Upcoming Regional Events

Upcoming events

26 Mar 2019 6:00 PM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
06 Apr 2019 9:30 AM • Indianapolis Liederkranz 1417 E. Washington St., Indianapolis
08 Apr 2019 6:30 PM • Vigo County Public Library, Rooms A, B & C, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, IN
11 Apr 2019 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
13 Apr 2019 9:00 AM • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
16 Apr 2019 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana
24 Apr 2019 4:30 PM • Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis
02 May 2019 9:30 AM • Vigo County Public Library, 1 Library Square, Terre Haute, Indiana

Upcoming events

    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 4:45 PM
    • Indianapolis Liederkranz 1417 E. Washington St., Indianapolis

    Palatines to America, 

    Indiana Chapter

    Spring Meeting

    April 6, 2019

    9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.


    With Kent Robinson

    Interested in finding out about your German ancestry?

    There will be four one-hour long presentations which will focus on:

    • determining and locating the home village prior to emigration
    • history and geography of Germanic-speaking areas that can provide a background for understanding your ancestors and also indicate where records may be found
    • researching records in the homeland
    • useful books, resources, and websites
    • What if I don’t speak German?
    • Where do I look for additional records?
    • Where can I learn more?

    Register at


    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana


    13 APRIL 2019

    Registration is open for the Indiana Genealogical Society's 2019 annual conference, which will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana (900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne IN). The featured speaker will be DNA expert Blaine Bettinger. Indiana Genealogical Society members will receive a $10 discount if they pre-register.

    DEADLINE: The deadline to pre-register for the conference is Tuesday, April 9, 2019; after that, registration will be $50 per person, including at the door.

    REGISTRATION: Register online for the conference using the form below (we use PayPal), or print out and mail in the Registration Form.

    INDIANA LIBRARIANS: LEU credits have been applied for; the session information will be updated when the LEU credits have been approved by the Indiana State Library.

    VENDORS: If your organization is interested in being a vendor at the conference, please contact Michael Maben (mmaben@indiana.edu).

    Bettinger will present sessions on:

    • The Danger of Distant Matches
    • Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
    • Are You Doing Everything To Identify Your DNA Matches?
    • Phasing and Mapping Your DNA

    There will also be sessions on:

    • Evaluating Published Genealogies (John Beatty)
    • German Resources in the Genealogy Center (John Beatty)
    • Getting to Know the Genealogy Center's Free Databases (Allison DePrey Singleton)
    • The 1940 Census and Preparing for the 1950 Census (Allison DePrey Singleton)

    Indiana library employees: LEU credits are being applied for - the details for these sessions will be updated when LEU credits have been approved.

    Pre-registration is $40 for Indiana Genealogical Society members, $50 for non-members.

    Registration form can be found at:


    • 24 Apr 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis


    for Night Owls returns 


    Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019

    4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis

    Featuring extended hours and one-on-one consultation sessions with representatives from the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Indiana African-American Genealogy Group, professional genealogist Betty Warren, and more. 

    Representatives from the Indiana State Archives will be present to discuss their collections.

    Registration is required by April 17, 2019. Click here to register.


    • 08 May 2019
    • 11 May 2019
    • St. Charles, MO

    The National Genealogical Society

    2019 Family History Conference

    May 8 - 11, 2019

    St. Charles, MO

    Learn new strategies, resources, and techniques to sharpen your family history skills at the NGS 2019 Family History Conference.

    The upcoming NGS 2019 Family History Conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri, and will offer the best and most expansive series of lectures to advance your research. St. Charles is easily accessible with a small-town feel and an abundance of history.

    The NGS Family History Conference, 8–11 May 2019 is your opportunity to choose from more than 150 lectures presented by many nationally recognized speakers, explore an exhibit hall filled with more than 80 exhibitors, and network with more than 2,000 genealogists. Every NGS conference has a different theme with a new program top to bottom—so there is always more to learn and discover. Register now for the Family History Conference.


    For more details - visit






    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Marriott Indianapolis East in Indianapolis


    Logo for Midwestern Roots includes name and a thumbprint that can also be viewed as a tree stump.

    19-20 JULY 2019

    The Midwestern Roots Family History And Genealogy Conference, organized by the Indiana Historical Society will take place from 19th July to the 20th July 2019 at the Marriott Indianapolis East in Indianapolis, United States Of America. The conference will cover areas like Using Ever-Changing And Emerging Technologies And Sources Online. Other Sessions Will Cover Photo Preservation, DNA, Methodology And Using Traditional Sources. More information upcoming from the Indiana Historical Society.

