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*[http://proxy.sjcpl.lib.in.us:2048/login?url=http://sanborn.umi.com/ Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 - Digital]   [http://www.libraryforlife.org/research/helpfiles/Sanborn_Maps.pdf Help sheet]
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*[http://www.sjcpl.org/research/ccount/click.php?id=22 Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 - Digital]<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Use with Library card &nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.libraryforlife.org/research/helpfiles/Sanborn_Maps.pdf Help sheet]
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*[http://proxy.sjcpl.lib.in.us:2048/login?url=http://www2.southbendtribune.com/search/ South Bend Tribune Online Archives]
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*[http://www.sjcpl.org/research/ccount/click.php?id=114 South Bend Tribune Online Archives]<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Use with Library card
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'''ST. JOSEPH COUNTY LINKS'''
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'''St. Joseph County Links'''
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*[http://www.sjcpl.org/research/ccount/click.php?id=124 1875 Atlas Online]
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*[http://www.sjcpl.org/research/ccount/click.php?id=125 1936 Platbook Online]
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*[http://www.iusb.edu/~libg/archives/index.shtml IUSB Archives]
*[http://www.hlcm.org/htlm/archives.html Lindahl Children's Museum Archives]
*[http://www.hlcm.org/htlm/archives.html Lindahl Children's Museum Archives]
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*[http://www.mppl.lib.in.us/genealogy.htm Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library]
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*[http://www.mphpl.org/newSite/AdultServices/adult_geneaology.html Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library]
*[http://www.centerforhistory.org/ Northern Indiana Center for History]
*[http://www.centerforhistory.org/ Northern Indiana Center for History]
*[http://www.nd.edu/~archives Notre Dame University Archives]
*[http://www.nd.edu/~archives Notre Dame University Archives]
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*[http://fmcwp.sjcpl.org/fmi/xsl/obits/findrecords.xsl?-view Obituary Index] &nbsp; [http://www.libraryforlife.org/research/helpfiles/Obit_Index.pdf Help sheet]
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*[http://www.sjcpl.org/research/ccount/click.php?id=126 Obituary Index] <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.libraryforlife.org/research/helpfiles/Obit_Index.pdf Help sheet]
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*[http://www.stjosephcountyindiana.com/index1.htm St. Joseph County Government]
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*[http://www.stjosephcountyindiana.com/ St. Joseph County Government]
*[http://www.saintmarys.edu/%7Elibrary/Archives/archives.htm Saint Mary's College Archives]
*[http://www.saintmarys.edu/%7Elibrary/Archives/archives.htm Saint Mary's College Archives]
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*[http://old.sjcpl.org/databases/servicenotes/servicenotes.html Service Notes Index]
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*[http://www.sjcpl.org/research/ccount/click.php?id=53 Service Notes Index]
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*[http://www.walkerton.org/society.shtml Walkerton Area Historical Society]
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*[http://www.sjcpl.org/research/ccount/click.php?id=114 South Bend Tribune Online Archives]<br/>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Use with Library card
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*[http://www.walkerton.org/history.html Walkerton Area Historical Society]
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'''INDIANA LINKS'''
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*[http://elkhartcountyparks.org/properties_locations/rush_memorial_center.htm Elkhart County Historical Society]
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*[http://www.indianahistory.org/ Indiana Historical Society]
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*[http://www.letrs.indiana.edu/inmh/ Indiana Magazine of History Index]
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*[http://www.in.gov/icpr/archives/databases Indiana State Archives Databases]
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*[http://fizkid.tripod.com/ Indiana's South Pacific World War II Dead]
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== Helpful Hints for House Histories ==
== Helpful Hints for House Histories ==
By John Kovach
By John Kovach
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There are a number of places to check if you are looking for some history about your home.  To find out who has lived in the home, you can use city and county directories.  Start with the year you moved into the house and work backward in time.  The Local History & Genealogy Room has [http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/?searchtype=Y&searcharg=polk+and+city+and+directories+and+south+and+bend&SORT=D&SORT=R South Bend directories] from 1867 to the present.  The Library also has some county directories, which may exist as their own books or may be part of some city directories.
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There are a number of places to check if you are looking for some history about your home.  To find out who has lived in the home, you can use city and county directories.  Start with the year you moved into the house and work backward in time.  [http://www.sjcpl.org/localhistory/ Local & Family History Services] has South Bend directories from 1867 to the present.  The Library also has some county directories, which may exist as their own books or may be part of some city directories.
