Upcoming Regional Events

Upcoming events

01 Jul 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
13 Jul 2015 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN
16 Jul 2015 9:30 AM • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
18 Jul 2015 10:00 AM • Vigo County Public Library, Room C, Terre Haute, IN
25 Jul 2015 10:00 AM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
05 Aug 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
10 Aug 2015 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
15 Aug 2015 10:00 AM • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

Upcoming events

    • 16 Jul 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Indiana Jewish Historical Society Family History Research Day

    July 16, 2015

    9:30 a.m .to 4 p.m.
    William H. Smith Memorial Library, 
    History Center

    In partnership with the Indiana Jewish Historical Society, IHS is pleased to offer this program that incorporates an overview of family history with time to research the IJHS and other archives at  IHS.  Library and collections staff will be on hand to help the participants as they request items and move to the reading room. There will also be behind-the-scenes tours of the archives and the Conservation Lab. This special day is open to all ages 12 and up who have a special interest in genealogy and collections related to Jewish life in Indiana, while developing research skills even for those without much experience. 


    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.


    Eileen Baitcher, executive director, Indiana Jewish Historical Society

    Introduction to Family History
    Allison Singleton, assistant coordinator for education and community engagement, IHS
    Ever wanted to learn more about your family or community origins?  This session will highlight basic family history research that can be done online with additional information about how to organize your research.

    Introduction to the IJHS Collections
    Amy Vedra, director of reference services, IHS 
    Learn more about the collection available at IHS. This interactive session will teach how to locate the items via our online catalogue and how to complete a call slip so you can view some of the IJHS treasures!

    Lunch is on your own, but we would suggest the on-site Stardust Terrace Cafe


    IJHS Collections Show and Tell
    Amy Vedra
    See some of the highlighted collection items from the IJHS collection!  Learn how to access the reading room and begin to research the history (family or community)that interests you. 

    Behind-the-Scenes-Tours and Research Time with Assistance
    Suzanne Hahn, vice president of library and archives
    During this session, small groups will be led on behind-the-scenes tours of the IHS archives.  While waiting for your tour, you can continue your family history or community research with assistance from Amy or Allison.

    The program will end at 4 p.m.

    Allison DePrey Singleton is the assistant coordinator for education and community engagement at the Indiana Historical Society.  She is a graduate of Indiana University with master's degrees in public history and library science.

    Amy Vedra is the director of reference services at the William H. Smith Memorial Library at the Indiana Historical Society.  She holds master's degrees in arts in  history and library science.

    This program is free, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please register online or call (317) 232-1882 for more information.


     Register Today

    • 15 Aug 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

    German Heritage Day

    Aug. 15, 2015

    10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Day Classrooms, History Center

    German heritage is the highest percentage of national heritage among Hoosiers both historically and today: between 20 and 42 percent of Indiana residents have German ancestry. Join us as we explore this important heritage.

    John Herbst, president and CEO of IHS, presents an illustrated talk on his ongoing research project to explore his family's German background and then emigration from Germany in 1884. He will share the various sources and methods he used to authenticate the oral history that started his interest in family history and his investigative research which will include another trip to Germany this fall. 

    We will then discuss various aspects of German heritage in Indiana and how social views of German heritage changed during World War I as the program moves to the Athenaeum. (Transportation on your own.) The Athenaeum was built in 1893 as a "'house of culture for the mind and body" by German immigrants. The program includes a tour of the Athenaeum with a docent who will teach the group about the history of the structure and its uses.  

    $12; members $10. Includes free History Center parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience. If you wish to dine on your own, the Rathskeller, located in the Athenaeum, is open for lunch until 2 p.m. 

    This class is eligible for 3 general LEUs.

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

    Presented in partnership with The Athenaeum Foundation and Palatines to America

    Door Prize from Ancestry! AncestryDNA
    The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide: How to Trace Your Germanic Ancestry in Europe, a book from the Basile History Market

    • 24 Oct 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN

    Genealogy & Local History: 

    Law and Order Style

    The Indiana State Library in Indianapolis will hold the Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair on Saturday, October 24 from 9 am to 4:00 pm.

     Admission is free, and in addition to commercial and non-profit genealogy vendors, there will be free programs offered throughout the day.

    The Genealogy and Local History Fair is presenting Judy Russell for two talks this year. The Fair is on Saturday October 24, 2015 from 9am to 4pm.  The library is still finalizing the schedule but Judy Russell will be giving two talks and Author Keven McQueen is schedule to give one talk about crimes that have occurred in Indiana. We are billing it as Genealogy & Local History: Law and Order Style.  Judy Russell will talk about black sheep and court house records for genealogy purposes. 

