Welcome to the Wabash Valley  Genealogy Society Website! 

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

Not So Great News

After several attempts to use the cell phone Linda found out we now have a new phone number. It is 812-230-0631

Photo Detecting 101

By Maureen Taylor


Monday, February 11, 2019

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

   VCPL Rooms A, B & C

6:00 p.m. - Refreshments & Socializing

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research.

Sought out by clients all over the world from as far away as New Zealand, her pioneering work in historic photo research is unprecedented, evidenced by her success in solving photo mysteries.  The author of several books, scholarly articles and online columns, she appeared on The View and The Today Show for completing Meredith Viera’s family tree.  She has been featured in numerous publications including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, and was dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by The Wall Street Journal.

Maureen has spoken on photo history, photograph preservation and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., and in London and Canada.

Her focus is on helping people rediscover their family history one picture at a time, and is passionate about getting folks to dig deep into their family history to tell the story of their ancestors.  For more than a decade, she’s searched for images of individuals who lived during the Revolutionary War but also lived into the age of photography. It’s currently a two-volume set titled, The Last Muster, and the subject of three short films, A Trio of Revolutionary Voices. The quest for more photographs is ongoing.

Description: Learn ten easy steps to help identify family photographs such as researching photographers, dating costume clues and more .

Identifying the Images

·      Basic Photographic History for the Genealogists

·      How Can I Find Out When a Photographer Was in Business

·      What Clothing Has to Say

·      Techniques to Date and Interpret Your Family Photographs

Wabash Valley Genealogy Society

Beginning Genealogy Classes 2019

The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society (WVGS) is offering a series of classes to help individuals begin their family history quest.  The Beginning Genealogy Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings.

Meeting dates are: Feb. 19, 26, Mar 05, 12, 19 and 26, 2019.  Classes will be held in the lower level conference rooms A, B and C in the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, IN.  Doors open at 5:30 pm with the classes running from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

There is a fee for the classes which includes all materials, a one-year free membership in the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society, and a year’s subscription to the WVGS newsletter, “Wabash Valley Generations”.  Class size is limited to 30 so register soon.

Registration costs are:

  • $25 for a single non-WVGS member with the newsletter sent by email;
  •  $35.00 for two non-WVGS members; $10.00 for a single WVGS member; and
  •  $15.00 for two WVGS members at the same household or address.

The classes are designed for a broad audience.  Anyone new to genealogy and family history research will get a good foundation on how to work on genealogy.    For those experienced in genealogy, these classes will provide an excellent refresher course in core research principals.  There will also be instruction on how to do advanced research.

During the classes, participants will learn how to establish research goals and determine a starting point and organizing techniques.  Class members will also learn techniques for interviewing elders, filling out pedigree and family group sheets, conducting library and internet research while accessing vital, courthouse and cemetery records.

Every week different WVGS members will provide instruction in their specific area of expertise.  These individuals love genealogical research and want to share their skills and knowledge with all class participants.  Participants have a rare opportunity to take advantage of these local experts.

Please contact Pat Rogers at mrsgenealogy44@gmail.com to register or go online at www.inwvgs.org and register through PayPal.

Attached is a pdf copy of this press release. As you go, take a few copies with you and put on your area bulletin boards, libraries, post office, and your favorite watering hole.

PR WVGS Beg Gen publicity 2019-tree.pdf

It is that time of year again, as dues are payable for 2019:

Add $1.00 to any membership paid online via PayPal to cover their fees

  Individual with e-mail account $15.00  /  $16.00 if paid by PayPal

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

  Family e-mail $20.00 / $21.00 paid by PayPal (must reside at same address)

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

Follow the link under "Membership" above.

If you have any questions please contact membership Manager, Linda Gregory, at genealogyrocks1n2n3@gmail.com


Enroll or Renew for 2019

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 krogercommunityrewards.com.

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 (JH148) 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 JH148. 

Upcoming WVGS events

11 Feb 2019 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
19 Feb 2019 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
26 Feb 2019 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
05 Mar 2019 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
11 Mar 2019 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
12 Mar 2019 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
19 Mar 2019 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
26 Mar 2019 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
08 Apr 2019 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN

Upcoming Regional Events


"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

Society Phone Number: 812-230-0631  Please leave a message.

President: Wayne Langman     Email: sglwal@aol.com 

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

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