Welcome to the Wabash Valley  Genealogy Society Website! 


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


“Which DNA Test is Right for Me?”

 Presented by Tim Phipps

 Tuesday, July 25, 2017,

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

   VCPL Rooms A, B & C

(Doors open at 6:00pm)

 Free & Open to Public

(NO parking access from Poplar Street)

 Have you considered purchasing a DNA test to discover more about your family roots only to be confused by the different types of tests that are available?  Or have you taken a DNA test and found yourself saying, “What next?”, after the results come back?  If you feel confused about or overwhelmed by DNA testing, then this presentation is for you.

 “Which DNA Test is Right for Me?” is an introductory class on DNA testing for those interested in researching their family.  Get an overview of what different tests are available, what each test can reveal, and which tests are offered by the major DNA testing companies.  Before you spend money on a test or if you want to maximize the money you have already spent, come out and join us to learn the basics of genetic genealogy.

 The public-at-large is encouraged to attend this special program being hosted and presented by the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society.  Anyone considering doing DNA testing or just with an interest in the testing process is encouraged to attend.


Presented by 

Leigh Ann Johnson

Monday, August 14, 2017

6:30 – 8:30 pm - Vigo County Public Library

Doors Open at 6:00 pm for 

Refreshments & Socializing


In this program, Leigh Ann will explore how to use newspapers more effectively in doing family history research.  Using newspaper columns, obituaries, death notices and articles, you can better piece together family ties during times when other types of records did not exist.  Newspaper digitization and databases will also be discussed.  The Indiana State Library has the world’s largest collection of Indiana newspapers.  If you would like to find out how to utilize this vast collection to help with your family research, you should plan to attend this program.

For nearly four years, Leigh Anne Johnson has been the Indiana Division Newspaper Librarian at the Indiana State Library.  She is curator of ISL’s historic newspapers and current subscriptions, as well as the microfilmed newspapers.  Formerly, Leigh Anne was a librarian in the Genealogy Division at the State Library for five years.  Ms. Johnson holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Indiana University at Indianapolis, a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from Northern Arizona University and an undergraduate degree in music from Butler University in Indianapolis.

On Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, the Little Italy Festival Organization in Clinton, IN, in collaboration with the Clinton Public Library and Wabash Valley Genealogy Society (WVGS) will be offering a Genealogy Hotspot.  The intent of this event is to provide the public with the opportunity to discuss genealogy questions or have pictures and other documents scanned with the assistance of members of the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society…all, for free.

Participants can sign up in advance for a thirty-minute session with a WVGS representative to discuss family genealogy questions or other family history issues.  These personal sessions will provide an opportunity for WVGS members to make suggestions, point out research options and provide counseling to participants on how they might proceed with their family history research. 

In addition, WVGS will also have several scanning equipment set-ups available.  This will afford the public the opportunity to digitize documents, photographs and other family memorabilia.  Individuals requesting assistance with scanning are instructed in advance to bring a flash drive with them for storage of their images. Permission slips will be available for those whose scanned materials might be uploaded to Wabash Valley Vision and Voices, an Indiana State University digital project.

Interested individuals need to sign-up in advance for a specific time slot for genealogy counseling and/or scanning.  Where applicable, this scheduling will allow pairing up  participants with specific areas of inquiry with the appropriate WVGS representatives.

This event is being jointly sponsored by LIFT (Little Italy Festival Town), the Clinton Public Library and WVGS.  This “first of its kind” event offers a unique opportunity to broaden the community’s awareness of WVGS while providing much needed assistance for budding genealogists.

The event and some materials are free for those who sign up at the Clinton Public Library prior to the event.  Walk-ins will be welcome, providing that space and time are available.  To sign up contact the Clinton Public Library at 765-832-8349 or


Enroll or Renew for 2017

WVGS is participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Kroger will donor a percentage of purchases made by members and friends who register their Kroger Plus Shopper's Card.  Follow these instructions to help WVGS earn extra money for future projects.

Register your card online at

Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.

If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.

Click on Sign In/Register

Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.

Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions

You will then get a message to check your email in box and click on the link within the body of the email.

Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.

Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.

Update or confirm your information.

Enter NPO number (16833) or Wabash Valley Genealogy Society, select organization from list and click on confirm.

To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.

REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).

Special Note: WVGS's NPO number is 16833. 



Upcoming WVGS events

25 Jul 2017 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
02 Aug 2017 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Room D, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
03 Aug 2017 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
14 Aug 2017 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
17 Aug 2017 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
02 Sep 2017 9:00 AM • Clinton Public Library, Clinton, IN
06 Sep 2017 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Room D, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
07 Sep 2017 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
11 Sep 2017 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN

Upcoming Regional Events

07 Oct 2017 8:45 AM • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
28 Oct 2017 10:00 AM • Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana


"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:

Society Phone Number: 812-264-1510   Please leave a message.

President: Tim Phipps     Email:  

For other WVGS officers and their contact information click on "Contact" above left.

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