The list of dividend champions was created by David Fish, who painstakingly compiled the data, and updates it every single month. You can find the data from his site. In my review of the spreadsheet that he provides, I discussed how the group of dividend champions is without doubt the most comprehensive list of dividend growth stocks for further research. The other options that I used, such as the Dividend Aristocrats index lost my respect due to the exclusion of quality income companies because of bizarre reasons such as low trading volume or because the companies were not members of the S&P 500 index.
My only issue with the dividend champions index was that past performance was not calculated. As a result, I could not really use the index as a benchmark for calculating returns.