    Explore your family’s Midwestern roots with a variety of nationally renowned speakers at the Crossroads of America, featuring Blaine T. Bettinger, D. Joshua Taylor, Curt Witcher and more on July  19 and 20 with pre-conference events on July 18!

    As a special kick-off, come early for a live show from the hosts of Stuff You Missed in History Class. Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey will talk about New Harmony in this exciting presentation on July 17, 2019. Conference attendees will receive a special discounted rate.

    Excited for Midwestern Roots? Share the fun on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using #MRoots2019. Follow us today – @IndianaHistory.


    Conveniently located at the Marriott East in Indianapolis, conference goers are well-located to continue their research. Nearby you’ll find:

    • Indiana State Archives – a few minutes down the road
    • Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Library – 15 minutes from the conference center
    • Allen County Public Library and Genealogy Center – two hours away
    • Other Midwestern genealogy research locations such as National Archives Great Lakes Region, Michigan Archives, Ohio History Connection and Kentucky Historical Society – only a few hours from Indy

    At Midwestern Roots you can expect:

    • Nationally renowned speakers and local experts covering the latest on DNA, technology resources, methodology and ethnic research
    • A variety of classes, sessions and workshops on topics such as preservation, digitization, the organization of family heirlooms, and writing your family story
    • Lunches and free parking included
    • Easily accessible restaurants nearby

    Plan your visit at:


