Upcoming Regional Events

Upcoming events

26 Jul 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • Vigo County Public Library, Room B, Terre Haute, IN
30 Jul 2016 9:30 AM (EDT) • Vigo County Public Library, Room B & C, Terre Haute, IN
03 Aug 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
04 Aug 2016 9:30 AM (EDT) • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
04 Aug 2016 1:30 PM (EDT) • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
04 Aug 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
08 Aug 2016 6:30 PM (EDT) • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
13 Aug 2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

Upcoming events

    • 13 Aug 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

    German Heritage Day

    Eugene and Marilyn Glick
    Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN

    Saturday, August 13, 2016
    10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    (check-in begins at 9:00 a.m.)
    Guest $20, IHS or Pal-Am members $15

    German Heritage Day – August 13, 2016 Co-sponsored by: Indiana Chapter, Palatines to America & Indiana Historical Society

    Featured Speaker: 

    William L. Selm 

     Former historian for the Indiana Historic Preservation Commission



    9:00 AM — 10:00 AM REGISTRATION and SOCIAL HOUR (Coffee and German Pastry) 

    10:00 AM — 10:15 AM WELCOME

    10:15 AM — 11:45 AM* LECTURE 1 — “Germans in the New World of Indiana” 

    11:45 AM — 1:00 PM LUNCH (pre-ordered box lunch supplied by Hoaglin To Go)

    1:00 PM — 2:30 PM * LECTURE 2 — “The Indiana Germans and the Building of Indiana”

    William L. Selm is a fifth generation German-American from Franklin and Rush counties. He earned degrees in history and historic preservation and served as the last historian for the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission from 1983 to 1992. While at the IHPC he researched and wrote about hundreds of historic buildings. He has authored numerous National Register nominations for buildings and districts in Central Indiana, including Oldenburg, Downtown Terre Haute and Lockerbie Square. He researched, wrote and presented the successful National Historic Landmark nomination of the Athenaeum (Das Deutsche Haus) and co-authored the NHL nomination of the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Both are great German monuments in Indianapolis. Mr. Selm is the author of the 2008 Wegweiser, a Selfguided Tour of German-American Sites in Indianapolis; the exhibit Wegweiser: German Place Names in Indiana; and numerous entries into the 1994 Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. He is a cofounder of the Indiana German Heritage Society and the Athenaeum Foundation. Since 1988 he has been an adjunct faculty member of IUPUI, teaching Western Architectural History, Furniture History, and Indianapolis Architectural History.

    Registration: $15.00 (Pal-Am or IHS Members) $20.00 non-members and ALL registrations after July 29th

    Register online at www.indianahistory.org or call (317) 232-1882 for more information

    Registration form and flyer can be found at www.palam.org - Chapter Indiana

    • 20 Aug 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
    • Willard Library, 21 First Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710

    Willard Library Presents Judy Russell

      Saturday, August 20, 2016
    9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
     Willard Library
     Browning Gallery
     21 First Ave
     Evansville, IN 47710


    The Seanachie: Linking Life through Storytelling  

    Aug 20, 2016 (9:30 AM - 10:30 AM)

    As genealogists, letting ourselves ramble through the statute books and other legal records can help us tell the stories of our families with rich detail that won't be forgotten. 

    Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans 

    Aug 20, 2016 (10:45 AM - 11:45 AM)

    Widows and orphans have always had a special place in the law. But it’s not always the place that 21st century researchers might expect. An orphan in the early days wasn’t a child whose parents had died, but rather a child whose father had died. The law didn’t care much about the mother. She was just the widow, entitled to her dower rights and
    generally not much more. Learn more of the way the law treated widows and orphans, and what the records may tell us about them.

    Rogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep 

    Aug 20, 2016 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)

    Playing detective in court records can unmask those black sheep every family has – and it’s fun! Learn to understand the criminal process in both federal and state courts and
    how to find the records to put meat on the bones of the skeletons in your family’s closet.

