Detroit River Region
See the following pages for additional information and resources regarding the Detroit River Region: Census Page, Land Page, and the Parish Records Page
Detroit Notary Records: Ancestry (a subscription site that is available for free at many public libraries and Family Search Centers) has filmed transcriptions of the Notary Records drafted in the Detroit River Region between 1737 - 1796. They are part of the Drouin Collection of Miscellaneous Records. To browse the collection, click on the box on the right and choose R, then Registre des Notaires de Detroit. The records are in French and in English. Following is the link for accessing these records: U.S. and Canada, Miscellaneous French Records (Drouin Collection), 1651-1941 | Ancestry®.
Center for French-Colonial Studies – 24 October 2015 Meeting at the University of Windsor – Presentations by FCHSM Members:
1 October 2016 - Detroit Historical Museum:
30 September 2017 - Detroit Historical Museum:
11 February 2023 - French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan's Zoom Meeting
by Gail Moreau-DesHarnais and Diane Wolford Sheppard - The FCHSM Board selected this article as the best article of the year for 2021. Through their research in Notary Records and Parish Records, Gail and Diane solve a 306-year old mystery by identifying the mother of a baby who was baptized in Fort Pontchartrain in 1715!
Cropped Portion of Chaussegros de Lery’s (?) copy of Henri Louis Deschamps de Boishébert’s 1731 map of Detroit, courtesy of Library and Archive’s New France Archives: