Upcoming Regional Events

Upcoming events

26 Mar 2014 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Terre Haute, IN
26 Apr 2014 9:00 AM • Athenaeum - Willkie Room, 401 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN
26 Apr 2014 10:00 AM • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN
03 May 2014 9:15 AM • Vigo County Public Library - Rooms A, B & C
06 May 2014 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Computer Lab, Terre Haute, Indiana
07 May 2014 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
12 May 2014 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Rooms A, B & C - PUBLIC WELCOME. Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.
17 May 2014 10:00 AM • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN

Upcoming events

    • 26 Apr 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Athenaeum - Willkie Room, 401 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN
    Palatines to America
    German Genealogy Society
    Spring Workshop

    Saturday, April 26, 2014
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    $15.00 Pal-Am Member 
    $20.00 Non-Member

    • The Indiana Chapter will have its Spring Meeting on Saturday, April 26 at the Athenaeum, 401 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis. The featured speaker will be well-known authority, Ernest Thode. His presentations will be “American Changes in German Names”, “Top German Genealogy Websites” and an “Ask Ernie” session. The latter will be a live presentation that will illustrate his methodology of solving specific types of research problems. Individuals mailing in registrations can also include a question pertaining to one of their German research problems.

    Register at www.palm.org 

    For questions, contact indianapalam@gmail.com.

    • 26 Apr 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN

    Genealogy Research Trips: 
    The Good, Bad and the Ugly!" 

    by Ann Wells

    Eugene and Marilyn Glick
     Indiana History Center

    Saturday, April 26, 2014
    10:00 a.m. - Noon
    $10.00, $8.00 IHS Members

    Heading out for a genealogy research trip without some serious planning doesn’t make sense. It can lead to a nonproductive trip and total frustration. Hear tips on how to plan, things to think about and how to be ready for research upon arrival at your destination, no matter where your going.

    Ann Wells is a professional genealogist who has been researching for more than 30 years. She is an active member of a number of genealogical societies and current president of McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society. Ann was born in England, raised in California, and has resided in the Chicago area for the last 25 years. Teaching genealogy is as much of a passion as doing genealogical research. 

    $10; members $8. Includes parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience

    This class is eligible for 2 general LEUs

    Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.

    • 17 May 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN

    Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the “Evidence”


     Dr. Michael D. Lacopo

    Eugene and Marilyn Glick
     Indiana History Center

    Saturday, May 17, 2014
    10:00 a.m. - Noon
    $10.00, $8.00 IHS Members

    When information passed on from researcher to researcher doesn't  "add up," it's time to tear down the walls and build anew.  This methodology lecture shows how erroneous conclusions can sneak into our research uncontested.  This lecture is pertinent especially today with so many Internet family trees that get cut and pasted into our own research.

    Dr. Michael D. Lacopo is a retired small-animal veterinarian born and raised in northern Indiana. He takes a scientific approach to his research as he does to his profession. Researching since 1980, he has lectured internationally and written for numerous periodicals and journals. A self-described “all-American mutt,” his research skills cover a broad range.

    $10; members $8. Includes parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience

    This class is eligible for 2 general LEUs.

    Register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.

    • 30 May 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM
    • Spring Valley Cemetery, Indianapolis

    Cemetery Preservation Workshops

    Spring Valley Cemetery, Lawrence (Indianapolis)
    Instructors: John “Walt” Walters, Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Vincent T. Hernly and Sheila Riley
    Cost: $30, $25 IHS members, $22.50 Local History Partners (includes lunch during full day)

    Meets AASLH StEPs Standard HSL 5

    There are no state laws that describe the techniques for preservation of cemeteries and gravestones, but there are best practices and standards to meet to assure that you are preserving the site in a way that will not eventually lead to damage. Each year the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology co-sponsors with the Indiana Historical Society a series of workshops to teach the skills needed in cemetery preservation.

    Who should attend?
    Anyone interested in caring for a cemetery. Whether you are doing the work yourself or working with a group to see that a cultural site is maintained and preserved. Members of the community interested in the personal and historical significance of cemeteries will have the opportunity to learn about and maintain. First-timers as well as those with previous experience can gain hands-on experience in keeping history.

