WVGS Events & Registrations

Upcoming events

    • 02 Dec 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Vigo County Public Library - Room D
    WVGS Board Meeting

    December 2, 2015
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
    Vigo County Public Library
    Room D

    Members are always welcome!

    • 14 Dec 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Vigo County Public Library - Room A, b & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN - Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

    WVGS Annual Meeting

    and Holiday Social

    Monday, December 14, 2015

    VCPL Rooms A, B & C

    Doors open at 6:00 p.m.


    • 11 Jan 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Vigo County Public Library, One Library Square, Terre Haute, IN

     "How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case"

    Live Webinar by

    Lisa Louise Cooke

    Monday, January 11, 2016

        6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

      VCPL Rooms A, B & C

      Refreshments & Socializing 6:00 p.m. 

    Become a genealogical detective in this vital session.  You'll learn to track ancestors like a criminal cold case detective, sniffing out holes in your research and getting missing information on the record with cutting edge technology. 


    Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy family history multi-media company.  She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at www.GenealogyGems.com, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app.   Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and recently celebrated 1.5 million downloads!

    Lisa is the author of a variety of multi-media materials including the Genealogy Gems Premium website subscription, and four books: Turn Your iPad into a GenealogyPowerhouse, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, and  Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies, and the video series Google Earth for Genealogy.

    In addition to Genealogy Gems, Lisa works closely with Family Tree Magazine as producer and host of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast, a regular article author for the magazine, and curriculum developer and instructor for Family Tree University.

    Lisa’s offerings are not limited to online.  She is a sought after international genealogy speaker. Whether in person or online, Lisa strives to dig through the myriad of genealogy news, questions and resources to deliver the gems that can unlock each genealogist’s own family history treasure trove!

    Family is not just a priority professionally. Lisa is a doting wife to Bill, the proud mom of three daughters, and has added the role of Grandma to her resume.  She counts her blessings every day for the love, fulfillment and laughter that family brings to every aspect of her life.

    Website: www.GenealogyGems.com      


    • 08 Feb 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN

    "From Jamestown to Lost Creek: A 200 Year Journey"


    James Shepard

    Monday, February 8, 2016

        6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

       VCPL Rooms A, B & C

    6:00 p.m. - Refreshments & Socializing

    James Sheppard's presentation will begin with the landing of John Smith in Virginia, in 1607.  Smith landed in the middle of the Powhatan Confederation, made up of about 30 Native American tribes.  The Nansemond tribe was one of those 30 tribes.  James' Bass family ancestors, descend from that tribe.  As such, his presentation is titled "From Jamestown to Lost Creek: A 200 Year Journey”. (James states that he doesn't descend from Pocahontas, but, she is a cousin.)

    Of the original settlers who bought land in the Lost Creek area in the early 1800's, James' family still owns the majority of its ancestral land, something that no other Lost Creek descendant's family can say.

    James has been doing research on his own family for about 20 years.  In 2011 he took his first DNA test to determine his paternal ancestry.  He took a DNA test with ancestry.com in 2012 and in 2013 he took a test with 23andme.com.  This was to cover all of the bases and to find DNA matches.

    In 2013 James launched a genealogy website, www.lost-creek.org.  This site contains the vast majority of early Lost Creek inhabitants. 






    • 14 Mar 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN

    "The Fraternal Order of Everyone"


    Ron Darrah

    Monday, March14, 2016

        6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

       VCPL Rooms A, B & C

    6:00 p.m. - Refreshments & Socializing


    America is a nation of joiners and fraternal organizations played a big part in American lives. Many records were created from memberships in these groups, and those records may open doors for your family history. This workshop explores the who, what, when, where, and how of fraternal societies and their records. 




    Ron was born in Wheeling, WV, and grew up on a farm at Triadelphia, WV. Lived for a while in Cleveland, OH, and graduated from Kent State Univ. Lived in Indianapolis since 1971. Retired from the Indianapolis Public Schools as a Supervisor. Retired from the Indiana Air National Guard as a crew chief on an F-16.





