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!
Ever wonder what you are missing by not visiting the local courthouse in your ancestors hometown? Tina Beaird will show us exactly what we are missing at the 2017 Spring Conference on March 25, 2017 in downtown South Bend! Among the records waiting for us to discover are: probate files chancery cases land sales lawsuits… Continue reading Spring Conference – Courthouse Finds
Registration is open for the 2017 Annual Spring Conference! Speakers will be Tina Beaird presenting two programs and Vicky Rydznsky from the St. Joseph County Archives and Records Center. $15.00 at the door or $12.00 online here: http://www.sbags.org/2017SBAGSSpringConference.pdf Exhibitor and research assistance will be available all day. Lunch, snacks, soft drinks and coffee will be… Continue reading 2017 Spring Conference!
The St. Joseph County, Indiana Prisoner Record Index, August 1, 1893 to May 31, 1896 contains 2.941 index records contained in “Volume I, Jail Register, Acts of 1891”. This index contains some interesting entries for the various offenses committed. http://www.sbags.org/prisoner.htm The Estate Record Index for St. Joseph County, Indiana, 1832 to June 1963, contains 25.590… Continue reading Database Updates – SBAGS Website
I found this picture of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Green and Anna Green on eBay that was taken by a photographer in Mishawaka, and I just had to bring it home. The format is called a carte de visite or visiting card. We can find help in dating the photograph on the website PhotoTree.com.… Continue reading Dating a Carte de Viste (Visiting Card)