    Workshop I is a two-day workshop offered every spring. Topics include Indiana cemetery laws, stone types, symbolism, stone cleaning, tablet straightening, probing instructions, and cemetery maintenance. This workshop is a combination of classroom lectures, in-the-field and hands-on work. The 2014 workshop is tentatively scheduled for May 30-31. Attendance to both days of the workshop is required to apply for a probing license.

    Workshop II Workshop II (Workshop I or equivalent training is required before attending this workshop) Workshop II is a one-day session which focuses on advanced cemetery preservation techniques, including fixing breaks, resetting obelisks, and how to mix stone dust to fill in cracks. The entire workshop will be spent in the cemetery, where participants will gain more hands-on experience repairing stones. The 2014 workshop is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 22-23. Please check back for registration information.

    These workshops are funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. 

    Register at - 


    • 17 Jun 2014
    • 22 Jun 2014
    • Franklin College, Franklin, IN

    Association for
    Graveyard Studies -
    National Conference

    Tuesday, June 17 through Sunday, June 22
    Association for Graveyard Studies - National Conference 
    Franklin College Franklin, IN

    AGS holds an annual conference the third week in June. This conference, held in a different location each year, features lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, conservation and documentation workshops, classroom sessions, slide presentations, and guided cemetery tours. The 2014 AGS Conference will be held at Franklin College in Franklin Indiana from June 17th - 22nd. More information will be posted in March 2014 about the conference. 

    • 01 Aug 2014
    • 02 Aug 2014
    • Indianapolis Marriott East, Indianapolis, IN

                Midwestern Roots 2014  


    Family History and Genealogy Conference - 

    "Exploring Frontiers: What Would Your Pioneers Have Tweeted?"

                          Indiana Historical Society
    $99.00 Special March 26th through 29th!

                     Indianapolis at the Marriott East


    August 1 & 2, 2014

    Registration opens March 26, 2014


    Mark your calendar for Midwestern Roots 2014: 

    Family History and Genealogy Conference


    Midwestern Roots 2014 features more than 30 sessions presented by nationally known speakers including Warren Bittner, Lisa Louise Cooke, Joan Hostetler, Amy Johnson Crow, Thomas MacEntee, James H. Madison, Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Daniel S. Poffenberger, Curt B. Witcher and others.

    Most of the sessions will focus on using ever-changing and emerging technologies and sources online. Other sessions will cover photo preservation, DNA, methodology and using traditional sources

    Pre-conference activities include a workshop for people who work or volunteer in genealogy collections, hands-on computer labs, writing sessions and photo identification. The day will conclude with The Great Google Earth Game Show with Lisa Louise Cooke.