    • 19 Mar 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • 13 Apr 2016
    • 8:00 PM
    • Vigo County Public Library, One Library Square, Terre Haute, IN

    "Beginning Genealogy Classes - 2016"

    Wednesdays - March 9, 16, 23, 30 –

    April 6, 13,  2016

    6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

    VCPL Meeting Rooms – Lower Level

    Doors Open at 5:30 p.m.

    Cost for class & materials $25.00

    (Free one year WVGS membership included)

    Limited to 30 participants

    What you'll learn -

    - How to fill out genealogy charts

    - How to record and organize information

    - Where to find information to extend your family tree

    - How to search online and in repositories

    Who should take this course?

    - Anyone new to genealogy and family history research

    - Genealogy "dabblers" who need additional direction in order to advance their research

    - Researchers who want a refresher course in core research principals

    Who will be teaching the classes?

    Every week different WVGS members will be giving instruction in their areas of expertise.

    These individuals love genealogy research and want to share it with you!


    Registration and payment can be made on line or after completing the online registration a check can be mailed to -

    Wabash Valley Genealogy Society

    P.O. Box 9347

    Terre Haute, IN 47808-9347

    If you have any questions, please contact Linda Malooley at lmaloole@gmail.com or 812-238-2415 and leave a message.


    • 14 Apr 2016
    • 6:30 AM
    • 16 Apr 2016
    • 10:00 PM
    • Fort Wayne, Indiana
    WVGS 2016
    Allen County Bus Trip

        Visit the 
    Allen County Public Library

    and / or

    Attend the IGS Conference

    Thursday, April 14 @ 6:30 am to  Saturday, April 16th @ 10:00 pm - 2016 (IGS Conference - Sat. April 16, 2016)


    Bus Fee: @ $85.00 each for a 38 passenger bus (based on number of passengers)

    Hotel Rate: @$104.00 plus tax per night - maximum 4 people per room

    Deposit: A deposit of $40.00 must be made by December 14, 2015 to guarantee your spot on the bus.

    IGS Conference: Speaker information, registration and payment options, etc. for the 2016 IGS Conference will be available at the IGS website nearer to the date -  www.indgensoc.org/

    For any questions regarding the bus trip or hotel information contact Linda at 812-238-2415 or lmaloole@gmail.com

    • 20 Apr 2016
    • 25 May 2016
    • Vigo County Public Library, Computer Room #2, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN


    “Beginning Legacy


    Genealogy Classes”


    April 20, 27 – May 4, 11, 18, 25 2016

    2:00 to 4:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Vigo County Public Library

    Computer Room #2

    (Behind Library Desk in the Rotunda)

    Free Cost for Class & Purchase USB Drive


    Legacy is a family history computer program that makes it extremely easy to store your genealogical information. Family trees containing millions of people can be recorded, displayed and reported.  Legacy keeps track of names, alternate names, dates, places, events, notes, sources, pictures and sounds and presents them on screen in such an intuitive manner that you can easily see the big picture of your entire family.  It is easy to navigate through all your family links using the Family View and Pedigree View screens. Moving from generation to generation is a breeze.  Adding new individuals and marriages can be done at any time and in either view.  Editing and adding new information is simple and understandable.

    Registration: Please submit your name, home phone, Email address and home address to Joy McPheeters, ejmcpheeters@gmail.com or 812-420-1121 leave a message or Patricia Wilkinson, pwilkinson@frontier.com or 812-236-2722.  Due to Terre Haute Fire Marshal policy, we are limited to 10 students on a first-come basis.

    Class: Class will start and stop promptly.  We ask you to come between 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. to download your Class Schedule, Handouts, and How to sheets.  BRING A USB DRIVE (Thumb drive), which you will NEED TO BRING TO ALL CLASSES.  We have no breaks during the two hours, but you may tend to personal needs briefly as the class continues.

    1.  Download the standard Legacy 8 application found at www.legacyfamilytree.com.  If you need a password use lower case legacy 8.  If you are asked during the installation if you want to also download any added details (such as geo-data base) just reply YES.  DO NOT CHECK ANY BOXES, SETUP, etc.  Fill in your information for name, address and email address.  When done installing, Click FINISH.  When installed, witness a Blue Circle with an L (in the middle) icon on your computer.  Feel free to open and explore as you cannot hurt anything.

