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.


"'Are We There Yet?' Proof and the Genealogy Police"
Harold Henderson

Monday, November 10, 2014

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

   VCPL Rooms A, B & C

   Doors open at 6:00 p.m.


"Follow the Chilcote trail from the 1900 Chicago census to an unmarked Ohio grave - and decide when there's enough evidence to prove that George and Edward are two men or one man with two names."

Harold Henderson, CGsm has been a professional writer since 1979, a professional genealogist since 2009, and a board-certified genealogist since June 2012. He lives and works in northwest Indiana and at midwestroots.net. He serves on the board of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He is the author of Finding Ancestors in Fort Wayne and an every-name index to the earliest court records of La Porte County, Indiana. He has published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, American Ancestors Journal (annual supplement to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register), the NGS Magazine, six state quarterlies, and Archives.com. He speaks nationally and blogs at midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com. At any given time he would probably rather be reading a grantor index.



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 Announcement

PBS presents

Finding Your Roots

with Henry Louis Gates

Tuesday, September 23rd - Tuesday, November 25th

Tuesdays - 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Per the PBS website "Joining Gates in this new season of Finding Your Roots will be a diverse group of 29 guests, including Oscar winner Ben Affleck, award winning journalist Anderson Cooper, tennis great Billie Jean King, legendary author Stephen King, multi-platinum selling rapper Nas, and many others. With these guests and others, Gates continues his quest to understand our collective American identity, bringing to life the family histories of African American, Asian, Chinese, Greek, Indian, Italian, Jewish and Latin American guests alike.  Over 10 episodes the series will reveal rich family stories, tracing back to the subjects’ ancestors arrival on America’s shores, and beyond: deep into the history of their countries of origin. Each hour will highlight three guests bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, as Gates treks through layers of ancestral history, uncovers secrets and surprises of their family trees ad shares life-altering discoveries. "




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

Upcoming WVGS Events

05 Nov 2014 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
10 Nov 2014 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN
03 Dec 2014 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
08 Dec 2014 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN - - MEMBERS ONLY - Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
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

Upcoming Regional Events

02 Nov 2014 5:00 PM • 1845 N. 6 1/2 Street, Terre Haute, IN
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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