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 firstname.lastname@example.org.