    • 18 Nov 2015
    • 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Indiana State Library, 315 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN

    Indiana State Library 

    Night Owl Event 

    with "Ask an Expert"

    November 18, 2015 

    4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Spend a few hours after work researching at the Indiana State Library. Tours will be offered and the staff will be offering assistance with research issues.  You can sign up for "Ask an Expert" and get one-on-one assistance with your brick walls.  

    Genealogy for Night Owls will be held on Wednesday, November 18 from 4:30 pm to 8:30 p.m. at the Indiana State Library. Tours of the library will be offered.  Also staff will be on-hand for extra assistance and genealogy experts that will help with brickwalls.  

    Registration is required for this unique and free event at the Indiana State Library. Call (317) 232-3689.  Click here for parking and destination information.

    • 16 Apr 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Indiana Genealogical Society

    Annual Meeting and Conference

    Saturday, April 16, 2016

    Allen County Public Library

    Fort Wayne, Indiana


    Save the Date!

    Mark Your Calendar!


    • 15 Jul 2016
    • 16 Jul 2016
    • Marriott East, Indianapolis, IN

    Midwestern Roots 2016

    July 15 and 16, 2016

    Indianapolis at the Marriott East.

    Pre-conference events July 14, 2016

    Midwestern Roots 2016 features more than 30 sessions by nationally known speakers including Cece Moore, The Genetic Genealogist, from Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. andGenealogy Roadshow.  

    Most of the sessions will focus on using ever-changing and emerging technology and sources online. Other sessions will cover DNA, methodology, using traditional sources, and legal genealogy.

    Pre-Conference activities will include a workshop for people who work or volunteer in genealogy collections, hands-on computer labs, writing sessions, and the day will end with an evening program.


    Follow@IndianaHistory on Twitter and stay up-to-date on Midwestern Roots with the hashtags #MWR16 and #YourStory

    • 31 Aug 2016
    • 03 Sep 2016
    • Springfield, IL

     Federation of Genealogy Societies
    2016 Conference
    Springfield, IL
    August 31 - September 3, 2016
    Mark Your Calendar!


Past events

22 Jun 2015 "The New Heritage Quest Online Database "
16 May 2015 "Court Houses and Cemeteries, Oh My!" by Betty Warren
14 May 2015 Parke County Historical Society Annual Meeting "Indiana Cemeteries - What You Need to Know!"
13 May 2015 The National Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Conference
01 May 2015 "John E. Wilkins, Ready and Able: A Hoosier's Civil War" by Mark Meyer
29 Apr 2015 Night Owl Event with Ask an Expert
25 Apr 2015 Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Conference
24 Apr 2015 "Research Lock-In"
24 Apr 2015 IGS Society Management Seminar
18 Apr 2015 Palatines to America 2015 Spring Meeting
16 Apr 2015 "150-Year Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln" presented by Chuck Hand
11 Apr 2015 "Preserving Family Documents and Photographs"
08 Apr 2015 2015 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference
21 Mar 2015 "Women, Tragedies, Oral History and Eastern European Research Have What in Common?"
21 Mar 2015 17th Annual Michiana Genealogy Fair - South Bend Areas Genealogy Society
21 Feb 2015 Willard Libray "Genealogy Kick-Off"
11 Feb 2015 FGS Conference 2015
02 Nov 2014 "Digging For Your Roots" Family History Fair
28 Oct 2014 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
18 Oct 2014 Indiana African American Genealogy Group - 2014 Genealogy and History Conference
11 Oct 2014 19th Annual Central Indiana Genealogy Conference
27 Sep 2014 USO Tribute Celebration For The Vigo County Historical Museum
27 Sep 2014 Genealogy Day with Dr. John Phillip Coletta
27 Sep 2014 "Tree Roots 2014"
27 Sep 2014 Indiana Chapter of Palatines to America Fall Meeting
18 Sep 2014 Storytelling Workshop - Historic Storytelling
18 Sep 2014 VCPL Brown Bag: Spirit Keeper - The Native American Experience in the 18th Century
20 Aug 2014 "Genealogy For Night Owls" at the Indiana State Library
01 Aug 2014 Midwestern Roots 2014: Family History and Genealogy Conference
17 Jun 2014 Association for Graveyard Studies - National Conference
30 May 2014 Cemetery Preservation Workshop
17 May 2014 Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the "Evidence"
26 Apr 2014 Genealogy Research Trips: The Good, Bad and the Ugly!" by Ann Wells
26 Apr 2014 Indiana Chapter Palatines to America Spring Workshop
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: Tim Phipps     Email: ptphipps@att.net  

Vice-President: Mike Lewman    Email: mblewman@yahoo.com   Phone:  765-569-5935

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