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Saint Joseph County, Indiana Divorce Records Index: 1832 – December 30, 1988 and 1980 – 1987 (Mishawaka)

Through the efforts of SBAGS volunteers and archivists, utilizing records held at the Archives of St. Joseph County, Indiana, you can now search the Divorce Records Index of Saint Joseph County, Indiana through the SBAGS website. There is appx. 96,196 index records in this database. Dates prior to 1910 are obtained from other records than the actual… Continue reading Saint Joseph County, Indiana Divorce Records Index: 1832 – December 30, 1988 and 1980 – 1987 (Mishawaka)

Adoption · Ancestry · Records

Finding a Birth Parent: A Joyous Christmas Story!

Story submitted by Lynne Wolfgang Hello Genealogy friends! I have had the opportunity over the years to attempt to help adoptees find their birth families. I haven’t been very successful but when my brother in law, who is adopted, came to me for help, I wanted to be successful for him.  I knew his birthday… Continue reading Finding a Birth Parent: A Joyous Christmas Story!

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Thomas and Alice Hutchins Drake: A Study of Mistaken Assumptions

In a box of personal pictures and mementos donated to our area Goodwill, I found two pictures of what appear to be members of the Drake family. Thomas E. Drake is a well-dressed man of middle years sitting in a nicely appointed office. The furniture and clothing seem to indicate early 1900’s. There was a… Continue reading Thomas and Alice Hutchins Drake: A Study of Mistaken Assumptions

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Treasures from the Goodwill: From Pearl to Aunt Abbie and Uncle Edd

Recently, one of the Goodwill administrative assistants entrusted the South Bend Area Genealogical Society with a box of personal items and photos that had been donated at various Goodwill sites in our area. She asked us, if possible, to find family and return what should be a valued heirloom. Well, you know that’s a challenge… Continue reading Treasures from the Goodwill: From Pearl to Aunt Abbie and Uncle Edd

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C.P. Hendershot: School Records and Copies

This week’s photo is not actually a photo, but a photocopy which was donated to the Mishawaka Penn Harris Public Library. Notice that the original had been cropped before donation cutting off the right side and leaving us to make an educated guess on the size of the original. It is most likely either a… Continue reading C.P. Hendershot: School Records and Copies