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Subject: Re: Welch family from Springwells twp, MI
Date: 18 Aug 2004 07:46:22 -0600
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My family lived in Springwells township and were German. They belonged to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church which was in the northern part of Springwells. The church seemed to be predominately German so your family may have gone to another church which catered to English speaking Catholics. The church in Dearborn (Sacred Heart but formerly St. John) had a large Irish congregation. Also, if the Welch family lived in southern Springwells Township, they may have belonged any of the numerous churches in the southwest Detroit area.
Dearborn, MI 48126
Catholic Church records for the Archdiocese of Detroit are available at the Burton Historical Collection of the main Detroit Public Library. The library is now charging "library customers" a fee for certain "services" which would include retrieving the microfilm from storage. If you are in the area and plan to visit the daily charge is $10.00. See the following for the Burton's policies and a list of researchers. If you are interested in hiring a researcher, email me privately and I will give you the name of the person that I have used. Put Wayne County in the subject line with the Welch name. Email:
St. Alphonsus records and some from Sacred Heart are on microfilm at the Dearborn Historical Museum (DHM). I don't know what their research policy is since I usually do it myself. They have an index to some records which I think included St. Al's.
Dearborn Historical Museum
915 Brady Street
Dearborn, MI 48124
Might want to try the Dearborn Genealogical Society to see if they would do a look up at the archives of the DHM.
Sometimes the Detroit City Directory contained information (names/addresses) for communities outside of Detroit. I found some for my Springwells ancestors for the year 1893. The directory is in the Burton collection but the Bentley Historical Library has some Detroit City directories-don't know what years but you might want to email them. Somewhere on their website is a place to do that.
If the family was in the area in 1884, the Dearborn museum has an 1884 state census for Springwells. No index if I remember correctly.
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