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The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society serves Clark, Crawford and Edgar in Illinois. Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam. Sullivan Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana. 

Clifford H. Blanchard, Jr., 79, was united with the love of his life on November 6, 2020 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. He was born on July 7, 1941 in Hammond, Indiana to the late Clifford H. Blanchard, Sr. and Florence L. Lanham Blanchard. Cliff graduated from Griffith High School in 1959, and married Mary Ellen Bough on August 23, 1969.

After high school, he worked for Inland Steel while majoring in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. In 1960 he enlisted in the United States Air Force, traveled all over the world, and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1984. Since retirement from the military, Cliff worked in Material Maintenance at Clay County Hospital before becoming a photographer for the Brazil Times and Wal-Mart photo studios. In addition to photography, genealogy was Cliff’s passion. He was a member of both the Wabash Valley and Clay County Genealogical Society, organized cemetery restoration workshops, and was very active in updating information and photographs for the “Find a Grave” website. Cliff was a member of Croy’s Creek Church and formerly a member of the Brazil First Church of the Nazarene.

In the past several years he joined the Sons of the American Revolution, where he was President of the John Martin Chapter located in Rockville, and was very involved with the Brazil VFW Post 1127. In his more active years he enjoyed playing golf and bowling. Cliff was preceded in death by his wife in 1999; brothers, Gordon and Keith Blanchard; sister, Marilyn Blanchard; and grandson, Ryan Yocom.

Survivors Include:

    Son:    Gary Blanchard, Brazil, Indiana

    Daughters:    Robin (Anthony) Yocom, Brazil, Indiana

            Wendy (Ronald) Batchelor, Brazil, Indiana

            Heather (Daniel) Wallace, Carbon, Indiana

    Brother:    Allan (Diana) Blanchard, Greenwood, Indiana

            David Blanchard, Midland, Texas

            Greg (Crystal) Blanchard, Grand Saline, Texas

    Grandchildren:    Scot (Samantha) Blanchard, Brett (Nakisha) Yocom, Danni (Austin)Brown, Paige (David) Minnick, Bradly (Cassy) Wallace, Kyle Batchelor, Cameron Wallace

    Great-Grandchildren:    Aubrey Yocom, Sophia Minnick, Gage Buchanan-Johnson, Myleigh Buchanan-Switzer, and Christabella Rost

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Moore Funeral Home in Brazil with Pastor Paul Zurcher officiating, and burial with military honors to follow at Croy’s Creek Cemetery. The family will accept friends for visitation at the funeral home on Saturday from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to help the family follow Cliff’s final wish of relocating his beloved bride’s final resting place.

Before 1850: Strategies for

American Research

by Jacob Eubanks

Monday, December 14, 2020

ZOOM Online

For Members only

    Increased access to censuses, vital records, and online family trees means genealogists may not encounter an actual research challenge until the 1840s. Why the 1840s?  The 1850 US Federal Census was the first to record all free people and not just heads-of-household.  What about vital records? Some administrative areas kept marriages. Births and Deaths are rarely available. With no census roadmap and a significant reduction in vital records, successful queries pre-1850 require a revised approach to research – one which is reasonably exhaustive.  Learn what reasonably exhaustive research entails including types of evidence, record availability, and genealogical techniques for resolving common challenges.

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Vigo County Public Library. 

All meeting rooms have been cancelled through 2020.  

The library will let us know more in the next few weeks as to new scheduling of the rooms. 

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Quote from Tribune Star Genealogy

"Many of us are home bound now and looking for something new to do. But to many people who more recently started their quest to discover their family history, something old can be something new. In 1997 the first national television series that dealt with family history and genealogy made its debut on PBS.

Entitled “Ancestors,” the series was hosted by Jim and Terry Willard, a husband and wife team of amateur genealogists who were “discovered” by the series producer at a genealogical conference. Alex Haley, the author of Roots, also contributed to the initial program planning. The series consists of twenty-three 30-minute episodes, each covering some aspect of genealogy. Every episode of this series can be viewed online for free through Brigham Young University by using this link"


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WVGS is participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Kroger will donor a percentage of purchases made by members and friends who register their Kroger Plus Shopper's Card.  Follow these instructions to help WVGS earn extra money for future projects.

Register your card online at krogercommunityrewards.com.

Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.

If a member does not yet have a Kroger Plus card, please let them know that they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.

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Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.

Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions

You will then get a message to check your email in box and click on the link within the body of the email.

Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.

Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.

Update or confirm your information.

Enter NPO number (JH148) or Wabash Valley Genealogy Society, select organization from list and click on confirm.

To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.

REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).

Special Note: WVGS's NPO number is JH148. 

Upcoming WVGS events

02 Dec 2020 6:00 PM • Virtual via ZOOM
14 Dec 2020 6:30 PM • Zoom, On line
11 Jan 2021 6:00 PM • Zoom, On line

Upcoming Regional Events

25 Feb 2021 8:00 AM •


"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 7012

Terre Haute, Indiana 47802-7012


Society Email Address: wvgs@inwvgs.org

President: Debby Warren      Email: dlrw1951@gmail.com

For other WVGS officers and their contact information click on "Contact" above left.

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