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 6:00 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

Thumb Fires with Alan Naldrett

Tuesday, September 17 at 6:00 PM

It is unimaginable to picture whole counties burning, but that was the case in 1871, and then remarkably, ten years later again in 1881! The whole Michigan Thumb suffered two disastrous fires, mostly due to the combination of fuel in the form of tree leaves, stumps, branches left by the lumber industry, a drought, and hot weather and wind. The Thumb Fire of 1881 brought the American Red Cross to the first major disaster they went to. In the days when a bucket brigade was often a town’s only defense against a fire, the great Thumb fires taught many communities that they needed to form fire departments and practice fire prevention.

Alan Naldrett is an archivist. author, historian and retired academic and medical librarian.He has written twenty books, many about Michigan history. He graduated from Michigan State, where he opened one of the first used record shops in the nation. He received master’s degrees in Library and Information Science and Archival Science from Wayne State University and plays in a blues band He is a former comic book store and insurance agency owner.

Lost Villages of Macomb County by Debbie Remer

Tuesday, October 15 at 6:00 PM

Ghost towns are not just out west. They are right here in Macomb County, too! What may now seem like just an intersection may have once been a thriving town. Learn more about these villages and their history with local historian Debbie Remer.

A life-long Macomb County resident, Debbie’s roots run deep into the Macomb County of the 1870s when her great-great and great-grandparents arrived from Mecklenburg, Germany to Sterling Township. Part of her grandfather’s farm located in Shelby Township and purchased at auction in 1895, remains in the family. A science teacher for thirty years, history and genealogy have been lifelong passions. Since April 1988, she has been a volunteer at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, for twenty of those years co-directing the archaeology project which lead to a book on the history of the settlement, the excavation, and research into many of the 150,000 recovered artifacts. Along the way, various programs have been completed for the museum including on the DUR, Clinton and Kalamazoo Canal which also forms the western boundary of the family farm, and the research on the lost villages of Oakland and Macomb counties.

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