    2.  You must view the free Legacy Beginner Video:  Click on Legacy Home file folder, (top left).  Go to Support (bottom right), click on Watch Legacy Training Videos, Video Training list appears.  Click on Legacy for Beginners CD-1 to watch.

Past events

21 Nov 2015 DNA Interest Group
15 Nov 2015 Private Tour of the Veterans Memorial Museum of Terre Haute
09 Nov 2015 "Heroes in Our Back Yard" Military Stories & Research
04 Nov 2015 WVGS Board Meeting
12 Oct 2015 Live Webinar "Land Records in Illinois" by Michael John Neill
07 Oct 2015 WVGS Board Meeting
14 Sep 2015 "Czech and Slovak Research" by Mike Kukral
02 Sep 2015 WVGS Board Meeting
22 Aug 2015 Genealogy "Help Day"
10 Aug 2015 "An Introduction to Quaker Genealogy" by Thomas Hamm
05 Aug 2015 WVGS Board Meeting
25 Jul 2015 "Breaking Down Brick Walls in Genealogy through Research - Ohio River, Southern & Eastern States" by Rob Johnson
18 Jul 2015 DNA Interest Group
13 Jul 2015 Navigating Find-A-Grave: The Good & Bad of Online Memorials by the WVGS Cemetery Committee
01 Jul 2015 WVGS Board Meeting
08 Jun 2015 " wthhistory: The Rise and Decline of a Small Town"
03 Jun 2015 WVGS Board Meeting
11 May 2015 Live Webinar -"The Write Stuff: Using Nonfiction Writing Techniques to Write a Better Family History" by Lisa Alzo
06 May 2015 WVGS Board Meeting
04 May 2015 "Read All About It: Accessing Digitized Indiana Newspaper Archives" by Suzanne Hahn
22 Apr 2015 "Beginning Legacy Genealogy Classes"
13 Apr 2015 FamilySearch: The Journey from Imaging to Your Computer
01 Apr 2015 WVGS Board Meeting
21 Mar 2015 DNA Interest Group
11 Mar 2015 "Beginning Genealogy Classes"
09 Mar 2015 "Looking for Clues in the Cemetery" by Joy Neighbors
04 Mar 2015 WVGS Board Meeting
28 Feb 2015 "Technology Day"
09 Feb 2015 "Travel Through Time with Wabash Valey Visions & Voices" by Donna Adams & Vikki Sordean
04 Feb 2015 WVGS Board Meeting
24 Jan 2015 "What it takes to do Genealogy" Free Orientation
12 Jan 2015 "Google Earth for Genealogy" by Lisa Louise Cooke
07 Jan 2015 WVGS Board Meeting
08 Dec 2014 WVGS Annual Meeting & Holiday Social
03 Dec 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
10 Nov 2014 " ' Are We There Yet?' Proof and the Genealogy Police" by Harold Henderson
05 Nov 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
13 Oct 2014 "Prohibition is Here to Stay" by Jason Lantzer
01 Oct 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
10 Sep 2014 "Wabash Valley Funeral Home History - Past, Present & Future" by Gary Greiner
03 Sep 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
11 Aug 2014 "Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile" Live Webinar by George Morgan
06 Aug 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
05 Aug 2014 POSTPONED - Legacy Beginners Summer Classes
14 Jul 2014 "The Future of the Vigo County Historical Society" & 10th Anniversary Celebration
02 Jul 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
09 Jun 2014 "Backdooring the 1890 Census"
04 Jun 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
12 May 2014 "Jewish Heritage in Indiana" by Jeannie Regan-Dinius
07 May 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
06 May 2014 Legacy Beginners Classes
03 May 2014 "Understanding Y-DNA Test Results" Workshop by Tim Phipps
14 Apr 2014 "Backing Up Your Genealogy Data" Live Webinar by Thomas MacEntee
02 Apr 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
26 Mar 2014 "Beginning Genealogy Classes
22 Mar 2014 Carpool Trip - "Genealogy Online: Productive, Organized and Successful" by Cyndi Ingle
10 Mar 2014 "Researching Collateral Ancestors" by Terry D. Prall
