Welcome to the Wabash Valley  Genealogy Society Website! 

The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society serves Clark, Crawford and Edgar Counties in Illinois; plus Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana.  Meetings are held in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Announcement of the new 

WVGS 2015 Officers and Board Members 

President - Tim Phipps

Vice President - Mike Lewman

Secretary - Pat Rogers

Treasurer - David Bonnett

Membership Manager - Debby Warren

Directors - 2 Year Term (2015 - 2017)

Geraldine Barnett

Linda Gregory

Note: Returning for the second year of their two year terms are directors Deanna Guerri and Joy McPhetters.


"Google Earth for Genealogy"

Live Webinar

Lisa Louise Cooke



Monday, January 12, 2015

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

  VCPL Rooms A, B & C

  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. 

Google Earth is a 360 degree three dimensional way to view your ancestor's world! In this class you will learn how to identify old photos, plot and virtually visit your ancestor's homestead, and incorporate historic maps.  Google Earth has the power to geographically document your ancestor's lives, and lends itself very well to collaboration with other researchers.  It's one of the best online genealogical tools available, and est of all, it's FREE!

Lisa Louise Cooke is the Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gem Podcast, an online genealogy audio show at www.GenealogyGems.com. She is the author of the books Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, The Genealogist's Google Toolbox and Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies, and the Google Earth for Genealogy DVD series, as well as a writer, instructor and podcaster for Family Tree Magazine.  She is a sought after keynote speaker and has been featured at conferences and seminars such as Who Do You Think You Are? Live in London and RootsTech.


Important Press Release
Indiana Governor Pence Announces State 
Partnership with Ancestry.com

Indianapolis – The State of Indiana, through the Indiana Commission on Public Records (State Archives) has entered into a contract with Ancestry.com to digitize and eventually post online more than 13 million birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage records for access by Hoosiers. These online historical records, those older than 75 years, will start to become available in 2015, with the completion date expected by the State’s Bicentennial in 2016. This will be the largest online collection of the State of Indiana’s materials ever digitized.

“As we head toward the 2016 Bicentennial and celebrate Indiana’s past, this initiative serves not only present-day Hoosiers by improving accessibility to records, but also future Hoosiers as they look back at state history,” Governor Pence said.

This partnership saves the State of Indiana more than $3.2 million - the cost to index, scan, and make accessible the materials, and would have taken the state more than a decade to complete. It also provides another mechanism to both access the records and preserve the remaining originals from excessive use and degradation, and provides an additional copy in case original copies are destroyed.

For the last two years, the Indiana Commission on Public Records has been working with the Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) Vital Records office to achieve this partnership. Both the ISDH and State Archives will receive a copy of the digital images and indexes -ISDH will use its copy to improve service to Hoosiers by streamlining the process of accessing records and providing official copies to citizens, while State Archives will provide access to the records more than 75 years old at its facility. Ancestry.com also will provide access to its members for the historical records when the project is completed.

The birth and death certificates date back to the early 1900s, and the State’s marriage records from 1958 through 2005.

   Special Announcements

Genealogy Roadshow - Season 2

Genealogy Roadshow premiers Tuesday, January 13,  2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET on local PBS stations (WTIU, WFYI and WEIU).  The series runs every Tuesday through February 24, 2015. Kenyatta Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco will introduce us to ordinary people with incredible family stories.  

Add this television series to you calendar.  It is fabulous and educational.



"Where Am I From?
Genealogy Series
presented by
Julie Hendricks
GDL -Good Day Live - WTWO
Part 1 - Link

Upcoming WVGS Events

07 Jan 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
12 Jan 2015 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, One Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
24 Jan 2015 1:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN
04 Feb 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
09 Feb 2015 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN
28 Feb 2015 9:15 AM • Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN
04 Mar 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
09 Mar 2015 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN

Upcoming Regional Events

11 Feb 2015 8:00 AM • Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City UT
25 Apr 2015 9:00 AM • University Hall, Indiana State University, 401 N. 7th St., Terre Haute, IN


"Preserving The Past, Serving The Present, Promoting The Future"

Wabash Valley Genealogy Society 

Based in Vigo County, Terre Haute, Indiana. Serving Clark, Crawford and Edgar Counties in Illinois.

Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo in Indiana

P.O. Box 9347

Terre Haute, Indiana 47808-9347

Society Email Address: wvgs@inwvgs.org

President: Mike Lewman     Email: mblewman@yahoo.com     Phone: 765-569-5935

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