The St. Joseph County Archives & Records Center in South Bend (1140 S. Lafayette Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601) will host 2 open houses in October to celebrate Family History Month and American Archives Month. The open houses will include a tour of the Archives & Records Center facilities and an orientation of St. Joseph County’s genealogical and governmental records (wills, estate records, coroner reports, naturalization records, marriage records, divorce records, adoption records, civil and criminal records, etc.) to show some of its most interesting historical records and treasures from its collections. After the tour and orientation, there will be time for the staff to assist you in your own St. Joseph County family history research, so bring along a few ideas for records you would like to find for your own projects.
The first Open House will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm, with time to do your own research until 7:30 pm. The second Open House will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 9:30 to 10:30 am, with time to do your own research until 12:30 pm. Please register by Monday, October 10 for the open house you would like to attend by calling the Archives at (574) 235-9091 (regular business hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday). Free parking will be available on site.