    For more information or to register, visit


Past events

22 Apr 2014 10th Anniversary - Wabash Valley Visions and Vioces
05 Apr 2014 Webinar - "Descendancy Research" - Southern California Genealogical Society
05 Apr 2014 Indiana State Genealogy Society's Annual Conference
03 Apr 2014 Webinar - "Family Tree DNA Results Explained: mtDNA Matching & Genealogy"
22 Mar 2014 "Genealogy Online: Productive, Organized and Successful" by Cyndi Ingle, creator of Cyndi's List
11 Mar 2014 "Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Line of Descent" by Debbie Parker Wayne
11 Feb 2014 "Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies" by D. Joshua Taylor
06 Feb 2014 RootsTech 2014 Live Streaming
01 Feb 2014 "Using the Indianapolis Recorder and the Freeman Newspapers, 1890 - 1930"
14 Jan 2014 "7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists" by Thomas MacEntee
10 Dec 2013 "Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees"
16 Nov 2013 "Photo Research and Preservation" Genealogical Society of Marion County Conference
14 Nov 2013 "Technology for Genealogists"
30 Oct 2013 "Using Court Records to Tell the Story of our Ancestors' Lives" by Judy G. Russell
23 Oct 2013 "Using Church Records to Identify Ancestors" by Mary Hill
22 Oct 2013 Heritage Quest Class
21 Oct 2013 "Mondays with Myrt - Hangouts on Air"
19 Oct 2013 Webinar - "Timelines and Chronologies - Secrets of Sucess"
19 Oct 2013 Putting the Pieces Together: 2013 Conference of the Indiana African American Genealogy Group
17 Oct 2013 Webinar - "Zap the Grandma Gap: The Ten Best Ideas to Bridge the Generation Gap From Your Ancestors to the Coming Generation."
16 Oct 2013 "Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers" by Lisa Louise Cooke
08 Oct 2013 "Up In Smoke!! What To Do When the Courthouse Burns"
24 Sep 2013 "Rest in Peace: Archaeology and Cemetery Relocations"
23 Sep 2013 "Genealogy Roadshow...It's all relatives."
21 Sep 2013 "Advanced Genealogy Resources, Methods and Skills"
14 Sep 2013 "Making Sense of DNA: How it Can Assist Genealogical Research."
10 Sep 2013 Webinar - "To the Honorable, the General Assembly - The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions"
07 Sep 2013 Webinar - "Sidestep Genealogy" - Southern California Genealogical Society
04 Sep 2013 Webinar: "Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer!"
03 Sep 2013 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
28 Aug 2013 Webinar: "Colonial Immigrants: Who They Were and Where They Came From"
21 Aug 2013 FGS 2013 Conference
02 Aug 2013 Webinar - "Direct Your Research with City Directories"
23 Jul 2013 Who Do You Think You Are?
06 Jul 2013 Webinar - "Transform your Note-Taking and Remember Everything with Evernote"
22 Jun 2013 Timelines
11 Jun 2013 Webinar - The Research Calendar: A Resource You Cannot Live Without
05 Jun 2013 Genealogy for Night Owls
25 May 2013 "Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous" (Living History Event)
27 Apr 2013 IGS 2013 Annual Conference
23 Mar 2013 Irish and Scot-Irish Family Research Seminar
17 Nov 2012 2012 Conference of the Genealogical Society of Marion County
27 Oct 2012 Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
06 Oct 2012 Amish and Mennonite Research: The Forgotten Swiss Germans
29 Sep 2012 A Night at the Museum in Brazil
29 Sep 2012 Fall Workshop - Indiana Chapter of Palatines to America
15 Sep 2012 Discharged: Researching Civil War Veterans After the War
15 Sep 2012 Answering the Call: Researching Civil War Soldiers Before and During the War
09 Sep 2012 Civil War Research Classes in Indianapolis
27 Aug 2012 Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine
14 Aug 2012 Civil War Service of the Sisters of Providence
03 Aug 2012 Illinois Family History Expo 2012
20 Jul 2012 Midwestern Roots 2012 - Where Do You Think You Find It?
07 Jun 2012 German Genealogy: A Two Day Mini Course
19 May 2012 "Using Federal Court Records to Discover Prohibition and Family History"
06 May 2012 Cemetery Walk - 175 th Anniversity - St. Mary's Village Parish
27 Apr 2012 Indiana Genealogy Society Annual Meeting & Conference
21 Apr 2012 Palatines to America 2012 Spring Workshop
20 Apr 2012 Historical Collections Training
02 Apr 2012 1940 Census Released
31 Mar 2012 "United States Courthouse Records - Research with Positive Results"
25 Mar 2012 Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
18 Feb 2012 What's In Your Genealogy Research Toolbox? & Blog Your Ancestors: Read 'Em, Write 'Em, Find 'Em!
03 Feb 2012 "Who Do You Think You Are?"
19 Nov 2011 2011 Conference of the Genealogical Society of Marion County
12 Nov 2011 Terre Haute Landmark's Second Saturday
26 Oct 2011 "The Mystique of Domes" presented by Gayle Cook
22 Oct 2011 Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
15 Oct 2011 Genealogical Workshop - CEMETERY RESEARCH - Northwest Territory Genealogical Society
11 Oct 2011 VCPL Heritage Quest Class
08 Oct 2011 October "Second Saturdays" with Terre Haute Lanmarks
17 Sep 2011 2nd Annual Family History Workshop hosted by the Indianapolis Stake
07 Sep 2011 "Pathways to the Heartland" by The Federation of Genealogy Societies
04 Sep 2011 "A Bicentennial Celebration of the Building of Fort Harrison
18 Aug 2011 Of Books And Houses: A Literary Walking Tour of Farrington's Grove Historic Neighborhood
13 Aug 2011 August Second Saturday with TH Landmarks
23 Jul 2011 Ancestry Day


"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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