    Facts, Photos, and Fair Use: Copyright Law for Genealogists 

    Aug 20, 2016 (2:15 PM - 3:15 PM)

    Understanding what is and isn't copyrighted and what genealogists can and can't use is the key to staying out of trouble and to protecting our own work. Learn about what
    copyright is, and what it isn’t.

    Each class is worth one general LEU!

    All events are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested, not required. Come to one class or stay for them all!

    Judy Russell is a genealogist with a law degree and serves the purpose to help folks understand the often arcane and even impenetrable legal concepts and terminology that are so very important to those of us studying family history. She has spent the last decade learning her trade as a genealogist and holds credentials as a Certified Genealogists and Certified Genealogical Lecturer from the Board for Certification of Genealogists where she currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the national Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the state genealogical societies of New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, and Illinois.

    Event Location:

     Willard Library
     Browning Gallery
     21 First Ave
     Evansville, IN 47710


    Four sessions in one day:    

    812-425-4309 or willard@willard.lib.in.us

    This course is FREE -open to the public.

    For more information and registration - 
    click HERE.
    Reservations are requested, not required.
    • 31 Aug 2016
    • 03 Sep 2016
    • Springfield, IL

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


    • 10 Sep 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Clay County Genealogy Library, 309 Main Street, Center Point, Indiana

    Cemetery Restoration Workshop at Center Point

    Saturday, September 10, 2016

        8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

       Clay County Genealogy Library 309 Main Street, Center Point, IN

    Registration Fee - $15.00 - Includes Supplies, Refreshments and Lunch 

    The Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc. has received a Historic Preservation Education Grant from Indiana Landmarks, Indiana Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.   Monies from the grant will be used to hold a one-day Cemetery Restoration Workshop on Saturday, September 10, in Center Point, Indiana, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    The morning session will be held in the Clay County Genealogy Library at 309 Main Street and will include information from Jeannie Regan-Dinius of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, who will explain the Indiana Codes relating to cemeteries. Her presentation will be followed by instructions from Wayne Langman and Jeff Dickerson on cleaning and repairing cemetery stones.

    The afternoon portion of the workshop will be spent cleaning and repairing stones in the historical section of the Center Point Cemetery at the north edge of town.

    The workshop is open to anyone wanting to learn the proper methods of restoring cemetery stones; however, space is limited.  Registrants will receive a “goodie bag” containing items relating to the workshop.  There is a registration fee of  $15.00, which will include morning refreshments and a Subway boxed lunch with a drink. 

    For more details contact Cliff Blanchard at 812-236-2347 or Pat Wilkinson at 812-835-2891.  You may also stop by the Clay County Genealogy Library in Center Point to register on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday between 10:00 and 4:00.

    • 08 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Wayne Branch Public Library, 198 S. Girls School Road, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Genealogical Society of Marion County 2016 Annual Conference


    Tina Beaird

    Saturday, October 8th 

      10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.    

          Wayne Branch Public Library,   198 S. Girls School Road, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Session A: Mapping your Migrating Ancestors

    Session B: Free Land: Homesteading on the Frontier

    Session C: Cyber Sleuthing your Family Tree

    Session D: Advanced Genealogy Workshop

    Tina Beaird is a Genealogy & Local History librarian at  Plainfield Public Library. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in Archives/Preservation from Dominican University. Tina has won multiple research and digitization grants to preserve and digitize historic documents and photographs. 

    Currently, Tina is an active member of the Society of American Archivists and the American Library Association.Tina lectures at the national, state and local level on topics including genealogical research, photo preservation and archival preservation. Tina has offered professional assistance to researchers for over 12 years and occasionally, still finds time to conduct her own family research, which she has been pursuing for over twenty years.

