Friday, November 7, 2014

Gloria Dei Lutheran - Records Preservation Project

The South Bend Area Genealogical Society and the Northern Indiana Center for History have completed the first part of a collaboration to preserve the original church transfer records of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, South Bend, Indiana.   

      Bill Minish, SBAGS President & Kristen Madden, Archives Manager, Center for History

These early records of many immigrant church members identify the parish where they lived in Sweden and provide detailed family information.  The original one hundred and thirty three year old paper records are housed at the Northern Indiana Center for History.


The South Bend Area Genealogical Society applied for and received a Resource Development Grant from the Indiana Genealogical Society to purchase archival sleeves to protect and preserve the original documents.

The project, was led by the Northern Indiana Center for History Archives manager, Kristen Madden and South Bend Area Genealogical Society member, Margel Soderberg.

Volunteers place the documents in their new archival sleeves


Bob and Carol Larson, Gloria Dei Church members

The anticipated cost for this project to purchase 400 archival sleeves was more than the $500.00 grant.  The balance of funds was donated by the South Bend Area Genealogical society.











Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Preserve the Pensions - War of 1812







Congratulations to South Bend Area Genealogical Society members who attended our September and October member meetings for raising money towards preserving the War of 1812 pension files!  Members donated $268.00 which SBAGS matched for a total donation of $536.00!

FGS and Ancestry will both match our SBAGS donation taking our $268.00 to a total of $2144.00!

The Pension Records from the War of 1812 are among the most requested documents at the National Archives. Unfortunately, these fragile documents are in urgent need of digitization. This is a monumental task of digitizing 7.2 million pages.

Completed images and associated indexing are posted incrementally. Genealogists, historians, teachers, patriotic societies, and history buffs all have access to the images that have been digitized right now. Images will be offered for free at Fold3 indefinitely.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause you may do so at this link https://www.preservethepensions.org/donate

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Annual Dinner Meeting - Swedish Immigration to Indiana and Michiana

     The South Bend Area Genealogical Society’s annual dinner meeting will feature Jim Nelson, Pd.D., Scandinavian Studies, Augustana College speaking on Swedish Immigration to Indiana and Michiana.  

     The dinner will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church (Frances and Washington Streets).  

     A Swedish dinner will be served before the program. Cost is $15.00 per person. Everyone is welcome but reservations are required.  

     To reserve your spot please contact Eric Craig at 574-232-0327 or email annualdinner@sbags.org.


Monday, September 8, 2014

September Members Meeting - The 100th Anniversary of WWI



Join us for the 
South Bend Area Genealogical Society's
Coffee and Cake Mixer

The 100th Anniversary of W.W.I, The Assassination at Sarajevo
Why the Death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Started W.W.I

Matt Baumgartner

Date:  Monday, September 29, 2014
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Place: Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 S. Frances Street
(Frances and Washington Streets) 

Guests are welcome!



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

South Bend Area Genealogical Society Awarded $500.00 Grant!


The South Bend Area Genealogical Society was awarded a $500.00 grant from the Indiana Genealogical Society to digitize, preserve and create an online index of the original church transfer records of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend. 


Founded in 1880 by a group of thirty-three Swedish immigrants, Gloria Dei was established as the Swedish Lutheran Evangelical Church in South Bend, IN. The church held transfer records for each new communicant member joining the church.  In 1992, the Northern Indiana Center for History was gifted these valuable church and family records.

These early records of many early immigrant church members identify the parish where they lived in Sweden and provide detailed family information.  The original one hundred and thirty three year old paper records are housed in the Archives at the Northern Indiana Center for History.

The project will take approximately 4 months to complete and is being led by the Northern Indiana Center for History and South Bend Area Genealogical Society.  Volunteers are needed to help with the preservation, digitizing and indexing of the original records. 

The anticipated cost for this project will exceed the $500.00 grant and the balance of funding will be donated by the South Bend Area Genealogical Society.

If you are interested in volunteering for this project please contact Lynne Wolfgang at lynnewolf@aol.com.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Orphan's Home Photo Album - Mishawaka, IN


 


Indexed by SBAGS volunteers and scanned by Chris Kovach, the Mishawaka Orphan's Home (Family and Children's Center) Photo Album Index is now available on the South Bend Area Genealogical Society webpage found at http://www.sbags.org/hospch.htm

This database provides a listing of children whom are featured in two photo albums that are in the collection of the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library located at 209 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN.

The photographs were taken over the time period of 1926 to 1940, with many pictures of unidentified children, as well as the staff, activities, grounds and buildings of the Children's Home.

The index contains: Child's Name, Age, Date and Album/Page and is sorted by Surname and Album/Page.  It is available in Text (.txt) or Acrobat (.pdf) file format.

The original source of the album was an anonymous former Nurse at the Mishawaka Children's Home. For a history of the Family and Children’s Center visit http://www.fccin.org/History.aspx.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Volunteers Needed!




Interested in improving the access to local vital records? Please consider joining a group of volunteers indexing the Death Records of South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County! All that is needed is a laptop computer and some volunteer time.

We have approval from the Health Department to support their new software program by providing an index of the death records from the very heavy and cumbersome record books of 1920 on. It is a fascinating look at the early people of the area, many foreign born, many working at either Studebaker or Oliver, the occasional murder or suicide, and the family tragedy of a stillborn.

South Bend Area Genealogical Society member and coordinator for the project is member Jim Curtis.  If you would like to help please contact Jim at gjamescurtis38@att.net.