05 Mar 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
24 Feb 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
10 Feb 2014 "Early Black Settlers in Vigo County" by Dee Reed
05 Feb 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
13 Jan 2014 "The Power of Family Stories" by Mike Lunsford
08 Jan 2014 WVGS Board Meeting
19 Dec 2013 Legacy Users Group Classes
19 Dec 2013 Legacy Users Group Classes
09 Dec 2013 WVGS Annual Meeting & Holiday Social - MEMBERS ONLY
04 Dec 2013 WVGS Board Meeting
21 Nov 2013 Legacy Users Group Classes
21 Nov 2013 Legacy Users Group Classes
05 Nov 2013 “Using Y-DNA to Enhance Genealogical Research” by Tim Phipps
30 Oct 2013 WVGS Board Meeting
17 Oct 2013 Legacy Users Group Classes
17 Oct 2013 Legacy Users Group Classes
14 Oct 2013 Education Forum - "7 Habits of Highly Effective Genealogists" by DearMYRTLE
02 Oct 2013 WVGS Board Meeting
21 Sep 2013 Carpool Trip - Clay County Genealogy Society Library
09 Sep 2013 "Capturing the Souls of Indiana - Celebration of Our Overlooked Cultural Heritage" by John Bower
04 Sep 2013 WVGS Board Meeting
21 Aug 2013 WVGS Allen County Bus Trip
12 Aug 2013 Education Forum - "From Cradle to Grave" Church Records
07 Aug 2013 WVGS Board Meeting
08 Jul 2013 "Brick Walls" by Carol Montrose
02 Jul 2013 WVGS Board Meeting
10 Jun 2013 "Is There an Indian Princess in Your Family? An Introduction to Native American Research"
18 May 2013 Day Seminar "On-Line Genealogy: Tracking Your Ancestors Through Cyberspace..."
13 May 2013 "DAR and SAR Membership Requirements" by LaVonne Waldren
27 Apr 2013 Carpool Trip - IGS Conference - Bloomington, IN
08 Apr 2013 "Using Maps in Your Research" by Monique Howell
23 Mar 2013 "Brick Wall Roundtable" moderated by WVGS Panel
20 Mar 2013 "Beginning Genealogy Classes
11 Mar 2013 "The Wabash River - It's Impact Through the Ages" - by Mike McCormick
11 Feb 2013 "Google for Genealogists" Live Webinar by Thomas MacEntee
14 Jan 2013 "Hidden Genealogical Treasures' by Jim Gilson
10 Dec 2012 WVGS Annual Meeting & Holiday Social
12 Nov 2012 "Land Ownership Search: Admire Acres"
08 Oct 2012 "7 Habits of Highly Effective Genealogists" by DearMYRTLE
17 Sep 2012 WVGS Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
10 Sep 2012 "What To Do With Your Records After Your Demise"
13 Aug 2012 "Researching Your Home's History"
07 Aug 2012 Legacy Computerized Genealogy Course
09 Jul 2012 "Early Knox County, Indiana, Court Records: Civil, Criminal and Probate"
11 Jun 2012 "Learning the 1940 Census"
02 Jun 2012 "The Montgomery, Parke County and Fountain Couty Indiana GENWEB Pages"
14 May 2012 "A Grave Matter in Indiana"
05 May 2012 Cemetery Preservation Workshop
09 Apr 2012 Dating Photographs through Clothing of Men and Children
03 Apr 2012 Legacy Computerized Genealogy Course
31 Mar 2012 Private Tour of Special Collections at ISU Cunningham Memorial Library
28 Mar 2012 "Beginning Genealogy Classes"
12 Mar 2012 "Dying to Help Out, Too"
13 Feb 2012 WVGS Education Forum - Brick Wall Hurdling
09 Jan 2012 "Family History in the Civil War Era"
12 Dec 2011 WVGS Annual Meeting & Holiday Social
14 Nov 2011 "Area Native Americans During the War of 1812 Era"
09 Nov 2011 Kentucky Three Day Research Trip
10 Oct 2011 "The Miner - Searches, History and Stories"
08 Oct 2011 Cemetery Preservation Workshop
29 Sep 2011 Indiana State Library Research Trip
12 Sep 2011 "The Underground Railroad in Indiana"
08 Aug 2011 "Preserving Your Records using a Digital Camera and Scanner"


"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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