Upcoming Regional Events

Upcoming events

18 Sep 2014 12:15 PM • Vigo County Public Library, One Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
18 Sep 2014 7:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, One Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
27 Sep 2014 9:00 AM • The Athenaeum, Indianapolis, IN
27 Sep 2014 9:00 AM • Willard Library, 21 First Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710
27 Sep 2014 9:00 AM • Plainfield-Gulford Township Library, 1120 Stafford Rd, Plainfield, IN 46168
27 Sep 2014 2:00 PM • Hoosier Aviation Hangar, Terre Haute, IN
01 Oct 2014 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
11 Oct 2014 9:00 AM • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN

Upcoming events

    • 18 Sep 2014
    • 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Vigo County Public Library, One Library Square, Terre Haute, IN

    VCPL Brown Bag:

    Spirit Keepers - The Native American Experience in the 18th Century 


    Vigo County Public Library - Main Library

                                 Meeting Rooms A, B & C
                  Thursday, September 18 - 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

    Author Kathy Laugheed will present the key differences between American Native American culture and the European setters during the 1700's. Her latest book, "Spirit Keeper" will be available after the talk for purchase and personalization. Ms. Laugheed will also speak on the trials and tribulations of publishing a book, which she describes was... "as much of an adventure for me as being an Indian captive was for the heroine of my novel"!

    Call Community Connections at 812-232-1116 for more information. 


    • 18 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Vigo County Public Library, One Library Square, Terre Haute, IN

    Storytelling Workshop

    Historic Storytelling 

            Vigo County Public Library - Main Library
                             Meeting Room C
    Thursday, September 18 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm


    Hear local tales and learn how historical research can take your family stories to the next level of professionalism. Led by local story tellers and Vigo County Public Library Librarians.


    Call Community Connections at 812-232-1116

    • 27 Sep 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • The Athenaeum, Indianapolis, IN

     Indiana Chapter

     Palatines to America

    German Genealogy Society - Fall Meeting

    • Saturday, September 27, 2014
      Athenaeum - Willkie Room
    •  401 E. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN

      The Indiana Chapter of Palatines to America Fall Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 in the Willkie Room of the Athenaeum. The presenters for this program will be Alexa and Frank Merrill who are the coordinators of the Fishers Family History Center. They will give three presentations on features of FamilySearch and have been requested to gear their examples undefinedas much as reasonably possible undefinedto German genealogical research. The presentations will be: (1) Features of FamilySearch; (2) FamilySearch FamilyTree; and (3) an open question and answer session where you can ask specific questions about FamilySearch and have them answered. We feel that these presentations will enable you to get up-to-date in the many recently enhanced features of this valuable website and to enable you to use it to the fullest extent in your genealogical research.

    • For a registration form Click Here

    • 27 Sep 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Willard Library, 21 First Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710

    Tree Roots 2014 

    September 27, 2014
    9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

                             Willard Library
                Special Collections Department
                                 2nd floor
                              21 First Ave
                         Evansville, IN 47710

    Presentations by J. Mark Lowe

    9:00 a.m. - Making Those Early Census Records Talk to You

    10:30 a.m. - Finding Uncle John by Talking to the Neighbors

    1:00 p.m. - Road Crews and Jury Selection: Finding An Ancestor Without a Census

    2:30 p.m. - Is it Really On-Line? Finding and Using Original Sources at Home or in the Library

    This course is FREE and open to the public.

    Registration -


    • 27 Sep 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Plainfield-Gulford Township Library, 1120 Stafford Rd, Plainfield, IN 46168

    Genealogy Day 

    at Plainfield-GuilfordTownship Public Library

    Enjoy a free day-long workshop on September 27, 2014 featuring Dr. John Philip Colletta.The day will include two morning sessions and two afternoon sessions, with lunch on your own. We know you will enjoy the engaging, entertaining and knowledgeable genealogy presentation by Dr. Colletta. Colletta teaches how to reconstruct a family’s past from scraps of information found in old written records, maps, newspapers, photographs, tombstones and heirlooms.

    Dr. John Philip Colletta The detective work can be challenging and fun.In addition, Colletta will help participants learn about ancestors as men and women with personalities, character traits, motives, aspirations, joys and disappointments. John will use illustrated presentations which include engaging case studies and real life examples to show how to explore the world of our forebears and write an account of their lives.

    Library opens - 9:00 a.m.: Registration - 9:15 a.m.: Sessions begin - 9:30 a.m.; Sessions end - 4:00 p.m.

    Dr. Colletta is a prolific writer. He will have his books available for sale. Check: http://www.genealogyjohn.com/

    Registration for the one day workshop is required and space is limited. Registration opens June 1, 3014.

