastern Wayne County, Michigan. Specifically; Allen Park, Brownstown, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, South Rockwood, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Woodhaven, and Wyandotte.

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. To see the list of publications, please refer to our publication page.

Meetings: Since September 2015, meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month (excluding July, August, and December). Check the Programs tab for topics and/or any date changes. The meetings are held at The Copeland Center, 2306 Fourth Street (between Northline and Eureka Roads), Wyandotte, Michigan 48192.

We welcome you to join and share the fun and excitement of your interest with other members of the Downriver Genealogical Society

Society Affiliations

The Downriver Genealogical Society is a proud member of the following organizations.