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

RHGS Programs

The Dug Outs: Music of World War I

Tuesday, March 19 @ 6:00 PM
Erin Auditorium

2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, known at the time as “The Great War.” Music played an important role in World War I, both in the trenches and on the home front.

The Dug Outs will be presenting music of World War 1. Among the songs featured will be, “Mademoiselle from Armentières,” “In Flanders Field,” “Over There,” and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.”

Please join us to honor the memory of those who served and fell in this conflict.

The Dug Outs
Marilyn Hotaling – violin, guitar, keyboard, voice
Thomas “Paddy” Dooley – guitar, harmonica, voice
Paul “Tartanius Flynn” Balogh – keyboard, drum, voice
Lynn Popa – bugle

Boom Town:  Detroit in the Roaring ’20s

Tuesday, April 16 @ 6:00 PM
Erin Auditorium

From the dust and smoke of the nineteenth century, Detroit burst into the national spotlight in the early twentieth century. The automobile business was at full throttle, resulting in a city that grew faster than any other on the continent. Adding to the excitement, national Prohibition created a demand for alcohol that our Canadian neighbors gladly addressed. Rumrunning became the region’s second largest industry. Conventions loved Detroit, and so did organized crime. Boom town meets the Wild West.

Joel Stone is the senior curator for the Detroit Historical Society which manages the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and over 300,000 objects in the city’s collection. He has studied Communication, History, Archival Management and Archaeology at the University of Detroit, Wayne State University and the University College Cork, Ireland. He has authored and edited several books, supports many regional history organizations, and is currently president of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History.

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.

Books by the RHGS


Images of Roseville Order Form            Wartime Memories Order Form            Roseville’s Airport Order Form