Detroit River-Region Charts
FCHSM’s Chart Program for Those who came to Detroit between 1701 – 1710
Starting in 1997, Gail Moreau (DesHarnais) began searching in published accounts and notary records for documentation regarding those who were in Détroit during its first ten years. Based on this research, she began publishing lists of those who came to Détroit during this period in the January 1997 issue of Michigan’s Habitant Heritage (MHH). The first chart showing a descent from one of the individuals who came to Détroit during its first ten years was published in April 1998. FCHSM members submitted over 440 charts over the next few years; some of these charts were published in MHH. Two FCHSM members, Michele Fournier Silvers and Rosemary Kirt volunteered to type the charts in a specific format, using guidelines for such things as the entry of locations, use of accents, and standardized names per René Jetté, Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec des origines à 1730 (Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal: 1983). Loraine DiCerbo followed up by reviewing the chart formatting. Although the earliest marriages were checked in Jetté, the sheer volume of charts submitted made it impossible to check the dates and locations for all of the marriage in each chart.
1749 watercolor copy of Plan du Fort du Detroit fait par le Sieur de La Motte Cadillac / Map by Antoine Laumet, sieur de Lamothe-Cadillac, 1702