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.