Upcoming Regional Events

Upcoming events

22 Apr 2015 • Vigo County Public Library, Computer Room #2, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
29 Apr 2015 4:30 PM • Indiana State Library, 315 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN
01 May 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, One Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
04 May 2015 1:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
06 May 2015 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
11 May 2015 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Lower Level, Terre Haute, IN
16 May 2015 10:00 AM • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN

Upcoming events

    • 29 Apr 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"

    April 29, 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.  

    Registration is required for this unique and free event at the Indiana State Library. Call by April 28, 2015, (317) 232-3689   Click here for parking and destination information.

    • 01 May 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, One Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana

    VCPL First Friday Event: 

    John E. Wilkins, Ready and Able:

     A Hoosier's Civil War


    Mark Meyer

     Friday, May 1, 2015

    Vigo County Public Library

        6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

       VCPL Rooms A, B & C

     Registration Not Required.

    Speaker Mark Meyer will take you back in time on a journey with Civil War volunteer and Terre Haute Native John E. Wilkins, who answered Lincoln's call in April 1861 and served in the Indiana 11th and 16th Regiments until the end of the War in 1865. 

    John Wilkins expert Mark Meyer will be here from Fort Wayne to give an hour-long presentation on this brave and noble Terre Haute Civil War volunteer. 

    Refreshments will be provided. 

    Call 812-232-1113 extension 2216 for more information.

    Please see attached flyer - FF Civil War.jpg

    • 13 May 2015
    • 16 May 2015
    • St. Charles, MO



    The National Genealogical Society

    2015 Family History Conference

    May 13 - 16, 2015

    St. Charles, MO


    For more details - visit






    • 16 May 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN



    Betty Warren

    May 16, 2015

    10 a.m. to noon

    Indiana History Center

    450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN
    Day Classrooms

    Do you need help doing court house research?  Does cemetery research creep you out?  This workshop is for you!

    The records in a court house were not actually created to provide genealogical data.  However, an understanding of the how and why of the structure of the court records can lead you to a wealth of family history information. This program explains many types of court records, where you can find them, and what is available to you.

    Learn what resources are available for locating cemeteries, including Terra Server, Find a Grave and a Billion Graves. Suggestions on how to do on-site research, plus tombstone rubbing techniques and display samples. Also, learn two methods of calculating the birth date when only the date of death and age is given on the tombstone. Cemeteries will prove to be a great resource for your genealogy research.

    Genealogist, Betty L. Warren (nee Williams) has been doing genealogy for almost 40 years. She has recently retired from the Indiana State Library in the Genealogy Department. Warren completed her Professional Genealogist Certification Course in 1990. She is a member of dozens of genealogy organizations and remains active in the genealogy world. Warren also is the owner/president of Be It Remembered..., a genealogy research business. 

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

    This class is eligible for 2 general LEUs

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

    Door Prize from Ancestry – Newspapers.com Complimentary Annual Subscription

    • 22 Jun 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Vigo County Public Library, Computer Lab 2, One Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
    The New Heritage Quest 
    Online Database

    Vigo County Public Library

    Main Library - Computer Lab 2

    MondayJune 22 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm

    Registration Required.
    Note: Registration is limited to 10 computer stations.

    Join us as we learn about the many changes to the Heritage Quest genealogy database, now powered by Ancestry.com. Previous users will be delighted with the greatly expanded census searching and indexing, while new users can learn how useful this 24/7 database is while searching from home or inside the library. 

    Attendees are encouraged to bring names and dates of ancestors to search during class.

    Register by -

    Phone - 812-232-1110

    email - lmitchell@vigo.lib.in.us 

    online registration  - event date on our Online Calendar

    The following registration information will be needed:  full name, email address and telephone number including area code. 

    This class is for adults.

    • 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

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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