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

Genealogy: How to accurately label source materials

By Tammy Dehler

Special to the Tribune-Star

Jul 23, 2022

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What is PERSI? A Quick Explainer for Genealogists

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PERSI, at Allen County Public Library

“Treasure Awaits:  The Genealogy Center’s Digital Collections”


 By Curt Witcher

Monday, September 12, 2022

Public Meeting at Vigo County Library

Online Via ZOOM 6:00 p.m.

In addition to a very comprehensive physical collection the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne has extremely impressive digital collections.  A good portion of the digital collections are licensed data files that need to be used onsite.  A very significant group of digital collections are freely accessible for the Center’s website 24 – 7.  Get an overview of all of the digital collection and learn specifically how to access the many free digital files.

Curt Witcher is the Director of Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library, managing the widely acclaimed Genealogy Center as well as the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of Abraham Lincoln related research materials, and the institution’s Fine Books Collection. 

He is a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society.  He has penned many hundreds of articles on topics of interest to family historians, librarians and archivists, and has presented lectures to historical and genealogical groups across the country and beyond.  He currently serves on the Indiana State Historical Records Advisory Boards, the board of the Friends of the Indiana State Archives, the Indiana Historical Society’s publications committee and Midwestern Roots Conference planning team, and the executive committee of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection Indiana’s Board of Directors.  Curt also serves on the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society Board of Directors as well as an advisor for the African American Genealogical Society of Fort Wayne.

He is also distinguished as a fellow of both the Indiana Genealogical Society and the Utah Genealogical Association.  Over the decades he led collaborative national efforts to preserve and make more accessible historical data.  For those efforts he has received the Federation of Genealogical Societies #39 Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award and the National Genealogical Society’s P. William Filby Award for outstanding life-time contributions to genealogical librarianship.  His passion for finding families’ stories and belief in the power of those stories to change lives has been recognized by numerous organizations, most recently receiving the Indiana Historical Society’s 2019 Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award for extraordinary contributions to the field of history.  Curt has completed four decades of service at the Allen County Public Library.

This program is open to the public and will be held in person at the Vigo County Public Library on September 12 , 2022 at 6 p.m.   It will also be available to members via Zoom.  If you are not a member, you may join this meeting and all of the following meetings in 2022 by sending $15 per individual, or $20 per family to Wabash Valley Genealogy Society, P O Box 7012, Terre Haute, IN  47802-7012.  If you wish to pay using Paypal, add $2 to each choice.  You can obtain the application by going to www.inwvgs.org.  Click on membership.  Watch this site to see more upcoming events or check WVGS Facebook page.  Send application at least one week before the meeting date.

For this fee, you will be able to obtain assistance from other members when you reach a “brick wall” in your research.  You will also receive a bi-monthly newsletter.  Handouts and recorded videos will be available for periods of time for members only . . . so join to take advantage of the WVGS offerings.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE OUR CORRECT ADDRESS:

WVGS, PO Box 7012, Terre Haute, IN  47802-7012

Have you had the chance to join a ZOOM meeting yet?  Please join us for webinars and genealogy programs; check the website for instructions and download the app.  You can view the presentations in the comfort of your home and favorite chair, ask questions at the end, and chat with other members.  Contact Gary Jones if you have any problems downloading our members only ZOOM connection: webmaster@www.inwvgs.org

     We hope you will remain with WVGS and renew your membership for 2023.  We appreciate your support and input regarding genealogy matters.  If you have any articles and/or old photos you would like to submit to the Newsletter, please send them for the committee to review and add to any upcoming editions.  wvgsnewsletter@gmail.com

    You can pay your memebership dues via postal mail or online with PayPal.  If you have a “recurring account” with PayPal, please check it to make sure you have the correct amount to send; if not, please change the payment amount to the current fee (the increase in billing charges to WVGS).

Add $2.00 to any membership paid online via PayPal to cover their fees.

_  Individual with e-mail account $15.00 / $17.00 if paid by PayPal

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

_  Family e-mail $20.00 / $22.00 paid by PayPal (must reside at same address)

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

I will be sending out an email copy of your dues receipt to you.

If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Stoll, Membership Officer at genealogyjunkie22@gmail.com  Please add WVGS Dues to the subject


St. Louis County Library

National Archives Genealogy Series

Free Webinars

10 Rules for Accepting (or Rejecting)

Online Family Tree Hints

Online family tree hints can make it easy to build out your ancestor timelines and add people to your tree. Or they can fill your tree with the wrong relatives and incorrect information. Here are 10 rules for evaluating and using hints.

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Death Certificate 

What are this three of four digit numbers under cause of death? (ICD) International Classification of Diseases (ICD), in medicine, diagnostic tool that is used to classify and monitor causes of injury and death and that maintains information for health analyses, such as the study of mortality (death) and morbidity (illness) trends.

Find more information at:  1900 to present

 http://www.wolfbane.com/icd/index.html


Link to New Gmail Tools with Genealogy Tasks and Correspondence

Check out the FREE webinars at:  http://www.genealogycenter.org/ 

Quote from Tribune Star Genealogy

"Many of us are home bound now and looking for something new to do. But to many people who more recently started their quest to discover their family history, something old can be something new. In 1997 the first national television series that dealt with family history and genealogy made its debut on PBS.

Entitled “Ancestors,” the series was hosted by Jim and Terry Willard, a husband and wife team of amateur genealogists who were “discovered” by the series producer at a genealogical conference. Alex Haley, the author of Roots, also contributed to the initial program planning. The series consists of twenty-three 30-minute episodes, each covering some aspect of genealogy. Every episode of this series can be viewed online for free through Brigham Young University by using this link"

https://www.byutv.org/show/54f848ee-6d19-4502-9981-070cdbd1f1bf/ancestors.

Read the rest of the story at 

https://www.tribstar.com/community/genealogy/article_5936cf17-ff12-5a87-a5eb-18ce4442eb57.html

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM

Enroll or Renew for 2021

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

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 7012

Terre Haute, Indiana 47802-7012

       

Society Email Address: wvgs@inwvgs.org

President: Debby Warren      Email: dlrw1951@gmail.com

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


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