Monday, March 2, 2015

The 2015 Genealogy Fair is Coming!

The 2015 GenFair is just around the corner! 

Featuring Harold Henderson, Professional Board Certified Genealogist, author and columnist, this year's Fair will be held:

Saturday, March 21, 2015
   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
      Admission is $ 5.00 at the door.
    Mishawaka Penn Harris Public Library
    209 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka, IN

 Mr. Henderson will present two programs:

10:30 a.m.  “Beyond Fort Wayne, Madison, and the Newberry: Welcome to the Other Midwestern Archives” 

Harold will present his personal sample of archives in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin- and a few suggestions of where to find the one YOU need.

1:30 p.m. “Indirect Evidence: When Perry Mason Isn’t on Your Side”

Genealogist can’t count on the full confessions Perry Mason got every week in the old TV series. Try the Sherlock Holmes model instead. Get a feel for indirect evidence with examples from actual research.

Exhibitors will be available all day in the Lions Room and in the Rotunda by the Children’s Dept. There will also be research assistance in the Friends of the Library Learning Center.

A light lunch, or snacks, soft drinks, and coffee will be available for a nominal fee from a caterer at the Library.  Additionally, several restaurants are in close proximity. Parking is plentiful, free at the Library, surrounding parking lots, and city streets. 

Information is also available on our web site at or via email at,

Friday, February 13, 2015

Visit Our New Facebook Page!

The South Bend Area Genealogical Society has a new Facebook page! 

Visit us at this link and select LIKE.  Any new postings will appear on your Facebook news feed!

Not a Facebook user? To view a 15 minute video on Facebook for Genealogists follow this link.  If you are not using Facebook for your genealogy research you are missing an important resource! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

February Members Meeting - History of the Studebaker Corporation

Founded in 1852, Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company was originally a producer of wagons for farmers, miners, and the military.  Between 1852 - 1963 many South Bend families had ancestors who were employed at the Studebaker facilities.

Join us on:

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 S. Francis, South Bend, 46617

Ron Dewinter, Studebaker Historian, will present a program looking at Studebaker from the perspective of its cars, the innovation, design and styling.  Particular attention will be given to its creative approach to automobile styling and the related factors which led to its eventual demise.

All South Bend Area Genealogical Society member meetings are open to the pubic, everyone is welcome!

Contact Alice Clark for more information

This program is part of the SB150 celebration.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January Members Meeting - The Orphan Trains

The South Bend Area Genealogical Society will host its January meeting at 7:00 p.m., Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church on Frances and Washington Streets in South Bend.


Our special guest speaker will be Barbara Wood Cook.  Ms. Cook will present a program on The Orphan Trains: Saga of the resettlement of homeless or destitute children from the East Coast to foster or adoptive families in the Midwest.

Meetings are open to the public, everyone is welcome!

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