     Check:http://www.plainfieldlibrary.net/local-history-and-genealogy/ plainfield-history-resources/

    For directions to the library check:http://www.plainfieldlibrary.net/location-hours/

    • 27 Sep 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Hoosier Aviation Hangar, Terre Haute, IN


    September 27th, 2014

    One Day - Two Events

    Hoosier Aviation Hangar

    Afternoon Family Fun

    2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Evening USO Tribute Show

    and Hangar Dance

    6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    For more information, visit -


    • 11 Oct 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN
    The Genealogical Society 
    of Marion County
    in cooperation with the 
    Indiana Historical Society
    19th Annual Central Indiana Genealogy Conference
    Saturday, October 11, 2014

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

    Please join Genealogical Society of Marion County and the Indiana Historical Society for our Annual Conference.This is an all day conference with four sessions and lunch. 
    The sessions include:
    Finding Naturalization Records and other Clues to Immigrant Origins - Some amazing details and clues are waiting to be found in personal, local, county, state and federal collections.  This presentation will help you find naturalization records, how to use them effectively and to make other important discoveries leading back to the place in the old country that your immigrant ancestor called home.
    Coming to America: Finding Your Ancestor’s Arrival Records on Ancestry.com - Immigration is an important part of our nation’s history and of your personal family history. Passenger arrival records are much more than lists of names.  Finding and using these records effectively will lead to intriguing family stories and provide clues for further research.
    Common Surnames: Finding Your Smiths – Finding common names in your family tree is almost inevitable.  This presentation is loaded with tips for distinguishing one individual or family from others with same last name.
    Hidden Treasures at Ancestry.com- Beyond the traditional records that yield essential names, dates and places, you can often get a better understanding of your ancestors from some of the lesser-used records that don’t rise to the surface in a general search. From Almshouse and Agricultural schedules and fraternal and ethnic collections to a vast assortment of military records, great details can be found in the billions of records at Ancestry.com. This presentation highlights some of the best and most unusual collections, how to find them and the wonderful clues in them that will lead to other records.
    Our Speakers:
    Juliana Szucs Smith has been with Ancestry.com for more than 15 years. She has written articles for online and print genealogical publications and wrote the "Computers and Technology" chapter of The Source. She is a former editor of the
    Chicago Genealogical Society Newsletter and for many years, she was the editor of The Ancestry Daily News and  Ancestry’s Weekly Journal. Also for Ancestry.com, she has presented a number of webinars and videos. She regularly speaks at local, state and national conferences. Juliana holds a certificate from Boston University's Online Genealogical Research Program, and is currently working towards certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
    Loretto Dennis Szucs (“Lou”) is Vice President of Community Relations at Ancestry.com.  With more than 40 years of experience as a researcher, archivist, author, editor and community leader, she continues to serve on the board of directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, as a member of the Records Preservation and Access Committee and the Lockport Area Genealogical and Historical Society. Previously she served on the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island History Advisory Committee and has appeared on television news stories and on The View. She was co-editor of The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy; co-author of The Archives and author of a number of books and articles.

     Conference Fee (Includes lunch, free parking, discounts in bookstore, access to exhibitions)

     LEU's: 6 LEU's available; certificates at sign-in table
    $32 for GSMC and IHS members and 
    $40 for nonmembers.
    Members-Only Early Bird price only $30 if registration is received by September 12, 2014.  

    For more information and to register - please visit - 


    • 18 Oct 2014
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN

    The Indiana African American
     Genealogy Group

    IAAGG 2014 Genealogy and History Conference 

    Saturday, October 18, 2014
    8:30 am to 3:30 pm

    Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
    500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN

    "Slave Ancestral Research: Knocking Down 
    That Infamous 1870 Brick Wall"
      Reconstructing Family Trees Sawed by Slavery

    Using case studies, Mr. Collier will present research tips and methodolgies to trace African-American ancestors during slavery in the South. Most African Americans in 1870 had been enslaved and documenting them during the slavery era takes on a different approach and utilizes a variesty of records.
    Speaker: Melvin J Collier, author of Mississippi to Africa A Journey of Discovery.
    For more information contact www.IAAGG.org
    • 28 Oct 2014
    • 10:00 AM
    • 30 Oct 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Computer or Tablet
    National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

    What:  National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

    The National Archives will host the Virtual Genealogy Fair 2014 on October 28th through October 30th.  There will be live lectures and chats via their website connections plus a call-in genealogy help line.

     Lectures:  This virtual seminar will showcase tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. Lectures are designed for experienced genealogy professionals and novices alike.

