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A Tribute to Irv Morse

Our South Bend Area Genealogical Society per protocol does not generally publish members obituaries but we make this exception to honor the life of one of our most respected and valued members, Irvin L (Irv) Morse, who died June 15, 2018, in Mishawaka. Irv’s over 36 years of volunteer work with our Society, both local… Continue reading A Tribute to Irv Morse

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Mishawaka Enterprise Vital Statistics Index

Found on the SBAGS website, this index is the third in a series of vital statistics indexes of the Mishawaka Enterprise and other local contemporary newspapers. The first index is a hardcover book of the same name, covering 1858-1981. The second index covers 1982-1992 and is currently under construction. The fourth index, covering 2004 to… Continue reading Mishawaka Enterprise Vital Statistics Index

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Spring Conference – Finding Family with DNA Testing

Have you had your DNA tested and are wondering “what do I do now?” Or are you considering dipping your toe into the DNA testing world? Either way, join us at our 20th Annual Spring Conference on Saturday, March 3 to get your questions answered! Richard Hill, author of   “Finding Family: My Search for Roots… Continue reading Spring Conference – Finding Family with DNA Testing

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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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Share Your Passion for Genealogy! Join Us!

Enjoy membership in the South Bend Area Genealogical Society: Award Winning Quarterly Newsletter sent to you 4 times per year Attend our Programs September – May (no program in December) Click here to see current programs scheduled! Annual Spring Conference Annual Dinner Meeting Receive assistance in your genealogical research in St. Joseph County 50% discount… Continue reading Share Your Passion for Genealogy! Join Us!

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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