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Welcome to the Wabash Valley  Genealogy Society Website! 

ZOOM Meeting Instructions

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Old PO box forwarding ENDED.

Current Address is:

P.O Box 7012

Terre Haute, IN  47802-7012

The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society serves Clark, Crawford and Edgar in Illinois. Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam. Sullivan Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana. 

Dowered and

Bound Out: 

Records of Widows

and Orphans


by Judy Russell

Monday, May 10, 2021

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

   Online

Members ONLY

Widows and orphans have always had a special place in the law.  However, it is not always the place that 21st century researchers might expect.  An orphan in the early days wasn’t a child whose parents had died, but rather a child whose father had died.  The law didn’t care much about the mother.  She was just the widow, entitled to her dower rights and generally not much more.  Learn more of the way that the law treated widows and orphans, and what the records may tell us about them.

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree.  She writes, teaches, and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics, ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a political science minor from George Washington University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. 

She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state and regional genealogical societies.  She has written for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (from which she received the 2017 Award of Excellence), the National Genealogical Society Magazine,  the FGS Forum, OnBoard,  and Family Tree Magazine, among other publications.

On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees for Certification of Genealogists, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer.  Her award-winning blog is at https://www.legalgenealogist.com

This program is FREE to WVGS members. If you are not a member, you may join this meeting and all the following meetings in 2021, by sending $15 per individual, or $20 per family to Wabash Valley Genealogy Society, P O Box 7012, Terre Haute, IN  47802-7012.  If you wish to pay using Paypal, add $2 to each choice. You can obtain the application, by going to www.inwvgs.org. Click on membership.  Watch this site to see more upcoming events or check WVGS Facebook page. Send application at least one week before meeting date.

For this fee, you will  be able to obtain assistance from other members when you reach a “brick wall” in your research.  Handouts and recorded videos will be available for periods of time for members only. . . so join to take advantage of the WVGS offerings.


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While we are all living with the horrible pandemic, social distancing, and avoiding everything and everyone, it gets easy to forget about things we usually do.  WVGS is hosting ZOOM meetings and webinars to keep our members up-to-date and current with genealogy programs as much as possible.  We hope these efforts will help you decide to remain with WVGS and renew your membership for 2021.  Please see the November Newsletter for instructions on how to operate and use ZOOM.  Please contact Gary Jones if you have any problems downloading our members only ZOOM connection: webmaster@www.inwvgs.org

Your Membership Dues expire December 31 - we appreciate your support and input at all times.  If you think you have already paid for 2021, please let me know.  You can pay via postal mail or via PayPal.  If you have a “recurring account” with PayPal, please change the payment amount to the current charges.

Add $2.00 to any membership paid online via PayPal to cover their fees.

_  Individual with e-mail account $15.00 / $17.00 if paid by PayPal

_  Individual by postal mail $25.00 (additional fees to cover postal mail fees)

__  Family e-mail $20.00 / $22.00 paid by PayPal (must reside at same address)

__  Family by postal mail $30.00  (must reside at same address)

If you want a business card dues payment receipt, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.  Otherwise, I will be sending out an email copy to you.

If you have any questions, please contact me:

Linda Gregory

genealogyrocks1n2n3@gmail

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