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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, Parke, Putnam. Sullivan Vermillion and Vigo counties in Indiana. 


for Genealogists

by Michael John Neill

Monday, November 9, 2020

    6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Online via ZOOM

For Members only

Facebook for Genealogists" will discuss effective strategies for using Facebook as a tool to help with family history research. Facebook does not replace any traditional genealogical techniques, but it can help researchers make contact with others, learn about resources and records that are available, get assistance from others on research questions and problems, help locate living family members, and sometimes help track down DNA matches. It's possible to use Facebook for your genealogical research and not get bogged down in political posts and other content that can be a huge waste of time.

Michael has been an active genealogical researcher since the early 1980s and has researched his or his children’s families in most states east of the Mississippi River and several European countries. He has lectured nationally on a wide variety of genealogical topics, given day-long seminars, and regularly leads research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. 

Michael has a master’s degree in mathematics and has been on the math faculty of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois, since the early 1990s. His research interests include, methodology, land records, the immigrant experience, chain migration, and researching female ancestors.  Michael is a native of Hancock County, Illinois; and has a master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. His maternal ancestors are all from Ostfriesland, Germany, and on his paternal side he is 1/8 Irish, 1/8 German, with the remaining portion being colonial immigrants who arrived in points from Virginia north, including a few who were on the Mayflower. 

Free Webinars 

Brigham Young  Family History Library


Link to New Gmail Tools with Genealogy Tasks and Correspondence

Check out the FREE webinars at;


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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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

04 Nov 2020 6:00 PM • Virtual via ZOOM
09 Nov 2020 6:00 PM • Zoom Webinar
02 Dec 2020 6:00 PM • Virtual via ZOOM
14 Dec 2020 6:30 PM • Zoom, On line

Upcoming Regional Events

24 Oct 2020 10:00 AM • Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis
24 Oct 2020 9:00 AM (PDT) • Virtual Seminar
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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