Past events

27 Oct 2018 Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
26 Oct 2018 ISGS 2018 Fall Conference
01 Oct 2018 Family History Month
18 Sep 2018 German-American Evansville in the Great War
25 Aug 2018 IGHS DNA Seminar
22 Aug 2018 FGS 2018 Conference
18 May 2018 "Which DNA Test is Right foe You?"
09 May 2018 German Ancestors Seminar
18 Apr 2018 Genealogy for Night Owls
14 Apr 2018 Advancing Your Genealogy Research workshop
07 Apr 2018 Palatines to America, Indiana Chapter
10 Mar 2018 Genealogy 201: FROM ITALY TO INDIANA
24 Feb 2018 Genealogy 201: Exploring Your African-American Family History
13 Jan 2018 Genealogy 101: Beginning Steps to Genealogy Success
04 Nov 2017 Indiana Chapter Palatines to America German Genealogy Society
28 Oct 2017 Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
07 Oct 2017 Day With CeCe Moore
19 May 2017 The Legal Genealogist
08 Apr 2017 Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting & Conference
08 Apr 2017 Palatines to America 2017 Spring Meeting
26 Oct 2016 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
22 Oct 2016 Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
15 Oct 2016 "Hoosier Homecoming" sponsored by the State of Indiana
15 Oct 2016 "Indiana Chapter Palatines to America Special Fall Meeting" with Dr. Helmut Schmahl
09 Oct 2016 "Downtown Walk" - Vigo County Historical Society and Museum
08 Oct 2016 Genealogical Society of Marion County 2016 Annual Conference
11 Sep 2016 Lost Creek Community Grove Historical Program
10 Sep 2016 Cemetery Restoration Workshop at Center Point
07 Sep 2016 "The Time Travelin' Genealogy Guild
31 Aug 2016 "Time Travel - Centuries of Memories", FGS 2016 Conference
20 Aug 2016 Willard Library' Presents Judy Russell
13 Aug 2016 "German Heritage Day" with William L. Selm
15 Jul 2016 Midwestern Roots 2016
08 Jun 2016 "Day with John Philip Colletta"
20 Apr 2016 "Genealogy For Night Owls" at the Indiana State Library
16 Apr 2016 2016 Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Conference
09 Apr 2016 Palatines to America 2016 Spring Meeting
02 Apr 2016 "Indiana Genealogy: The Crossroads to America"
22 Mar 2016 "Pioneer Indiana"
19 Mar 2016 Annual Spring Conference - South Bend Area Genealogical Society
19 Mar 2016 "What did you do in the War, Daddy?'
12 Mar 2016 Willard Library's "Beginning Genealogy"
20 Feb 2016 "You Only Have a Death Announcement, Now What?"
18 Nov 2015 Night Owl Event with Ask an Expert
17 Nov 2015 "Vincennes History You Don't Know" by Brian Spangle
17 Nov 2015 "On This Day in Terre Haute History" with Dorothy Jerse
09 Nov 2015 "Night of Broken Glass: Remembering the Holocaust"
05 Nov 2015 Genealogy & Local History Workshop
24 Oct 2015 Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair with Judy Russell
16 Oct 2015 Genealogy Seminar - Fort Branch Public Library
03 Oct 2015 Conference of the Genealogical Society of Marion County
02 Oct 2015 Landmark Look: The Deming
26 Sep 2015 20th Annual Gathering of the People Powwow - Steve Witt Memorial
19 Sep 2015 "Tree Tops" (Genealogy)
11 Sep 2015 "A Day With Josh Taylor"
10 Sep 2015 "Family History in Popular Culture with Josh Taylor"
15 Aug 2015 "German Heritage Day"
16 Jul 2015 "Indiana Jewish Historical Society Family History Research Day"
22 Jun 2015 "The New Heritage Quest Online Database "
16 May 2015 "Court Houses and Cemeteries, Oh My!" by Betty Warren
14 May 2015 Parke County Historical Society Annual Meeting "Indiana Cemeteries - What You Need to Know!"
13 May 2015 The National Genealogical Society 2015 Family History Conference
01 May 2015 "John E. Wilkins, Ready and Able: A Hoosier's Civil War" by Mark Meyer
29 Apr 2015 Night Owl Event with Ask an Expert
25 Apr 2015 Indiana Genealogical Society Annual Meeting and Conference
24 Apr 2015 "Research Lock-In"
24 Apr 2015 IGS Society Management Seminar
18 Apr 2015 Palatines to America 2015 Spring Meeting
16 Apr 2015 "150-Year Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln" presented by Chuck Hand
11 Apr 2015 "Preserving Family Documents and Photographs"
08 Apr 2015 2015 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference
21 Mar 2015 "Women, Tragedies, Oral History and Eastern European Research Have What in Common?"
21 Mar 2015 17th Annual Michiana Genealogy Fair - South Bend Areas Genealogy Society
21 Feb 2015 Willard Libray "Genealogy Kick-Off"
11 Feb 2015 FGS Conference 2015
02 Nov 2014 "Digging For Your Roots" Family History Fair
28 Oct 2014 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
18 Oct 2014 Indiana African American Genealogy Group - 2014 Genealogy and History Conference
11 Oct 2014 19th Annual Central Indiana Genealogy Conference
27 Sep 2014 USO Tribute Celebration For The Vigo County Historical Museum
27 Sep 2014 Genealogy Day with Dr. John Phillip Coletta
27 Sep 2014 "Tree Roots 2014"
27 Sep 2014 Indiana Chapter of Palatines to America Fall Meeting
18 Sep 2014 Storytelling Workshop - Historic Storytelling
18 Sep 2014 VCPL Brown Bag: Spirit Keeper - The Native American Experience in the 18th Century
20 Aug 2014 "Genealogy For Night Owls" at the Indiana State Library
01 Aug 2014 Midwestern Roots 2014: Family History and Genealogy Conference
17 Jun 2014 Association for Graveyard Studies - National Conference
30 May 2014 Cemetery Preservation Workshop
17 May 2014 Deconstructing Your Family Tree: Re-evaluating the "Evidence"
26 Apr 2014 Genealogy Research Trips: The Good, Bad and the Ugly!" by Ann Wells
26 Apr 2014 Indiana Chapter Palatines to America Spring Workshop
