Thursday, March 27, 2014

April Genealogy Events in Michiana!

Spring is here!  (at least the calendar says so) and my April calendar is overflowing with genealogy events to choose from!

I want to highlight two events taking place this month.  Be sure and join me at the Main Branch of the South Bend Library on Saturday, April 12th to hear from Roberta Estes on Genealogy and DNA Testing.  She will be giving two talks at 10:30 and 1:30.

Come out on Tuesday, April 22nd to Christ the King Lutheran Church on Cleveland Road in South Bend to hear about the preservation efforts taking place in the historic South Bend City Cemetery.  You may just be inspired to join the effort!

See you out and about in April!

Thursday, April 3, 2014 – Noon - South Bend Genealogy Roundtable.  Join us to discuss your family history search. Share your successes, bring your questions, and have fun! Beginning and experienced genealogists are welcome. You are welcome to bring a bag lunch St. Joseph County Public Library Local & Family History Center, 304 S. Main Street, South Bend, IN  46601. Call 282-4621 for more information.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 – Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Conference – Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN – J. Mark Lowe will be the featured speaker.  For more information

Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 10:30 a.m. -  Not Just Playing god – Genealogy and DNA Testing - Roberta Estes - Colfax Auditorium, the St. Joseph County Public Library, in collaboration with the South Bend Area Genealogical Society, will present two lectures from national speaker Roberta Estes, an expert in the use of DNA testing for genealogical purposes. Join us in theColfax Auditorium of the St. Joseph County Public Library, Main Street, South Bend, IN.

 For the first, DNA Testing for Genealogy Explained, Mrs. Estes will discuss the types of DNA testing available and how these tests can serve the genealogical researcher. Her title for the lecture is DNA and Genealogy Introduction, and it will begin at 10:30.

 For the second, DNA Test Results Explained, Mrs. Estes will cover interpreting DNA test results. Her title for the lecture is Yikes, My Results are Back! Now What?  This presentation is for both Y-line and mitochondrial DNA. It will begin at 1:30.

 You may reserve your space by calling 574-282-4621, or at

Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. - GENSIG (Genealogy Special Interest Group)-   Jim Mathias will discuss the books "Homo Ludens" by Johan Huisinga.  The study of the play elements in culture.  During Jim's trip to his Aunt's home they found a drawer filled with trinkets from a lifetime of memories.  Everyone has such a collection, it's sitting down and analyzing their meanings.  And the book "Computer Spyware."  There's a new software package called "" that shows you all the software that's tracking you on the internet and "slowing down the internet!!!"  Sometimes dozens of cookies are looking at you depending on where you are! Please join us, the coffee is always on.  Goshen Public Library 601 S 5th Street, Goshen, IN 46526 contact Young Snodgrass for more

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 7 pm - Elkhart County Genealogical Society – “Getting to Know Our County Seat”. Wanda Hoffman, Historian and Library Coordinator for the Society, will present some of the folklore and facts about Goshen and its early settlers. She will give the history of the county court houses from the beginning in 1830 through the present courthouse built in 1905. Included will be interesting tidbits such as its tunnel under 3rd St., its monuments, and its old fence. Information on Goshen’s cemeteries will also be discussed. Ms. Hoffman knows Goshen well. She is a member of the local historical societies and is a volunteer at the Elkhart County Historical Museum and the Goshen Historical Society Museum. Please join us as we learn about our county seat. All meetings are free and open to the public. Bring a friend! First Presbyterian Church, 200 East Beardsley, Elkhart, Indiana. Use the East door.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7 pm- Twigs from the Tree of Life – Save the South Bend City Cemetery!   Learn more about the efforts to document and preserve the historic South Bend City Cemetery and how you can contribute to this important project.

Visitors will include: Elicia Feasel - Assistant Director Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend & St. Joseph County, Oliver Davis - City of South Bend 6th District Council Member,Jonathon Geels - Project Specialist at City of South Bend , Deb Kuehn - GIS Manager at City of South Bend and Steve Nemeth – Cemetery Sexton.

Twigs from the Tree of Life meets monthly at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 17195 Cleveland Rd, South Bend, 46637 For more information contact Lynne Wolfgang  Everyone is welcome! (Please use the single door entrance in the back of the church)

Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 6:30 p.m. - Mishawaka Genealogy Roundtable. Interested in genealogy? Share your story! Beginners and experienced researchers are welcome to chat about their family history and research..Mishawaka Public Library, 209 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN  46544. Contact Deanna Juday for more information.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Family Research.  Interested in family research but don’t know how to start?  Join us as we show you how to begin researching your ancestors.  We will also look at the resources that the library has available to aid you in your research.  Training Lab, Mishawaka Library, 209 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka.
For information: 574-259-5277 ext. 215 or

Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 2:30 p.m. - Grave-Robbing Cemetery Tour South Bend City Cemetery.  South Bend has its own history of grave robbing.  Discover our sordid past in South Bend's City Cemetery with Travis Childs from the Center for History who leads an exploration of our area's somewhat sketchy buried secrets.  This tour requires a fair amount of walking over uneven ground.  No pets please.  No registration necessary.
214 Elm Street, South Bend (corner of W. Colfax Street and Elm)

Saturday, May 10, 2014 – Annual Allen County Public Library Bus Trip.  The South Bend Area Genealogical Society and the Elkhart County Genealogical Society are co-sponsoring a research trip to the Allen County Public Library!  For more information contact Call Bill Minish  (574)-277-1183, email: WHMinish@aol.comView flyer here.

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