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.


Indiana and Prohibition

"Prohibition is Here to Stay"
Jason Lantzer

Monday, October 13, 2014

     6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Children's Museum Auditorium

    Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

A native Hoosier, Jason Lantzer holds a BA (History & Political Science), MA (History) and Ph.D. (History) all from Indiana University. Much of his work looks at the intersection of Politics, Religion, and Law in American History. Jason's first book was on Prohibition (University of Notre Dame Press, 2009) and his second book was on American Mainline Christianity (New York University Press, 2012).

Lantzer will discuss key aspects of his book “Prohibition Is Here to Stay”. The book focuses on the life of Reverend Edward S. Shumaker, a Methodist minister who for nearly 25 years led Indiana’s influential chapter of the Anti Saloon League.  Shumaker’s influence extended well beyond the state of Indiana.   Lantzer uses Shumaker’s life and work to shed new light on the rise and fall of Prohibition and to better understand and appreciate the interplay of religion and politics in American culture.


"Wabash Valley 
Funeral Home History: 
Past, Present & Future"

         by Gary Greiner   

If you missed the September 10th presentation due to the threatening weather or another commitment - you can now listen to Gary's very interesting and entertaining lecture on the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society's YouTube channel. Both parts together last for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Just click on the link below - learn and enjoy!

Note: This is our first attempt at recording our presentations.  Please be patient - the quality will improve with practice.
Part # 1  http://youtu.be/5IzWDrYJNfA   


 Gary Greiner has been a licensed Funeral Director since 1991 and is a graduate of Mid America College of Mortuary Science. Gary is a board member of the Vigo County Historical Society, Terre Haute Children's Choir and Twelve Points Greater Northside Association. He is a former board member and Vice President of Community Theatre of Terre Haute, American Cancer Society and former Executive Director of the Miss Indiana Scholarship Program. 

      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

01 Oct 2014 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
13 Oct 2014 6:30 PM • Children's Museum Auditorium, Terre Haute, IN
05 Nov 2014 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
10 Nov 2014 6:30 PM • igo 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.
18 Mar 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Terre Haute, IN

Upcoming Regional Events

11 Oct 2014 9:00 AM • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN
18 Oct 2014 8:30 AM • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN
28 Oct 2014 10:00 AM • Computer or Tablet
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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