Although most of my personal genealogy may only be viewed privately, I decided that the best way to expand my research on the Internet was to create this limited page of information that may be relevant to other researchers.


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Detroit Free Press Archives

Finding historical copies of the Detroit Free Press can be very difficult because their print archives are not clearly advertised.  Here are the locations I’ve discovered that own some or all of the Detroit Free Press microfilm set:

Microfilm Location City Oldest Issue
Bruce T. Halle Library Ypsilanti, MI 1932
Detroit Public Library Detroit, MI 1831
Hatcher Graduate Library Ann Arbor, MI 1831
Library of Michigan Lansing, MI 1837
Lydia M. Olson Library Marquette, MI 1969
Michigan State University Library East Lansing, MI 1858
Mount Clemens Public Library Mount Clemens, MI 1955
Stockwell-Mudd Library Albion, MI 1859


Seeking Information

If you are related to any of the ancestors listed on this page, please contact me through to compare notes.  I would greatly enjoy adding these few missing branches to my family tree.

Chabensky Descendancy

My great-great-great grandfather, Avraham Itzhak “Avrum” Chabensky, had seven known children with his wife, Chaya Ruchel Chabensky.  I have been able to trace the descendants of his three sons Shlomo, Joseph, and Eli.  Shlomo and Joseph came to Detroit, while Eli stayed in New York.  It is thought that Avrum’s daughters also stayed in New York.

Minyah Chabensky is believed to have married a man named Kaminsky, according to a personal post card.  She was pictured with four children, two girls and two boys, in 1928, who could be her grand children.

Miryam Chabensky was born around 1884, became known as Mary Goldberg, and was listed in the 1910 census with her husband Jacob Goldberg.  She was also listed as surviving her brother in his 1942 obituary.

Shprintza Chabensky and Leya Chabensky were born around 1875 +/- 10 years.  It is not known if or when they immigrated to the United States, but they did not travel with any of their brothers.

Smusin Descendancy

My great grandmother, Sonia, was raised by her father, Sholom Smusin, and her step-mother, Ruchel.  I believe she had two half-sisters, and a half-brother named Mendel Smusin.  One of the half-sisters was married and had two children.  I have no evidence of whether these families survived the Holocaust.  Sonia immigrated to the United States in 1912 and apparently lost contact with her parents after the 1920s.

Kalish Descendancy

My great-great grandfather, Shmuel Kalish, was married to Devorah Kardonsky, and they had 13 children.  Three of them were Mollie, David, and Alex.  I have no information about the other 10 branches of that family.

Palley Family Lost?

My great-great grandparents, Isador Palley and Chashe Rakowski, had eight children.  Five of the children never came to the United States, and it is believed they did not survive the Holocaust.  However, no testimony of this family exists in the Holocaust database, and my efforts to find direct evidence of them have gone nowhere so far.

Irish Ancestry

Thomas Kelly was born in Ireland and died in Michigan on 23 April 1895.  I found some conflicting evidence about the names of his parents and siblings.  I suspect there are other researchers of the Kellys from Ireland who could clarify his ancestry for me.

Other Irish names in my family tree include Fitzstephens and Hunter.  I am following up on a great deal of genealogy information gathered by these families in previous generations.

Who was August Baker?

My great-great grandfather, August “Gus” Baker, was born around 1844, possibly in New York, and died on 24 November 1844 in Livonia Township, Michigan.  There is a great deal of mystery surrounding the circumstances of his death, his relationship to my family, and his family of origin.  I wrote to both Wayne County and the State of Michigan to obtain a copy of his death certificate, but I was only given the information in the return of deaths ledger.  The return of deaths is supposed to be an index to the original certificates.  I suspect the State’s dire economy is forcing the clerks to say that they don’t have the documents I want.

His partner, Louise Elizabeth, was probably of German or Swiss heritage.  Her maiden name was variously spelled Haltsinger, Humgardner, Hungardner, and Hemgardner.  I have yet to find any direct evidence from her family of origin.  There is conflicting evidence as to whether she ever married Gus.  According to her tombstone, she was born on 7 March 1862, although her census records suggested she was considerably older.   She immigrated to the United States around 1869.

Where did my Canadian ancestors come from?

My great-great grandparents, Augustin Boulanger and Victoria Anctil dit St Jean, were both born in Quebec, Canada.  I recently learned about the double surnames used by these families, and I am attempting to verify a relationship to the Lefebvre dit Boulanger ancestry.

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