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Once you have some names of former residents, you can try to locate their obituaries by using our [http://fmcwp.sjcpl.org/fmi/xsl/obits/findrecords.xsl?-view Obituary Index] ([http://www.libraryforlife.org/research/helpfiles/Obit_Index.pdf help sheet]).  You might discover that one of those individuals built or first occupied your home.  Our newspaper clippings files might contain some biographical information about your home's previous owners too.
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Once you have some names of former residents, you can try to locate their obituaries by using our [http://www.sjcpl.org/research/ccount/click.php?id=126 Obituary Index] ([http://www.libraryforlife.org/research/helpfiles/Obit_Index.pdf help sheet]).  You might discover that one of those individuals built or first occupied your home.  Our newspaper clippings files might contain some biographical information about your home's previous owners too.
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You can also track how the shape of your house changed by finding it in the [http://proxy.sjcpl.lib.in.us:2048/login?url=http://sanborn.umi.com/ Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps] ([http://www.libraryforlife.org/research/helpfiles/Sanborn_Maps.pdf help sheet]).  The maps are available in the library or at home with a valid St. Joseph County Public Library card.
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You can also track how the shape of your house changed by finding it in the [http://www.sjcpl.org/research/ccount/click.php?id=22 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps] ([http://www.libraryforlife.org/research/helpfiles/Sanborn_Maps.pdf help sheet]).  The maps are available in the Library or at home with a valid St. Joseph County Public Library card.
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Another great resource for finding out more about the date and style of your home is a set of reports from the [http://www.stjosephcountyindiana.com/sjchp/index.html Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County].  In particular, the 1993 [http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=City+of+South+Bend+%3A+summary+report+%3A+Indiana+historic+sites+and+structures&SORT=D&SORT=R&submit3.x=0&submit3.y=0&submit3=Search <i>City of South Bend Summary Report:  Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory</i>] has lots of information about local architectural styles, including lists and some pictures of historic homes and neighborhoods.
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Another great resource for finding out more about the date and style of your home is a set of reports from the [http://www.stjosephcountyindiana.com/departments/SJCHP/index.htm Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County].  In particular, the 1993 [http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/tCity+of+South+Bend+%3A+summary+report+%3A+Indiana+historic+sites+and+structures/tcity+of+south+bend+summary+report+indiana+historic+sites+and+structures/-3%2C0%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=tcity+of+south+bend+summary+report&2%2C%2C2/indexsort=- <i>City of South Bend Summary Report:  Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory</i>] has lots of information about local architectural styles, including lists and some pictures of historic homes and neighborhoods.  The [http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search?/Yhistoric+sites+structures+inventory&SORT=D/Yhistoric+sites+structures+inventory&SORT=D&SUBKEY=historic%20sites%20structures%20inventory/1%2C84%2C84%2CB/frameset&FF=Yhistoric+sites+structures+inventory&SORT=D&1%2C1%2C 2007 edition] includes even more buildings, including modern-style homes, and includes an extremely useful index.  There is also a 2006 edition of this work that covers [http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search~S2/X?SEARCH=%28st%20joseph%20county%20interim%20%29&Da=2005&Db=2007&SORT=D St. Joseph County outside of South Bend] and is just as helpful.
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Of course, the Local History & Genealogy Room librarians have lots more tips to share with you when you come in for a visit!
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Of course, the Local & Family History Services librarians have lots more tips to share with you when you come in for a visit!
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Helpful Hints for House Histories

By John Kovach

There are a number of places to check if you are looking for some history about your home. To find out who has lived in the home, you can use city and county directories. Start with the year you moved into the house and work backward in time. Local & Family History Services has South Bend directories from 1867 to the present. The Library also has some county directories, which may exist as their own books or may be part of some city directories.


Once you have some names of former residents, you can try to locate their obituaries by using our Obituary Index (help sheet). You might discover that one of those individuals built or first occupied your home. Our newspaper clippings files might contain some biographical information about your home's previous owners too.


You can also track how the shape of your house changed by finding it in the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (help sheet). The maps are available in the Library or at home with a valid St. Joseph County Public Library card.


Another great resource for finding out more about the date and style of your home is a set of reports from the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County. In particular, the 1993 City of South Bend Summary Report: Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory has lots of information about local architectural styles, including lists and some pictures of historic homes and neighborhoods. The 2007 edition includes even more buildings, including modern-style homes, and includes an extremely useful index. There is also a 2006 edition of this work that covers St. Joseph County outside of South Bend and is just as helpful.


Of course, the Local & Family History Services librarians have lots more tips to share with you when you come in for a visit!


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Created by: Libby Feil, October 2005
Last updated June 2, 2011.

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