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.



The Journey from Imaging to Your Computer"


Ann and Michael Packham

Monday, April 13, 2015

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

   VCPL Rooms A, B & C

   Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world, with a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. The Packhams are here in Vigo county to preserve the county's probate records dating back to 1818 so that they can be shared online at FamilySearch.org, one of the most heavily used genealogy sites on the Internet.  The Packhams will present the details of this process. 

Ann and Michael Packham are from Utah.  She is a retired accountant, and he, a retired band and orchestra teacher.  They are here in Vigo County as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the specific assignment as record preservation volunteers.  They do this because of their love for genealogy and their dedication to connecting families across generations.  Their family, posterity and ancestry, brings joy and meaning to the Packhams' lives.

Follow their progress at Packham's Pixels.

Read a featured article in the TribuneStar.



“Beginning Legacy 


Genealogy Classes”

Wednesdays – April 22, 29 – May 6, 13, 20, 27

2:00 to 4:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Vigo County Public Library

Computer Room #2

Legacy is a family history computer program that makes it extremely easy to store your genealogical information


Family trees containing millions of people can be recorded, displayed and reported.  Legacy keeps track of names, alternate names, dates, places, events, notes, sources, pictures and sounds and presents them on screen in such an intuitive manner that you can easily see the big picture of your entire family.  It is easy to navigate through all your family links using the Family View and Pedigree View screens. Moving from generation to generation is a breeze.  Adding new individuals and marriages can be done at any time and in either view.  Editing and adding new information is simple and understandable.


For more information and registration regarding the Beginning Legacy Genealogy Classes view under "Upcoming WVGS Events."




Indiana Genealogical Society

Annual Meeting and Conference

Featuring The Legal Genealogist

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

University Hall, Indiana State University

401 N. 7th Street, Terre Haute, IN 

Registration Fee:

       IGS Members - $35.00             Non-Members - $45.00             Dead line for pre-registration is Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

At the Door Fee -  $50.00

For more information and registration - please visit this website www.indgensoc.org/conference.php

The featured speaker will be Judy G. Russell of The Legal Genealogist.  Russell holds a law degree from Rutgers and credentials as a Certified Genealogist and Genealogical Lecturer from the Board of Certification of Genealogists.

Russell started the The Legal Genealogist website legalgenealogist.com in part to help people understand the often arcane and even impenetrable legal concepts and terminology that are important to those studying family history.

Sessions presented by Russell on Saturday, April 25 include:  “Your First Trip to the Courthouse”; “Disabled or Deceased in the Line of Duty: Military Pensions and the Civil War”; “Staying Out of Trouble: The Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists”; and “Rogues, Rascals and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep”.

Other local presenters will provide sessions on: The Settlement of Vigo County; The Wabash Valley Visions and Voices, a collection of area images, audio histories and artifacts; and DNA, its applicability to genealogy and family history research.

Preceding the Saturday event a Society Management Seminar will be held on Friday, April 24 in the Vigo County Public Library.  The Friday event will provide tips and ideas on to improve local genealogy societies.  This session is free for officers of IGS chapters and $5.00 for everyone else. For more information visit - http://www.indgensoc.org/seminar.php.


Special Announcements


"Who Do You Think You Are?" starting Sunday, March 8 at 10/9c on TLC. The final episode for this season will air on April 26th. Celebrities featured this season include - 

  • March 8        Julie Chen
  • March 15       Josh Groban
  • March 22       Angie Harmon
  • March 29       Sean Hayes
  • April 5           Tony Goldwyn
  • April 12          America Ferrera
  • April 19          Bill Paxton
  • April 26          Melissa Etheridge                                         
  TLC Preview              


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

                     Part 1 - Link here              Part 2 - Link here

Upcoming WVGS Events

11 Mar 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, One Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
01 Apr 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
13 Apr 2015 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
22 Apr 2015 • Vigo County Public Library, Computer Room #2, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
04 May 2015 1:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
06 May 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
11 May 2015 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN
03 Jun 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D

Upcoming Regional Events

11 Apr 2015 10:00 AM • Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN
25 Apr 2015 9:00 AM • University Hall, Indiana State University, 401 N. 7th St., Terre Haute, IN
08 May 2015 • Columbus, Ohio
15 Jul 2016 • Marriott East, Indianapolis, 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: Tim Phipps     Email: ptphipps@att.net  

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

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