This week’s photograph is an early cabinet card of a young man wearing a plain double breasted coat and what appears to be a clerical collar. There is no crucifix or other jewelry. On the back is handwritten Rev. Burelbach. On the front, the photographers imprint is very small and in simple print, identifying the… Continue reading Dating Cabinet Card Photographs – Reverend Burelbach
This is a picture of a stylish young lady, labeled on the reverse as Helen DeLorinza, niece to Mrs. Martin Beiger. The Beiger family is well known and documented in Mishawaka, so it was a fairly simple task to identify Helen as the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Higgins) DeLorenzi, born in 1889. Sarah Higgins’… Continue reading Passport, please!
Oak Tree Award Presentation Congratulations Audrey Johnson! Irv Morse presented the Oak Tree Award to Audrey Johnson April 5 at the county archives gathering of the South Bend Area Genealogical Society volunteers. This was in recognition of her many years of dedicated service. She has volunteered at the St. Joseph County library helping with the… Continue reading Congratulations to our Award Winners!
This adorable baby looks to be from a well-to-do family. The woman holding her is most likely not her mother. She is looking at the baby and not the camera, and is wearing what appears to be a nurse’s uniform and cap. (If you have an ancestor who was a nurse, further research on the… Continue reading Baby Katheryne; A Wealth of Resources
This time, instead of working on an unknown picture puzzle, I am using a picture to resolve a question from my own family. We have a carte de visite portrait labeled Frank Vivell. The question? Is this Frank Vivell, born 1830 or his son Frank Vivell, born 1858? Frank Xavier Vivell was the first of… Continue reading Is This Frank? Or Frank? A Photo Mystery!
Be sure and join us on Monday, February 27 for a fascinating program presented by Travis Childs, St. Joseph County Historian and Director of Education, The History Museum. Mr. Childs will take us on a virtual tour of Michiana’s most interesting gravesites! If you have had the opportunity to attend one of Mr. Childs cemetery… Continue reading When the Dead Come to Life!
Dear Nominating Committee: I have worked at the St. Joseph County – City of South Bend Archives and Records Center for twenty years starting in 1996. The last sixteen years as the Archivist and Director. It has been my pleasure to work with Irv Morse for all those years. I remember hearing stories about the… Continue reading Congratulations to Irv Morse!