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.


Travel Through Time with Wabash Valley Visions & Voices” 

Donna Adams 

& Vikki Sordean

   Monday, February 9, 2015

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

   VCPL Rooms A, B & C

   Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Wabash Valley Visions and Voices is a digital memory project dedicated to the preservation of West Central Indiana and East Central Illinois history and heritage in print, pictures and sound.  

The program will focus on the following:


    How to Access

    Examples of a variety of genealogical records online


Donna K. Adams  is Head of the Genealogy/Local History Department at the Sullivan County Public Library.  She serves as Sullivan County Genealogist & Historian and has been a genealogist for more than 30 years.  Donna has assisted WVGS in the Beginning Genealogy Classes and initiated the creation of many searchable databases for the SCPL. In partnering with ISU, grant funding was obtained to digitize court and other related records to place on Wabash Valley Visions & Voices.

 Vikki Sordean is one of our WVGS charter members and has been doing research since 1978.  She is also a member of DAR and has done research in Salt Lake City, Library of Congress, DAR Library, Archives in Washington, DC, and the Library of Virginia in Richmond. The kind of research she enjoys most is searching those old court house records.

The Historic Preservation Committee members of WVGS, under Vikki's direction,  have been working the last 5 years scanning Vigo County records and digitizing them for Visions and Voices.  To date there are nearly 20,000 images online.


Special Announcements


Genealogy Roadshow - Season 2

Genealogy Roadshow premiers Tuesday, January 13,  2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET on local PBS stations (WTIU, WFYI and WEIU).  The series runs every Tuesday through February 24, 2015. Kenyatta Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary Tedesco will introduce us to ordinary people with incredible family stories.  

Add this television series to you calendar.  It is fabulous and educational.



Important Press Release
Indiana Governor Pence Announces State 
Partnership with Ancestry.com

Indianapolis – The State of Indiana, through the Indiana Commission on Public Records (State Archives) has entered into a contract with Ancestry.com to digitize and eventually post online more than 13 million birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage records for access by Hoosiers. These online historical records, those older than 75 years, will start to become available in 2015, with the completion date expected by the State’s Bicentennial in 2016. This will be the largest online collection of the State of Indiana’s materials ever digitized.

“As we head toward the 2016 Bicentennial and celebrate Indiana’s past, this initiative serves not only present-day Hoosiers by improving accessibility to records, but also future Hoosiers as they look back at state history,” Governor Pence said.

This partnership saves the State of Indiana more than $3.2 million - the cost to index, scan, and make accessible the materials, and would have taken the state more than a decade to complete. It also provides another mechanism to both access the records and preserve the remaining originals from excessive use and degradation, and provides an additional copy in case original copies are destroyed.

For the last two years, the Indiana Commission on Public Records has been working with the Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) Vital Records office to achieve this partnership. Both the ISDH and State Archives will receive a copy of the digital images and indexes -ISDH will use its copy to improve service to Hoosiers by streamlining the process of accessing records and providing official copies to citizens, while State Archives will provide access to the records more than 75 years old at its facility. Ancestry.com also will provide access to its members for the historical records when the project is completed.

The birth and death certificates date back to the early 1900s, and the State’s marriage records from 1958 through 2005.




"Where Am I From?
Genealogy Series
presented by
Julie Hendricks
GDL -Good Day Live - WTWO
Part 1 - Link

Upcoming WVGS Events

04 Feb 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
09 Feb 2015 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN
28 Feb 2015 9:15 AM • Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN
04 Mar 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
09 Mar 2015 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN
11 Mar 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, One Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
21 Mar 2015 10:00 AM • Vigo County Public Library, Room C, Terre Haute, IN
01 Apr 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D

Upcoming Regional Events

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
21 Mar 2020 9:00 AM • Mishawaks Penn Harris Public Library, 209 Lincoln Way East, Mishawaka, 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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