Heritage Center Resource Guide

 

The following lists pertain to St. Joseph County, Indiana. To find information on other counties in the collection, search for the county name in our online catalog. You can also download a printable PDF version of this guide.

 

  1. Vital Records
    1. Birth and Death Resources
      1. St. Joseph County, Indiana Birth Records 1882-1920 - WPA
      2. St. Joseph County, Indiana Death Records 1882-1920 - WPA
      3. Vital Statistics Index to St. Joseph County, Indiana Newspapers 1831-1912 - Dave Eisen
      4. The Mishawaka Enterprise Vital Statistics Index 1858-1981 - David Eisen
      5. Index to Will, St. Joseph County 1850-1971 - Irvin L. Morse
      6. Index to Estates from the Probate Records St. Joseph County, Indiana 1830-1849 - SBAGS
      7. Coroners Index 1879-1958 - South Bend Area Genealogical Society
      8. Death Related Records in St. Joseph County, Indiana - South Bend Area Genealogical Society
      9. Court of Common Please St. Joseph County Guardian Docket 1837-1869 - Daughters of the American Revolution
      10. Index to St. Joseph County Inheritance Tax Records - South Bend Area Genealogical Society
      11. Historical and Vital Records Vertical File - various counties and range of years - see index

       

      Note:
      1. South Bend Tribune Obituary Index 1913-Present is part of the SJCPL database collection.
      2. Contact the St. Joseph County Health Department for copies of birth and death records

       

    2. Marriage and Divorce Resources
      1. St. Joseph County, Marriage Records 1850-1920 - WPA
      2. Vital Statistics Index to St. Joseph County, Indiana Newspapers 1831-1912 - David Eisen
      3. The Mishawaka Enterprise Vital Statistics Index 1858-1981 - David Eisen
      4. Index to St. Joseph County, Indiana Marriage Licenses July 1924-Dec 1957 - South Bend Area Genealogical Society
      5. St. Joseph County Marriages 1921-1924 - Brides & Grooms - author unknown
      6. St. Joseph County Marriage Returns 1882 - South Bend Area Genealogical Society
      7. Index to St. Joseph County Marriage Returns 1882 - South Bend Area Genealogical Society
      8. Historical and Vital Records Vertical File - contains marriage indexes for various counties and range of years

       

      Note:
      1. See SBAGS.com for databases
      2. Several Indiana counties vital records are on microfilm - see index
      3. Depending on the year of the event, marriage and divorce records are available at the St. Joseph County Courthouse or at the St. Joseph County Archives and Records Center

     

  2. Cemetery
    1. St. Joseph County, Indiana Cemetery Inscriptions - South Bend Area Genealogical Society
    2. Index to Graves Registration Project - South Bend Area Genealogical Society
    3. Buskirk Cemetery, located in St. Joseph County, Indiana - Daughters of the American Revolution
    4. Cedar Grove Cemetery Inscriptions: South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana - Gene Stachowiak Szymarek
    5. Ferrisville Cemetery Inscriptions: South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana - Daughters of the American Revolution
    6. Southlawn Cemetery, St. Joseph, Indiana - Sharon Kay Walters White

     

  3. Funeral Homes
    1. Several local funeral home records are on microfilm. Please see staff for more information.

     

  4. Church Records
    1. Clipping File - see index
    2. Local Church Records on Microfilm
      1. St. Mary's of the Lake
      2. St. Joseph - Mishawaka
      3. St. Bavo's
      4. St. Monica's
      5. St. Stanislaus Kotstka Parish
    3. CRIMP Files - several church records on microfilm - see index

     

    Also see the Bureau of Land Management for federal land patents.

     

  5. Land Records
    1. Abstract of Deeds St. Joseph County - Daughters of the American Revolution
    2. Abstract of Tiles on microfilm - see index

     

  6. County Histories
    1. History of St. Joseph County - Timothy Edward Howard
    2. History of St. Joseph County - Charles Chapman
    3. Biographical Index to St. Joseph County, Indiana Histories - David Eisen
    4. Several county histories are on microfilm - see microfilm index
  7. Military
    1. Indiana Civil War, Union Soldiers Index - Microfilm - 86 rolls
    2. 9th District Indiana Militia Enrollment Records of Civil War - Microfilm - 2 rolls
    3. Civil War Records at the Northern Indiana Center for History - Microfilm - 4 rolls
    4. Index to Revolutionary War Service Records - Virgil D. White
    5. Index to Revolutionary Soldiers of Indiana and Other Patriots - Barbara Schull Wolfe

     

  8. City Directories
    1. Polk's South Bend and Mishawaka City Directory 1901-2013 (missing some issues)
    2. Polk's Mishawaka - South Bend Suburban Directory 1969-1995
    3. Kagel's Cross Index Directory Including South Bend, Mishawaka, Osceola, and St. Joseph Area 1959-1971

     

    Note:
    Please see microfilm index for other titles and details.

     

  9. Family Histories
    • The library has a family history collection that was donated by individuals who did their own family research. The library does not guarantee the accuracy of the research. Please search the library's catalog using surnames to know what family histories are in the collection.

     

  10. Newspapers
    • The Heritage Center has a large local newspaper collection on microfilm. The newspaper collection includes all 92 counties of the state of Indiana. It should be notes that some titles contain missing and scattered issues. Please see newspaper index for specific titles and years.

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