    Schedule and details:  The schedule and further details will be released soon at - www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair

      WHEN: October 28 - 30, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    WHO: Speakers include genealogy experts from the National Archives and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.

    Poster for event - poster nara conference.pdf

    • 02 Nov 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 1845 N. 6 1/2 Street, Terre Haute, IN

    Family History Fair 

    "Digging For Your Roots"


    Sunday, November 2, 2014

        5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Terre Haute Chapel

    1845 North 6 1/2 Street

    Terre Haute, IN       


     On Sunday, November 2, 2014 the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints will be hosting a free Family History Fair at 1845 North 6 1/2 Street in Terre Haute, Indiana from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

    The open house will include exhibits and hands-on stations for exploring FamilySearch.org and recently released apps.  In addition, FamilySearch Regional Director, Brent Summerhays, will be on hand for personal interaction and advice. 


    Setting up a FamilySearch account
    Uploading and tagging photos
    Tell the whole story...life sketches and stories.
    Indexing...how you can help.
    Research...find your family and link everyone together.
    Children's area
    An area for a deeper research experience
    Online Resources to Share
    Check us out and SHARE away!

    Who would benefit from this event?  Experienced or novice genealogists - all ages .... even children

    Not just for Mormons! 

    BYOD - Bring Your Own Device - or try out the many devices on hand that support FamilySearch.

    Light refreshments will also be served.

    For more information visit the event website: www.diggingforroots.com 





    • 11 Feb 2015
    • 8:00 AM
    • 14 Feb 2015
    • 5:00 PM
    • Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City UT

    FGS Conference 2015

    Every year the Federation gathers thousands of genealogists from across the globe for a week of informative lectures, activities, and networking at its national conference.

    Join FGS February 11–14, 2015 in Salt Lake City for a special, one-time, genealogy event at the Salt Palace Convention Center. FGS and RootsTech are teaming up to share keynotes, activities, and an exhibit hall while offering two separate conferences under one roof.

    As always, the conference will offer a day devoted to Focus on Societies and Librarian's Day. Presentations from the best genealogy speakers will be on the program, and our popular Society Showcase will be located in the exhibit hall. 

    Registration opens in late August. Attend only FGS or upgrade your FGS registration to include all RootsTech sessions for a small additional fee (see pricing below). 

    Four Salt Lake City hotels are now taking reservations for FGS and RootsTech 2015. Reserve your room now.

    FGS 2015 Registration Pricing:

    Full Four Day Registraion:

    • $159 – Early Registration
    • $189 – Regular Registration
    • $239 – Onsite Registration
    • $39 – RootsTech Add-on Pass

    Student Full Four Day Registration:

    • $39 – with valid student ID

    Single Day Registration:

    • $89

    • 25 Apr 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • University Hall, Indiana State University, 401 N. 7th St., Terre Haute, IN

    Indiana Genealogical Society

    Annual Meeting and Conference

    Featuring The Legal Genealogist

    Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL 

    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    University Hall, Indiana State University, 401 N. 7th Street, Terre Haute, IN 


    9:00-9:30 am       Registration, networking, vendor browsing

    9:30-9:45 am       Welcome and Introductions 

    9:45–10:45 am    Session 1-A  Your First Trip to the Courthouse, Judy G. Russell

                              Session 1-B  A Brief History of the Settlement of Vigo County, Mike McCormick

    10:45–11:15 am   Break and vendor browsing

    11:15–12:15 pm   Session 2-A  “Disabled or Deceased in the Line of Duty” – Military Pensions and the Civil War, Judy G. Russell

                              Session 2-B  Travel through Time with Wabash Valley Visions & Voices, Donna Adams and Vikki Sordean

    12:15-1:30 pm     Lunch on your own

    1:30–2:30 pm      Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting/Awards/Lineage Societies Inductions

    2:30–3:30 pm     Session 3-A  Staying Out of Trouble – the Rights and Responsibilities of Today’s Genealogists, Judy G. Russell

                             Session 3-B  Which DNA Test is Right for Your Research, Tim Phipps

    3:30–4:00 pm     Break and vendor browsing

    4:00–5:00 pm     Session 4-A  Rogues, Rascals and Rapcallions: The Family Black Sheep, Judy G. Russell

                             Session 4-B  Using Y-DNA to Enhance Genealogical Research, Tim Phipps

    Registration Fee: IGS Members - $35.00,              Non-Members - $45.00 - Dead line for pre-registration is Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

    At the Door Fee -  $50.00

    For more information and registration - please visit this website www.indgensoc.org/conference.php

    Host Society -

    Wabash Valley Genealogy Society


Past events

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

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