    GSMC Members $30.00 each- Non-Members $35.00 each

    For more information visit - www.genealogyindy.org

    For the conference brochure and registration form click GSMC ConferenceRegistration.pdf

    • 15 Oct 2016
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Indiana Chapter Palatines to America

    Special Fall Meeting 

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Eugene and Marilyn Glick
    Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN

    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Registration 9:00 AM-9:30 AM

    Program 9:30 AM-4:00 PM 

    Featured Speaker:

     Dr. Helmut Schmahl Professor of History at University of Mainz, Germany 

    Co-sponsored by IGHS & Max Kade German-American Center & IHS 


    9:00 AM — 9:30 AM REGISTRATION 

    9:30 AM — 9:45 AM WELCOME 

    9:45 AM — 10:45 AM SESSION 1 — We Are Not Strangers in This Land: German Immigrants in the U.S. from Independence Until the First World War 

    10:45 AM — 11:00 AM BREAK 

    11:00 AM — 12:00 PM SESSION 2 — Beyond Lederhosen and Sauerkraut: Everyday Life in Germany in the 18th and 19th Centuries 

    12:00 PM — 1:30 PM LUNCH 

    1:30 PM — 2:30 PM SESSION 3 — Traces They Left Behind: German Sources About Our Ancestors 

    2:30 PM — 2:45 PM BREAK 

    2:45 PM — 3:45 PM SESSION 4 — Going Digital: Current Trends in Genealogical Research in Germany

     Dr. Helmut Schmahl — was born in Alzey, Germany, in 1966. He earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Mainz in 1999 with a study on emigration from Hessen-Darmstadt to Wisconsin in the 19th century. Dr. Schmahl teaches at the History Department of the University of Mainz as well as Gymnasium am Römerkastell Alzey. In 2002 he was a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. German emigration to America is one of his primary areas of historical interest and expertise. He has done extensive research on his sons' German and American ancestors and has lectured at historical and genealogical conferences in the United States, France, and Germany since 1987.

    Registration: $20.00 (Pal-Am) $25.00 non-members and ALL registrations after September 24th

    Register form can be found at www.palam.org Chapter Indiana.  Please address questions to - indianapalam@gmail.com.

Past events

15 Jul 2016 Midwestern Roots 2016
08 Jun 2016 "Day with John Philip Colletta"
20 Apr 2016 "Genealogy For Night Owls" at the Indiana State Library
16 Apr 2016 2016 Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Conference
09 Apr 2016 Palatines to America 2016 Spring Meeting
02 Apr 2016 "Indiana Genealogy: The Crossroads to America"
22 Mar 2016 "Pioneer Indiana"
19 Mar 2016 Annual Spring Conference - South Bend Area Genealogical Society
19 Mar 2016 "What did you do in the War, Daddy?'
12 Mar 2016 Willard Library's "Beginning Genealogy"
20 Feb 2016 "You Only Have a Death Announcement, Now What?"
18 Nov 2015 Night Owl Event with Ask an Expert
17 Nov 2015 "Vincennes History You Don't Know" by Brian Spangle
17 Nov 2015 "On This Day in Terre Haute History" with Dorothy Jerse
09 Nov 2015 "Night of Broken Glass: Remembering the Holocaust"
05 Nov 2015 Genealogy & Local History Workshop
24 Oct 2015 Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair with Judy Russell
16 Oct 2015 Genealogy Seminar - Fort Branch Public Library
03 Oct 2015 Conference of the Genealogical Society of Marion County
02 Oct 2015 Landmark Look: The Deming
26 Sep 2015 20th Annual Gathering of the People Powwow - Steve Witt Memorial
19 Sep 2015 "Tree Tops" (Genealogy)
11 Sep 2015 "A Day With Josh Taylor"
10 Sep 2015 "Family History in Popular Culture with Josh Taylor"
15 Aug 2015 "German Heritage Day"
16 Jul 2015 "Indiana Jewish Historical Society Family History Research Day"
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

Society Phone Number: 812-264-1510   Please leave a message.

President: Tim Phipps     Email: ptphipps@att.net  

Vice-President: Dea Guerri    Email: marcIIphoto@aol.com

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