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. 

“Using DNA to Solve a Family Mystery”


Tim Phipps

Monday, June 12, 2017

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

   VCPL Rooms A, B & C

6:00 p.m. - Refreshments & Socializin

Best parking available on 7th Street.

Genealogy and genetics have become interconnected.  Your DNA can provide insight into your heritage that you cannot get from genealogy research alone.  Learning more about your DNA you may discover that your ancestry includes portions of the world you never would have guessed.

In this presentation, Tim will use two case studies to demonstrate how DNA testing can be used in combination with traditional genealogy research to solve the mystery of an unknown biological father.  An overview of DNA testing will be provided with a focus on evaluating how relationships can be estimated between DNA matches and demonstrating how these can be used to guide genealogical investigations. 

The cases represent two different men born within a decade of 1900, where only surviving descendants were available for DNA test results. While one study illustrates the leads and suggestive evidence provided by DNA test results and the discoveries made from thoroughly researching historical records, the other study reveals what appears to have been a scandalous secret that was perhaps known by few within the family.  This promises to be an informative, inspirational and entertaining program for all of those interested in both genealogy and DNA testing.

A third generation native of Terre Haute, Tim works in private business management but completed his BA with a double major in history and religion and his MA with a concentration in American religious history at Olivet Nazarene university.  In addition to his work in genealogy and DNA, Mr. Phipps spent nearly ten years researching the history of the Civil War in and around Parke Co., Indiana, where his Phipps family settled in the 1830’s.  He has given several presentations on his historical work about the political turmoil of the Parke County home from during the American Civil War.

“Beginning Legacy 

Genealogy Classes”


April 18, 25 – May 2, 9, 16, 23 2017

2:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST or

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST

Vigo County Public Library

Free Classes & Purchase USB Drive

When doing family history research, it is common to accumulate a large amount of information from a variety of sources.  The use of a computer software program to help organize this information can be very useful.

Starting on April 18, 2017 and running six consecutive Tuesdays, the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society (WVGS) will be offering a free beginners class using Legacy, a popular genealogy software program.  This class will involve six two hour class sessions on April 25, and May 2, 9, 16 and 23.  Participants have the option of an afternoon (2:00-4:00 pm EST) or an evening class (6:00-8:00 pm EST).  The classes will be held at the Vigo County Public Library in Terre Haute, IN.

Legacy is a family history computer program that makes it extremely easy to store your genealogical information.  Legacy keeps track of names, dates, places, events, notes, photographs and much more all in an intuitive manner that allows seeing the big picture of your entire family.  In addition, Legacy enables you to display your family data in a variety of attractive and easily understood formats.  Editing and adding new information is simple and understandable.

Individuals interested in participating in the class can register by submitting your name, home phone number, home address and e-mail address to Joy McPheeters at or call 812-420-1121 Leave Message.  Class size is limited, so register now.

After registration, participants will be given additional instructions on preparation prior to the first class session.  While the classes are free, participants will need a USB Flash Drive to use in each class.


Enroll or Renew for 2017

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

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 (16833) 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 16833. 



Upcoming WVGS events

01 Jun 2017 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
07 Jun 2017 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Room D, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
12 Jun 2017 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
15 Jun 2017 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
05 Jul 2017 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Room D, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
06 Jul 2017 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
10 Jul 2017 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
20 Jul 2017 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
22 Jul 2017 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, Room B & C, Terre Haute, IN

Upcoming Regional Events

07 Oct 2017 8:45 AM • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
28 Oct 2017 10:00 AM • Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, 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 9347

Terre Haute, Indiana 47808-9347


Society Email Address:

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

President: Tim Phipps     Email:  

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

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