22 Apr 2014 10th Anniversary - Wabash Valley Visions and Vioces
05 Apr 2014 Webinar - "Descendancy Research" - Southern California Genealogical Society
05 Apr 2014 Indiana State Genealogy Society's Annual Conference
03 Apr 2014 Webinar - "Family Tree DNA Results Explained: mtDNA Matching & Genealogy"
22 Mar 2014 "Genealogy Online: Productive, Organized and Successful" by Cyndi Ingle, creator of Cyndi's List
11 Mar 2014 "Going Nuclear: DNA Discoveries to Trace All Line of Descent" by Debbie Parker Wayne
11 Feb 2014 "Printed Legends and Missing Footnotes: Dissecting 19th and 20th Century Compiled Genealogies" by D. Joshua Taylor
06 Feb 2014 RootsTech 2014 Live Streaming
01 Feb 2014 "Using the Indianapolis Recorder and the Freeman Newspapers, 1890 - 1930"
14 Jan 2014 "7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists" by Thomas MacEntee
10 Dec 2013 "Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees"
16 Nov 2013 "Photo Research and Preservation" Genealogical Society of Marion County Conference
14 Nov 2013 "Technology for Genealogists"
30 Oct 2013 "Using Court Records to Tell the Story of our Ancestors' Lives" by Judy G. Russell
23 Oct 2013 "Using Church Records to Identify Ancestors" by Mary Hill
22 Oct 2013 Heritage Quest Class
21 Oct 2013 "Mondays with Myrt - Hangouts on Air"
19 Oct 2013 Webinar - "Timelines and Chronologies - Secrets of Sucess"
19 Oct 2013 Putting the Pieces Together: 2013 Conference of the Indiana African American Genealogy Group
17 Oct 2013 Webinar - "Zap the Grandma Gap: The Ten Best Ideas to Bridge the Generation Gap From Your Ancestors to the Coming Generation."
16 Oct 2013 "Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers" by Lisa Louise Cooke
08 Oct 2013 "Up In Smoke!! What To Do When the Courthouse Burns"
24 Sep 2013 "Rest in Peace: Archaeology and Cemetery Relocations"
23 Sep 2013 "Genealogy Roadshow...It's all relatives."
21 Sep 2013 "Advanced Genealogy Resources, Methods and Skills"
14 Sep 2013 "Making Sense of DNA: How it Can Assist Genealogical Research."
10 Sep 2013 Webinar - "To the Honorable, the General Assembly - The Treasure Trove in Legislative Petitions"
07 Sep 2013 Webinar - "Sidestep Genealogy" - Southern California Genealogical Society
04 Sep 2013 Webinar: "Getting the Most from Your Records: Putting Them Through the Wringer!"
03 Sep 2013 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
28 Aug 2013 Webinar: "Colonial Immigrants: Who They Were and Where They Came From"
21 Aug 2013 FGS 2013 Conference
02 Aug 2013 Webinar - "Direct Your Research with City Directories"
23 Jul 2013 Who Do You Think You Are?
06 Jul 2013 Webinar - "Transform your Note-Taking and Remember Everything with Evernote"
22 Jun 2013 Timelines
11 Jun 2013 Webinar - The Research Calendar: A Resource You Cannot Live Without
05 Jun 2013 Genealogy for Night Owls
25 May 2013 "Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous" (Living History Event)
27 Apr 2013 IGS 2013 Annual Conference
23 Mar 2013 Irish and Scot-Irish Family Research Seminar
17 Nov 2012 2012 Conference of the Genealogical Society of Marion County
27 Oct 2012 Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
06 Oct 2012 Amish and Mennonite Research: The Forgotten Swiss Germans
29 Sep 2012 A Night at the Museum in Brazil
29 Sep 2012 Fall Workshop - Indiana Chapter of Palatines to America
15 Sep 2012 Discharged: Researching Civil War Veterans After the War
15 Sep 2012 Answering the Call: Researching Civil War Soldiers Before and During the War
09 Sep 2012 Civil War Research Classes in Indianapolis
27 Aug 2012 Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine
14 Aug 2012 Civil War Service of the Sisters of Providence
03 Aug 2012 Illinois Family History Expo 2012
20 Jul 2012 Midwestern Roots 2012 - Where Do You Think You Find It?
07 Jun 2012 German Genealogy: A Two Day Mini Course
19 May 2012 "Using Federal Court Records to Discover Prohibition and Family History"
06 May 2012 Cemetery Walk - 175 th Anniversity - St. Mary's Village Parish
27 Apr 2012 Indiana Genealogy Society Annual Meeting & Conference
21 Apr 2012 Palatines to America 2012 Spring Workshop
20 Apr 2012 Historical Collections Training
02 Apr 2012 1940 Census Released
31 Mar 2012 "United States Courthouse Records - Research with Positive Results"
25 Mar 2012 Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
18 Feb 2012 What's In Your Genealogy Research Toolbox? & Blog Your Ancestors: Read 'Em, Write 'Em, Find 'Em!
03 Feb 2012 "Who Do You Think You Are?"
19 Nov 2011 2011 Conference of the Genealogical Society of Marion County
12 Nov 2011 Terre Haute Landmark's Second Saturday
26 Oct 2011 "The Mystique of Domes" presented by Gayle Cook
22 Oct 2011 Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
15 Oct 2011 Genealogical Workshop - CEMETERY RESEARCH - Northwest Territory Genealogical Society
11 Oct 2011 VCPL Heritage Quest Class
08 Oct 2011 October "Second Saturdays" with Terre Haute Lanmarks
17 Sep 2011 2nd Annual Family History Workshop hosted by the Indianapolis Stake
07 Sep 2011 "Pathways to the Heartland" by The Federation of Genealogy Societies
04 Sep 2011 "A Bicentennial Celebration of the Building of Fort Harrison
18 Aug 2011 Of Books And Houses: A Literary Walking Tour of Farrington's Grove Historic Neighborhood
13 Aug 2011 August Second Saturday with TH Landmarks
23 Jul 2011 Ancestry Day


"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

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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