Roseville Historical & Genealogical Society

The Roseville Historical & Genealogical Society seeks to bring together people interested in local history and genealogy.  The RHGS is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Society offers programs every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Library’s Erin Auditorium (except for July, August and December). Check the Library’s calendar for information on each month’s event.  Our programs are open to the public with refreshments following the program.


Become a Member

Join the historical society and you will also receive the society newsletter filled with local genealogy and history related events in our area. Click here for an application.

Membership fees are:
Individual  $10.00
Family  $15.00
Business/Institutional  $25.00
Life  $100.00

To see a recent newsletter, click here.

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RHGS Programs

Bob-Lo Steamers:  Matriarchs of the Great Lakes

presented by Lori Feret

Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 PM

Remember when you were a kid?! Well, a part of you still is! Bob-Lo was a Detroit favorite!  Ms. Feret is an avid steamer preservationist and aficionado of all things Bob-Lo.  Steam back in time with this image intensive talk about the history of Bob-Lo Island as well as the SS Columbia and SS Ste. Claire boats.

This is a free event and all ages are welcome.


WWII 1943 – News from the Homefront

presented by Beverly Bishop
Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 PM

While WWII raged on, folks here in the ‘Detroit arsenal of democracy’ did their part to support our troops. Through news reports, this history talk will bring to life the efforts of the metro Detroit home front. Featured speaker is Beverly Bishop. This is a free event with all ages welcome. Sponsored by the Roseville Historical and Genealogical Society.

Image: Black and white print of J. L. Hudson Company Department Store window display. Read more about the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy at the Detroit Historical Society website.


Our Officers

President, Pat Chownyk
Vice President, John Schober
Recording Secretary, Gail Elliott
Treasurer, Janice Carter
Director, Ann Spybrook
Director, Diane Borza
Director, Kenneth Schramm


Erin Township Records Project

RHGS maintains the Erin Township Records. This is a database of early Erin Township accounts that are available on microfiche and is searched by surname.


Local History Search

There are more than 10,000 historic images, newspaper, historic documents and oral histories that are available in a search through the library catalogue. Click here to view a flyer explaining how to use the “Local History Search”.



Due to the fragile and/or rare nature of our local yearbook collection, there is a special procedure to access these materials.  Click here for the use procedure and a current listing of available yearbooks to view in the library.