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


DRGS Library re-opens!

Great news! The Downriver Genealogical Society Library is now open to the public. Our new hours are: Tuesdays 9 am to 12 pm, and Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm.

The Library will be closed during the weeks of Christmas and New Year (Dec 19, 2021 – Jan 3, 2022)

Please note: A health questionnaire must be filled out before entering the library, and wearing a face mask is required while in the building.

DRGS 2022 Salt Lake City research trip

Family History Library in Salt Lake City

When: May 22, 2022 – May 29, 2022


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 benefits members and all persons seeking their heritage. Our society has numerous publications 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.