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Welcome to the Wabash Valley  Genealogy Society Website! 

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


Certificate of Death for Hirt, Pauline K.

b 1885, d 1946

If you inquired of this person respond to Jim Kane 


German Genealogy Research:

Taking The Next Step

By Kent Robinson

Monday, March 9, 2020

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

   VCPL Rooms A, B & C

6:00 p.m. - Refreshments & Socializing

This presentation will provide information about how to make progress in German research, whether you are trying to discover the name of the ancestral village, have used church books in Germany to trace your ancestry, or are somewhere between these points in your research.

Topics covered in this presentation will include:

    - Determining and locating the home village

    - Brief summary of German history and geography

    - References, resources, and websites

    - Using records in Germany

    Additional information that may be helpful in your research

Kent Robinson has served as both the Indiana chapter president and national president of Palatines to America.  He has taken German research courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.  He has conducted research at numerous facilities in the United States as well as various archives in Germany.  He has traveled to Germany on eight occasions and in 2014 had a residency permit, living in ten different towns over a period of 9 ½ months.  Using resources discussed in this presentation, he has traced his mother’s paternal family back to around 1530.  Kent enjoys sharing what he has learned and assisting others in their attempt to further their own German research.

"Beginning Genealogy Classes - 2020"

Tuesdays - 

February 18, 25, – March 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2020

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, or $35.00 

non-member or two in the same household

(Free one year WVGS membership included)

Cost for current members is $10.00

$15.00 for two WVGS current members at same address

Add $2.00 if using PayPal

Limited to 30 participants

The classes are designed for a broad audience.  Anyone new to genealogy and family history research will get a good foundation on how to work on genealogy.    For those experienced in genealogy, these classes will provide an excellent refresher course in core research principals.  There will also be instruction on how to do advanced research.

During the classes, participants will learn how to establish research goals and determine a starting point and organizing techniques.  Class members will also learn techniques for interviewing elders, filling out pedigree and family group sheets, internet research while accessing vital, courthouse and cemetery records, census records and researching your soldier.

Every week different WVGS members will provide instruction in their specific area of expertise.  These individuals love genealogical research and want to share their skills and knowledge with all class participants.  Participants have a rare opportunity to take advantage of these local experts.

Please contact Pat Rogers at mrsgenealogy44@gmail.com to register or go online at www.inwvgs.org and register through PayPal.


Registration and payment can be made ON LINE or a by completing the

Registration form and mailing a check to -

Wabash Valley Genealogy Society

P.O. Box 7012

Terre Haute, IN 47802-7012

2020 Legacy User Group

and Computer Help

Vigo County Public Library

9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Computer Help Class & Legacy

1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Legacy (Session #1)

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Legacy (Session # 2)

Students should arrive 30 minutes early for set-up.

Legacy Family Tree is a family history computer program that makes it extremely easy to store your genealogical information.

Family trees containing millions of people that can be recorded, displayed and reported.  Legacy Family Tree keeps track of names, dates, places, events, notes, sources, pictures and sounds.  It 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.  Adding and editing new individuals can be done at any time and in either view.  Moving from generation to generation is a breeze.  You can also create reports and books from your family genealogy.

Note: Classes are usually held in either Room A, B, C, D, or Special Collections of the Vigo County Public Library. Check upon arrival.

For more information contact Joy McPheeters (joymcpheeters@gmail.com).

Print your copy of 2020 LUG schedule below.

2020 Schedule


Enroll or Renew for 2020

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.

Click on Sign In/Register

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

25 Feb 2020 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
03 Mar 2020 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
04 Mar 2020 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Room D, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
05 Mar 2020 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
09 Mar 2020 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
10 Mar 2020 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
17 Mar 2020 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
19 Mar 2020 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
21 Mar 2020 9:00 AM • Vigo County Public Library, Room A, B & C, Terre Haute, IN

Upcoming Regional Events

14 Mar 2020 9:00 AM (CDT) • Community Center 103 Main Street Crescent City, IL
18 Apr 2020 9:00 AM • Vigo County Historical Museum, 929 Wabash Avenue. Terre Haute Indiana


"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

Society Phone Number: 812-230-0631  Please leave a message.

President: Wayne Langman     Email: sglwal@aol.com 

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

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